Oct 19, 2021

New Job Opportunity: Lead Program Staff OR Program Associate

The Family Housing Fund (FHFund) believes it takes all of us working together to build a strong system that supports access to decent, affordable homes for everyone. Established in 1980, we support the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Metropolitan Council, and Minnesota Housing in their efforts to meet the seven-county metropolitan region’s affordable housing needs. We are unique in focusing on all facets of the housing system and working across sectors to ensure real change.

The FHFund team is creative and committed; currently there are 6 full-time staff. Our newly renovated offices in downtown Minneapolis are designed for collaborative work. On a typical day, you will see staff hosting meetings with external partners, working independently to manage projects, and keeping our operations humming along. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most staff have been working remotely.

FHFund is growing its team in order to expand its capacity to deliver on an array of new initiatives and increased work volume. There is flexibility to move responsibilities around among current and future staff, so the position(s) we are hiring for is flexible. If you are excited about ensuring everyone in our community has a decent place to call home and eager to share your skills and experience, then this is likely to be an excellent fit for you.

We are interested in both entry level candidates new to housing and seasoned professionals already expert in the field. If our work excites you, we hope you will apply!

Position Description

This position will report to the Vice President and work closely with the Program Team to increase the supply, improve the quality of, and expand access to affordable housing in the Twin Cities region.

This is a unique opportunity to grow professionally while supporting a range of initiatives to improve housing stability in the Twin Cities. Ideal candidates will bring either knowledge of or an interest in learning about affordable housing. Some of the projects you might contribute to include:

Building Equity in Small Multifamily

Small multifamily ownership (duplex, triplex, and fourplex) offers a meaningful opportunity to close our racial disparities in wealth. We are aligning systems to help long-time community residents build wealth as owner-occupant landlords of 2-4 unit buildings in their communities by both a) addressing the constrained supply of and competition for these buildings and b) ensuring first-time buyers have access to capital and training so they can become successful homeowners and responsible landlords.

The Zero Balance Project

The Family Housing Fund is administering $34 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance dollars received by Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota Counties, and the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul as part of the nation’s COVID-19 response. We work collaboratively with several partners to set program policies, manage contractors, approve applications, and issue payments to landlords on behalf of renters with arrears.

Expanding the Supply of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

ADUs provide affordable options in the private market and are a flexible solution to our region’s housing needs. If they became as common in the Twin Cities as they are in Portland, OR, the region would create 11,000 new housing units. Family Housing Fund has created a set of tools to help Twin Cities homeowners learn about and build ADUs as a way of increasing our supply of housing and creating new rental housing opportunities in neighborhoods that have historically offered few options to renters.

Additional Opportunities

Family Housing Fund is always working on the next big challenge in housing. Some additional areas where a new staff member might support our work include:

  • Tracking the changes in municipal housing policies across the region
  • Providing loan portfolio management support for affordable rental housing
  • Contributing to new Family Housing Fund-authored research reports
  • Supporting the submission of fundraising proposals and grant reports

Desired Qualifications

  • Eager to work hard, collaborate across sectors, and never stop learning. Passionate about expanding housing opportunities and reducing racial disparities in the Twin Cities
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt quickly to changes
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong communications skills
  • Interest in affordable housing, housing stability, real estate, and/or finance
  • At least one year of work experience or one year of post-high school education
  • Fluency in a language other than English that is commonly used among Twin Cities communities desired, but not required. (For example: Spanish, Hmong, Dakota, Ojibwe, Somali, Oromo, Karen)

Compensation/Title

Depending on experience, this position could have a starting salary of $40,000 for someone starting or early in their career, or up to $100,0000 for a professional with many years of experience and deep knowledge of the field. Additionally, generous benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation, and 401k contributions regardless of experience level. Title will be determined based on evaluation of previous work experience and knowledge.

To Apply    

Send resume and a cover letter describing a) your interest in the organization, b) relevant experience, and c) a description of the area(s) of our work you are most interested in by email (subject line: Hiring) to: colleen@fhfund.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Family Housing Fund mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all its employees, subject to accommodations for qualifying medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

The Family Housing Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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