Comprehensive Staffing with a Personal Touch

VanderHouwen is a premier staffing provider of technology, engineering, finance and accounting professionals. At VanderHouwen, we pride ourselves on being experts in the industries we serve. From studying market trends to our extensive (and rapidly growing) network filled with new and established talent and organizations, we have an ear to the ground on a regional and national level.

Take that industry knowledge and combine it with our commitment to providing respectful, personal, and consultative service to our clients and candidates. What do you end up with? A recruiting agency that feels like family.

When you work with us, it’s not just about jobs. It’s about relationships.

About VanderHouwen

Our History

VanderHouwen was established in Portland, Oregon in 1987 by Kirby and Kathy VanderHouwen. After decades of supporting and encouraging the emerging Pacific Northwest technology industry, Kirby and Kathy decided to use their expertise to help match rapidly-growing organizations with qualified candidates. Since then, VanderHouwen has remained a family-run business, even as we’ve expanded our services to include staffing for Accounting & Finance, and Engineering.

The VanderHouwen Promise

We speak the language of your industry in order to build strong, long-lasting relationships and provide employers and candidates with individualized staffing services and expert consultation. To ensure the ideal match between organization and candidate, we dedicate quality time learning the nuances of each organization’s environment and staffing priorities. We use a variety of techniques to screen applicants, including in-depth interviewing, in-person meetings, skill and behavioral testing and thorough background and reference analysis.

VanderHouwen Promise

Our Mission

At VanderHouwen, our mission is to provide outstanding customer service in a straightforward, ethical, personal, and responsive manner. Our unique family-owned company offers individualized staffing services and solutions to our clients and candidates, creating value for everyone.

Kathy VanderHouwen

Women Owned and Family Run Since 1987

We believe in diverse work environments. And we walk our talk. That’s why we were certified as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Not only does this certification let us wear our values loud and proud, it also allows us to participate in corporate and government Diversity Supplier Programs. If your organization has a Diversity Supplier Program, VanderHouwen can help.

We Go Green!

We are committed to sustainability at work. We actively recycle, reduce energy, and give to the community. So much so that we achieved gold certification by the Sustainability at Work program. Our internal Green Team works hard to help us be an environmentally-conscious business in our local community.


The ability to positively impact people’s lives in our community by finding them the ideal job opportunity is a great feeling. I’m proud of our Recruiting staff, as they are the best in the business at placing their candidates with the ideal client.

Brett Kadz
Sr. Vice President, Recruiting

I enjoy working at VanderHouwen because it’s a fun and family-oriented work environment.  I’m pretty serious and focused at work.  But, I love the combination of goofballs and sports geeks in the office. Opportunity exists here.  I’m driven, goal-oriented, VanderHouwen is a place where I can try, fail and learn, then apply creativity to the process as I create the reality I want.

Ben Newbill
Sr. Account Manager

I enjoy working at VanderHouwen because they treat their employees like family. Not once have I felt like they don’t have the best interest for my career and well-being. I also enjoy the work-hard/play-hard culture; the company rewards you for how hard you work and we all have a great time.

Taylor Koll

Work hard, play hard. I love the people that are here. I’ve worked at previous staffing agencies where you’re worked like a dog with little or no reward. VanderHouwen allows me to be directly responsible for my workload and I’m rewarded accordingly. We celebrate positive experiences and strive to do the best for our candidates and clients.

Tami Platt
Sr. Recruiter

I love working for VanderHouwen because they are a family-owned business and truly care about ALL of their employees, and clients alike.  They have an excellent reputation in the industry as well as top notch training for all employees.  VanderHouwen takes time to motivate, train, and recognize all of their employee’s hard work.  It is a great place to start a long term career, and truly enjoy what you do.

Diane Raeder
Sr. Recruiter


We don’t just help companies become great, we strive to be one! Here are just a few of the awards and recognition we’ve received.

Grow your career by working for a premier staffing agency. Find out more about our company culture and job opportunities in Portland and Seattle.