MI, Port Huron - 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.
The executive director is the face and voice of Blue Water Habitat for Humanity in the community. The executive director provides leadership to enable partnerships with people and other organizations throughout our community, to provide simple, decent, affordable houses and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action. This position recommends to and works with the board of directors to develop strategic plans, then manages affiliate operations to translate those plans into actions and results.
Bluewater Habitat for Humanity has an exciting opportunity for an experienced nonprofit organization leader to drive the continued growth and positive impact of this established community resource. Our new executive director will be hired by the board of directors and is responsible to the president of the board. The new executive director will manage a current annual budget of $1.4 million (with a five-year goal of $2 million), a staff of five full-time employees, three part-time employees and a supportive group of volunteers.
This individual will implement operational plans that support and work to achieve the objectives of the existing five-year strategic plan for Blue Water HFH. This individual will manage and integrate the work of staff and volunteers into coherent, consistent and effective programs of advocacy, construction, finances and family services to help break the cycle of poverty for participant families through home ownership, home repair and other learning opportunities.
Our affiliate, founded more than 20 years ago, has grown significantly in the past five years, and the board of directors sees further opportunities to expand funding sources, increase families served and energize staff and volunteers to greater levels of productivity. Our service area of St. Clair and Sanilac counties is ripe for the expansion of our programs and Habita tReStore, and through the leadership of the executive director, the affiliate’s goals can move forward.
- Bachelor's degree required in business management, human relations, finance or related field or equivalent experience.
- A minimum of five years of related experience including proven organizational management and leadership of a nonprofit of similar size.
- Experienced in human relations and staff management (compensation/healthcare, worker’s comp and other personnel issues).
- Demonstrated responsibility and success with managing organizations and achieving results, specifically as pertains to fundraising.
- Familiarity with the Habitat for Humanity affiliate program.
- Project management, construction management and/or real estate/mortgage banking or related experience desirable.
- Ability to astutely create and manage budgets.
- Demonstrated success in building organizational capability, including organizational design, staff development, fundraising, community partnerships and financial management and board relations.
- Proven track record in building and leading high-performance teams.
- Excellent communication skills with both internal and external audience; comfortable with public speaking.
- Not-for-profit work experience required, board experience a plus.
- Community development experience a plus.
- Capable of organizing, creating and personally delivering computer-based slide presentations to all manner of audiences (business, religious, political and low-income communities)
- Skilled in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledgeable in QuickBooks and Survey Monkey.
- Problem-solving skills that show ingenuity, persistence and flexibility.
- Ability to exercise persuasiveness and obtain interest and cooperation from outside resources, including success in fundraising and capital campaigns.
- Understand, appreciate and embrace a personal commitment to the mission of Habitat for Humanity.
General responsibilities and duties of the executive director
The executive director of Bluewater Habitat for Humanity will act as the CEO of the affiliate and will work as a full-time, exempt employee a minimum of 40 hours per week. As executive director of the affiliate, this person is generally empowered to act on behalf of the affiliate and the board of directors to carry out the specific duties outlined below as well as other duties specified by the president of the board of directors. Such duties should not violate the law or the policies of the board of directors.
Specific responsibilities and duties
- Manage and supervise the staff, systems and procedures as governed by the board of directors’ policy for the establishment and operations of the office specifically related to information management, communication systems, office equipment and financial management for the affiliate.
- Operate the office within the annual board of directors’-approved budget.
- Provide the tools needed to efficiently operate the office for this Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
- Establish, oversee and maintain all facilities in a safe and well-kept condition and provide a positive working environment.
- Develop and recommend long‐range plans that position the organization to fulfill its mission.
- Translate board-approved, documented plans into operational actions with measureable results and clear accountability.
- Manage the overall operations and construction budgets with the goal of improving the organization’s ability to perform its core mission of providing cost effective housing to the community.
- Manage, and supervise the staff, systems and procedures as governed by the board of directors’ policy for the following operations of the affiliate:
- Community outreach.
- Fund development.
- Family services.
