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Ramsey County Director of the Office of Housing Stability (Unclassified) in (Ramsey County Courthouse) Saint Paul, Minnesota

Director of the Office of Housing Stability (Unclassified)



Director of the Office of Housing Stability (Unclassified)


$104,940.00 - $156,059.00 Annually


(Ramsey County Courthouse) Saint Paul, MN

Job Type

Full Time



Job Number


  • Description

  • Benefits

Basic Function

Provide the overall vision, long-range strategic planning, leadership and direction for establishing and maintaining an Office of Housing Stability; forge and maintain strong partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders; and perform related duties as assigned.

Ramsey County's operational departments are organized in a Service Team structure to improve service delivery for residents, create efficiencies, and support strategic priorities. Service Teams include Economic Growth and Community Investment, Health and Wellness, Information and Public Records, and Safety and Justice. A Deputy County Manager is assigned to each service team. This position reports the Deputy County Manager of the Economic Growth and Community Investment (EGCI) Service Team.

The Economic Growth and Community Investment Service Team consists of:

  • Community and Economic Development (HRA)

  • Library

  • Parks & Recreation

  • Property Management

  • Public Works

  • Workforce Solutions

  • Office of Housing Stability

The ideal candidate will have a unique blend of issue area expertise; leadership skills; strategic, analytic, and innovative thinking; superior communication skills; and an ability to foster positive relationships.

This position will remain open for application until filled; applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of resumes will occur October 5, 2020, with first interviews scheduled for October 16 & 19, 2020.

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If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with personnel rules, i.e. promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.

  • Provide leadership, vision and strategic direction to the creation, implementation and optimization of an Office of Housing Stability and provide strategic direction for homelessness services for the county and local partners.

  • Work collaboratively with the Health and Wellness Service Team and the Community & Economic Development Director to ensure cohesive planning and delivery of programs and services across the housing continuum, from emergency housing to long term stability.

  • Identify and articulate alternatives and opportunities to the Ramsey County Board that will facilitate the Board in achieving its mission and objectives.

  • Build collaborative partnerships to support state, regional and local housing stability initiatives.

  • Participate on an array of committees, boards and task forces to enhance housing stability programs and services impacting Ramsey County and the region.

  • Administer and direct the delivery of department services, ensuring high quality, culturally diverse and respectful services that provide equitable outcomes and meet the needs of the county’s residents.

  • Authentically engage and build partnerships with Ramsey County cities to achieve collaboration and inclusiveness that will advance regional interests; serve as a convener and connector, bringing a regional perspective and opportunities to share in housing stability work.

  • Supervise the preparation of requests for county board action and attend weekly meetings of the county board and its subcommittees to provide information and explain department proposals.

  • Represent the county before the news media, elected officials, state and federal officials, local government officials, staff from other counties, and the community to present the county position on pending changes in laws, rules or regulations, to explain county policies and procedures and to negotiate satisfactory problem resolution.

  • Direct and manage all department programs, services and operations in alignment with the county’s mission, vision, goals and values.

  • Direct the development and management of the department’s operating budget and capital improvement program budget. Direct the monitoring of expenditures to ensure they are compliant with state and federal rules. Oversee performance management and monitoring to ensure programs are meeting objectives.

  • Direct, manage and oversee the selection of professional consultants and contractors, the negotiation and execution of contracts and agreements with vendors, and the monitoring of contracted services performance to ensure the delivery of effective services in compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies.

  • Promote efficient, effective and collaborative service delivery. Participate in the county-wide Senior Management Team and perform related duties as assigned.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in public or business administration, human services, the social sciences or a related area.

Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in supervision, program management or a high-level administrative capacity, including a minimum of three years in the homelessness field, or a closely related field.

Substitution: None.

Certifications/Licensure: None.

Preferred Experience: Three or more years of management experience. Experience working in or with the public and non-profit sectors.

Exam/Screening Process Information

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; applicants should respond promptly as the initial screening of application materials will occur on October 5, 2020, with first interviews scheduled for October 16 & 19, 2020. Please complete an on-line application at Ramsey County Jobs and attach a resume and cover letter detailing your experience including the size of the organization, scope of budget and responsibility for staff supervision.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from appointment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation: Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

Internal Candidates: If an internal candidate is selected for this position, salary will be set in accordance with the Ramsey County Personnel Rules.

Veteran's Preference: This is an unclassified*, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official. This position requires an open screening and selection process. There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration.

*Unclassified Position: Definition of Unclassified from the Ramsey County Personnel Act: Subdivision 1. General. "The appointing authority may discharge employees in the unclassified service with or without cause. Employees in the unclassified service have no right to a grievance appeal from discharge or other disciplinary action under sections 383A.281 to 383.301. An employee in an unclassified position shall not have tenure but shall be entitled to all benefits associated with tenure such as vacation leave, sick leave, health insurance, and other benefits as determined by the county board."

Questions/Assistance: For technical assistance with the online application, contact: Dorothy Jackson, Exams Specialist at or 651-266-2720.

For information about the position/hiring process contact: Jean Gramling, HR Manager at or phone at 651-266-2716; or Roberta Taylor Hill, HR Generalist at