Under direction and supervision of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will provide visionary leadership during a period of transformational change for the organization and the communities it serves. The Chief Executive Officer will lead a strategic planning process centered in equity, inclusion, and anti-racism which will detail a comprehensive organizational growth strategy acknowledging the interconnectedness of housing with transportation, land use policy, racial equity, environmental sustainability, workforce development, and human agency. The Chief Executive Officer will build systems and processes for a rapidly professionalizing organization, performing administrative and project management work in the development of affordable housing and a sense of belonging with internal and external stakeholders and clients. This will include coordination with governments, consultants, and for-profit and nonprofit development partners, and presentations to a broad variety of stakeholders that clearly communicate why housing is essential community infrastructure. The Chief Executive Officer shall also be responsible for financial development, including grant writing and reporting, growing a donor base, securing government funding, and diversifying financial support. The position requires community outreach and current real estate and fair housing knowledge. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial systems thinker that inspires change, builds complex and creative partnerships, elevates the regional and national profile of the organization, and thrives in uncertain environments. This position will supervise and have support from a full-time Director of Real Estate Development and Construction, a full-time Manager of Stewardship, Safety & Trust, and several part-time consultants.
Essential Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Organizational Build-out and Sustainable Growth
- Refine and execute organizational goals and strategies based on strategic planning process and documents, active projects, as well as team input; Ensure strategic plan centers racial equity and inclusion, with a focus on partnership cultivation and community involvement.
- Current work plan includes an accelerated construction timeline for the Homes at Willow Bend, exploration of new public-private partnerships for future mixed-income housing developments in the region, a feasibility study to inform the creation of a capital campaign for a regional Pay it Forward fund, development of a Pattern Zone program, and collaboration with the NWA Council-led Workforce Housing Center to advance broad-based affordable housing goals regionally.
- Engage in financial planning, oversee the development of budgets, assess and secure operating and development budget resources and propose revisions, as necessary.
- Assemble a team, resources, and networks to increase the development and stewardship capacity of PfBH; Establish connections and coordinate with existing shared equity and affordable housing organizations nationwide.
- Work with a team to plan and implement extensive community outreach and education and serve as the primary representative of PfBH to regional business leaders, funders, government officials, and media representatives.
- Work with team to ensure full execution of all consultant and construction contracts for the completion of the Homes at Willow Bend; Act as owner’s rep during entitlement, site work, and vertical construction; Assist in securing financing for horizontal and vertical construction needs.
- Provide leadership on policy, advocacy, and programmatic initiatives necessary to create an environment in which PfBH can thrive and grow.
- Oversee finance and administration of PfBH to ensure compliance with grant requirements; ability to maintain a strong relationship with the primary funder; Oversee and monitor nonprofit status and compliance.
- Secure legal counsel and advisors with expertise in various practice areas, including land use, contracts, residential real estate, and corporate matters.
- Develop and provide for the appropriate controls, management, and accountability of all funds, physical assets, land, and other property.
- Set organizational culture, promote community care, ensure internal processes are centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Develop and administer procedures and policies to strengthen internal systems for personal and organizational sustainability.
- Establish decision-making processes for consensus building and a healthy team dynamic.
- Support staff in executing individual roles and responsibilities and balancing collective projects.
- Monitor and evaluate all organizational activity, report progress to the Board and committees; create a timeline for additional actions and make recommendations for change as needed.
- Support Board and staff development, provide advice and counsel to the Board to assist in setting policies, action plans, and monitoring the non-profit’s performance.
Effective Partnerships, Relationships, and External Communication
- Build greater awareness of the organization’s efforts and maintain a positive image of PfBH’s work by updating the website, participating in convenings, regional or state working groups, events, and marketing activities.
- Represent the organization in its business relationships with government agencies, professional services, the media, community organizations, and other stakeholder groups.
- Develop and maintain partnerships with co-developers, funders, financial institutions, regional groups, and local agencies.
- Display and model a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values; a commitment to racial and housing justice as well as a clear understanding of, and a strong commitment to, affordable mixed-income housing and shared equity homeownership.
- Exhibit exemplary attendance and punctuality.
- Comply with company policies and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Related Experience
- Five to ten (5-10) years of professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization and demonstrated success in organizational leadership and community relations is preferred.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to be covered under the Company’s automobile insurance is required.
- Experience in the fields of urban planning, real estate, affordable housing, or community development is preferred.
- Proven fundraising track record and experience securing various financial resources, including public and private funds, grants, and donations is preferred.
- Familiarity with existing housing and community development programs in the local area is preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to write and speak persuasively; Ingenuity in garnering resources (people, funding, support) to get things done through formal channels and informal networks.
- Visionary and imaginative, willing to create new processes, models, and alternative solutions, that activate and inspire local communities and shift industries.
- Effective communicator and decision-maker with a demonstrated a mixture of strategic analysis, wisdom, and experience.
- Willingness to lead the organization with staff, board members, and community, and experience building consensus among multiple stakeholder groups.
- Understanding of basic accounting concepts and business financial management practices.
- Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests.
- Knowledge of principles and methods for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups.
- A flexible and adaptable style and teachable attitude.
- Exemplary interpersonal skills.
- Excellent judgment and integrity.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
- The ability to integrate into the organizational culture.
- The ability to think and lead strategically.
- The ability to work with a high degree of initiative.
- The ability to maintain a high level of ethics and principles.
- The ability to focus on the client, community, and stakeholders.
- The ability to maintain confidentiality and be diplomatic/ tactful.
- The ability to act professionally, efficiently, and productively.
- The ability and willingness to serve and foster genuine relationships with stakeholders, including fellow team members and volunteers; displays emotional intelligence.
- The ability to effectively represent Partners for Better Housing to all constituents.
- The ability to interface with a wide variety of people in a warm and professional manner.
- The ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Partners for Better Housing
- The ability to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
The ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Supervisory Responsibilities and Interactions with Others
The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for managing a full-time Director of Real Estate Development and Construction, a full-time Stewardship Coordinator, and several part-time consultants. Additionally, the Executive Director will interact daily with co-workers, Board members, external stakeholders, and the general public as the face of the organization.