Florida Habitat Affiliate Seeking Executive Director

Posted By: Becca Davis Job Listings,

Position Title: Executive Director, Full Time

Department: Administration Reports

Directly To: Executive Committee, Board

Pay: $70,000-$80,000/annually

Overview: Highlands County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (HCHFH) is a non-profit, 501c3 organization seeking to put God’s love into action, to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. The organization helps individuals and families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. In addition to building new homes, Highlands County Habitat for Humanity also repairs and renovates existing housing, advocates for fair and just housing policies, helps and rebuilds after natural disasters. As a major fundraising initiative, Habitat accepts and re-sells donated household materials through our ReStore. The geographical service area for HCHFH covers Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid, and Lorida, Florida. HCHFH has a $1.5 million operating budget and $5 million in total assets. The affiliate builds approximately 4-6 homes per year and has a history of and goal to repairing homes again. The affiliate operates with a paid, full-time staff of 16-20 and hosts approximately 200 distinct volunteers per year. The affiliate has a governance board of 11 directors.

Basic Function: The Executive Director provides overall executive leadership to the affiliate in accordance with the directives, policies and objectives set by the affiliate board of directors and Habitat for Humanity International. The Executive Director accepts the covenant of Habitat for Humanity and is a leading advocate of the affiliate in regard to fulfilling the mission and vision statements. This position is responsible for visioning, planning and ongoing evaluation of the organization. The Executive Director is a nonvoting, ex-officio member of the board of directors and reports to the executive committee.

Job titles reporting to this position: Construction Manager, ReStore Manager, Finance Manager, Volunteer Manager, Development Manager, Homeownership Program Manager and Office Coordinator

General Administration

• Act as the chief administrator responsible for managing all aspects of affiliate operations and development of a strategic plan in partnership with the board of directors.

• Oversees the management of personnel, human resources, finances, home construction and critical repair programs, homeownership programs, mortgage servicing, land acquisition, resale store operations, resource development, and grant administration.

• Manage the affiliate office by directing, training, supervising, and recognizing the paid and volunteer staff in the performance of assigned duties. Conduct regular reviews of staff performance.

• Establish office procedures, guidelines and performance standards.

• Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates staff and volunteers.

• Ensure communication of relevant information flows among all groups.

• Ensure the affiliate adheres to government regulations and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) policies. Financial Management • Responsible for the development and maintenance of sound financial practices.

• Interact with the finance committee to ensure completion of audits and other financial activities.

• Maintain confidential employee and Partner Family applicant records for the affiliate and its subsidiaries.

• Work with the staff, Executive Committee, and board in preparing a yearly budget. Ensure that the affiliate operates within budget guidelines.

• Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its mission. This includes development of a fundraising plan in partnership with the Development Manager.

• Monitor the administrative cost to total cost ratio and act to ensure the ratio is kept at a level consistent with local and HFHI guidelines. • Work closely with the Finance Manager and CPA staff to ensure income and expenses are coded appropriately and quarterly financial statements are prepared in advance of board meetings.

• Grant compliance and reporting in partnership with the Development Manager.

• Oversee cash flow and expenditures for 6-8 bank accounts.  

Board Support

• Work with Board President to prepare an agenda and supporting documents for board meetings and establish annual board meeting calendar.

• Assist the board of directors in making fundamental decisions, preparing strategic plans and creating/maintaining policies.

• Work with Board President and Board nominating committee on board recruitment and training.

• Create and implements annual board self-assessment in partnership with the Board President. Community Relations and Resource Development

• Work in partnership with the Development Manager to:

o Serve as spokesperson for the affiliate.

o Actively participate with appropriate community groups which share the goals of Habitat for Humanity.

o Establish and nurture good media relationships.

o Ensure that the activities of the affiliate, its programs and goals are publicized.

o Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with volunteers, home sponsors, partner families, community groups, media, government and other organizations.

o Lead donor stewardship for the affiliate and maintain strong relationships with current and potential donors.

o Manage communication plan including annual report, annual appeal and quarterly newsletter.

o Assist with grant writing as needed.

Knowledge/Skills Required:

• Relevant bachelor’s degree preferred

• 3-5 years of experience in executive level non-profit management

• Proven track record of effectively managing a $2 million+ budget

• Experience in affordable housing, poverty issues, and community development

• Experience working with Homeowner’s Associations

• Dedication to the goals, values and mission of Habitat for Humanity

• Ability to think strategically, both individually and as part of a team

• Must possess the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people

• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field, including training provided by HFHI

• Excellent oral and written public speaking communication. A people-person with exceptional verbal, written, listening, and presentation skills

Internal Interactions: All Staff, Habitat Volunteers, Partner Families, Board of Directors

Estimated Time Commitment: 40+ hours /week. Some evening and weekend hours for special events. Some travel required for meetings and conferences.

External Interactions: Individual Donors, Corporations, Foundations, Faith Communities, Civic Clubs, Media, Government, Elected Officials, Vendors, Subcontractors, Habitat Florida, Habitat for Humanity International, Bankers, Attorneys, CPAs, and Auditors Level of authority: Executive/Administration

Application Instructions Please send a resume and cover letter to meg@habitathighlands.org.