Throughout the Spotlight Series, we highlight residents and staff to learn about their experiences at College Housing Northwest (CHNW). In this post, we will feature Nate, who humbly started as a Resident Ambassador and now works as the Operations Specialist for CHNW.
How did you first get involved with CHNW?
My first trip to CHNW wasn’t for employment, but actually for an apartment. After I was accepted to Portland State University, My dad and I began looking for apartments in Portland. We quickly found CHNW online and decided to schedule a tour.
While touring Goose Hollow with the leasing staff, I mentioned that I was also seeking employment and after many interviews got hired as a Resident Ambassador.
After 3 and half years and graduating PSU with my computer science degree, I now work in the Operations department of CHNW as the Operations Specialist.
What have you learned from starting as an RA to now working as the Operations specialist?
CHNW has helped my professional growth by always supporting my new ventures. CHNW has also helped my personal development by stressing the importance of a work-life balance.
As an RA, I gained a unique perspective to CHNW. I worked directly in supporting residents on the after-hours line, planning community events and building relationships with students.
Now as an Operations Specialist, I know the people that are impacted by the decisions. I’m not sitting in the meetings thinking about “general students,” I’m remembering the residents I helped as an RA.
What is unique about CHNW culture compared to other organizations?
CHNW is constantly managing to be more than just a sum of its parts which is unique to other organizations. There is a lot of autonomy granted to employees with the expectation to adapt and grow as new people join the organization.
What do you like the most about working at CHNW?
1. CHNW is not afraid to do things differently. As long as there is a good reason, connection to the mission statement and intelligence behind ideas, CHNW is open to new perspectives and ideas.
2. If you care about your coworkers, the mission statement, and your work ethic, CHNW is willing to put in the effort to help you grow in whatever direction they can.
College Housing Northwest is a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 by students to support students in the areas of housing, academic success, and personal development.