Working at DHA

Denver Housing Authority (DHA) employs over 200 regular (salaried) workers in a variety of positions, ranging from entry-level clerical and maintenance jobs to managerial, professional and administrative positions.  The organization also provides employment to DHA residents through special programs.  The Resident and Community Services Department employs hourly paid workers and contract workers who assist in the implemen​tation of grants.  Some contract positions have limited benefits.

A Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace
Equal Opportunity Employer

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (“DHA”).  DHA employs more than 300 people in a variety of maintenance, administrative and professional positions.  All of DHA sites are within the City and County of Denver.  

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws. 

If you are interested in applying for an open position with DHA, you must download and print the application, and answer all the questions as completely as possible.  Applications are required at the time of interview.  You can submit your application in the following ways:   

ONLINE

Step 1: Download the Employment Form and fill it out. Save it. 

Step 2: Email your Employment form and resume and/or cover letter to HR@denverhousing.org

IN-PERSON OR BY MAIL 

With the exception of holidays, you can hand-deliver your completed application and/or resume Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Denver Housing Authority
ATTN: Human Resources
1035 Osage St. 9th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80204

Selection procedures may involve tests, interviews, and verification of information on education, experience, and character, driving record and medical history as related to the position requirements.​
​You may contact Personnel Services by fax at 720-932-3005 or by mail.

Denver Housing Authority
ATTN: Personnel Services
1035 Osage St. 9th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80204

Benefits - Regular Employees

For new hires and their dependents, coverage begins on the first day of the month following the date of hire.   

Eligible Dependents: Your spouse or domestic partner, your birth or adopted children , your domestic partner’s children who live with you, step children who live with you, and any child for whom you are the legal guardian or for whom coverage is required by a Medical Support Order.  Adult children are eligible for coverage if they are under age 26. You will be asked for documentation to prove your dependent’s eligibility for DHA coverage. 

Annual leave begins to accrue with the first day of employment. New hires may not take paid annual leave during the first three (3) months of the introductory period, but may accumulate annual leave. A maximum of 240 hours may be carried over from year to year.

The accrual rate is:
5 years and under: 8 hours per month
6 – 10 years: 10 hours per month
11 – 15 years: 12 hours per month
16 years plus: 14 hours per month

Sick leave is paid leave granted to introductory and regular employees to be used for illness, injury, disability or medical appointments.  It can also be used for the necessary care of the employee’s family.  It is accrued at 2.7692 hours per pay period (or 72 hours annually) with a maximum of 800 hours that may be carried over from year to year.  New hires may not take paid sick leave during the first 30 days of employment. 

DHA also provides other types of leave both paid and unpaid such as Professional Leave, Court Leave, Bereavement Leave, Family and Medical Leave, Union Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave and, if pre-approved, Leave of Absence.

DHA observes 11 official holidays and one optional paid day off.  An official holiday that falls on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday.  An official holiday that falls on a Sunday will be observed on the Monday immediately following.
New Year’s Day January 1st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
Presidents’ Day 3rd Monday in February
Optional Day Off last Monday in March or the Monday following Columbus Day
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Juneteenth June 19th
Independence Day July 4th
Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Veterans’ Day November 11th
Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Day after Thanksgiving Friday following Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve December 24th
Christmas Day December 25th

Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 calendar days of full time regular employment. Dependent children are eligible for coverage up to age 26.  

Because families have different medical needs, Denver Housing Authority offers a choice of three plans through Kaiser Permanente: 1) Deductible/Coinsurance, 2) HMO and 3) Added Choice Triple Option. The plans are similar in benefits, but differ in premium cost, deductible, out-of-pocket expenses, and range of choice of physicians and hospitals.

Coverage is effective the first of the month following date of hire.  Dependent children are eligible for coverage up to age 26.  Premium is paid 100% by employee and is payroll deducted.   

Two different plans are offered through Assurant Employee Benefits (acquired by Sun Financial): 1) a prepay discount plan offering comprehensive benefits through a network of plan dentists and 2) a more traditional dental insurance with a yearly benefit maximum of $1000 and a deductible per person per policy year of $50

On the first of the month following 30 days of employment in an eligible position, term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance is provided for the employee in the amount of one times annual salary for a maximum of $50,000. The cost is 100% paid by the Authority. Optional dependent life insurance is also available to qualified dependents at a low cost to the employee. Voluntary life insurance, spouse life insurance and child life insurance are options paid by the employee. 

