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Housing Program Specialist (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: December 3, 2021 at 04:30 PM PST

Location: Health Department, Bellingham, WA 98225
Department: Health
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Reports to Human Services Supervisor
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Job Summary

Independently creates and establishes multi-faceted affordable and supportive homeless housing systems and programs. Work with local governments and community partners on the development of affordable housing projects throughout Whatcom County. Administers homeless housing programs and services in Whatcom County utilizing monies from state and local funding sources. Coordinates the work of community partners and contractors to ensure objectives are accomplished. Provides leadership to the community in setting homeless housing priorities and initiatives.


Independently designs, coordinates and leads the development of community-wide affordable and supportive housing systems and programs. Provides leadership to community forums, partner agencies, advisory boards and stakeholders for homeless housing and low-income housing programs, systems, and critical issues.

Use housing development experience to plan and create more affordable housing units throughout the county in partnership with local stakeholders.

Seek available state and federal funding sources to leverage local housing development dollars and maximize their use in the county.

Designs, implements and analyzes community-wide needs assessments.

Establishes budgets to assure sustainability of programs, making adjustments in response to
revenue and expenditure trends. Ensures that funding allocations represent the priorities and
values of the Housing program, and are in compliance with all federal, state and local program and
funding requirements.

Acts as lead to Washington State Department of Commerce for Balance of State and homeless
advisory capacity.


Provides staff support to Whatcom County Housing Advisory Committee.

Provides technical assistance and training opportunities to community partners and contractors.

Facilitates the Annual Point in Time Count in Whatcom County.


Requires a Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services field AND four years of progressively responsible experience developing and coordinating housing/human service programs, especially targeted to vulnerable and/or homeless populations.

Master's Degree preferred, and may be substituted for up to six months of required experience.

Requires knowledge of:

Housing/human service program design, implementation and evaluation.

Current best practices in homeless housing field.

Affordable housing development, including use of tax credits and the state's housing trust

Requires the ability to:

Contribute to a work environment where continuous quality improvements in service and
professional practice are pursued.

Communicate effectively and professionally with diverse customers.


Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid driver's license at time
of hire and throughout employment.


Work is performed in an office, meeting room and contracting agency setting. Sits or stands for
long periods of time. May occasionally lift and carry items weighing up to 20 pounds. Moves
throughout the County's facilities. Periodically drives motor vehicle to perform duties in the field,
at other sites or travel out of the County. May be required to attend meetings or perform duties
outside of normal office hours. Possibility of exposure to hostile and offensive language from the
public. Uses appropriate safety equipment and follows established work safety policies, practices
and procedures.


Teamsters Master Collective Bargaining Agreement Range 180.0

$29.30 - 42.13 per hour, depending upon qualifications.

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