Director of Human Resources

Company: Idaho Housing And Finance Association (IHFA)

Location: Boise, ID

Job Function: Human Resources


Idaho Housing and Finance Association improves lives and strengthens Idaho communities by expanding housing opportunities, building self-sufficiency, and fostering economic development.

Who is Idaho Housing and Finance Association?

Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a unique financial institution that is dedicated to improving lives in Idaho communities by providing innovative solutions to the state’s housing needs and supporting economic development efforts.
We employ approximately 500 people in our home office and a loan servicing center in Boise and our branch offices in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston and Twin Falls. Though we’re often confused as a state agency, we are an independent, self-sustaining organization that generates our own revenue.
While we’re best known for our first-time homebuyer programs, we invest in more than just housing. We’re involved in a variety of activities that range from transportation and small-business financing to homelessness response.

In all, the breadth of our activities represented a $3.4 billion investment in Idaho in the past fiscal year.
Affordable Homeownership: Idaho Housing provides unique loan products and resources to help promote sustainable single-family homeownership, including low mortgage rates, down payment and closing cost assistance, homebuyer tax credits, Finally Home! Homebuyer Education and post-purchase housing counseling. We support a significant percentage of Idaho’s mortgage market as well as manage home loans for sister organizations in seven other states.
Community Investment: We use our expertise to provide affordable financing for charter schools, nonprofit facilities, small businesses and transportation infrastructure.
Homelessness Response: We lead a comprehensive, statewide homelessness response system that includes emergency shelters, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing. Our nonprofit Home Partnership Foundation has helped raise more than $7 million in the past decade to support this mission.
Rental Housing: We help finance – and provide regulatory oversite for – affordable apartments throughout the state. In addition, we administer federal rental assistance and family self-sufficiency programs that
Housing Development and Management: Through our nonprofit affiliate, The Housing Company, we develop, build and manage affordable rental homes.


The Director of Human Resources is responsible for managing all aspects of the Human Resources function for Idaho Housing and Finance Association. In addition, this person will be an integral part of the leadership team, reporting to the CIO / Vice President of Administration, and working closely with the executive team to design, implement, and manage talent development across the company.

Idaho Housing has experienced exponential growth over the last two decades, thus the strategically minded person will begin by reviewing existing policies and procedures, while overseeing recruitment, onboarding, compensation, and employee development, and radically rethink how to attract, compensate, develop, and retain a truly world-class collaborative team.

The role requires a strategic thinker with strong business acumen, who believes that culture essential to a company, and will help build rapport within the Idaho Housing team, enabling it to scale into a best-in-class organization.


Corporate Recruitment

• Develop corporate staffing strategy and processes to ensure top quality hires.
• Ensure adequate staffing levels to ensure corporate success.
• Oversee legal aspects of EEO/AA compliance
• Educate management in screening for the best hire and to develop talent pool in-house wherever possible
• Direct the marketing, screening, and appropriate background checks
• Develop creative sourcing techniques and approve all new hires
• Work with management to help establish starting salaries, and effective on-boarding of new hires to the organization(s)
• Develop career pathing, succession plans, and retention strategies with management
• Employee Relations/Performance Management
• Serve as internal consultant to management giving guidance in resolving work related conflict/employee issues and facilitate resolution
• Investigate issues and offer solutions to ensure productivity.
• Provide corporate direction in all areas of employee discipline to maintain management consistency throughout the organization
• Provide legal interpretation and policy interpretation to ensure compliance of both
• Foster teamwork and productive work relationships

Corporate Compensation Strategy & Salary Administration

• Develop compensation strategy which enhances retention, ensures quality hires, rewards effective performance, and is legally defensible
• Ensure equitable pay for job and performance
• Coordinate payroll process and ensure FLSA legal compliance, timeliness and accuracy
• Implement internal controls and reporting
• Ensure employee competitive in market pay, and internally equitable
• Administer job evaluation and classification of jobs, and develop job descriptions
• Develop corporate budget for salaries and benefits for approval by Board of Commissioners and direct the performance management system to ensure performance is measured equitably and compensated appropriately

Legal Compliance/Personnel Policies and Administrative procedures (HR & Payroll)

• Develop, implement and administer all corporate policies, ensuring compliance and reporting with applicable federal and state statutes
• Provide interpretation, currency, familiarity and enforcement
• Manage company relationships with state and local regulatory agencies
• Responsible for DEI compliance
• Ensure performance management is non-disparate and consistent throughout the organization(s)
• Ensure documented compliance with all applicable employment laws & statues (i.e., FMLA, ADAA, FCRA, FLSA, ADEA, EEO, AAP, etc.)
• Ensure yearly Affirmative Action Plan is complete and accurate
• Develop strategy to ensure EEO/AA compliance

Training and Development

• Assess Association-wide training needs and develop effective training programs and/or contract with facilitators when appropriate
Train management in effective leadership, performance management, conflict resolution, and constructive feedback methodology
Facilitate corporate training in such areas as policies, harassment, benefits, etc.


• Recommend the benefits package and strategies to motivate, retain, and recruit the best employees
• Direct the bid process, cost cutting measures, coverage changes, negotiation, administration, and interpretation of all benefits provided by both companies
• Ensure value by managing costs
• Provide direction in all benefits related issues
• Includes managing workers compensation and unemployment claims and related costs

Quality Impact

• Continue improving strategic and operational people processes
• Ensure productivity and retention of staff by
• Creating a workplace with high morale and productivity
• Promoting customer service
• Promoting employee satisfaction
• Aligning staff to corporate goals
• Acting as a liaison during work conflicts
• Devise strategies and maintain positive corporate culture
• Direct the HRIS technical program of companies

Supervision of Department Personnel

• Continue improving strategic and operational people processes
• Ensure productivity and retention of staff

Management Team

• Function as an effective member of Idaho Housing’s management team through demonstrated cooperation, initiative, leadership, information sharing and team building
• Ensure achievement of production goals by aligning workforce effectively


• 10+ years of progressive leadership and management experience directing all human resources related functions for a similar size organization
• In depth knowledge of human resource functions and employment laws; staffing, development, compensation, employee and labor relations
• Superior communication, relationship management, persuasiveness, influencing, negotiation interpersonal and diplomacy skills
• Experience in negotiation and administration of benefits and employment related contracts, affirmative action/EEO, and policy administration
• Organized and detail-oriented with demonstrated experience creating and managing complex budgets and projects
• Proven collaborative leadership skills that foster accountability, creativity, and high performance in others

Compensation and Benefits

Idaho Housing and Finance Association offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, as well as excellent benefits and perks including but not limited to:
• Health / Dental / Vision
• Life, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
• Retirement Plan with Employer Match
• Pension Plan
• Employee assistance Program
• Paid time off program
• Eligible for bonus

How to Apply

Johanna Vargas
Vice President, Senior Associate
office 203.651.8300
mobile 786.417.0721