Chief Executive Officer
- Experience Level
The King County Regional Homelessness Authority is seeking a CEO who is a transformational and visionary leader who holds eradicating homelessness as a core value; who is knowledgeable of best practices to support the unsheltered and who understands the urgency to shelter the unsheltered. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success launching a complex endeavor in a political environment and maintaining oversight of multiple funding sources. A people leader who is noted for being a humble and empathetic coalition builder, committed to a practice of racial equity and experienced working with elected officials will be successful.
Due in large part to rapidly increasing income inequality, lack of housing affordability, and demand for services that exceeds what is currently funded, homelessness has been an ongoing and extraordinary challenge for the City of Seattle and King County, and, most importantly, community members who experience homelessness. Last year, King County and the City of Seattle entered into an Interlocal Agreement creating the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to oversee a coordinated and unified response to homelessness today and efforts to end homelessness going forward. The mission of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority is to significantly decrease the incidence of homelessness throughout King County by centering customer voice to respond to needs and eliminate inequities.
The Authority will launch officially in early 2021 and the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will create an executive leadership team of five or more direct reports and will manage 75+ individuals. The new Authority will be funded by the City of Seattle and King County with an annual budget of approximately $120M. The CEO reports to the Authorities’ Implementation Board and is accountable to the Governing Committee. Guided by the Theory of Change, the CEO leads the Authority in its mission to create and administer a cohesive high-quality, customer-centered homelessness service system for the King County region. The new CEO will operationalize the new Authority and is charged with building an equitable Crisis Response ecosystem through refining and redesigning the network of services and programming that support the needs of people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness.