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Director, Permanent Housing

Director, Permanent Housing
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 16, 2021
Job Description: 

Job Summary

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) seeks motivated professionals who want to use their talents and skills to make a difference.  Our 500+ FTE staff are adaptive problem solvers and passionate about enriching people’s lives.  If you are mission-driven, dedicated to superior service and support, can diligently work independently and in a collaborative environment, join our team.  LAHSA is leading the fight to end homelessness in LA County.  Here, not only would your work have a real impact on the community, but we also offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.
Created in 1993, LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles.  As the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, we coordinate and manage over $800 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.  
Under the direction of the Deputy Chief of Systems, the Director of Permanent Housing oversees the programmatic budgeting and performance management of LAHSA’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Rapid Rehousing (RRH), and Recovery Rehousing (RecRH) programs to ensure maximum utilization and impact of these resources across Los Angeles County. The Director of Permanent Housing will work closely with LAHSA’s public partners, including the LA County Departments of Mental Health (DMH) and Health Services (DHS), public housing authorities, and housing departments to ensure coordination across all permanent housing programs within the county.  The Director of Permanent Housing will work collaboratively across multiple LAHSA departments to ensure that  all available resources are integrated into a well-functioning rehousing system in compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements.   The position ensures LAHSA performs at the agency’s highest capacity as both a grants administrator and as the system administrator for Los Angeles’s homelessness response, ensuring the region's resources to address homelessness serve as many people experiencing homelessness as possible and provide the highest quality of services possible.

Essential Job Functions


  • Ensure that Los Angeles has a strong, nimble, and well-coordinated rehousing system by ensuring maximum utilization of all resources and strong collaboration with other systems of care
  • Strategically deploy resources to combat racial disparities in homelessness and cultivate strong partnerships with community providers to support healthy communities
  • Establish equitable and effective methodologies for the management and oversight of LAHSA’s PSH, RRH, and RecRH contracts
  • Lead Housing Central Command, LAHSA’s initiative to utilize real-time awareness of LA's permanent supportive housing (PSH) portfolio across all jurisdictions and funding streams to drive efficiencies in the match-to-move-in timeline.
  • Oversee and monitor Continuum of Care investments in PSH and RRH, as well as all investments in RRH, and RecRH portfolios.
  • Oversee matching of LAHSA’s PSH, RRH, and RecRH resources to people experiencing homelessness.
  • Oversee LAHSA’s work to align private market rental housing opportunities with rental subsidies.
  • Collaborate closely with LAHSA’s other program component departments to ensure that all programs are strategically aligned to scale the system and achieve maximum performance.
  • Meticulously monitor and track all permanent housing contracts.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Allocations and the Finance Department to closely monitor funding utilization and spenddown data
  • Collaborate with the Director of Allocations to develop funding requests.
  • Collaborate with the Data Management Department and Finance Department to ensure timely reporting on programmatic outcomes to public funders.
  • Responsible for ensuring provider agreements are executed in a timely fashion and amended as needed.
  • Support and utilize matrix organizational structure to achieve desired collaboration and implementation of these goals.
  • Provide strategic and effective leadership for the Permanent Housing Department.
  • Provide support and reporting to the LAHSA Commission and relevant Committees.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Commitment to racial equity and LAHSA’s core values.
  • Mission driven, with a strong commitment to Housing First principles.
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and adjust course accordingly.
  • Knowledge of Los Angeles political environment.
  • Knowledge of the LA CoC HMIS.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local funding regulations and best practice guidelines for rehousing programs.
  • Excellent people skills, specifically customer service skills and a capacity for collaboration and interpersonal relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to express technical concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong public speaking skills and comfort testifying at public hearings.
  • Strong organizational skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Intermediate level of computer software programs specifically, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Outlook).
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and timelines.
  • Advanced communication skills, and the ability to communicate with all levels of management, staff and external clients, especially those who are not well versed in computer technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse community and organizational groups.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Training & Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience related to the position
  • Extensive experience managing large grant portfolios
  • Extensive experience working with public funding sources, ideally with public funding sources to address homelessness
  • Undergraduate degree preferred; advanced degree related to the position is highly desired 
  • Any combination of extensive and applicable work experience and educational credentials to perform the above duties successfully

Appointments are typically made between the minimum and the midpoint of the range, depending on qualifications.

Applicants may make a reasonable accommodation request for this job by calling the Human Resources Department at (213) 683-3333; or via email at [email protected].

Salary Range: 
$118,577.00 - $177,865.00 Annually
Job Type: 
Los Angeles County