The Executive Director will work alongside the Board of Directors in developing strategic goals for SPS Habitat. The ED will lead the organization in achieving these goals by developing and implementing strategic and operational plans and integrating the work of committees, staff and volunteers into a coherent, consistent and effective program of advocacy, construction, financing and family support. This work will result in successful home ownership for SPS Habitat’s partner families.
The Executive Director will inherit an organization with a powerful brand and a strong performance history of providing quality, affordable homes to low and very-low income individuals and families. The near-term priorities for the first 12-18 months for the new Executive Director include:
- Strategic Planning: Working with the Board, staff, volunteers and community, develop short and long term goals for all aspects of the organization including finance, construction, the retail stores, fundraising, volunteers, community relations and family support.
- Financial Analysis: Develop a clear analysis of the organization’s future fiscal outlook related to short- and long-term goals and operations, existing and available grants, private support, and fundraising.
- Human Resource Management: Set annual goals with executive staff including periodic reviews and annual evaluations. Ensure personnel practices are in compliance with state and federal regulations. Develop succession plans for each job.
- Community Relations: Strengthen working relationships and cooperative arrangements with local and state community groups and non-profit organizations. Strengthen relationships with legislative and governmental agencies necessary for success of the organization’s programs.
Experience, Skills and Attributes
- The Executive Director personifies the mission of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides leadership for the organization and is responsible for the overall management, strategic direction, fundraising, accountability, and administration to ensure the organization achieves its goals, according to Board approved directives, policies and objectives.
- Ideal candidates for this position will be passionate about SPS Habitat’s mission of developing affordable housing and helping improve the quality of life for individuals and families through education and homeownership. The ideal candidate will have high emotional intelligence and excellent communication skills in order to develop, build and maintain strong relationships and raise funds for the organization. The ED should have proven nonprofit management skills, and be an inspirational and collaborative team builder, with a facilitative leadership style, engaging public speaking skills, and an ethic of transparency and openness.
Preferred qualifications include:
- A Bachelor’s degree in public, non-profit, or business management, plus eight years progressively responsibleexperience in nonprofit leadership and development, with five years’ experience in a senior leadership role. Educational qualifications may be waived depending on work history. Executive level corporate or public sector experience with significant volunteer leadership roles may substitute for nonprofit experience.
- Knowledge of non-profit management and human resources best practices, laws and regulations. Maintains a climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff.
- Demonstrated leadership skills in inspiring, empowering, and developing current and future staff to achieve strategic organizational goals. Demonstrated team-building skills.
- A proven track record of fundraising and relationship development; ability to successfully develop new revenue sources within the local market conditions.
- Experience managing a budget and performing business and program analysis within an organization of a similar or greater size and complexity.
- Education and/or experience in community and/or affordable housing development, urban planning, community lending or a related field.
- Excellent written, oral and social media communication skills at all levels, with staff, board, and community stakeholders.
- Experience with any of the following preferred but not required: construction, retail management, and/or previous experience with Habitat for Humanity.
- Coalition building experience: Demonstrated effectiveness in inspiring support and confidence in building and maintaining relationships among diverse community stakeholders and partners, to develop and implement collaborative strategies and plans.
- Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance, and ability to use personal vehicle for SPS Habitat business.
- Willingness to travel within Thurston County, Washington State and nationally.
- Must be able to pass criminal background and credit checks.
- Work is performed typically in an office environment and a variety of settings among diverse partners, stakeholders and audiences. A considerable amount of time will be spent in meetings, at a computer screen for extended periods, at SPS Habitat events, and speaking before public audiences.
- Frequent use of phones and e-mail will be required to communicate with partners and stakeholders. Frequently works outside normal working hours and will drive due to work performed with donors and other stakeholders in the community. Occasional travel out of town and out of state will be required.
- Salary: $95,000-$100,000 DOE plus medical and dental coverage and employer 3% matching contribution toward pension plan.