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Job Description

Position:        Associate Housing Developer

Status:            Exempt, Full-time Regular

Reports to:     Director of Real Estate Development

To Apply:        Please submit a cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements. For more information about Northwest Housing Alternatives you can visit our website or our LinkedIn page

Position Summary: The Associate Housing Developer position performs work in the real estate development of housing projects to further the Northwest Housing Alternatives’ (NHA) mission to provide affordable housing to those with low incomes including families, seniors, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness.


The Associate Housing Developer provides assistance to other members of the Housing Development Team and may lead projects that are somewhat straight forward in financing and construction and smaller in scale compared to other projects. The Associate Housing Developer position is junior to the Housing Developer position in that the skills and experience required are less, the scope of work primarily supports the whole team, and the lead assignments are smaller in scale and not as complex as other projects. The position is intended to be a precursor to the position of a Housing Developer.

Key Responsibilities:


  1. Assist in obtaining financing for projects including grants, loans, tax credits and other subsidies by collecting and circulating documents.
  2. Assist in preparing funding applications by collecting documents, conducting research, completing forms, and assembling/submitting application materials. 
  3. Produce reports required by funders and investors. 
  4. Obtain bids for professional services as directed, executing the NHA procurement policy and maintaining current pools of qualified professions from which to consider for various supportive development tasks, such as Level 1 Environmental review, etc.
  5. Assist in the execution of contracts for professional supportive services necessary for the development process, such as market studies, radon tests, etc.
  6. Assist in the coordination community input and/or land use review processes by arranging meetings, providing required notice, and obtaining, setting up, and returning equipment.
  7. Assist in the construction management process by collecting invoices, preparing requisitions and draw requests, and collaborating with NHA’s Finance department to ensure vendors are paid in a timely fashion. 
  8. Assist in project closeout by collecting documents, completing forms, and submitting materials as directed. 
  9. Provide general administrative and clerical support for the Housing Development staff, coordinate events, develop material, etc.
  10. Ensure the implementation of, and adherence to, all NHA policies, procedures and protocols; and actively work to implement NHA social and racial equity goals.
  11. Establish and maintain records of all activities.
  12. Participate in cross departmental committees such as operation logistics, technology, safety, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  13. May lead a housing development project as assigned.
  14. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance, Community Development, Real Estate Development, Construction Management, or related field or equivalent related work experience.
  2. Exposure to, or experience in, real estate development, underwriting, affordable housing development, construction, construction management, or related field.
  3. Ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and changing team environment.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with, and connect with, a diverse stakeholder community.
  5. Excellent organizational skills, including accuracy, follow through, and attention to detail.
  6. Excellent oral skills and a comfort in public speaking environments.
  7. Excellent written communication skills with an emphasis on technical writing.
  8. Excellent computer skills including advanced proficiency in Excel and online research.
  9. Ability to travel to remote job-sites and spend long hours on your feet.
  10. Valid driver’s license, good driving record and own reliable transportation with current insurance. Frequent travel within the Portland-Metro area can be expected.
  11. Demonstrated deep commitment to social and community service.

Preferred Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to manage multiple projects or tasks at the same time.
  2. Bilingual skills and proficiency.

About Northwest Housing Alternatives

For over 35 years Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) has been a leading not-for-profit developer of affordable housing in Oregon. Our mission is to create opportunity through housing by developing, building, and managing rental housing designed for Oregonians with extremely limited incomes. These homes help families live healthy and stable lives, allow older adults to age in place, and give people with special needs a dignified residence. Along with providing affordable housing, NHA provides services that connect tenants to critical health and community resources, work to prevent homelessness before it begins, and offer emergency shelter and services for families experiencing homelessness. 

NHA is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment and is actively seeking to recruit a diverse applicant pool. We strive to hire a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens everything we do. NHA offers a great work environment having been awarded “100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon” again in 2019. This is a great opportunity to work with a team of dedicated and passionate coworkers.