Executive Director

    Polk County Housing Trust Fund
    March 6, 2023
    505 5th Ave #1000, Des Moines


    About the role of Executive Director

    High-profile community position leading critically important conversations to shape perceptions, increase collaboration and expand partnerships leading to more affordable housing.

    Be part of a dynamic team improving housing access/opportunity for people in Polk County. If you believe everyone should have access to affordable, safe housing and the opportunity to thrive, we welcome your application for this leadership position.

    Key priorities

    • Builds positive relationships, partnerships and high-level trust with elected and appointed officials, community organizations, funders, and providers to inspire systemic change and improve housing affordability options.

    • Supports sustainability of funded affordable housing providers and projects, while encouraging innovative solutions and new practices.

    • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias to ensure equitable affordable housing experiences for all.

    • Leads a positive work culture with clarity around roles and a spirit of collaboration and shared purpose within the team and in the community.

    • Outstanding communication and persuasive skills backed by strong use of data, problem-solving and understanding of regulations related to housing/community planning.

    • Provides guidance and recommendations to the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan and serves as point for the adherence to financial and accounting policies, practices and budget.

    Essential qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree with experience in an executive or senior management level position. Advanced degree in a related field of study is preferred.

    • Experience in at least one of the following areas is required: public administration, housing development, public policy, or community development. Prior experience in non-profit agency administration is preferred.

    • Ability to lead, support and develop team members within their areas of fundraising, major gifts, grant procurement, marketing, research, planning and community partnerships.

    How to apply

    Please send your resume, a brief cover letter (up to 500 words) that conveys your beliefs around housing affordability and why you feel uniquely qualified to lead PCHTF, and three references to Diana Deibler at diana@deiblerandcompany.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Samantha Fields is the operations manager for Shelterforce.