Deputy Executive Director/Director of Community Development
Washington County CDA St. Paul, MN $97,047-$136,878 annually

Are you a senior professional in the field of housing finance and community development looking for a high-level leadership role in a growing and thriving public sector agency? Are you a self-starter who excels at working with members of the community and public officials to advance an agenda focused on helping communities thrive? And are you excited to help a team of highly-capable staff grow and develop their skills? If so, the Washington County CDA would welcome your application to be our next Deputy Executive Director/Director of Community Development. You can learn more about our agency at

What you’ll be doing…

As second-in-command at our agency, the Deputy Executive Director's duties are wide-ranging and also acts in the capacity of Executive Director when the Executive Director is unavailable. This position requires comfort with frequent levels of public contact involving state and local leaders, and others who influence policy and budget matters that affect our agency. You will have oversight of and responsibility for our agency's community development programs, which include the construction and maintenance of an affordable housing portfolio, affordable multi-family financing, financing and counseling programs for homeowners and homebuyers, and administration of the county's CDBG/HOME funds.

What we’re looking for…

The Washington County CDA is looking for a master multi-tasker with a can-do attitude. You are analytical, with a keen sense of detail and an ability to not only solve the problem at hand, but to look two or three steps ahead when choosing a course of action. You're comfortable and confident in your interactions with public officials, and you are looking to take the next step on a career path in public sector executive leadership. Those are must-haves. And ideally, you’ll also possess many (or all!) of the following traits:

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field, and 6+ years of previous experience managing housing and community development projects and programs, including financial underwriting and analysis. A master's degree is preferred, as is experience with direct supervision of staff. This position presently has seven direct reports.
  • You're articulate and a good communicator, whether that communication is verbal or in writing. You're also comfortable with presenting in front of groups, whether that's in front of our board of commissioners, negotiating with developers, or working with the public at large. Much of this position involves public-facing work with external parties, and an ability to capably represent the agency and its goals in front of policymakers and influential members of the community.
  • Experience with the financing tools most common in the realm of housing and community development: for example, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships program, tax exempt bons issuance, tax increment financing, etc.
  • Familiarity with homeownership programs including homebuyer and homeowner counseling and education, mortgage foreclosure recovery, and homeownership financing and assistance.
  • Experience overseeing and managing residential real estate transactions and developments and capital improvement programs that provide preventive, routine and emergency maintenance services to our housing portfolio and office building.

What We Can Offer You…

  • An initial hiring range of $97,047 to $118,072 annually, with a current maximum of $136,878.
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Four weeks of PTO each year (to start), plus an opportunity to earn 12 additional hours each year through our employee wellness program 
  • Generous health and dental insurance offerings, starting at $10 per month for health and less than a dollar per month for dental
  • Employer-paid short and long-term disability insurance
  • An 11% employer contribution to your deferred compensation retirement account that, unlike many public sector agencies, comes with no vesting requirements. The money is 100% yours the moment it is deposited. (Please note, this is partially in lieu of Social Security, which the agency does not participate in. The 6.2% you ordinarily would contribute to Social Security will also go into this deferred compensation account.)
  • A friendly working environment with great colleagues who are committed to making a difference in the community
  • A fantastic work location just off the interstate in Woodbury, close to shopping, restaurants, and great recreation opportunities in Washington County

Our Process…

  • If you’re interested, apply sooner rather than later. Be sure to attach a resume. Cover letters are optional, but can provide depth to your application. And please answer the written pre-screening questions we've provided. No need to write novels, but please answer completely.
  • We will begin reviewing resumes and inviting people for interviews approximately three weeks after the job has been posted. We will review applications on a rolling basis after that. If you can still see this ad, we’re still accepting applications.
  • If you’re selected for an interview, you’ll come out to our office in Woodbury to meet with some of our team. Given the executive nature of the position, there may be multiple rounds of interviews.
  • If you’re offered the job, congratulations! We’ll complete a background check and some other routine paperwork before you begin. For this position, we would anticipate a start date between March 15 and April 15, though are willing to work with you in the event your current employer requires longer notice.
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