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  Community Frameworks is a regional organization based in Spokane, WA with a second office in Bremerton, WA. We are committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities in recruiting and selecting employees without regard to age, color, country of origin, handicap, veteran status, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For employment with Community Frameworks, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.  
 
Current Openings:
 
 
 
 
President & Chief Executive Officer
 
 
Senior Housing Developer
 
 
Housing Developer
 
 

 
 
President & Chief Executive Officer
 
 
  • Position: President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Location: Spokane perferred but not required.
  • Salary: Competitive.
  • Position is full-time and open until filled.
 
 

The Organization

Community Frameworks is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing as a catalyst to help communities thrive. With offices in Spokane and Bremerton, Washington, Community Frameworks primarily serves the state of Washington with a full range of housing development services, and provides housing intermediary services in Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

Community Frameworks believes that a quality, affordable place to call home is a great predictor of individual and family success. With a suitable place to live in a safe neighborhood, a person is better able to focus on work, health and education, and can get to know and help their neighbors. With this stable foundation, people succeed and vibrant and thriving communities are born.

A diverse midsize nonprofit with distinct business product lines covering the full spectrum of affordable housing in Washington, Community Frameworks meets a full range of housing needs, from shelters for people who are homeless, to affordable apartments, to homeownership. The organization focuses on disenfranchised urban neighborhoods, small cities and rural areas, both "doing" and "teaching", with over 40 years' experience in direct bricks and mortar development, and helping others to succeed in the organization's role as an intermediary.

Since its founding in 1974, Community Frameworks has developed or preserved over 1497 rental units and 203 homes for first time buyers with a total development cost exceeding $104 million; administered rehabilitation services for 2,900 owner occupied homes and 1,700 rental units, loaned $51.9 million to 45 programs to help build 3,452 homes, and provided consulting services to more than 230 organizations and communities.

An active local partner in the Spokane and Bremerton communities in which it is based, elsewhere in its service area, Community Frameworks builds local capacity where it can be sustained and provides services where it cannot. The organization expects each of its projects to be an asset for its occupants, neighborhood and community for decades to come. As a leader in the affordable housing field, Community Frameworks plays a role in supporting and strengthening the affordable housing delivery system in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The organization's primary objective in its projects and programs is to serve households at or below 80% of area median income. Community Frameworks develops and facilitates a diversity of housing choices that help stabilize individuals and families through increased safety and healthier living environments, improved energy efficiency, reduced monthly expenses, and access to jobs, education, health services, and recreation. Community Frameworks may partner with for-profit enterprises and other sectors when better results can be achieved by capitalizing on each other's resources, strengths and experience.

Linda Hugo, the outgoing CEO who has guided the organization's growth and increasing stability for the past 15 years, has recently announced her retirement effective June 30, 2017. Linda's successor will inherit an organization with a strong reputation within the affordable housing community across the Northwest.

Leadership and Organizational Capacity

Reporting to a nine member Board of Directors, the CEO has overall responsibility for leading and managing an operation of 16 staff members in its Spokane and Bremerton offices. The CEO works with other senior managers in formulating and ensuring the implementation of annual goals and strategies to achieve planning goals. The CEO manages business activities utilizing $16 - 30M in resources annually with an annual operating budget of approximately $2M. The CEO has five direct reports; the CFO, the operations manager, rental housing and development services manager, and affiliate services and homeownership manager, and the communications and relationships coordinator.

Community Frameworks is a member of the federally funded NeighborWorks America Network, which supports 240 nonprofit community-based organizations across the country that focus on community revitalization and the production of affordable housing. Community Frameworks receives substantial annual benefits from this partnership in the form of grants, technical assistance, training and other resources.

Community Frameworks weathered the great recession and has evolved an increasingly strong affordable housing presence in its region, having steadily built its portfolio and financial position. Looking ahead, the new CEO will need to focus not only on continuing to strengthen the organization's financial condition, but to also strengthen internal communication and teamwork to develop additional efficiencies in staff and program management, and optimization of Community Frameworks' strategy. The new CEO will be expected to leverage the organization's strong and diverse capabilities to address the following key priorities.