Housing Authority Insurance Group offers a free $5,000.00 term life insurance policy to active eligible DHA employees only. The coverage amount will be reduced for an active employee at age 65 to $3,250 and age 70 to $2,500.00.

Participation in the 401(a) Money Purchase Plan is mandatory on the first day of the month following completion of six months in a regular position. Denver Housing Authority contributes an amount equal to 10%.   A vesting schedule applies. 

Participation in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is optional.  It provides retirement savings through payroll deduction before taxes are deducted.  There are no eligibility requirements to participate in this plan.   IRS rules and regulations apply. 

Participation in the ROTH IRA is optional.  It provides retirement savings through payroll deduction after taxes are deducted.  There are no eligibility requirements to participate in this plan.  IRS rules and regulations apply. 

Long term disability insurance replaces a percentage of income, to age 65, on a monthly basis in the event the employee is totally or partially disabled and unable to work due to an accident or illness. Active regular employees working a minimum of 30 hours a week are eligible for coverage, if disabled, for up to 60% of monthly salary to a monthly maximum of $5,000. Benefits are payable after 120 days of disability. The cost is 100% paid by the Authority. 

Short term disability insurance replaces a percentage of income for employees on a weekly basis in the event the employee is totally or partially disabled and unable to work due to an accident or illness.  Coverage begins after fourteen days of disability or until all sick and annual leave has been exhausted, whichever is later, up to 120 days of disability. Active, regular employees working a minimum of 30 hours a week are eligible for coverage, if disabled, for up 70% of weekly salary to a weekly maximum of $2,000.  The Authority provides $250/week base coverage for all regular employees, but additional coverage can be purchased. 

Coverage is effective the first of the month following the date of hire.  This plan allows you to set aside part of your salary to pay for health and dependent care expenses with pretax dollars and to pay for the employee’s portion of health and dental insurance premiums pre-tax (prepay dental insurance cannot be paid pretax). 

Accident, Critical Illness and Vision Insurance

Accident, critical illness and vision insurance are 100% employee paid options.

Increases in pay are given to regular employees according to an established salary schedule, if performance is satisfactory.  An annual adjustment to the salary schedule may also result in increases, depending upon current policy.

Benefits - Contract Employees

For new hires and their dependents, coverage begins on the first day of the month following the date of hire. 

Your spouse or domestic partner, your birth or adopted children, your domestic partner’s children who live with you, step children who live with you, and any child for whom you are the legal guardian or for whom coverage is required by a Medical Support Order.  Adult children are eligible for coverage if they are under age 26. You will be asked for documentation to prove your dependent’s eligibility for DHA coverage.

Years of Service

Annual Sick Leave Accrual (Hours)

Annual Vacation Accrual (Hours)

Annual Total

Accrual (Hours)

1

24

56

80

2

24

64

88

3

24

72

96

4

24

80

104

5

24

88

112

6

24

96

120

7

24

104

128

8

24

112

136

9

24

120

144

10

24

120

144

DHA also provides other types of leave both paid and unpaid such as Professional Leave, Court Leave, Bereavement Leave, Family and Medical Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave and, if pre-approved, Leave of Absence.

DHA observes 11 official holidays and one optional paid day off.  An official holiday that falls on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday.  An official holiday that falls on a Sunday will be observed on the Monday immediately following.

New Year’s DayJanuary 1st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day3rd Monday in January
Presidents’ Day3rd Monday in February
Optional Day Offlast Monday in March or the Monday following Columbus Day
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
JuneteenthJune 19th
Independence DayJuly 4th
Labor Day1st Monday in September
Veterans’ DayNovember 11th
Thanksgiving Day4th Thursday in November
Day after ThanksgivingFriday following Thanksgiving
Christmas EveDecember 24th
Christmas DayDecember 25th

Coverage is effective the first of the month following the date of hire.  Dependent children are eligible for coverage up to age 26.  

