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Employment Opportunities

Executive Admin Assistant

Posted 11/14/2022

About Homes First:

Vision:  Our vision is one of vibrant communities where everyone has a safe and healthy home they can afford, so that they have hope for a better future

Mission: We believe everyone needs a home to be successful.  Therefore, it is our mission to create and maintain safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes for those who need them most.

Since 1990, Homes First has successfully created affordable rental housing in Thurston and Mason Counties, WA. In over 32 years, we have helped close to 5,000 low and very low income community members find safe, clean, and affordable rental housing with a landlord who treats them with dignity and respect. 

Income from rents and fundraising goes to maintain the housing, provide staff oversight, and help fund future affordable housing projects.

Our strength is in our partnerships.  We work together with local service providers to ensure our tenants receive the support they need to be successful.  We meet our tenants where they are and help them have the financial and emotional space they need to define for themselves what success may look like.

Our business is not all about homes though. Our mission is about people and making the South Puget Sound region a great place to work for everyone. Although we own homes, it is people we truly serve. We need to be prepared to meet the ever growing demand for affordable rental housing. This is not a speculative enterprise but a demand driven response to the need that is shown by state and local entities who track requests for housing. It is also driven by the over 800 requests for housing that Homes First must turn away every year due to lack of available units.

No other nonprofit organization in our region does what we do. Rather than allowing our mission to creep beyond the original intention of the founders - to provide and support affordable rental housing - we have partnered with other organizations that complement our programs.

Supportive housing is a combination of housing and services intended as a cost-effective way to help people live more stable, productive lives.  It is widely shown to work well for those who face the most complex challenges—individuals and families confronted with homelessness who also have very low incomes and/or serious, persistent issues and serious challenges to a successful life.

Homes First has been experiencing rapid growth as we build upon our existing community housing assets.  Every year, our objective is to make a significant contribution to our region’s basic needs for affordable rental homes.  

Our Homes:

We currently have 48 properties serving almost 300 people a year.  We are currently in the process of adding nine more properties to our portfolio and expect to continue this pattern of growth in the coming years.

We provide rentals in single family homes and small multiplex properties, plus shared living for people in recovery, adults with developmental disabilities, youth, veterans, people in court diversion programs, and people exiting Western State Hospital. All shared housing is provided in partnership with local service providers who add case management services for permanent supportive housing.

We acquire new units with financial support from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, our local cities and counties, individual donors and mortgages from Oly Fed Bank. Rental and fundraising income helps us maintain the homes forever.

The Position/Your Role:

The Executive Admin Assistant provides operational and administrative support for Program Managers and Directors at Homes First.  They are responsible for basic office support, including data entry, composing letters and other documents and managing correspondence, handling mail, maintaining office inventory and related orders.   The Executive Admin Assistant may also participate in special event execution.  

Working from our office in Lacey, WA, the Executive Office Assistant (EOA) reports to the Director of People and Culture or their designee and works collaboratively to support all Homes First Program Managers and Directors.  

Qualifications

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills.

 

Homes First is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:

  • One year as an Executive Assistant or two years as an Administrative Assistant  or a Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration or closely allied field plus three years of administrative or supervisory experience.  Additional qualifying experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.

  • Highly skilled in MSOffice applications:  Independently uses word processing software and performs complex word processing tasks such as merging, sorting, uploading and downloading files in programs such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, to create documents such as letters, memos, reports, and presentations that are complete, clear, and understandable. 

  • Knowledge of office procedures and practices, research methods, communication, and correspondence practices.

  • Knowledge of nonprofit organization and administrative procedures; office methods and procedures; research methods and data collection and entry; 

  • Ability to compile written reports; obtain the cooperation of colleagues and partner agencies; work effectively with others.

  • Ability to work independently; read, understand, and interpret policies and procedures; develop written materials, work effectively and well with others, communicate effectively in both writing and speech.

  • Is personable and flexible.

Total Compensation & Benefits:

The annual salary range for this position is $34,000 - $41,815 depending on experience.

Homes First is committed to supporting all employees through competitive salary and benefits, a commitment to equity and inclusion, and training and professional development opportunities.

The comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (annual premium paid 100% by employer)

  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% employer match

  • Generous paid time off policy for vacation, sick, and floating holiday time

  • Flexible work hours

  • Professional development and training

  • Dependent medical, dental, and vision benefits available at employee cost

 

Signing Bonus of $500 paid after 90 days of satisfactory employment.  An added $500 for those who can communicate effectively in the Spanish language. (spoken and written)

To Be Considered:

The position is open until filled, with a priority application review deadline of December 14, 2022.

Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by mid-December. Please complete the pre-qualification questionnaire below.

You may direct questions to jobs@homesfirst.org

Homes First’s Commitment to Diversity and Equity:

We are earnestly invested in dismantling the effects of systemic racism in our community. We are looking for people who are passionate about serving others: dedicated professionals to assist in fulfilling our mission and advancing our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

We embrace and practice a high standard of diversity and inclusion and strive for equity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex, age, status in regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

 

How To Apply:

Please submit responses to this questionnaire.

***No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please. Qualified applicants will be contacted after the completed questionnaire is reviewed.