Executive Director – Habitat for Humanity of Durham

    Habitat for Humanity of Durham
    February 12, 2020


    About Durham Habitat 

    Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Durham, located in Durham, North Carolina, and serving Durham Countyis seeking a dynamic and seasoned business professional to serve as its next Executive Director. 

    Officially established in 1985, Durham Habitat now operates with a staff of 25-30 people, an $8M annual budget, and approximately $17M in assets. Each year, Durham Habitat helps nearly 25 families build homes in Durham. In 2019Durham Habitat served 304 individuals and completed repairs on 80 homes, engaging nearly 36,000 volunteer hours. 

    Durham Habitat is committed to building a staff team that consists of a diverse mix of talented people who are passionate about its missionFor more information about Durham Habitat, please visit http://www.durhamhabitat.org/.   

    The Leadership Opportunity 

    Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, guiding Durham Habitat’s operations and growthHe/she will be Durham Habitat’s chief advocate, spokesperson, and representative. The ED will 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 major donors. 

    The ideal candidate will be an innovative, people-oriented individual who has proven success cultivating partnerships and running a complex organization. 

    Key Responsibilities 

    The Executive Director will be entrusted with the following key responsibilities:  

    LeadershipWork with the Board and staff to set strategic goals and priorities. Provide leadership, direction, and management to Durham Habitat including the operations of fiscal, administrative, programmatic, and legal oversight. Develop a unified sense of purpose among staff and Board members. Ensure operational activities align with strategic goals. 

    Community Engagement: Plan and implement strategies to promote public awareness of, and engagement with, Durham Habitat. Monitor trends, emerging issues, and community efforts 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 Durham 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.   

    Board RelationsServe as a critical partner with the Board, providing relevanttimely, and transparent updates, introducing industry trends and new opportunities for consideration, and seeking professional guidance from Board members regarding relevant governance issues. Actively participate in Board discussions and planning activitiesengaging members as appropriate regarding critical issues and opportunities.   

    Operations Management: Oversee all facets of Durham Habitat’s operations including (but not limited to) homeownership and repair programs, resource development, financial management, family services, and advocacy. 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 DevelopmentLead, 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 teamworkaccountability, and quality. Ensure fair and consistent human resource practices.  

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

    Attributes of the New Leader 

    The ideal candidate is an experienced nonprofit leader who possesses the following:  

    • Minimum of fifteen years of financial and operational management experience in a complex environment; at least eight years of experience at a senior managerial level (C-level).  
    • Strong knowledge of corporate and/or 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 
    • Experience influencing business culture through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, with an MBA, MPA, or CPA credentials strongly preferred. 
    • Experience with real estate transactions, construction, and/or public funding preferred.  
    • Prior Habitat for Humanity or affordable housing experience is a plus.  

    In addition to possessing core functional competencies, Durham Habitat’s next Executive Director should be:  

    • Deeply committed to the mission of Durham Habitat  
    • A strong, visionary leader who thinks strategically and can implement tactically 
    • A positive cultural influencer who leads with transparency 
    • An articulate communicator and storyteller who inspires investment 
    • Willing to be highly visible and engaged with the Durham community
    • Respectful of all constituencies and willing to engage across constituencies whether at the construction site, in the office, or in the community 
    • Willing to empower staff while holding them accountable
    • Able to advocate effectively for and build partnerships that advance affordable housing 
    • A team builder, consensus builder, and collaborator
    • Professional, in both appearance and demeanor 
    • Able to multi-task, balancing internal and external stakeholder needs 
    • Approachable and genuine  

    Application Process  

    Armstrong McGuire & Associates is conducting this search in partnership with Durham Habitat’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the Executive Director position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. 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 staci@armstrongmcguire.com. No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.  

    Habitat for Humanity of Durham 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.