- Habitat ReStore.
- Ensure that all of the operations of the affiliate are carried out and working toward fulfillment of the affiliate’s stated mission as established by the board of directors.
- Work with construction director to develop construction budgets for board approval and oversee construction director’s prudent management of construction operations, including material, labor (both paid and volunteer) and in‐kind services within the approved budget. Monitor status, anticipate problems, and present alternatives.
- Partner with others in nonprofit, for‐profit, and governmental organizations to further develop strategies to meet safe, affordable housing needs in St. Clair and Sanilac Counties.
- Oversee a system by which board of director policies are effectively communicated to and implemented by the staff and committees responsible for each of the operations of the affiliate.
- Annually ensure that each area of operations:
- Creates goals for the following year.
- Develops a tactical plan to achieve those goals.
- Reviews Board of Directors’ policies and provides feedback to the board on these policies.
- Reviews all of their own procedures, forms, training materials and publicly distributed materials for updating as necessary.
- Provide the board of directors with an annual report of each area of operations from the staff and committees in charge. These reports must include:
- Documented impacts of board of directors policies governing each operational area.
- Performance review of goals for each operational area, showing goals met/not met from the previous year as well as a statement of the goals for the upcoming year.
Staff oversight and management
- Develop job descriptions, compensation plans and funding sources for staff and seek board of directors’ approval.
- Hire, evaluate and fire all staff, paid and volunteer, pertaining to the operations and administration of the affiliate.
- Build a team of operational managers who understand their roles, and who work to develop the collaborative skills to support each other in accomplishing their goals of fundraising, land acquisition, construction, family services and Habitat ReStore operation, as well as oversight and mobilization of volunteers in all these activities.
- Ensure that the staff adheres to the policy manual, established and approved by the board of directors.
- Ensure that human resources policies are in place to comply with all legal requirements and that the policies are consistently applied.
- Review on an annual basis and update with the staff their job descriptions.
- Conduct and document performance reviews of staff every six months and recommend compensation plan increases, as appropriate for each staff member, to the board of directors.
- Work in partnership with the staff to create documented personal goals, documented committee goals (where appropriate) and documented work plans on an annual basis for each one’s area of responsibility. These should be the focus of their twice-per-annum performance review.
Board of directors
- Attend the monthly board and executive committee meetings and provide an unbiased report on the administration of the office and operations of the affiliate.
- Provide operational and administrative expertise to the board.
- Assist the board in their development.
- Assist the board committees in accomplishing their tasks.
- Ensure financial, ethical and procedural accountability to the board and funders.
- Ensure that all activities are managed with integrity and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and Habitat for Humanity policy.
- Obtain board approval for employment activities outside of the organization; assume no duties that are unrelated to and/or interfere with her/his administrative duties.
- Represent Blue Water Habitat for Humanity in the county, state, nation and world.
- Attend and participate in the Southern Michigan Affiliate Leadership Council meetings.
- Support Habitat for Humanity Michigan and International initiatives.
- Work with the fund director to develop a strategic approach to fundraising by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate, foundation and faith community donors.
- Establish a deliberate, comprehensive advocacy program that identifies key issues, opportunities and players and builds targeted advocacy activities into routine business plans and processes.
- A minimum of forty hours per week.
- Must be available for evening and weekend meetings and events.
- Must be available to travel to Lansing or other locales where Habitat for Humanity meetings and seminars are held.
Bluewater Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer. The budgeted base salary for this position includes a benefits program and is negotiable based on candidate experience and qualifications. View the BWHFH five-year strategic plan.
Please send your resume, and a cover letter describing:
- Why you are interested in working for Blue Water Habitat for Humanity.
- What you believe you would bring to the position of executive director.
- How your past accomplishments are relevant to this position.
Please also provide contact information for at least three professional references. All materials should be sent via email to: email@example.com
Applications received before November 1, 2013, will be given special attention; but the position will remain open until the successful candidate has been chosen. We expect the hire date to be late in 2013 with work to commence at the affiliate in early January 2014.