Start a Career with Imagine Housing

Imagine Housing, a 501(c)(3) Washington non-profit corporation incorporated in 1989, is the primary developer of permanent affordable rental housing in East King County. We are a leader in designing and providing client-centered, strengths-based supportive services ranging from after-school programs for kids to case management and trainings for adults at our properties, supporting residents’ efforts to develop greater choice and independence. By developing permanent affordable rental housing and providing supportive services, Imagine Housing empowers individuals and families, supports diversity and strengthens communities on the Eastside. We make it possible for veterans, seniors, survivors of domestic violence, young adults aging out of foster care, and low-income working families to live in and thrive on the Eastside.

Imagine Housing has an excellent reputation on the Eastside and in the Puget Sound region for our commitment to increasing the availability of affordable housing and for our leadership in affordable housing advocacy and in shaping public policy. Over 25 years in the community, we have built or acquired 12 properties in five Eastside cities, serving more than 1,050 low-income individuals with 427 affordable apartments. Imagine Housing and its affiliate, Red Vines 1, have a budget of over $3.7 million and $75 million in assets. Our revenue comes from a healthy blend of rent, developer fees and philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

We are currently hiring for the following jobs.  Please see job description below.

Imagine Housing is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, the presence of a disability, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our equal opportunity policy applies to all phases of employment, including recruiting, hiring, job assignment, supervision, training, upgrading, transfer, compensation, benefits, promotion, education and recreation, layoff and termination.


Student Programs AmeriCorps Member

AmeriCorps Position

We are seeking a full-time (40 hours weekly) Student Programs AmeriCorps Member. The AmeriCorps Member will facilitate after-school programs for low-income elementary and middle school students living in Issaquah and Bellevue. These programs empower young people to reach their full potential. They support positive social-emotional development and promote academic engagement by encouraging youth to believe in their inherent self-worth and strengths.
The AmeriCorps Member will actively contribute to improving youth program quality by developing and facilitating engaging lesson plans and high-impact activities. The member must hold them self, our students, and our programs to high standards. They should possess outstanding communication and time management skills, enjoy learning and being challenged, and have a passion for student development.
Key Functions:

  • Provide one-on-one and small group academic support to youth;
  • Maintain a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment for diverse groups of youth and families;
  • Plan and facilitate enriching activities and events for children, youth, and families;
  • Coordinate with schools and community-based organizations to provide children and families with additional supports;
  • Recruit, train, and support volunteers to assist with youth programs;
  • Participate in quarterly meetings with parents/guardians to discuss children’s academic and developmental progress;
  • Create monthly newsletters and flyers that effectively communicate program information and additional supports for children, youth, and families;
  • Solicit and incorporate resident feedback into programs;
  • Develop and help supervise educational excursions/service learning opportunities;
  • Plan and execute summer enrichment activities for students;
  • Build rapport with residents and consistently maintain professional boundaries.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate in team and staff meetings;
  • Maintain thourough and complete records of program participation and youth outcomes;
  • Document service through occasional blog posts and pictures;
  • Effectively collaborate with Imagine Housing staff and community partners;
  • Attend occasional training that pertain to supporting youth and families;
  • Promote resident leadership by encouraging residents to assist with the planning and implementation of programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Experience serving elementary and/or middle school students;
  • Comfort leading group activities and managing student behavior/conflict;
  • Self-starter, flexible, dependable, and able to multi-task;
  • Enthusiasm for serving children and families from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to effectively serve on a team;
  • Strong time management and organizational skills;
  • Positive demeanor;
  • Ability to create engaging programming ideas and incorporate youth feedback;
  • Knowledge and ability to assist K-12 students with their schoolwork;
  • Ability to set and maintain boundaries with residents in a professional manner;
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with staff and residents from a variety of economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, with varying physical and mental abilities and with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities;
  • Ability to pass state, FBI, and National Sex Offender Public Registry background checks;
  • 18-25 years old as of September 1, 2014 (as required by WA State Service Corps);
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Documentation of U.S. Citizen, National or Permanent Resident for AmeriCorps enrollment;
  • Competnecy in use of personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with elementary and middle school students (K-8) from low-income backgrounds in an after-school setting;
  • Familiarity with the Weiker Center’s Youth Program Quality Indicators;
  • Experience creating lesson plans;
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Hmong;
  • Degree in education or related field.

Service Schedule

This is a full-time (40 hours weekly) service position from September 1, 2104 – July 15, 2015. The work day is somewhat flexible but will generally be between the hours of 10:00am and 7:00pm. Later evenings will occasionally be required for evening programming, with start times adjusted accordingly.

Benefits

The AmeriCorps member will receive a $1,155/month living stipend and health insurance. Upon successfully completing 1,700 hours of service, they will also receive a $5,645 education award. The member is eligible for student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment (on qualifying loans) and subsidized childcare.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Imagine Housing is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all applicants and AmeriCorps members regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, the presence of a disability, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our equal opportunity policy applies to all phases of your service, including recruitment, selection, supervision, and training.

To Apply

We will be accepting resumes until the position is filled. E-mail a resume and cover letter with a description of specifically why you are an ideal candidate to Eric Buley, Resident Support Specialist at ericb@imaginehousing.org.


