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Now Hiring - Regional Housing Authority | Housing Specialist


The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) is currently seeking energetic, self-motivated, and detail oriented candidates for the position of Housing Specialist to work in the Regional Housing department. Situated in the beautiful rolling hills and mountains of western North Carolina, with ample opportunities for recreation, shopping and dining abounding in the region, the area is an ideal place to call home. The region contains great natural resources from the slopes of Grandfather Mountain to five major lakes along the Catawba River. The region contains a population of about 365,000 in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.



WPCOG is a regional governmental agency owned by the 28 local governments in the region and organized in 1968 to provide long-range planning, technical assistance and regional delivery of services. Our organization is one of 16 regional councils in North Carolina formed under NC General Statutes 160A 470-478. Local governments eligible for WPCOG membership include Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties located in Western NC and the 24 cities and towns within those counties.


WPCOG is organized into eight departments including: Administration; Finance; Workforce Development; Community and Economic Development; Community and Regional Planning; Regional Housing Authority; Area Agency on Aging; and IT/Facilities.  


The Regional Housing Authority (RHA) provides affordable and safe housing opportunities through the housing voucher program throughout Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.  The RHA continues to be the leader in providing Section 8 rental assistance to income-eligible families in the region.  The RHA has funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for 1,205 units.  


The Housing Specialist performs technical, administrative and intake work within the Regional Housing Authority department. Work includes accepting and processing applications by the public for housing assistance and determines eligibility through the application of a variety of pre-determined requirements. The Housing Specialist enters application data into a computer software program; performs verification of information such as income, childcare, bank accounts, age, criminal records and other data information submitted by applicants; creates and maintains a variety of records and lists; perform self-audits to review work for completeness and accuracy on a regular basis; orientate new tenants on program and its rules and regulations as needed. Work requires working knowledge of the Section 8 Housing program and some judgment and initiative within a pre-determined set of guidelines in the performance of duties.



  • Graduation from an accredited high school preferable supplemented with an associate’s degree in business or a human services field or related

  • Prefer some experience in human services eligibility work

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered



The hiring range for this position is $34,568-$45,000 depending on qualifications and experience. New hires are eligible for up to a 5% increase with the successful completion of probationary period.

  • WPCOG is a member of the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System. This entitles vested employees with at least five years of employment to a defined benefit at the time of retirement. Members contribute 6% of gross compensation each month. This is a before-tax deduction. Western Piedmont Council of Governments contributes an actuarially determined percentage of the gross payroll of members each month.

  • The Western Piedmont Council of Governments will contribute 4.2% of each employee’s salary and match 4%, for a possible total of 8.2%, to either the NC 401k or the NC 457. *This is in lieu of participating in Social Security. WPCOG does not participate in Social Security. 

  • WPCOG pays 100% of an employee's health and vision coverage. The current plan is a high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Contributions to the HSA are made pre-tax through payroll deduction.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of the following premiums:

    • Life Insurance - $100,000

    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment

    • Dental Insurance - Employee and Family

    • Short-Term Disability (Weekly Indemnity)

    • Long-Term Disability

  • WPCOG provides for the following payroll deduction and retirement options:

    • NC 457 Plan

    • NC 401(k) Plan

    • Local Government & State Employees' Credit Union payroll deductions

    • Voluntary additional life insurance

  • WPCOG provides for the following paid leave options:

    • 11 Paid Holidays Per Year

    • Annual Leave earned on a sliding scale based on years of service *New hires with applicable local or state government experience may if approved, earn annual leave based on their prior years’ experience.

    • 12 Sick Leave Days Per Year

    • Longevity Pay



This position is open until filled. Submit by February 7, 2020 for first consideration. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Ashley Bolick, at WPCOG, P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603. Emailing application materials is acceptable, Questions should be directed to Ashley at (828) 485-4221.  Final candidates will be subject to an interview process. The WPCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WPCOG Application

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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