Director of Homeownership and Stewardship Services

    Homestead Community Land Trust
    Published
    September 1, 2021
    Location
    412 Maynard Ave S., Suite 201, Seattle, King County

    Description

    Give frontline and BIPOC King County residents the opportunity to own their own home, advance housing and social justice by building a just, equitable economy for housing.

    Putting Homeownership within Reach

    Homestead Community Land Trust puts the financial and social benefits of affordable homeownership within reach of people who are priced out of our high-cost housing market. The community land trust model makes and keeps homes affordable permanently through agreements with our buyers. We have an active pipeline of 100 homes that will be built over the next six years, and emphasize the environmental sustainability of our building methods and materials.

    Homestead’s origins in the activist community are reflected today in a joint staff-Board initiative to deepen the expression of racial and social equity in all aspects of our work. Building on strengths in democratic governance and decision-making and a core mission to redress housing inequity, Homestead seeks team members who value inclusion and are committed to addressing racism, sexism and other forms of oppression in our work and community.

    Working within the framework of a Just Transition to a New Economy, our approach is

    • shifting economic control of land to community,
    • democratizing wealth through residential ownership in a member-governed CLT;
    • advancing ecological sustainability in housing development and rehabilitation and
    • driving racial justice and social equity by putting homeownership within reach of people shut out of ownership by the legacy of discrimination.

    Position Description

    Homestead seeks an experienced community land trust specialist who will have both hands-on and leadership responsibility for homeownership services and stewardship. The Director of Homeownership and Stewardship Services is a member of the senior leadership team who designs and implements policies and processes that support applicants in becoming first-time homeowners, and supports current homeowners in success.  Responding to the financial, emotional and funder compliance challenges associated with purchasing a home, the Director is an advocate for homeowner needs and Homestead’s mission of preserving the affordability and marketability of each home to future homeowners.

    This full time salaried (exempt) position reports directly to the Executive Director, will supervise homeownership staff and collaborate with financial and administrative managers to coordinate homeownership support and stewardship activity.

    Duties and Responsibility

    Leadership and Supervision (30%)

    • Supervise homeownership and stewardship staff in the fulfillment of organizational work plans, strategies and program management.
    • Effectively plan and implement new programs, policies, or initiatives to strengthen outcomes or mission impact, improve efficiencies, or implement the strategic plan.
    • Establish and maintain Homestead’s agency and staff member accreditation (HUD, Neighborworks, etc.)

    Creating Community Land Trust Homeowner-Members (30%)

    Responsible for the development and implementation of policies, systems and procedures, and the supervision of other staff that enable low- to moderate-income people to purchase their first home, and support of individual homeowners in purchasing their first home.

    • Implementation and improvement of Homestead’s Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing program, outreach and Homebuyer Club programs
    • Intake and pre-purchase support for applicants, income and asset qualification, financial counseling and pre-purchase education referral
    • Manage applicant pool and application of tie-breaking criteria
    • Provide purchase support to homebuyers
    • Package applicant approval for funder review
    • Manage subsidy allocations in the Salesforce application HomeKeeper
    • Work with real estate brokers or attorneys to draft purchase and sale agreements.
    • Work with Title Attorney to manage escrow relationship and home sale closings

    Collaborate with homeownership agencies and other partners on joint efforts to educate prospective buyers.

    Identify financial literacy and post-purchase resources that will support homeowners in success.

    Supporting Community Land Trust Homeowner-Members (30%)

    Responsible for monitoring and support of current homeowners’ in the ownership and maintenance of their home. Supervise the Homeownership Services Associate in order to:

    • Actively monitor timely payment of ground lease fees and conduct annual occupancy and insurance compliance checks.
    • Educate homeowners and provide individual support concerning mortgage refinance requests and capital improvements projects.
    • Identify current homeowners at risk of default or foreclosure and work with the Executive Director and Finance Manager to provide appropriate intervention.
    • Respond to resale requests by calculating resale price, preparing information for seller/agent, and identifying repairs.
    • Provide initial and ongoing support to resident associations and their Board officers to enable effective governance and compliance with Washington State law.

    Recordkeeping & Reporting (10%)

    Maintain and strengthen the systems needed to run a best-practices affordable homeownership program.

    • Enter and maintain complete and accurate data in Salesforce CRM/HomeKeeper.
    • Contribute and maintain quality data for management, decision-making and compliance purposes
    • Coordinate staff and contractors in completion of subsidy funder reporting and compliance.

    Applicant Requirements

    • Deep alignment with community land trust values and methods
    • Experience in community land trust homeownership and stewardship, or other permanently affordable homeownership such as resale restricted Habitat for Humanity programs (Candidates who do not have this experience will not be considered).
    • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
    • Attention to detail, highly organized, effective manager of own and others’ work
    • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment across multiple programs and departments
    • Ability to balance values of customer service with compliance
    • Excellent listening, note-taking and writing skills; with attention to detail

    Current real-estate brokerage license not required but desirable

    HUD HOME experience, knowledge desirable

    Compensation

    Full time, Exempt position

    The starting salary for this position range from $80,000 to $85,000 depending on experience. Compensation also includes health insurance, paid sick leave and vacation, professional development, ORCA (transit) card, 403b savings plan. Relocation assistance negotiable.

    EMPLOYMENT POLICY

    As an equal opportunity employer, Homestead Community Land Trust does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, gender identity, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

    How to Apply

    To apply for the position please provide to jobs@homesteadclt.org:

    • Current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Professional certifications
    • Cover letter that includes a detailed description of your skills and experience to carry out the responsibilities described above and a statement of why this organization’s mission fits your career path
    • Two references
    • Complete and submit our Diversity Questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SQRDJ3F