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CT, Hartford - Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need.

Habitat for Humanity has an Operational Headquarters in Americus, Georgia and an Administrative Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a global, non-profit ministry where our employees build futures and lives.

Job Description

Mission: As an expression of Christian faith, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity will work with people of diverse faiths and backgrounds to build affordable homes and to provide homeownership opportunities for low-income families in the Hartford, Conn., Capital Region.


Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity received its affiliate charter in 1989, and serves the 33 towns of the Capitol Region, located in central Connecticut. Since 1989, Hartford Habitat has built more than 200 homes, housing more than 1,000 individuals in greater Hartford. Although the organization expects the majority of its building activity will continue to be in Hartford, it is committed to eliminating inadequate housing in all of the towns located within its region.

Hartford Habitat’s most recent accomplishment was the completion of 16 townhouses in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood - home of the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Houses and corporate headquarters for Aetna, St. Francis Hospital and The Hartford Financial Services Group. This project was the second largest, and one of the most concentrated builds in the history of Hartford Habitat. Hartford Habitat counts among its supporters, more than 10,000 volunteers from area businesses, faith organizations, civic groups, government and educational institutions.

Hartford Habitat has a staff of 11, including directors in construction, finance, development and family services, and is supported by a 19-member board of directors. For the fiscal year ending, June 30, 2013, total revenues exceeded $4.5 million. Hartford Habitat is one of 10 Habitat affiliates in Connecticut. Hartford Habitat enjoys a favorable reputation both locally and among other affiliates in the northeastern region of the U.S., as well as at the Habitat for Humanity International headquarters located in Americus, Georgia.

Hartford Habitat’s principal partners include:

  • City, state and federal agencies.
  • Major corporations including Aetna, Carrier, The Hartford, Stanley Black & Decker and Travelers.
  • Private foundations.
  • Individual donors.

Strategic goals

As Hartford Habitat moves into its third decade, a number of five-year strategic goals and associated priorities in support of these goals have been set. The executive director will be responsible for developing and executing plans to achieve these goals:

  • Expand homeownership opportunities available to low-income families while pursuing mission consistent opportunities to strengthen communities and revitalize neighborhoods.
  • Enhance Hartford Habitat’s support for partner families and broaden its impact on community building.
  • Raise Hartford Habitat’s profile to enhance public awareness of its impact in the community and to more broadly engage the community in the mission.
  • Expand and diversify financial resources available to support operations in the short term and shore up the financial base of the organization to permit program growth and to promote sustainable fiscal health over the long-term.
  • Utse and strengthen Hartford Habitat’s human resources and management systems in ways that leverage our talents, foster organizational effectiveness and efficiencies and advance long-term strategic goals.

Profile of the ideal candidate

Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director must be a passionate advocate for expanding and creating homeownership opportunities for low-income families, while pursuing mission consistent opportunities to strengthen communities and revitalize neighborhoods. The executive director must also have a professional background that demonstrates the ability to work successfully and respectfully with people of different life experiences.

The executive director is the chief operating officer of the affiliate and is responsible for successful leadership and management of Hartford Habitat and its program of ministry in support of the strategic direction set by the board of directors and in accordance with Hartford Habitat’s stated purpose. They must be a strategic thinker, a problem solver and a coalition builder. They will be a well-organized, results-driven and an inspiring leader.

Professional background

  • Minimum of seven to 10 years of senior level management experience including experience managing a large and diverse staff and an annual budget exceeding $4.5 million.
  • Demonstrated passion for cities and urban settings and grassroots efforts that catalyze change.
  • Direct experience in affordable housing and community development.
  • Experience managing relationships with civic leaders, community stakeholders and volunteers. Knowledge and experience of Hartford and its politics is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, take strategic direction from and to engage the board of directors.
  • Track record with strategic fundraising and donor development including community connections.
  • Experience in facilitating public and private partnerships and with corporate philanthropy.
  • Experience successfully developing and executing a strategic plan including aligning programs, business models, internal systems and structures, staff and board skills and finances in support of that strategy.
  • Experience working with the media and in developing an organizational communications plan that is strategic and proactive, and includes emerging communications platforms (e.g., social media).
  • Strong financial background; experience managing and understanding financial complexities of multiple projects and budgets.
  • Familiarity with public policy issues related to affordable housing.
  • Strong computer proficiency; knowledge of Sage Fundraising and MIP Accounting are helpful.

Application information

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This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Michael Negrón. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs of Hartford Habitat, along with salary requirements, how they learned of the position and any other relevant information (such as published articles). All applications will be acknowledged.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply promptly. The priority application deadline is February 28, 2014. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Only electronic applications will be considered. No phone calls please.

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.