Chief Executive Officer/Publisher
Flexible location; Montclair, New Jersey region preferred
Shelterforce seeks a Chief Executive Officer/Publisher (CEO/Publisher) to advance its mission, grow its capacity, audience, and influence, and strategically and sustainably guide the organization through an evolving and dynamic media landscape.
Shelterforce is the nation’s leading source of reporting on the affordable housing and community development field. Launched in 1975, Shelterforce is a digital publication with a growing and devoted readership. A nonprofit 501(c)3 independent media organization, Shelterforce has a mission to realize a society where everyone is able to live in a healthy, just community with access to sufficient opportunity to realize their potential. Shelterforce supports those working toward healthy, just communities by publishing independent content that informs them, challenges them, connects them, inspires them, and advocates for their work to others.
Shelterforce has a co-leadership team consisting of a CEO/Publisher and a CEO/Editor-in-Chief. The CEO/Editor-in-Chief is responsible for editorial decisions and content creation for Shelterforce, while the CEO/Publisher is responsible for strategic growth of resources and audiences. As co-leaders, these positions are complimentary and collaborate fully to set organizational vision and oversee governance and management.
Shelterforce is supported predominantly by grants but also by advertising and individual contributions. Our readers primarily come from the worlds of affordable housing, community organizing and planning, and community economic development, and they include community leaders, racial and social justice housing advocates, nonprofit staff, policymakers, researchers, and professionals with a wide range of interests, from racial equity to housing to arts and culture to health care. But they are all working in some way to create healthy, just communities.
Shelterforce began as a media organization and remains so. Our website, on which we publish new content almost daily, has about 62,000 page views a month. Our weekly e-newsletter has over 12,000 subscribers and has an open rate of 35+ percent. Shelterforce has two special desks—one focused on health and one focused on arts, culture, and community development.
Shelterforce has a small, diverse, talented staff composed of six people who are devoted to the mission and deliver excellent and effective journalism. The culture is inclusive, family-friendly, creative, and results-focused, and it values and supports a healthy work/life balance. Currently, three individuals work in the Montclair, NJ, office, and others are remote. While location may be flexible, it is critical that the CEO/Publisher is able to travel regularly to attend conferences and meet with funders, staff, and external partners, especially in New York and Washington DC.
For more information on Shelterforce, see shelterforce.org.
About the Position & Key Responsibilities
We are seeking a dynamic relationship builder who will cultivate the resources and audiences for Shelterforce to keep doing what it’s best at and to grow in new strategic directions that deliver on its mission. Working collaboratively with the CEO/Editor-in-Chief, the CEO/Publisher will be in charge of the following:
- With the board of directors and the CEO/Editor-in-Chief, develop and execute the organization’s strategic plan.
- Grow the organization’s capacity in order to expand its audience, increase its influence, and strengthen its brand.
- Partner with the CEO/Editor-in-Chief on strategic decisions that relate to both the content and business side of the publication, such as new products and formats.
- Ensure that all changes and future directions advance the mission and influence of the organization.
- Identify and respond strategically to emerging challenges, threats, and opportunities.
- Act as front-facing leadership who will maintain Shelterforce’s role as a thought leader on a wide range of community development issues through speaking and participation in conferences and professional meetings.
- Sustain, inspire, and enhance the organizational culture, which is centered upon comprehensively valuing the people who work here.
- Cultivate relationships with new and existing funders, community development leaders, and a range of other potential partners.
- Revenue Generation
- Raise funds from new and existing philanthropic partners and individual donors in order to meet the annual budget.
- Identify new strategies for raising revenue while maintaining and growing existing relationships.
- Oversee the development and acquisition of an advertising acquisition strategy.
- Organizational Management and Sustainability
- Develop an annual budget and be responsible for setting and achieving revenue goals.
- Develop and execute an annual work plan based upon a strategic plan.
- Manage the business side of the publication, including readership growth and retention, advertising and other opportunities for earned income, digital platform management, and marketing.
- Oversee and implement financial management, operations, and human resources.
- Engage with and effectively use the board of directors to advance the mission, strategically plan, and ensure good governance of the organization.
While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes.
The next CEO/Publisher will be an innovative thinker and experienced leader with an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for mission who deeply embraces digital media. The successful candidate will bring the vision and skills needed to guide and grow Shelterforce as both a nonprofit organization and a publication and be able to identify and recognize key private and philanthropic partners who add value and bring resources in a rapidly changing media environment.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of success in top or near-top leadership of an organization or publication. They must understand and have an affinity for community development or other social justice activities. They must be able to develop and implement a strategic vision for how Shelterforce can continue to reach more people through new and existing platforms while ensuring financial sustainability for the organization long-term.
The successful candidate will have proven revenue-generation and management experience including the ability to develop, manage, and meet an annual budget; build and maintain relationships with funders and/or advertisers; and develop innovative and creative resource growth strategies. They will be comfortable with and culturally competent in managing and building a small, diverse, independent, and partially remote team.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $110,000 to $130,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, paid holidays, and SIMPLE IRA retirement plan.
How to apply
Please send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for the position, résumé, and two writing samples to Exec@shelterforce.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Commitment to opportunity
Shelterforce is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other individuals from diverse backgrounds. People from historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We seek candidates who are dedicated to achieving racial equity and who will foster a culture rooted in critical consciousness about race and class.