Operations Coordinator

Imagine Housing seeks an organized, detail-oriented and motivated individual to support the Executive Director and ensure effective operations of Imagine Housing and its affiliate, Red Vines 1. The Operations Coordinator will provide support to the Executive Director, enabling the Executive Director to effectively lead and guide the organization. Through coordination of interdepartmental deadlines, budgeting, Board development, community outreach and the schedule and activities of the Executive Director, the Operations Coordinator will help ensure that key elements of organizational operations are happening smoothly and in accordance with the Strategic Plan. Imagine Housing offers an outstanding opportunity for an individual who wants to grow professionally and effect positive and lasting change in the community. The position reports to the Executive Director.

Duties

Department Support

  • Support other department Directors by communicating deadlines and ensuring that they have the support they need to meet those deadlines.
  • Proof read documents from other departments before giving to Executive Director.
  • Prepare monthly blog updates on behalf of Executive Director.
  • Write and send follow-up and thank you notes for Executive Director.
  • Review financial documents:
  • Budgets: Communicate budgeting deadlines to various departments to help them stay on schedule, support team in completing budgets, help identify gaps and errors in draft budgets, look at trends of 5-year cash flow projections, and highlight possible areas of concern and recommend changes.
  • Variance Reports: Check for accuracy of variance reports, make sure notes exist where needed, and check notes for clarity before presenting to Executive Director.
  • Quarterly Cash Flow Projections: Compare to previous months and years, look for trends, and make recommendations.

Imagine Housing and Red Vines Board of Directors Support

  • Support recruitment of new Board members by posting Board opportunities, sending application materials to potential Board candidates, following up with them to collect application materials, scheduling interviews between candidates and existing Board members, conducting reference checks, and coordinating Committee and Board approval of new members.
  • Support creation of monthly Executive Director reports for the Board packet.
  • Review Board meeting minutes and make any additions or changes that might be necessary.
  • Help prepare the Board agenda including: allotting time for department updates where needed, ensuring that Committee Chairs are informed if they are presenting, and preparing and/or ensuring that presentation materials and/or PowerPoints are ready.
  • Provide support with developing and updating Organizational Policies and Organizational Procedures.

Community Outreach Support

  • Maintain updated statistics for use in various outreach materials.
  • Create talking points for Executive Director, Board members, staff and volunteers for various outreach presentations and events.
  • Schedule and conduct community presentations and prepare materials for these presentations.
  • Help support community outreach meetings related to new housing development projects.
  • Write letters and emails on behalf of Executive Director.
  • Support development of communication materials.
  • Coordinate Housing Advocacy Day, including sending information to the Board and staff, contacting resident participants, gathering RSVP’s, creating teams from Imagine Housing and Red Vines, coordinating schedules with Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and arranging carpools.
  • Create “Advocacy Calls to Action” and distribute to Board members and other appropriate community members.
  • Write and send personal invitations for events on behalf of Executive Director.
  • Coordinate Grand Opening and Groundbreaking events, including scheduling, program development, securing and preparing speakers with talking points, sending out invitations, and planning event logistics.

Meeting Support

  • Translate Executive Director’s meeting notes into to-do and action items.
  • Create meeting agendas.
  • Collaborate with Chairs of the Governance and Advocacy Committees to prepare for meetings, create agendas and prepare materials.
  • Schedule and confirm meetings between Executive Director and staff, donors, elected officials and other community members, preparing agendas where appropriate.
  • Prepare materials for Executive Director’s meetings.
  • Collect notes from Executive Director’s meetings and enter information into donor database.

Other Administrative Support

  • Respond to, file and prioritize emails for Executive Director.
  • Manage and update Executive Director’s to-do list.
  • Coordinate and oversee completion of Strategic Plan progress updates twice per year, including creating templates, sending requests for progress updates to Directors, ensuring that responses are collected and compiled and reviewing for accuracy and clarity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of related experience in a business or non-profit setting required.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and with the Microsoft Office Suite with particular proficiency working with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong editor.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with coworkers, visitors and community members from a variety of economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with varying physical and mental abilities, and with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Ability to proactively contribute to a positive office environment.
  • Easy to work with in a collaborative team environment.
  • Highly organized and efficient.
  • Detail and process oriented.
  • Proactive – able to anticipate arising needs and take ownership over activities.
  • Problem solver.
  • Resourceful – able to conduct thorough internet research projects.
  • Able to track and juggle multiple projects at a given time.

Work Schedule

Position is a full time (40 hours per week), hourly, non-exempt position. Hours worked will be weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or at a mutually agreed-upon schedule. Occasional overtime, evening and/or weekend work also may be required.

Salary and Benefits

Hourly range is from $20 – $23/hour, with actual hourly rate determined based on experience. Benefits include paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, company-paid medical, dental and life insurance and 401(k) matching contribution.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Imagine Housing is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, the presence of a disability, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our equal opportunity policy applies to all phases of employment, including recruiting, hiring, job assignment, supervision, training, upgrading, transfer, compensation, benefits, promotion, education and recreation, layoff and termination.

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to hesterw@imaginehousing.org. Include in your cover letter how you learned of this position, a description of specifically why you are an ideal candidate, your salary history and salary expectations. If you have any questions, please call Hester Winn at (425) 576-5190, ext. 10. Position open until filled.