Housing Development Project Manager
Housing Development Department

POSTING DATE: October 12, 2007

REPORTS TO: Deputy Executive Director


BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, retirement options, vacation & sick leave

The Low Income Housing Institute is a non-profit housing development organization which provides technical assistance, housing development, finance, and property management services to increase the supply of low-income housing and to work for housing justice.

Description of Duties: 

 The Housing Development Project Manager will be an important lead person to manage new projects either rehabilitation or new construction for the LIHI development department.  The position is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the LIHI strategic plan.  This position will require supervision of other staff that would assist in the development of the projects.  The staff provides technical assistance to other nonprofit organizations to develop low-income housing, affordable homeownership housing, mixed-use projects and community facilities. Staff also develop projects to be owned and managed by LIHI, and undertake advocacy and public policy initiatives to increase resources for low-income housing.  LIHI is one of the most productive nonprofit housing organizations in the state and is regional nonprofit housing organization.    The LIHI owns over 1,600 units in Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound Region.

This position will engaged in all aspects of the development process, including predevelopment, acquisitions, feasibility analysis, financing, construction and other development related activities.  The projects to be developed includes emergency, transitional and permanent housing; mutual housing; renovation and new construction; historic preservation, mixed-income projects and development of mixed-use residential/commercial sites.  This position requires coordination with LIHI Supportive Services Department, Property Management and Finance Department. This is an exempt position.

The duties of the position include but are  not limited to:

1.   Provide technical assistance to other nonprofit agencies, housing authorities, social service agencies, faith-based groups and grassroots organizations to develop low-income and affordable housing.

2.   Work with Deputy Executive Director and staff of the development department to create staff schedules, priorities, development plans and implement all the functions of the Housing Development Department.

3.   Conduct feasibility studies, site search, and site control, selection of development team members, reviewing contracts, project management and other tasks as necessary for project development. 

4.   Negotiate loans, purchase of properties, and preparation or funding applications.

5.   Maintain coordination and transition of projects with Property Management, Supportive Services, Finance Department, and other staff where appropriate during the predevelopment, design, development and hand-off phases of projects. 

6.   Assist in advocating for funding for low-income housing and human services.  Participate with other nonprofit housing representatives to build and strengthen community coalitions on housing and homelessness.

7.   Complete other tasks as assigned or needed.


The Housing Development Project Manager must have significant experience with the development of residential housing, including finance, predevelopment, budgeting, and construction and supervision of staff.  Experience with development of low-income and affordable housing is preferred. A bachelorís degree is required.  A Masterís degree in a related field is preferred, although experience can be substituted. 

 Six years prior experience in multi-family project management, finance and development is required. Three years of direct project management experience is required. A minimum of four years working in developing low-income housing is desired.  Working knowledge of housing finance resources such as private and public financing, bond financing, tax credits, is preferred.

The person must be experienced in working with computers including word processing and spreadsheet software, Microsoft Word and Excel, and must be able to create, analyze and review project budgets and financial information.

The person must have excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills, and possess leadership qualities.  The person must be able to oversee professional consultants and general contractors, and monitor and track multiple projects at different stages of the development process.  The ability to multitask is extremely important.

The Low Income Housing Institute is noted for its innovation in the field of low-income housing and advocacy.  The successful candidate must be committed to social change and community empowerment. 

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to:

This is an exempt unionized position, represented by Local 8 of the Office of Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

If interested in this position please send in a cover letter and resume. Applications are available on the LIHI website at,  may be obtained in person at the office, or will be mailed to you by phone request at (206) 443-9935 ext 0. All application materials should be mailed, faxed, or dropped off in person to:

The Low Income Housing Institute
Attn: HR Acct. 1 Prop
2407 1st Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
Fax: (206) 443-9851
Or e-mail to

The Low Income Housing Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.