Priorities for 2017-2018

  1. Meet Housing Production Goals
    • Leverage the strengths of partner organizations to increase the number and type of housing developed across the range of needs not being met by the traditional market, including homeless and transitional housing; housing for seniors, millennials, people with disabilities or other special needs; and responsible homeownership.
    • Maintain an active portfolio of rental & community facility development projects that would generate 50 - 100 units per year with a total development cost in the $10-$20M range.
    • Operate homeownership production programs generating 10-20 units per year with total development costs in the range of $1.3 - $2.5M.
    • Conduct lending activities via internal revolving funds & external resources in support of in-house homeownership production, as well as lending $1.5 - $3M annually to assist the affiliate network to produce 100-200 homeownership units per year with a total development cost of $20-$40M.
  2. Sharpen Community Frameworks' Strategy
    • Refine the organization's vision and strategy to further coalesce all stakeholders around a cohesive vision.
    • Develop and manage all projects with increased financial efficiency and accountability, from project selection through project completion, to generate increased net revenues per project and thereby strengthen the organization's financial condition.
    • Obtain certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and by June 30, 2018, assemble $2 Million in funding capital to augment and expand homeownership lending and other resources needed by clients and partners.
    • Achieve NeighborWorks Green business designation by June 30, 2017, and fully integrate green business practices throughout organizational, project and program objectives by June 30, 2018.
    • Maximize resource development opportunities to ensure that Community Frameworks is strong, sustainable and resilient while providing the best and most needed services possible to our partners, clients and beneficiaries.
  3. Foster Communications and Teamwork to Optimize Performance
    • Attract, train & retain a highly qualified, committed and diverse staff and Board of Directors to accomplish mission and growth objectives.
    • Lead and foster a collaborative working environment.
    • Strengthen internal communication and performance management systems to promote high functioning teams working effectively from multiple locations across our service area.

Experience and Attributes

The CEO leads Community Frameworks' board and staff in the accomplishment of its mission within its guiding principles and according to its Strategic Plan. The CEO develops organizational policies and procedures, cultivates financial and partner relationships to further the organization's goals, and ensures the effective functioning of board and staff through professional management and leadership practices. Essential qualifications include:

  • Passion for the mission and values of the organization, and related issues surrounding affordable housing development.
  • Bachelor's degree in public, non-profit or business management, plus ten years progressively responsible experience in organizational leadership. Minimum of 5 years in a senior leadership position required. Educational qualifications may be waived depending on work history.
  • Minimum of five years' experience in affordable housing, including knowledge of real estate project development activities, including project feasibility, market analysis, site selection and acquisition, construction processes, project management and operations.
  • Ability to think strategically and lead the organization to the next level, including critical, visionary, strategic, and outside of the box thinking about project alignment with the mission, project selection and financial viability.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage two dispersed offices dependably, managing complex projects and teams simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated people orientation and an ease communicating with, engaging and motivating employees according to the mission. Inclusivity with the board and staff in a shared understanding of roles, responsibilities and decision-making, to foster a collaborative and cohesive work environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of collaborative team leadership and having implemented best practices in HR management, including delegation skills and performance management.
  • Experience pursuing and developing partner and funding relationships, from government, nonprofit and private sources, including nontraditional partners. Ability to assess when fundraising and/or partnership efforts are viable.
  • Ability to evaluate and articulate policy direction and program objectives and outcomes, to anticipate issues and opportunities, and develop short and long term solutions within a dynamic environment.
  • Well versed in regulatory compliance and reporting. Can demonstrate successful completion of publicly funded projects and comprehensive knowledge of the requirements and expectations of public funders.
  • Demonstrated excellence in maintaining customer and partner relationships through superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Successful track record of managing a complex financial organization, including communicating, controlling and reporting the financial condition of projects and the organization.

Requirements

  • Valid driver's license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and ability to use personal vehicle for Community Frameworks business.
  • Willingness to travel within Northwest and occasionally, nationally.
  • Must be able to pass criminal background check.

Working Conditions

Work is performed typically in office environments and a variety of settings and among diverse stakeholders and audiences. Significant time spent sitting in meetings, and at a computer screen for extended periods. Frequent use of phones to communicate with stakeholders. Frequently works outside normal working hours and will drive due to work performed with stakeholders in the community. Requires travel out of town and out of state.

Location: Spokane preferred but not required.

Application Process

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: execsearchcf@thirdsectorcompany.com (e-mail applications are required).

