Assistant Director for Clackamas County

Assistant Director (Clackamas County) – Job Announcement


Interested in using your leadership experience to help create affordable housing in your community, help low income families build assets, and help unique small businesses start-up and grow? Would you like to join a tight-knit group of coworkers dedicated to community economic development?  Are you energetic, highly motivated, detail oriented, and great with people? Are you looking to work for an innovative and fast‐paced family of nonprofits that will engage and challenge you every day? 



WNHS/NEDCO/CLW are a family of nonprofit organizations (additional info, below) with a common goal of creating affordable housing; economic stability and opportunities for low-income people; and thriving, inclusive communities. We are looking for an Assistant Director to join our growing Clackamas County office, to lead the staff team based in that office and build local partnerships, programs, and opportunities. This is a newly-created position that will be responsible for helping us build our presence in Clackamas County, including expanding our lending, housing development, and asset-building activities.


We offer a competitive salary and benefits, and are committed to professional growth, teamwork, and diversity.


An application for this position consists of a cover letter that describes how your education and experience prepare you for this position, a resume, and three references. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., May 31, 2019. See below for additional information regarding the available position.


Skills and Qualities You Should Bring: 3-5+ years of progressive management experience including staff supervision, program oversight, partnership development, and grants/contracts management; experience working with diverse clients and partners; great interpersonal skills including a positive attitude and strong communication skills; belief in our community development mission, and a strong desire to serve non-traditional populations. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred but not required.   


Salary Information:  This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $55,780 – $75,440, plus benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. 5% pay differential for bilingual English/Spanish.


Location: The position is based in our Oregon City office. Travel with your own vehicle is required; mileage reimbursement is provided.


Schedule: This position generally works a 4/10s schedule (Monday – Thursday, 10 hours a day). Occasional Fridays, evenings, and weekends are required to attend community events, meetings, trainings, etc.



Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (WNHS) and NEDCO are two longtime partner nonprofits that merged on 1/1/19. (We’ll be announcing a new name in September!) We’re a private nonprofit affordable housing developer, community development organization, and member of the NeighborWorks® Network. WNHS/NEDCO is based in Springfield, Oregon with offices in Corvallis, Salem, and Oregon City. We serve a seven-county area with a broad spectrum of services, including developing residential and commercial real estate; providing asset building services for low-income families; and revitalizing low-income neighborhoods. The merged organization now has a staff of almost 50 people.


Community LendingWorks (CLW) is a nonprofit community development loan fund with a mission to provide safe, affordable loans to individuals, families, and small businesses who are underserved by the financial mainstream. From individuals with no credit or rocky credit, to businesses that are too new or too small to work with a traditional bank, CLW provides a variety of consumer and small business loans to help our communities thrive. CLW was founded by NEDCO in 2011, and we work integrally together to accomplish our joint community development mission. We share a Chief Executive Officer, finance and development staff, offices, and overlapping board members. When you become staff at either agency, you are also part of the bigger team!


We pride ourselves on being entrepreneurial and responsive to community needs.  As a staff member at WNHS/NEDCO or CLW, you can expect an environment of innovation, evolution and growth.  We hold ourselves to high performance standards and a shared culture of motivation, leadership and excellence in service to the organization, our clients and our community.  If you are looking for a workplace where you can push yourself to learn and grow, we can offer you an environment of incredible support, encouragement and humor among a team of like-minded colleagues.


To Apply: Send resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience to Emily Reiman ( with the subject line, “Assistant Director (Clackamas County)”.


Position will be open until filled; priority will be given to applications received by July 18, 2019.


Assistant Director (Clackamas County) – Job Description


Job Status: Full Time, Salaried, Exempt

Job Site: Oregon City, with some travel

Job Salary: Salary commensurate with experience ($55,780 – $75,440); Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance; a deferred compensation retirement plan that includes an employer match (eligibility for the plan begins after one year of employment); and paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.


