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Search process for new executive director announced

Board seeks to identify successor to Tom Tierney by late March

SEATTLE—Feb. 17, 2012—Seattle Housing Authority's search for an executive director to replace Tom Tierney formally began today. Tierney, who has held the post since 2004, is retiring in August.

The Seattle Housing Authority's seven-member Board of Commissioners is responsible for hiring and overseeing the work of the agency's executive director. The Commission plans to advertise the opening in Seattle and Washington State, and expects to garner interest in the position from across the country.

A committee of three board members, chaired by Nora Gibson, will oversee the search. Commissioners Juan Martinez and Kollin Min are also committee members.

All application materials are due by March 9. Screening of applicants will take place during March, with interviews anticipated in mid-March. The interview panel will include Commissioners along with several members of the community.

The Board expects to identify a final candidate in late March, with employment commencing in July. Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.

The Board of Commissioners will host a community meeting in early March to hear from stakeholders. Commissioners seek ideas from community members regarding the ideal characteristics they should keep in mind as they seek to hire a new director. The meeting will be held at the Porchlight Building in Ballard on March 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The job announcement details the qualifications the Board is seeking. They include the following:

  • Outstanding communication, leadership, and team-building skills.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment; inspire trust, and elicit high standards of integrity and commitment to customer service.
  • Experience in real estate development and property management.
  • Knowledge of the Seattle area’s programs of housing assistance and policies related to housing.
  • Good knowledge of HUD’s budget trends and spending policies; experience with the Moving to Work program will be especially helpful.

The Board is interested moving relatively quickly on the selection process because of the number of important projects currently underway. These include legislation soon to go to City Council regarding Yesler Terrace redevelopment, budget challenges due to the recession and new partnerships to promote access to education and economic stability for residents.

Human Resources Director Dean Barnes is working with the Board to facilitate the search. He can be reached at 206-615-3322 or by email at dbarnes@seattlehousing.org.