Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Research Project Manager – King County Housing Authority

Posted: 6/5/2017 (Employment)

King County Housing Authority (KCHA), an independent municipal organization, is a high-performing, nationally recognized leader in affordable housing and in providing innovative and effective housing solutions so that people and communities can prosper. Our vision is that all residents of King County have quality affordable housing. KCHA is the largest housing provider in the County, and annually, the agency serves over 50,000 low-income individuals.

We are recruiting for a Research Project Manager to join our Policy and Research Department to oversee the development and implementation of KCHA’s research initiatives related to mobility and geographic choice. The ideal candidate will have a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful, applied research on housing and social policy in collaboration with leading academic institutions, research firms, and practitioners.

The Research Project Manager will be responsible for the oversight and management of KCHA’s efforts with Creating Moves to Opportunity (CMTO), a three-year demonstration study to explore and understand families’ access to opportunity neighborhoods, perceptions and behaviors related to geographic choice, and strategies to increase utilization of Housing Choice Vouchers.

This work will involve:

  • Management across multiple internal and external stakeholders;
  • Overseeing the development of applied intervention and evaluation designs;
  • Conducting training and overseeing contract agencies responsible for services delivered under the CMTO study; and
  • Managing processes between research and agency operations staff to ensure effective study implementation and learning.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and four years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and/or project management. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be evaluated on a year for year basis.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated project management skills involving multiple stakeholders with diverse perspectives and interests.
  • Ability to apply effective written and verbal communication techniques to convey clear and timely messages to internal and external stakeholders.
  • A collaborative team member who is also a strong leader with well-developed organizational and time management skills; ability to develop effective working relationships with internal and external partners; ability to work cooperatively, exchange ideas, and address issues in a constructive manner.
  • Use critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills to identify problems, analyze and evaluate and implement various solutions, and monitor their effectiveness; ability to generate unique but workable and useful solutions to difficult problems.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast paced environment; adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities; respond to change with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives.
  • Value diversity and possesses an understanding of multicultural and cultural competencies; ability to work effectively and positively with individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; understand power, privilege, and inequity.
  • Proficiency using MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and the internet; skill and ability to learn and use agency software programs.

For more information and to apply, go to www.kcha.org/employment/openings.

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Deadline: 06/13/2017

Location: Tukwila, WA