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Lived experience of homelessness, behavioral health conditions and/or involvement in criminal legal systems.

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Homeless Housing Program Manager

King County
Temporary 40 per week 401 5th Ave #500, Seattle, WA 98104, United States


The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

King County's 
 provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

The King County Department of Community and Human Services Housing Homelessness and Community Development Division (HHCDD) plays a central role in addressing homelessness throughout the region with stakeholder partners, including prevention, responding to homelessness, and developing and maintaining housing stability. 

Are you a skilled program manager who is passionate about supporting housing options for people in our region experiencing homelessness and working through real world systems challenges to help housing projects succeed? Are you committed to centering equity and social justice in your work? Can you move quickly between big picture vision and project-level details? King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is looking for you! 

The Project/Program Manager II will be responsible for assisting in negotiating and managing contracts and coordinating with the Diversion and Reentry Services section within the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, other funders, King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA)’s Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), and providers to implement diversion funding for permanent housing projects for people who are identified as Trueblood Class Members as a result of the Trueblood et al vs. State of WA DSHS class action lawsuit and subsequent Contempt Settlement. The Trueblood Class Members are a population of individuals with serious mental health and substance use conditions from legal competency services and the state forensic mental health system. Candidates will need to have a basic understanding of these systems. 

In addition to administering contracts, this Project Manager position will coordinate with an array of system partners to exchange best practices for this population to access housing, healthcare, and social service resources and provide technical assistance to ensure proper data collection. A paramount goal of this program is to support Trueblood Class Members with housing and services in order to divert them from incarceration and/or hospitalization. The position will report to the Coordinator of the Homeless Housing Program within the Housing Stability Section of HHCDD and will include a blend of projects beyond the area of primary focus.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. Interviews for this selection process will take place on or around October 17, 2023.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

Additional Job Information

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This is a Special Duty Assignment (SDA), or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position anticipated to end March 2024, but subject to change dependent on operational need. This position is scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. This position meets the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible with supervisory pre-approval. This position is represented by PROTEC17.

MISSION CRITICAL POSITION STATUS: This position has been designated Non-Mission Critical. Unless otherwise directed by the County Executive, department director or agency head, all employees, regardless of designation, are expected to report to work or request leave during an emergency or inclement weather. For more detailed information, please visit and the . 

TELEWORKING REQUIREMENT: The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of  to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment. 

RECRUITER: Greg Mallory,

Job Duties
  • Develop, manage and monitor service contracts with community based not-for-profit agencies to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local compliance standards.
  • Provide technical assistance to contracting agencies and prospective contracting agencies on project implementation and meeting contractual responsibilities.
  • Work to apply an equity and social justice approach to all aspects of the work in partnership with team members and other division and department staff.
  • Assist with coordination with other funders and service providers to ensure integration of funded projects with related regional efforts.
  • Work with program partners to develop and convene meetings, trainings, materials, and presentations, including public speaking.
  • Gather and analyze data related to housing and services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in order to help continuous system improvement and to inform Request for Proposal(s) (RFP) processes.
  • Write RFP documents, including guidelines, application forms and rating tools, and implement RFP processes.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the division's evaluation team to give input on evaluation efforts related to funded projects and larger initiatives.
  • Represent team in departmental, inter-jurisdictional and multi-agency planning processes and work groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in implementing and managing Federal, State or Local grants and/or related contract management experience.
  • Demonstrated skills or track record of creative problem solving and consistent communication.
  • Experience in negotiating, preparing, monitoring and/or managing services and/or housing contracts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of equity and social justice concepts and the effects of place, race and systems-based inequities and ability to apply an equity and social justice approach to all areas of the work, including communication and RFP processes.
  • Proven ability to work as a team member both internally and externally with other jurisdictions and service providers.
  • Ability to work under deadlines, work on a number of tasks simultaneously and organize and prioritize work quickly in response to changing needs.
  • Demonstrated clear and professional-level writing ability for such tasks as correspondence, grant proposals, and contracts.
  • Proficiency using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook (or another e-mail client).


  • Lived experience of homelessness, behavioral health conditions and/or involvement in criminal legal systems.
  • Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Social Services or Business and three years of experience in planning and/or implementing social services, homelessness service programs; OR equivalent combination of education and experience, including a solid understanding of homeless housing and services systems.
  • Familiarity with King County’s criminal legal system.
  • Knowledge of local behavioral health and social service continuums.
  • Passion for system reform, racial justice, and helping people access resources to lead healthy and meaningful lives.
  • Experience with RFP processes including development and management of review process.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.
Supplemental Information

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