Purpose of Position

NEDCO expanded to Clackamas County for the first time in 2010, in response to the foreclosure crisis and at the request of Oregon Housing and Community Services to provide foreclosure prevention services within the county. In 2016, NEDCO made a commitment to a long term presence in the county, and began to expand other services and lines of business to our Oregon City office, including asset building (financial literacy, first time homeownership, matched savings programs) and community development lending (via CLW); we plan to add affordable housing development this year. With a growing staff team, and additional programs, partnerships, and funding sources to oversee, we need a full time, high level leadership position based in this office. The Assistant Director will be the main representative of NEDCO/WNHS/CLW in Clackamas County, overseeing local operations and cultivating new opportunities to expand key lines of business within the county. The Assistant Director will work for both WNHS/NEDCO and CLW, and will need to be equally knowledgeable about both organizations. This position will hold key relationships in the County, and will work closely with the CEO, COO, and the management team to coordinate Clackamas County activities.


Typical Examples of Work

The Assistant Director (Clackamas County) may perform any or all of the following duties, directly and/or indirectly through the work of other staff supervised or coordinated by the Director. This list is illustrative and does not include all of the specific tasks the employee may be expected to perform.

  • Foster a high performing Clackamas staff team and office culture, including through both direct supervision and co-supervision with other leadership staff;
  • Manage active grants and contracts from Clackamas-based funders, ensuring compliance with all terms, conditions, and reporting requirements;
  • Develop relationships with public, private, and nonprofit partners, including potential funders, elected officials, local government staff, service delivery partners, and potentials donors/volunteers;
  • Represent Community LendingWorks at local business development and entrepreneurial events; cultivate a pipeline of referral sources to generate business loan inquiries for our Clackamas loan officers;
  • Represent WNHS/NEDCO at local affordable housing events and committees, and identify key opportunities to connect to our Director of Real Estate Development;
  • Oversee county-specific budgets, ensuring financial sustainability of local programs, and seeking new funding sources in order to expand direct-service programs;
  • Collaborate with the CEO, COO, and management team to create a strategic plan for Clackamas County operations;
  • Ensure a uniformly high quality level of service for Clackamas clients and partners.


Additional Duties:

  • Other specific projects as assigned or developed


Supervisory Responsibilities:


The Assistant Director (Clackamas County) will directly supervise others, including regular employees and interns, and will also collaborate on the supervision of employees located in the Clackamas office who report directly to offsite supervisors.


Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):


  • A Master’s Degree in public policy, administration, organizational development, or related field, plus at least 2 years of high level program management experience; or a Bachelor’s Degree plus at least 4 years of high level program management experience;
  • Proven experience managing multiple programs, complex budgets, and large grants;
  • Experience supervising staff, and the ability to cultivate emerging leaders within the organization;
  • Experience cultivating high level partnerships and collaborations, and/or funder relationships;
  • Experience developing and implementing new programs preferred;
  • Strong public speaking and group presentation skills;
  • Substantial knowledge of some area of asset building and/or community economic development, including: first time homeownership, financial literacy, micro-enterprise development, affordable housing development, neighborhood revitalization, etc.;
  • Commitment to the ideals of asset building, economic justice, and creating economic opportunities for low- to moderate-income families;
  • Effective and creative problem solving;
  • Ability to thrive in a job that is fast-paced and significantly different from one day to the next
  • Demonstrate sound judgment in managing competing priorities, tasks, and deadlines;
  • Willingness and ability to adapt quickly as program needs evolve;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a close-knit team, with equal ease; exceptional interpersonal skills required;
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to travel within Oregon using own transportation; availability to travel statewide and nationally including occasional overnights and weekends;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings as program delivery dictates.


To Apply: Applications received prior to 5:00 p.m., July 18, 2019 will be given top consideration. An application consists of a cover letter that describes how your education and experience prepare you for this position, a resume, and three references. Applications should be emailed to: Emily Reiman, CEO, with the subject line “Assistant Director (Clackamas County)”.

NEDCO/WNHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Applications for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed.  We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background.  If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we would encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience.  If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us.


NEDCO/WNHS values diversity and supports a positive, welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. We strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding a diverse workforce strengthens our organization.


For more information on each organization you can visit our respective websites,,, and