Strategic Initiatives Lead

  • Full-Time
  • Portland, OR
  • Applications have closed

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Metro’s Housing Department is hiring for a Strategic Initiatives Lead.

This position will serve as the lead for multiple strategic initiatives, including developing Metro’s first Regional State of Housing Report, a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of the region’s housing and homelessness needs and gaps that will lay the foundation for future housing funding and policy development. The Strategic Initiatives Lead will work closely with the Housing Policy Director, the housing leadership team, and agency leadership to guide staff work on strategic funding and policy initiatives and to develop structures and processes to support policy work across the department.

As the Strategic Projects Lead you will:

  • Work closely with Policy Director to support policy vision, strategy, processes, procedures and assignments, as needed for Metro’s housing policy work. Lead and oversee the work of other team members, as assigned.
  • Develop, manage, and oversee complex research, assessment and analysis projects and reports to inform program and policy design and evaluation, resource planning, and strategic planning.
  • Develop program and policy recommendations based on racial equity analysis, technical and policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement; develop systems for implementation.
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders to inform research and strategic priorities, shape project approaches and methodologies, and identify and advance collaborative research opportunities.
  • Coordinate the selection of consultants, administer agreements and contracts with agencies, and monitor work done by consultants and other organizations as appropriate.
  • Monitor and analyze economic, regulatory, funding and policy landscape impacting affordable and market rate housing supply and access.
  • Develop or oversee development of metrics, reports, systems, methodologies and tools to monitor and evaluate housing and homelessness indicators and outcomes over time, including establishing standards and metrics for evaluating racial disparities in outcomes.
  • Ensure strategic project coordination and alignment of research and policy projects with intersecting initiatives and agency-wide priorities, including racial equity and climate resilience.
  • Work with staff and consultants to design and lead stakeholder engagement and ensure coordination across engagement activities.
  • Participate in intergovernmental task forces, committees, public meetings, and forums. Provide lead direction to staff working on policy research and analysis projects.
  • Work closely with the Housing Leadership Team to provide recommendations to inform strategic and organizational planning.

Attributes for success:

  • Proven success in designing and managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and bodies of work. Excellent organizational, strategic planning, and project management skills
  • Knowledge of aligning policy and planning projects with racial equity principles and frameworks
  • Dynamic and collaborative leader who will inspire, motivate, and support project teams to deliver  high quality and on-time work products.
  • Collaborative problem-solving and consensus-building skills and ability to be flexible and creative to ensure that projects can move forward on time.
  • Passionate about data-driven approaches to inform policy development and program evaluation.
  • Broad knowledge of the root causes of housing/homelessness and racial inequities in housing, economic and financial trends impacting affordable housing development, and supportive housing services.
  • Familiarity with research, data, and analytical methods to monitor and evaluate housing and homelessness trends and outcomes.
  • Knowledge of public policy development processes and practices and the ability to communicate with individuals and groups regarding complex and controversial issues.
  • Ability to effectively manage and communicate about politically sensitive projects and topics.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships and contribute to a positive team atmosphere; engage others in ways that foster respect and trust.
  • Encourage and appreciate diversity in people and ideas – seek to understand the perspectives of others.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service – assist the public, public officials and agency partners, and other employees in a professional and courteous manner with the goal of meeting or exceeding expectations

Diversity and inclusion: At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in public administration, urban planning, project or program management or public policy; and
  • Master’s degree in public policy, urban planning, public administration, real estate development, community development, economics or related field, or
  • Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. (Example could be Bachelor’s and seven years of experience)

If interested in this opportunity and would like to read more about it or to apply, visit our website by Feb 21, at 5pm PST

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