Because families have different medical needs, Denver Housing Authority offers a choice of three plans through Kaiser Permanente: 1) Deductible/Coinsurance DHMO, 2) HMO and 3) Added Choice Triple Option.  The plans are similar in benefits, but differ in premium cost, deductible, out-of-pocket expenses, and range of choice of physicians and hospitals.

Coverage is effective the first of the month following the date of hire.  Dependent children are eligible for coverage up to age 26.  Premium is paid 100% by employee and is payroll deducted. 

Two different plans are offered through Assurant Employee Benefits (acquired by Sun Life Financial: 1) a prepay discount plan offering comprehensive benefits through a network of plan dentists and 2) a more traditional dental insurance with a yearly benefit maximum of $1000 and a deductible per person per policy year of $50.

Vision insurance is offered through VSP Vision Care (via Assurant Employee Benefits, acquired by Sun Life Financial) and is an employee paid benefit.

The Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAI Group) offers a free $5,000.00 term life insurance policy to active eligible DHA employees only.  The coverage amount will be reduced for an active employee at age 65 to $3,250 and age 70 to $2,500.00.

Participation in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is optional.  It provides retirement savings through payroll deduction before taxes are deducted.  There are no eligibility requirements to participate in this plan.   IRS rules and regulations apply.

Participation in the ROTH IRA is optional.  It provides retirement savings through payroll deduction after taxes are deducted.  There are no eligibility requirements to participate in this plan.  IRS rules and regulations apply.

Coverage is effective the first of the month following the date of hire.  This plan allows you to set aside part of your salary to pay for health and dependent care expenses with pretax dollars and to pay for the employee’s portion of health and dental insurance premiums pre-tax (prepay dental insurance cannot be paid pretax).

Annual salary adjustment is given depending upon current policy.

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A completed application is required from all persons seeking employment.  Persons selected for a position must:  

  • Provide verification of education and licenses or certifications
  • Have proof of identity
  • Show eligibility to work

DHA reserves the right to verify the accuracy of the information on all employments applications, including, but not limited to:

  • Verification of former employment
  • Criminal background checks
  • Personal references

Other pre-employment conditions are set forth in the Personnel Policy. 

Regular employees whose position is covered by the Union contract are required to join The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Local 535) Union. 

There is no residency requirement for most of the positions.  However, some positions require residency in Denver Housing Authority owned property or participation in Denver Housing Authority administered programs and recruitment is done at the property level.

FAQs

DHA accepts resumes and/or applications on an ongoing basis.  You may fax to 720-932-3005, email to Personnel@DenverHousing.org or mail to 1035 Osage St. Denver, CO 80204.  You may also apply in person at the 1035 Osage St. Denver, CO 80204.  Always specify the position for which you are applying. 

The Notice of Intent to Promote or Hire is an internal posting of a position.  You may apply for the position, however, first consideration for the position will be given to regular employees of DHA.  If no regular employee is found to fill the position then DHA will consider all outside applications and/or resumes including contract and special program employees.

DHA has a variety of salaried positions from entry-level clerical and maintenance jobs to managerial, professional and administrative positions.  DHA also has hourly paid positions to assist in the implementation of grants.  Some hourly paid and contract positions require residency in DHA owned properties.

Verification of receipt of application/resume will be sent via email (unless you come in person or do not have a valid email address).  Selection may be made anywhere from a few days to 2 months.

DHA does advertise on Indeed and other electronic job boards.

An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information including the successful completion of a background check. A background check will include at least a criminal background check and additional types of background checks may be required and/or permitted depending on the type of position and nature of the duties performed. These additional background checks may include: Employment History Verifications, Education/Degree Verification, Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), Professional License and Certifications.   

The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment.   

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.  

The Personnel Services department is responsible for providing qualified candidates for hiring consideration. This involves recruiting applicants, developing examinations, administering and scoring examinations, and referring eligible candidates for further assessment.

All applications are reviewed to the position’s required and/or preferred qualifications.  Applicants who do not qualify are notified by email.  Applicants who do qualify may proceed to the next phase of the assessment process which may include:  a written, computer or performance-based examination.  Applicants who pass the assessment(s) may then be interviewed.

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