EcoDistrict Program Manager

Compensation: $65,000 to $75,000

All Community Roots Housing employees must show proof that they are fully vaccinated on their first day of work or submit a request for a religious or disability based exemption.

Benefits: Medical HMO, dental and vision insurance is free for employees!!

Company Summary

Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home. At Community Roots Housing, this truth drives our work. By embracing community-led development and engaging in deep-rooted partnerships, we’re fostering vibrant, equitable communities where everyone has access to safe, affordable and welcoming homes. Today, nearly 50 apartment buildings – over 2,000 residents -- we continue our commitment to build community with and for people. We are a top performing, high-capacity not-for-profit corporation with an innovative portfolio throughout the Seattle area. Our buildings have won numerous awards from HUD, Urban Land Institute, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, Future wise and other community development awards.

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is a community-driven effort that promotes a socially equitable, environmentally resilient, and culturally vibrant neighborhood. We are committed to creating and maintaining a neighborhood rich in cultural identity that promotes climate justice, inclusive and diverse with accessible open space offering healthy, safe, and liberated engagement to all who reside or pass through Capitol Hill. Supported by Community Roots Housing, EcoDistrict focuses on making the most densely populated urban village in the Pacific Northwest livable and sustainable for all people by piloting new and innovative ideas at the neighborhood level that can then be scaled to city or regional levels.

We are intentional in our hiring processes, seeing it as a chance to interrupt the cycle of racial and economic injustice that limits communities from accessing employment, building skills and investing in their own leadership development. We prioritize applicants who have firsthand experience in navigating the many systems that our residents face which impede their opportunities for success, as majority low-income, LGBTQ, and people of color.
Job Summary

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is looking for a Program Manager, an employee of Community Roots Housing (CRH), who will support Capitol Hill EcoDistrict projects and events, which may include:

  • Community and Environmental Resilience
  • Education and Health Programs
  • Community Charrettes
  • Intimate Fundraisers and Individual Giving

Duties and Responsibilities
Event Management

  • Help define and effectively articulate EcoDistrict goals, CRH’s role, and the opportunities and benefits of specific projects with diverse audiences and stakeholders. 
  • Collaborate on defining a vision for vibrant and trust-building community engagement through events management, ranging from small community meetings to larger annual gatherings in collaboration with other EcoDistrict staff, EcoDistrict Steering Committee members, and partners. Events may include garden parties, plant sales, or health fairs.
  • Collaborate with team to cultivate sponsorships and in-kind support for events
  • Lead and support event visioning, providing consultation across projects
  • Coordinate logistics, vendor relations, budget, marketing, and guest lists
  • Steward partner and volunteer engagement

Project Management

  • Lead and collaborate on Capitol Hill EcoDistrict projects with other EcoDistrict staff, EcoDistrict Steering Committee members, and partners. Projects may include policy advocacy, community organizing, research, capacity building, service delivery, and community engagement on topics ranging from affordability, transportation, land use, urban design, natural habitat, and public health. 
  • Develop and sustain established and new collaborative relationships with private, nonprofit, and public-sector entities to advance the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict’s mission.
  • Support the creation and implementation of multi-year work plans and meet quarterly progress goals.

Business Development

  • Develop and innovate new project ideas and help secure contracts that advance EcoDistrict goals and generate revenue. 
  • Support grant writing and sponsorship efforts in collaboration with team members.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of experience in community development, economic development, event planning, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills; and advanced Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, project management and organization skills
  • Ability to work independently and a collaborative working style
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfort engaging with racially and economically diverse community members
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • An informed understanding of land use, housing, public health, and transportation policy and/or the ability to quickly learn about policy issues in new areas
  • The flexibility to attend evening meetings and some weekend events, both in-person and virtual
  • Community Roots Housing centers residents and racial equity. We seek team members who embody these values.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in urban planning, environmental policy, public policy, or public administration
  • Broad knowledge and passion for urban and environmental issues. 
  • Familiarity with/connection to Capitol Hill


Supervisory Responsibility: None

Community Roots Housing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of color, LGBTQ candidates, women, candidates with disabilities and candidates of all religions and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply. Community Roots Housing is a “Ban the Box” employer.  However, per Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements, any candidate selected for this position must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment.

Salary Description
$65,000 to $75,000