Special Projects Manager



Special Projects Manager


POSTING DATE:      February 14, 2018

CLOSING DATE:      Open until filled

REPORTS TO:           Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement

HOURS:                     Full-time.

PAY RANGE:                        DOE

BENEFITS:                Benefits include health, life, disability.

POSITION TYPE:     Exempt, management position


The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) develops and manages housing for people who are low-income and/or homeless, provides technical assistance to communities and other non-profits, and advocates for housing for all. LIHI provides over 2,000 affordable apartments in the Puget Sound region. The majority of LIHI housing serves homeless households and people below 30% of the area median income.  Seattle/King County has over 11,500 homeless people with over 4,000 who are unsheltered.  LIHI sponsors seven tiny house villages that provide a crisis response to homelessness. We provides supportive services to move people into long term housing and access to healthcare, employment and education.


This position works closely with government officials, property owners, businesses, contractors, homeless people and the community to promote, develop and sustain Tiny House Villages; modular construction; cottage developments; and innovative solutions. The Special Project Manager may be assigned other housing development duties. This position will work in the main office and also in the field as needed. The position will provide a high level of expertise in research, planning, architecture, technical support, construction and coordination of contractors, vendors and volunteers. Position is responsible for planning and implementing new initiatives, managing contracts and programs, creating and managing budgets and directing staff and volunteers.



Project Management:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of development and funder contracts.
  • Develop and manage special projects as assigned. Conduct research. Identify project phases and priorities.
  • Implement and monitor projects from inception to close out.
  • Provide regular reports to the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, Executive Director and Senior Management team as required.

Financial and Administrative Management:

  • Develop project budgets. Oversee public and private grants and contracts. Complete reports and invoices in a timely manner.
  • Manage and monitor specific budgets and provide updates and feedback to the management team as requested.
  • Prepare and write grant and funding applications, collaborate with fund development staff.
  • Prepare presentations, toolkits, promotional and educational materials.

Program Coordination:

  • Oversee construction of tiny house villages, supervise contractors, consultants and construction volunteers.
  • Review and assess sites, design and draw-up site plans, architectural building plans and obtain necessary permits and approvals.
  • Work with other staff members, grassroots partners, community groups, government entities, volunteers and future residents on community notification, tours and community outreach.
  • Obtain and respond to input and feedback from residents, oversee inspection and upkeep of tiny houses and other structures and evaluate habitability and quality of life.
  • Promote green and sustainable design and materials.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Supervise staff, full-time volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, consultants and community volunteers.
  • Create job/position descriptions, workplans, assess performance, complete evaluations.


  1. Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree.
  2. Two years experience working on housing development projects.
  3. Three years experience working on small scale construction projects with skilled and unskilled labor and volunteers.
  4. Experience developing, implementing, managing and monitoring contracts, policies and budgets.
  5. Experience working with and coordinating groups, managing volunteers and team building.
  6. Must possess knowledge of wood construction, utility infrastructure, experience obtaining contractor bids, and supervising carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled crafts.
  7. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated experience that shows a high degree of interpersonal skills working with staff, housing partners and the public.
  8. Good mathematical aptitude and ability to understand financial statements.
  9. Proficient in architectural design software, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheet programs. Previous experience with record keeping and report preparation.
  10. Ability to effectively supervise staff, interns and volunteers, and to work with confidential, sensitive information (physical, electronic, and verbal) and maintain
  11. confidentiality.
  12. Ability to work in a fast-paced, fairly independent and autonomous work environment. Must be a self-starter, highly organized, able to prioritize, multi-task, meet deadlines, and follow-up.
  13. Must possess a strong sense of ethics, professional boundaries, and an inviting demeanor. Respect for homeless people, diplomacy/tact, and an optimistic approach are essential. The person in this position must be able to tolerate and welcome differences of opinion and have an appreciation for diversity.
  14. Must have valid driver’s license and working vehicle.
  15. Must pass background checks and drug screening test.

If interested in this position please send in a cover letter and resume to the Low Income Housing Institute. All application materials should be mailed, faxed, or dropped off in person to:


The Low Income Housing Institute

Attn: Human Resources

2407 1st Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

Fax: (206) 443-9851


Or e-mailed to: hr@lihi.org




The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is an equal opportunity employer. LIHI participates in E-Verify. Qualified women and people of color are encouraged to apply. 

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