Apply early! This recruitment will remain open until the
position is filled. The first review of applications will begin the
week of May 24, 2021.
This position works in the Asset Management - Portfolio
Sustainability team (AM-PS) and exercises independent judgment and
discretion regarding the interpretation and implementation of
policies and regulations. Staff deal with complex and conflicting
issues, provide specialized expertise, and work with little or no
technical oversight. This position coordinates with staff within
the HFU, the agency and external stakeholders to ensure the
effective and timely completion of assigned tasks and ensures that
customer service is a priority.
Commerce's main office is located in Olympia; however, we also
have locations in downtown Seattle and Spokane. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is currently expected. If
hired, you will need to travel to our Olympia office to pick up
equipment and receive instruction. Commerce observes all COVID-19
related guidelines. When approved to return to our physical office
spaces, staff will work with their supervisor to identify an
appropriate work schedule that may include full-time assignment to
one of our office locations, full-time telework, or some hybrid of
telework and work from our office locations. Staff that
telework may be required to occasionally report to the Olympia
location for work related activities. Employees of Commerce
must reside somewhere within Washington State.
- Develop application, develop and coordinate the application
review process, make recommendations to management for the
allocation of HPP funding to awardees.
- Review project and organizational information, Capital Needs
Assessments, and proposals for building improvements or repairs for
affordable multifamily rental properties.
- Provide outreach and technical assistance in response to
stakeholder and applicant inquires.
- Negotiate contract terms and ensure awardees meet all
programmatic pre-contracting requirements.
- Coordinate between HFU contract specialists and awardee
representatives to ensure accurate drafting and execution of
contract and other legal documents. Coordinate and communicate with
other private and public financing partners and third party
consultants involved in preservation and rehab-construction
projects. Troubleshoot and problem-solve issues as they arise
through the contracting and contract management timeframe.
- Facilitate real estate closings and coordinate escrow
- Review, analyze and approve reimbursement requests according to
HFU guidelines; update applicable data systems; process for
payment. Ensure payment of awarded funds aligns with progress
of construction and rehab activities.
- Provide customer service and technical assistance to awardees
regarding reimbursement process and systems use.
- Monitor for compliance and performance of contract scope,
identify compliance and report to management, implement performance
improvement plans as needed.
- Develop tools for evaluating and tracking performance and
contract requirement compliance.
- Data entry into various unit and agency data systems. Ensure
data quality in data systems through continuous audit and update.
Provide data as needed to management for reporting purposes.
- Work with management for continuous program policy, process and
- Using process improvement methodologies, coordinate with AM
team members and HFU staff for the development and revision to
processes, procedure documents, and workload and performance
management tracking tools.
- Use data management tools and data visualization methodologies
to create efficiencies work performed by the AM team.
- Responsible for data system enhancement scoping, report
functionality development, and data reporting.
- Conduct management plan reviews and organizational/project
- Identify risks to the sustainability of the HFU portfolio and
report to management. When instructed, take appropriate corrective
action if necessary.
- Maintain knowledge and understanding of industry best practices
related to affordable housing real estate development and
underwriting, the Housing Trust Fund, the federal LIHTC, HOME, and
National Housing Trust Fund program requirements.
- Participate in unit and team work groups.
- Review and analyze organization information and project data to
determine compliance with HFU program and contract requirements,
organizational and project financial status, and other pertinent
conditions for affordable housing projects in workout status.
Prepare written analysis and recommendation for course of
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor Degree AND three years of professional experience in
community, trade or economic development (preferably in affordable
housing, housing finance, real estate, contracting, or in a related
field); OR, if the applicant does not have a Bachelor Degree, seven
years' total experience as described.
- Must have two years professional-level program or contract
- Intermediate level experience using Data Management, Data
Visualization and Process Improvement tools/methodologies.
- Understanding of state and federal housing program
- Experience reviewing not-for-profit financial reports (annual
audits, financial statements, cash flow).
- Knowledge of agencies, institutions, and processes involved in
affordable housing development.
- Proficiency in verbal and written communication skills to
clearly and succinctly document and describe processes, procedures,
performance measures, and results.
- Ability to track, organize and maintain individual workload
timely and efficiently.
- Experience working in a collaborative and team-based
- Experience working in an open work environment and/or
I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application and answering
the supplemental questions, applicants must attach the following
documents to their profile in order to be considered for this
- A letter of interest describing how you meet the specific
qualifications for this position;
- A current resume detailing experience and education; and
- A list of at least three professional references.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and
completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All
information may be verified and documentation may be required.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining
For questions about this recruitment, please contact Lindsey
Henderson at 360-725-2652 or
Who we are:
At Commerce, we're a little different. But for you, it might
just be the perfect fit. We're a state agency but operate
like a business with the understanding we need to know our
customer's needs to fulfill them. Our Olympia offices are
open Monday through Friday (flexible schedules are available). Our
parking is free and many of our employees bike year round.
Washington State offers commuting programs, including free,
subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives.
There are approximately 350 employees in our agency. We are
committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We
hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth
If this sounds like a good fit for you and you meet the
qualifications, we encourage you to apply today!
What we do:
We are the lead state agency charged with strengthening
communities. We administer a diverse portfolio of programs
and services, and we support several state boards and
Our key customers include businesses, local governments and
community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of
convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and
stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the
Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for
the citizens of Washington.
Where we work:
Commerce's main office is located in Olympia; however we also
have locations in downtown Seattle and Spokane.
As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at
the south end of the Puget Sound centrally located between Seattle
and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast,
temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands.
With annual art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts,
and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have
something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best
schools in the nation and the renowned HandsOn Children's Museum.
Spokane is located in the heart of the Inland Northwest and is
the second most populous city in Washington. The Spokane River runs
through the city and beautiful Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.
An array of enjoyable outdoor activities are right out our back
door; including ski resorts, white-water rafting, camping areas,
hiking trails, lakes, and the Centennial trail. Amazed by the arts?
Show some love to your artistic side with a trip to the
Spokane Region. Broadway performances, intriguing art
galleries, world-class museums and powerful stage performances are
waiting to be discovered.
Being surrounded by greenery year round has earned the Seattle
the nickname of the Emerald City. Seattle is an exciting urban city
surrounded by unmatched natural beauty with a wide variety of
outdoor attractions within the city such as Discovery Park and
Olympic Sculpture Park. Feel like getting away from the city?
Seattle is home to a variety of attractions to include the Seattle
Art Museum, Pike Place Market, and historic Pioneer Square. Art and
Culture more your style? Seattle is home to more than 100 theater
companies, the Seattle Symphony, as well as museums and galleries.
Sports enthusiast? Seattle is home to professional rugby, football,
soccer and baseball teams as well as a variety of collegiate sports
to choose from.
The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the
employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal
Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of
identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent
with the requirements of that form on the first day of
The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal
opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment
that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual
orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic
minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age,
veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual
orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons
needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview
process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call
Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard
of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing
7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.