For other inquiries contact:

Jan Glick
Phone: (206) 276-7174
Email: jglick@thirdsectorcompany.com

As an equal opportunity employer, Community Frameworks is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Community Frameworks does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

 

 
 
Senior Housing Developer
 
 
  • Position: Senior Housing Developer
  • Location: Spokane or Bremerton
  • Work Schedule: This is a full-time position (40 hours per week)
  • Salary start at: DOE
  • FSLA Status: Exempt
 
 

The Senior Housing Developer works in one or more of Community Frameworks direct development initiatives which are operated primarily in Washington. The purpose of these initiatives is to work in partnership at the local level to produce and improve affordable housing for low income persons in various communities in Washington and Idaho. The purpose of Community Frameworks' direct development initiatives is to produce safe, decent affordable housing that contributes to the building of vital communities. Development Services offers full development services to both rural and urban organizations seeking to own and manage affordable housing that do not choose to have or cannot sustain in-house development capacity. We also develop projects which we will own. The units produced are primarily rentals and represent a full spectrum of affordable housing types and persons housed. Community Frameworks also provides development assistance to nonprofits for developing specialized community facilities which may include a housing component.

The Senior Housing Developer is engaged in activities which lead to the successful completion of affordable housing development contracts and projects, and further client capacity building and local community development objectives. The Senior Housing Developer plans, coordinates and manages, leading project teams, supervising team members, conducting project development tasks, and developing and maintaining the relationships necessary to accomplish successful projects.

The position requires extensive experience in complex development, financing & regulatory skill areas, as well as demonstrated superiority in time management, self-motivation and independent judgment. The position requires advanced technical skills as well as the highly developed ability to work independently and in a team environment, assisting clients to complete projects in rural and urban communities, providing leadership and visioning for development staff assigned to team projects, and working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders, partners, funders and clients.

Duties and responsibilities:

Depending on qualifications and primary line of business assignment, The Senior Housing Developer will play a lead role (working both independently and as a team leader) in the performance of some or all of the following duties under the direction of either the Development Services or HomeStarts line of business manager:

  • Direct the process of project concept development and feasibility analysis,
  • Mentor and guide the project through both the internal Community Frameworks’ approval process and the external approval processes of partners, funders and regulating agencies.
  • Supervise project team members and monitor progress, directing the project to fruition as contracted, making day-to-day decisions and taking actions which keep the project on track,
  • Recommend changes and seek approval for deviations from planned budget, schedule, deliverables, cash flow, contract terms, legal liability, financial risk, partner and funder relations, etc., and to report results to management.
  • Technical duties may include but are not limited to:
    • Identification of real estate development opportunities and preparation of proposals for development projects.
    • Preparation of estimates of project development and operating costs, proformas and other financial analyses for current and planned projects.
    • Assembling the development team, including architect, contractor, attorney, lenders, and investors.
    • Assembles financing including the preparation of applications and documents associated with the development
    • Management of the planning, design, bid/award, construction and close out of capital construction projects to ensure that projects conform to quality standards, and stay on time, and within budget.
    • Supervision of the marketing of developed properties as appropriate.
    • Coordination of tenant relocation as necessary.
    • Coordination with property management during the development period, and assistance with post-development property management policy development and training
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Some travel required.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Extensive experience in real estate and housing project development, including project feasibility, market analysis, financial packaging, site selection, land acquisition, infrastructure development, construction process, project management and regulatory compliance.
  • Extensive experience in securing project financing from public and private sources, preference given to experience in Low Income Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits.
  • Extensive experience in the selection and oversight of outside consultants and providers of professional development and construction services.
  • Extensive experience in the successful completion of publicly funded projects and knowledgeable of the requirements and expectations of public funders.
  • Ability to effectively mentor and supervise staff as well as work collaboratively in a team structure and to be self-directed.
  • Skilled in maintaining customer and partner relations, oral and written communication, and problem solving.
  • Ability to succeed under pressure with multiple, simultaneous task assignments.
  • Well-developed computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and Internet.
  • Minimum of five years program & project development, real estate and/or community development is required, with at least two years of that in a leadership, management or administrative role. A degree in a related field, from an accredited, four-year college or university is also required. Additional relevant work experience above and beyond the minimum may be substituted for the college degree.

Physical Demands: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds as needed; ability to sit for extended periods of time; ability to sit, stoop, kneel, bend and lift as needed for routine office work; extensive wrist and hand movements required as related to keyboarding; and ability to be mobile as related to business needs.

 
 
Package includes employer contributions to employee's health, life, disability and dental insurance, (family enrollment available at employee expense), paid holidays, sick leave, vacation leave, and 403(b) retirement plan.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and application (link on the right side of the page) to Human Resources at royg@communityframeworks.org. All three documents are required. Those applications not having all three documents will not be considered.

Position is open until filled.

