Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: TACDC Executive Director and Houston Housing Collaborative Coordinating Team
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: May 2019
Salary Floor: $110,000
Mission: The Houston Housing Collaborative aims to develop, adopt and implement a cohesive, comprehensive and equitable housing policy framework with communities, the public and private sectors.
Agency Overview: The Houston Housing Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a diverse collective of housing practitioners, nonprofit organizations, research institutions, financial institutions, public and private universities, builders, developers, neighborhood associations, advocacy groups and individuals who care about the housing and community development needs of the City of Houston. The Collaborative takes an active role on policy issues related to housing, focusing on the development of a comprehensive housing plan for the City of Houston.
Since launching in May 2016, the Collaborative, formerly the Houston Housing Working Group, has engaged over 120 unique organizations and individuals from a variety of industries and sectors on the Collaborative’s electronic mailing list. The Collaborative has held 35 meetings with an average of 35 people attending each meeting. A sample of our active collaborative participants in 2018 include AARP, Avenue, bcWorkshop, Catholic Charities, Coalition of Community Organizations, Five Woods Realty, Housing Corporation of Houston, Houston Endowment, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Houston Land Bank, Houston LISC, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Juan Sorto, Keith Downey, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, LINK Houston, Neighborhood Recovery CDC, Northern Third Ward Project, Paulette Wagner, Project Row Houses, Sankofa Research Institute, Texas Housers, Wheeler Avenue Triangle Ministries Inc., Wells Fargo, West Houston Association and Wilson Cribbs & Goren.
The Collaborative has been an active voice for the need of affordable housing in the City of Houston, writing comment letters on policy issues and public proposals, meeting with City Council members and developing a set of principles for a comprehensive housing plan. With support from the Houston Endowment, the Collaborative plans to:
- expand its programming to ensure the development of a Comprehensive Housing Plan:
- monitor disaster recovery resources;
- develop policy recommendations and a long-term strategy;
- increase opportunities for knowledge sharing;
- develop an educational and awareness campaign around the value of affordable housing; and
- support advocacy efforts by sharing materials with the City of Houston and others.
This expanded programming will help to ensure affordable housing remains a critical issue for the public as well as key policymakers.
Position Summary: The Executive Director will be responsible for providing strategic leadership in conducting the business of the Collaborative and will be responsible for all matters pertaining to the operation of the Collaborative. This person will perform all duties in a manner consistent with the high standards of Houston’s nonprofit community.
At the beginning, the Executive Director will work with the
Coordinating Team, and the highly engaged participants of the Collaborative, to implement a membership program, and establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. This person will lead the Collaborative in launching as a fully independent 501c3 organization within the next 18 months.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: THE STATEMENTS BELOW ARE INTENDED TO DESCRIBE THE GENERAL NATURE AND LEVEL OF WORK BEING PERFORMED BY INDIVIDUAL(S) ASSIGNED TO
THIS POSITION. THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ALL RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES
AND SKILLS REQUIRED OF PERSONNEL SO CLASSIFIED IN THIS POSITION. THE POSITION DESCRIPTION IS
SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE NEEDS OF THE COLLABORATIVE CHANGE AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE
Visionary Leadership Responsibilities:
- Provide executive level leadership in setting the vision and strategic planning for the Collaborative
- Develop and implement the organization’s strategic initiatives, goals and long-range plans with the Coordinating Team, staff and Collaborative participants
- Provide inspiration, motivation and incentive for the Collaborative participants to achieve excellence for the community through collaboration, information sharing and capacity-building initiatives
- Create an environment in which the activities of the Collaborative reflect accepted best practices, including overseeing the procedure for accepting and engaging participants as members of the Collaborative
- Represent and serve as spokesperson for the Collaborative to the general public and community
development community, while providing leadership and a convening role in the community
- Participate in appropriate local, regional and national conferences, events and workshops which relate to the Collaborative’s growth and impact in the community
- Identify successful organizations for alliance-building and learning purposes
- Build and maintain knowledge about community and national issues and trends that have impact on the work of the Collaborative, and share this knowledge with the Coordinating Team
- Collect and maintain data and other information about members’ activities and operations
- Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Collaborative
- Hire, train and supervise staff and/or contractors
- Plan and facilitate both Coordinating Team and monthly meetings members
- Monitor organizational practices and functions to ensure consistency with the intent of the members of the Collaborative
- Monitor grants received for proper compliance, reporting and alignment with donor intent
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations
- Act as the liaison between the Coordinating Team and the fiscal agent, bank custodian, accountant, auditor and other contracted service providers
- Develop and monitor an annual budget that is within reasonable and necessary limits, as determined by the IRS
- Maintain regular communication with the Coordinating Team
- Carry out policies established by the Coordinating Team
- Manage/oversee the production and dissemination of the Collaborative publications, website,
- Annual Report, etc., before distribution to the members of the Collaborative or to the general public
- Develop and implement funding strategies with the Coordinating Team to include donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
- Periodically review the long-range strategic plan and recommend any adjustments or changes to the Coordinating Team
- Experienced leader with success in collaborative leadership demonstrated by achieving organizational targets and goals
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required and advanced degree is preferred
- Five to seven years of related professional experience, including three in a supervisory role, leading and directing a team of professional associates
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and meeting facilitation
- Solid, hands-on, financial skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
- Proven to make sound judgments
- Able to analyze and interpret complex documents
- Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, public speaking) with the ability to work with diverse stakeholders
- Strong understanding of real estate, urban planning and affordable housing policy as well as related government programs and processes
- Government affairs and advocacy skills to engage elected officials and agency staff and a willingness to work with governmental entities as well as advocate for changes in policy
- Experience advocating for affordable housing is preferred
- Track record of bringing about transformative policy and systems-change initiatives and managing diverse programs and staff.
- Track record for building trust across neighborhoods, racial and ethnic communities, business leadership, faith communities and other interest groups.
- Entrepreneurial spirit, passion for community engagement and strategic thinking skills
- Responds effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints
- Makes effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to
the Coordinating Team and outside institutions with which the Collaborative depends upon for support and strategic alliances
- Demonstrates principles of good communication and interpersonal skills
Please send in PDF form a cover letter, resume, salary expectations and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applying is June 17th, 2019.
The Texas Association of CDCs is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, gender, or sexual identity.