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Position announcement: Director of Research & Compliance

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is seeking a new Director of Research & Compliance.

  • Position location: Des Moines, Iowa

  • Position start date: Immediately (position is open until filled)

  • Competitive compensation: $75,000 - $90,000

  • The complete position description is available at


The Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) has earned a reputation as the “go to” non-profit for all things related to housing affordability in Polk County. Located in downtown Des Moines, the organization provides strategic leadership, expertise, and resources to strengthen area communities through affordable housing. It does this through three areas of actionable focus —comprehensive planning, advocacy, and funding. Learn more at

About the role of Director of Research & Compliance

Essential team member supporting the Trust Fund's excellence in community development programs and services by leading housing research initiatives aligned with the organization's strategic plan and monitoring program outcomes and compliance to align with the organization's goals.

This role must also have an eye for detail, a precision mindset and desire to learn about and help realize the goals of affordable housing programs and strategies.

Key Priorities

  • Researches and interprets housing and community data to identify trends and program and policy implications for communities in Polk County.

  • Maintains thorough knowledge of local real estate market conditions and the supply and demand of housing affordable at different income levels and with other relevant characteristics for the community.

  • Develops a working knowledge of local, state, and federal housing programs and how they meet the needs of Polk County residents.

  • Gathers and analyzes information to monitor the effectiveness of Trust Fund programs including supervising compliance of developers and others receiving funds from PCHTF with program expectations.

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 2-5 years’ experience. Master's degree and/or AICP credential a plus.

  • Ability to analyze, summarize, and communicate complex housing program policies or research findings.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, team-oriented.

How to apply

The information in this position is not the complete position description. Please review complete position information at Please send your resume, a brief cover letter (up to 500 words) that aligns your experience with key priorities of the role of Director of Research and Compliance to Toby O’Berry at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion, equity, and justice. We are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse team of employees. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents not only part of our culture, but our reputation as well. We are committed to housing justice in our community, and in recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. We strongly encourage BIPOC individuals, women, and those with lived experience to apply for this position.

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. The PCHTF is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees with a work environment free of discrimination, harassment and intimidation. All employment decisions at PCHTF are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected class by federal, state or local laws. PCHTF encourages all applicants to apply.


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