Reporting to the Board of Commissioners, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for leading, managing, and growing MDHA by serving as a strategic and visionary leader who inspires excellence and manages performance and change within the organization. Advises the Board on the agencies mission, vision, neighborhood revitalization, housing and resident empowerment programs, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.
Essential Role and Responsibilities
- Foster an innovative, performance- and service-oriented culture, where team members collaborate to find solutions to enhance the quality of life for residents and improve the community.
- Develop and implement comprehensive plans to achieve MDHA goals.
- Enhance relationships with key stakeholders to ensure that all resources are effectively utilized to end generational poverty.
- Build the capacity and capability of the organization to deliver results.
- Serve as the high-profile public face of the organization at the local, state, and national levels.
- Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements.
- Ability to communicate effectively with and respond to residents, agency team members, and their representatives, instilling a sense of dignity and value for their contributions, input, experiences, and role as contributors to their personal success as well as the success of the agency and the people it serves.
- Works in close relationship with the Metro Nashville government and its local officials as well as with the nonprofit, development, and for-profit community.
- Agency compliance with Federal, State and Local laws and regulations including (i) applicable HUD rules and regulations relating to Section 8 and Section 9 of the Federal Housing Act, (ii) applicable HUD rules and regulations relating to any HUD grant or similar program such as CDBG or HOME, and (iii) employment laws and regulations, audit and financial management requirements, procurement regulations and Open Record Law requirement.
- Dynamic leader with strong executive presence.
- Strategic leader who can also execute.
- Strong relationship builder with social and political savvy.
- Compelling, clear, and proactive communicator who exudes energy and enthusiasm, and is comfortable in a high-profile role with public scrutiny.
- Inspires and empowers others, while holding them accountable.
- Strong analytical skills, while still being decisive and results oriented.
- Innovative problem-solver who can operate within regulated parameters.
- Willing to make tough decisions.
- Strong business acumen: a leader who can provide oversight and direction in strategic planning, financial management, and human resources.
- Exceptional organizational abilities, with the ability to adapt as needed.
- Unquestioned integrity.
- Political Savviness.
Education and/or Experience
- Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Behavioral Sciences, or a related field.
- experience in urban and community development, housing finance, urban planning or public housing management involving complex issues and long-range social planning is preferred.
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree required.
- Valid Tennessee driver’s license.