Real Estate Development Housing Specialist - CASA of Oregon
This position is classified as Non-Exempt, Full-Time, and reports to the Real Estate Development (RED) Director.
This position is a Grade 4 with a starting Salary of $51,796 - $60,872.
CASA of Oregon (CASA) began its work more than 30 years ago by supporting local organizations that provide housing for farmworkers and other populations who have been marginalized in primarily rural areas throughout the state. Today, we enhance economic and housing security for Oregonians in need by working in four key areas:
Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development Center (MHCDC)
– We develop and support manufactured-home community resident-cooperatives through organizing, training, and technical assistance. We also support the negotiation and oversight of the purchase and financing.
Real Estate Development (RED)
– We partner with local community organizations and nonprofit housing sponsors to increase the stock of—and improve existing—affordable rental housing and community facilities. We serve as a developer, consultant, and technical assistance provider.
Family Economic Opportunity (FEO)
– We partner with local agencies to administer Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), which enable individuals and households with limited financial resources to save and build assets at an accelerated pace through a match savings program.
Community Loan Fund (CLF)
– We provide financing to support the development and preservation of affordable housing and community facilities. Loans provided include predevelopment, construction, bridge and secondary permanent financing.
CASA of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. CASA of Oregon also complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact
By working alongside community organizations, we are able to build and renovate affordable housing and neighborhood facilities. We provide programs and resources that increase families’ financial well-being. We are advocates, organizers and agents for change working throughout the state of Oregon.
At CASA, we commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism because we recognize that the communities we partner with face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state and institutions.
We celebrate the identities of all involved with CASA, past and present. We are an organization that strives to respect the race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, size, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, criminal background, religious background, marital status, military status, strengths and differences of all people.
We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression, and commit ourselves to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion and freedom of expression.
As organizers, advocates and development consultants, racial equity and inclusion should manifest at all levels of our programs. Through collaboration, we strive to build hope, homes, and financial health to both heal and strengthen our communities.
CASA is seeking a motivated, talented, and collaborative individual. While some candidates may not have all the relevant experience, candidates who are open and enthusiastic to learning on the job will be considered. Preferred candidates will have experience managing a team, acquiring and developing real estate, leading hands-on community engagement with disadvantaged populations, and conducting public advocacy campaigns. Ideal candidates will have experience working in rural communities, writing and administering grants, and leading or participating in equity and inclusion efforts. This includes tax credit projects, bond financing, affordable housing preservation, rural development, farmworker housing, and community organizing.
The Real Estate Development Program Specialist assists with a wide array of assignments related to housing and community facilities development, including research, compile data, prepare forms/reports, and responsible overseeing the compliance of State Prevailing Wage Rates, Federal Davis Bacon and Related Acts requirements.
- Assist with the preparation of grant applications;
- Acquire & prepare various forms and documents;
- Conduct outreach and surveys of farmworker families;
- Assist Program Specialist or Managers to plan projects and perform necessary tasks;
- Periodically take on new projects to support development team and agency;
- Translate documents;
- Help plan and coordinate conferences and retreats;
- Develop marketing materials;
- Assist Program Specialist/Managers with to prepare forms and Davis Bacon & Prevailing Wage Rate documents;
- Assist Program Specialist/Manager with the Administer the Community Development Block Grant requirements for projects;
- Fills in where and when appropriate for Program Specialist with short term absence (sabbatical, vacation, sick)
- Other duties as assigned;
Associate Degree preferred.
Two-three years’ experience in office operations;
- Knowledge of and experience in affordable housing programs preferred;
- Familiarity with the operations of non-profit organizations;
- Ability to plan and manage multiple projects, and meet strict deadlines;
- Capacity to work independently and perform complex tasks with minimal supervision;
- Effective oral and written communication skills to a wide audience;
- Good organizational and interpersonal skills;
- Working knowledge of spreadsheets and budget manipulation;
- Proficiency using MS software and other computer software;
- Willingness to assist co-workers with special projects;
- Preference for bilingual Spanish speakers;
- A commitment to working in a multicultural/bilingual environment; and a driver’s license and access to transportation
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS
The following capabilities are required in order to perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations that do not create an undue burden on the company are available to address the following requirements:
- Ability to sit for long periods of time
- Ability to: stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; Lift, carry, and place items of up to 25 pounds;
- Maintain sustained concentration on computer screens;
- Use keyboards and a variety of computer peripherals;
- Must have a valid driver’s license with consistent access to reliable transportation.
- Must be able to drive both day and night and travel to rural areas during the week and on weekends.
This is a union position represented by CWA Local 7901.
- Paid Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D and Long-term Disability Insurance
- Generous Leave Policies
- Opportunities for Telecommuting
- Flexible Work Schedule
- Employer Contribution to 401(k) – no match required
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA)
CASA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or (dis)ability status. CASA of Oregon also complies with federal and state (dis)ability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with (dis)abilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Teri Smith at (503)-687-3316 or email@example.com