Community Frameworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
 

 
 
Housing Developer
 
 
  • Position: Housing Developer
  • Location: Spokane or Bremerton
  • Work Schedule: This is a full-time position (40 hours per week)
  • Salary start at: DOE
  • FSLA Status: Exempt
 
 

The Housing Developer works in one or more of Community Frameworks direct development initiatives which are operated primarily in Washington. The purpose of these initiatives is to work in partnership at the local level to produce and improve affordable housing for low income persons in various communities in Washington and Idaho. The purpose of Community Frameworks' direct development initiatives is to produce safe, decent affordable housing that contributes to the building of vital communities. Development Services offers full development services to both rural and urban organizations seeking to own and manage affordable housing that do not choose to have or cannot sustain in-house development capacity. We also develop projects which we will own. The units produced are primarily rentals and represent a full spectrum of affordable housing types and persons housed. Community Frameworks also provides development assistance to nonprofits for developing specialized community facilities which may include a housing component.

The Housing Developer is engaged in activities which lead to the successful completion of affordable housing development contracts and projects, and further client capacity building and local community development objectives. The Housing Developer participates as a member of one or more project teams, conducting project development tasks as assigned, and developing and maintaining the relationships necessary to accomplish successful projects.

The position requires experience in many aspects of housing project development, as well as capacity for good time management, and to be self-motivated and use independent judgment. The position requires excellent problem solving skills as well as the ability to work independently and in a team environment assisting clients to complete projects in rural and urban communities. The Housing Developer must work effectively at task assignments on team projects, and interact collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders, partners, funders and clients.

Duties and responsibilities:

Depending on qualifications and primary line of business assignment, The Housing Developer will (independently and/or as a team member, be given direction to) plan, schedule and complete some or all of the following tasks and duties under the direction of a project team leader or Senior Manager.

    Perform tasks in the process of project concept development and feasibility analysis, Perform tasks to prepare project elements for both the internal Community Frameworks’ approval process and the external approval processes of partners, funders and regulating agencies. Monitor progress of assigned project elements, directing those components to fruition as contracted, making any day-to-day decisions and taking actions which keep the project on track to the extent delegated by the team leader, Recommend changes and seek approval for deviations from planned budget, schedule, deliverables, cash flow, contract terms, legal liability, financial risk, partner and funder relations, etc., and prepare information to be included in reports to management. Technical duties may include but are not limited to assignments to (with supervision) complete in full or in part:
    • Identification of real estate development opportunities and preparation of proposals for development projects.
    • Preparation of estimates of project development and operating costs, proformas and other financial analyses for current and planned projects.
    • Assembling the development team, including architect, contractor, attorney, lenders, and investors.
    • Assembles financing including the preparation of applications and documents associated with the development
    • Management of the planning, design, bid/award, construction and close out of capital construction projects to ensure that projects conform to quality standards, and stay on time, and within budget.
    • Supervision of the marketing of developed properties as appropriate.
    • Coordination of tenant relocation as necessary.
    • Coordination with property management during the development period, and assistance with post-development property management policy development and training
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Some travel required.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Experienced in several aspects of real estate and housing project development, such as project feasibility, market analysis, financial packaging, site selection, land acquisition, infrastructure development, construction process, project management and regulatory compliance.
  • Experienced in securing project financing from public and private sources.
  • Familiarity with the selection and oversight a variety of outside consultants and providers of professional development and construction services.
  • Experienced in the successful completion of publicly funded projects and knowledgeable of the requirements and expectations of public funders.
  • Ability to effectively mentor and supervise staff is desired; must have experience working collaboratively in a team structure and with self-direction.
  • Skilled in maintaining customer and partner relations, oral and written communication, and problem solving.
  • Ability to succeed under pressure with multiple, simultaneous task assignments.
  • Well-developed computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and Internet.
  • Minimum of three years program & project development, real estate and/or community development is required. A degree in a related field, from an accredited, four-year college or university is also required. Additional relevant work experience above and beyond the minimum may be substituted for the college degree; a graduate degree in related field may be substituted for work experience.

Physical Demands: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds as needed; ability to sit for extended periods of time; ability to sit, stoop, kneel, bend and lift as needed for routine office work; extensive wrist and hand movements required as related to keyboarding; and ability to be mobile as related to business needs.

 
 
Package includes employer contributions to employee's health, life, disability and dental insurance, (family enrollment available at employee expense), paid holidays, sick leave, vacation leave, and 403(b) retirement plan.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and application (link on the right side of the page) to Human Resources at royg@communityframeworks.org. All three documents are required. Those applications not having all three documents will not be considered.

Position is open until filled.

Community Frameworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
 
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