Special Projects Manager




Special Projects Manager



POSTING DATE:      May 3, 2018

CLOSING DATE:      Open until filled

REPORTS TO:           Regional Area Manager

HOURS:                     Full-time.

PAY RANGE:                        DOE

BENEFITS:                Medical, dental, vision, life/disability, retirement, vacation and sick leave

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 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 tiny house villages that provide a crisis response to homelessness. We provide 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 and project management duties. This position will work in the main office and also in the field as needed.


The position will provide expertise in research, planning, operations, management, technical support, construction and coordination of contractors, vendors and volunteers. The 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 contracts with funders, complete accurate and timely reports to funders and ensure compliance with funder agreements.
  • Develop and manage special projects as assigned. Conduct research. Develop and complete work tasks and assume project management responsibilities.
  • Assume program and maintenance oversight responsibilities including ordering and approving invoices and proposals, routinely inspect the condition of all sites, scheduling maintenance and third-party vendors as needed.
  • Provide regular reports to the Regional Area Manager, Executive Director and Senior Management team as required.


Financial and Administrative Management:

  • Assist in developing project budgets. Oversee public and private grants and contracts. Complete reports and invoices in a timely manner.
  • Manage and monitor specific budgets and expenses, provide updates and feedback to the management team as requested.
  • Purchase supplies, setup operations, contract for services, and ensure that there is a clear audit trail.


Program Coordination:

  • Oversee construction of tiny houses and cottages; set up villages; supervise contractors, architects and consultants; and train and support students, residents and volunteers.
  • Plan and attend community and partnership meetings to maintain good communication with neighbors, government officials, partners, etc.
  • Work with other staff members, grassroots partners, community groups, government entities, volunteers and future residents on community notification, tours and community outreach.
  • Provide ongoing support to tiny house villages and cottage communities.
  • 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.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.


Staff Support and Supervision:

  • Assist in supervising and training staff, volunteers, students and interns.
  • Complete staff, student and intern evaluations that address performance, set goals with clear performance expectations.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues, communicate with management staff, and work in a team approach to determine the best course of action. 



    1. Two years experience working on housing development or project management.
    2. Two years experience working on small scale construction projects with skilled and unskilled labor and volunteers.
    3. Experience developing, implementing, managing and monitoring contracts, policies and budgets.
    4. Experience working with and coordinating groups, managing volunteers and team building.
    5. Must possess basic knowledge of wood construction, utility infrastructure, experience obtaining contractor bids, and working with carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled crafts.
    6. 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.
    7. Good mathematical aptitude and ability to understand financial statements.
    8. Proficient in, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheet programs. Previous experience with record keeping and report preparation.
    9. Ability to effectively supervise staff, interns and volunteers, and to work with confidential, sensitive information (physical, electronic, and verbal) and maintain confidentiality.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. Must have a reliable transportation to work at multiple locations
    13. Must have valid driver’s license and working vehicle.
    14. 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, Suite 200

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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