There is one permanent opening with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Economic Services Administration’s (ESA) Headquarters’ Office. This position is located in Olympia, Washington.
The Economic Services Administration (ESA) represents more than 4,000 employees working together with the single purpose of improving the safety and health of individuals, families and communities in Washington State. ESA helps low-income people meet their basic needs and achieve economic independence through cash grants, food and medical assistance, work-focused services, and subsidized child care. ESA also ensures parents provide financial and medical support to their children through child support enforcement. Nearly one in every four Washington residents seeks assistance through ESA each year.
The Housing Stability Manager reports directly to the Assistant Secretary for the Economic Services Administration (ESA). The position works closely with ESA divisions, other DSHS Administrations, Department of Commerce, and other external partners to develop, implement, evaluate and improve strategies aimed at creating better outcomes for impoverished vulnerable families, children and youth in need of housing or experiencing housing instability. A key responsibility of the position is to work with these entities to achieve alignment of housing, homelessness and anti-poverty policies in Washington State.
In this job, you will: Manage projects, initiatives, and partnerships across DSHS, with a focus on improving statewide policy and practice for addressing the needs of homeless and unstably housed families, children and youth. Serve as the Department’s primary liaison with external partners including the Department of Commerce, other state agencies, public and private agencies, and philanthropic foundations focusing on housing and homelessness.
Ensure that DSHS executive leadership is current and informed of major developments, efforts and progress.
Manage ESA activities that are designed to better align - at a statewide level - housing, homelessness and anti-poverty policies and resources.
Develop new partnerships and projects benefitting vulnerable families, children and youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Coordinate efforts to serve youth transitioning from foster care and juvenile rehabilitation facilities.
Build and sustain strategic partnerships that help DSHS: (1) maximize and leverage resources to reduce homelessness; (2) mitigate risk factors associated with homelessness and housing instability; and (3) increase safe, affordable and appropriate housing opportunities for low-income families, children and youth served by DSHS.
Serve as the primary housing liaison for DSHS, working collaboratively with other DSHS administrations, state agencies, public and private-sector organizations, and philanthropic organizations (e.g., Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Building Changes, county housing authorities, K12, post-secondary, and vocational education) that are committed to combatting homelessness and poverty among low-income families in Washington State.
Serve as the ESA representative on the cross-agency Vulnerable Families Partnership Project team comprised of key leaders and staff from DSHS, Department of Commerce, and Building Changes (a Seattle-based non-profit that works to end homelessness in Washington State through collaborative partnerships and innovative strategies).
Communicate the work of the team to ESA leaders, make recommendations on partnerships and strategies recommended by the project team affecting ESA, and oversee partnerships and strategies supported by ESA.
Prepare briefing and planning documents and talking points for ESA and DSHS leadership on housing related matters and issues.
A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, social work, public policy or related field from an accredited college and a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience working in an organization that serves vulnerable individuals and families.
Completion of a certificate or other program in project management.
Demonstrated project management skills and experience.
Knowledge of public systems that serve vulnerable, low-income people at risk of and experiencing homelessness.
Demonstrated experience convening and coordinating diverse stakeholder groups.
Excellent public speaking, verbal and written communication skills.
Experience briefing and engaging senior level government officials.
Ability to be responsive to numerous concurrent responses and set priorities.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
A Master’s degree in a related field, such as public administration, social work or public policy.
Prior involvement with systems reform.
Understanding of principles and practices that apply evidence-based and innovative solutions to combat homelessness and poverty.
Excellent research, analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to effectively distill and present complex information concisely.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in a team setting.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work and manage tight deadlines effectively.
There is no need to fill out the online application. Click the Apply button above and attach the following within the "Attachments" section by the closing date:
Letter of interest describing your qualifications
Three professional references
Two writing samples that demonstrate your statistical and analytic skills
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (360) 725-5825. 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.
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