Chief Executive Officer – Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity

    Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity
    September 7, 2019


    About Fayetteville Area Habitat

    Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

    Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcomed as homeowners, volunteers, and supporters regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people.

    Fayetteville Area Habitat, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, currently serves Cumberland and Sampson Counties. Since 1985, Fayetteville Area Habitat has built strong, diverse partnerships with local government, faith communities, families seeking a hand up in homeownership, and community volunteers drawn to helping their neighbors succeed. Following Hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Florence (2018), Fayetteville Area Habitat focused its efforts on home repair, restoring storm damaged homes to their original quality. Now, Habitat has renewed its commitment to new construction with the launch of an ambitious project in Oakridge Estates to build 47 homes in two years. The project is in partnership with the City of Fayetteville and has a focus to help families who were displaced by the hurricanes.

    Fayetteville Area Habitat operates with a $5M annual budget and approximately $3.3 million in assets.


    Fayetteville Area Habitat is committed to building a staff team that consists of a diverse mix of talented people who are passionate about its mission. For more information about Fayetteville Area Habitat, please visit For more information about the city of Fayetteville visit

    The Leadership Opportunity

    Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, guiding Fayetteville Area Habitat’s operations and growth. He/she will be Fayetteville Area Habitat’s chief advocate and community representative. The CEO will be expected to work with the Board and staff, as well as other partners, to build on past successes and forge new collaborations and partnerships with community leaders, related organizations, and investors.

    The CEO will oversee a staff of 10-15 full-time and additional part-time team members located at the main administrative office and ReStore in Fayetteville.

    The ideal candidate will be a relationship builder who has successful and verifiable experience building a positive and inclusive culture, cultivating partnerships, and running a complex organization using the highest standards of financial accountability and transparency.

    Key Responsibilities

    The Chief Executive Officer will be entrusted with the following key responsibilities:

    Leadership: Work with the Board and staff to set strategic goals and priorities. Provide leadership, direction, and management to Fayetteville Area Habitat including the operations of fiscal, administrative, and legal oversight. Develop a unified sense of purpose among staff and Board members. Ensure operational activities are in alignment with strategic goals.

    Board Relations: Serve as a critical partner with the Board, providing relevant, timely, and transparent updates, introducing industry trends and new opportunities for consideration, and seeking professional guidance from Board members regarding relevant governance issues. Help the Board create and implement a strategic board development and recruitment plan designed to attract the most passionate and dynamic volunteer leaders to the organization. Actively participate in Board discussions and planning activities, intentionally engaging members in strategic issues and opportunities.

    Operations Management: Oversee all facets of Fayetteville Area Habitat’s operations including (but not limited to) financial management, homeownership programs, resource development, advocacy, and retail. Apply sound and proven business practices and implement industry best practices, business policies, and internal controls to minimize risk, safeguard corporate assets, and improve operational efficiencies.

    Staff Development: Lead, prepare, empower, delegate and evaluate the performance of a diverse team, providing opportunities for team building, planning, and professional development. Develop strong inter-departmental relations and foster positive relationships amongst staff. Cultivate a welcoming and positive environment, supporting and encouraging the staff to be their best while implementing a culture of teamwork, accountability, and quality. Ensure fair and consistent human resource practices. Maintain strong relationships with Habitat North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity International, leveraging organizational resources to further advance the affiliate staff, board, and programs.

    Community Engagement: Plan and implement strategies to promote public awareness of Fayetteville Area Habitat. Identify and monitor trends and emerging issues related to affordable housing. Act as the chief spokesperson for the organization, articulating the vision in an inspiring way and building relationships with individuals, corporations, faith-based organizations, government officials, and community groups to support and enhance the mission. Cultivate Fayetteville Area Habitat’s visibility and relationships in the community through personal engagement and effective communication. Lead engagement efforts in multi-sector collaborations, thought partnerships, coalitions, task forces, and committees, as appropriate. 

    Resource Development: Expand the breadth and depth of relationships and partnerships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and significant philanthropic investments in Habitat’s future. Actively participate in fund development activities and the cultivation of individual and organizational donors. Establish partnerships with financial institutions to further the reach of, and minimize risk to, Fayetteville Area Habitat.

    Skills and Attributes of the New Leader

    The ideal candidate will possess the following:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, with an MBA, MPA, or CPA credentials strongly preferred.
    • Minimum of 10 years of financial and operational management experience in a complex financial environment.
    • Strong knowledge of non-profit governance with significant experience interfacing with governing boards.
    • Proven track record of relationship building that leads to financial investment.
    • Exemplary leadership and management skills that have influenced business culture through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.
    • Experience with real estate transactions, construction, commercial banking, mortgage lending, tax credits, public funding, and/or retail preferred.
    • Prior Habitat for Humanity or affordable housing experience is a plus.


    In addition to possessing core functional competencies, Fayetteville Area Habitat’s next CEO should be: 

    • Deeply committed to the mission of Fayetteville Area Habitat
    • Financially savvy with strong business acumen
    • A team builder, consensus builder, and collaborator internally and externally; a natural relationship builder with strong emotional IQ
    • A positive cultural influencer who leads with transparency
    • An articulate communicator and storyteller who inspires investment
    • Respectful of all constituencies and willing to engage across constituencies whether at the construction site, in the office, or in the community
    • Willing to advocate for and build partnerships that advance affordable housing
    • Approachable and genuine grounded in integrity

    Application Process

    Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with Fayetteville Area Habitat’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the Chief Executive Officer position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references.  Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.


    Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.