WA, Port Angeles - 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.
Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County (HFHCC), incorporated in October 1991, is seeking a knowledgeable, creative and self-motivated executive director to lead the organization into a future of greater achievement and operational success.
The mission of HFHCC is:
Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County puts God’s love and teachings into action by providing decent affordable housing for members of our community who do not have a safe decent place to live and raise their children. In conjunction with all segments of our community, we provide a hand-up, not a handout, to working level families with limited financial means to attain the American dream of a home of their own. We will also provide families with an opportunity to not only improve their life skills in basic financial management and home maintenance, but to become more contributing members of the community through their service to others.
We are an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and our region covers all of Clallam County. Our services have been provided primarily in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks.
HFHCC is led by a four-member board of directors, which is being expanded at this time. Its budget is $448,230, and there are six paid staff and more than twenty volunteers working in the organization’s operations. In addition, more than 100 volunteers regularly work on construction and remodeling projects.
The primary mission of HFHCC is the construction of homes for qualifying low-income families. Since our founding in the late 1980s, we have built 23 homes - 10 in Sequim, 12 in Port Angeles, and one in Forks – giving more than forty children a chance to grow up in safe, decent and stable conditions. Recently we have begun to add repair/remodeling services for low-income families, and we will be partnering with local organizations to provide services to veterans.
Our financial support comes from a number of generous individual donors, area foundations and corporations, as well as local, state and federal government. Our Habitat ReStore generates just over 50 percent of our revenue. We hold two fundraising events yearly in the fall and spring, and we are striving to build both our donor and volunteer bases.
The staff and volunteers of HFHCC have an extraordinary commitment to the Habitat mission and work together in an uncommonly positive way. Our donors share this commitment, and it is not unusual to recieve unexpected, large gifts throughout the year.
We are on solid financial footing and have been successful in setting aside reserves for future builds. We have a strategic plan which is a living document and which guides our work on a regular basis.
We have a strong commitment to accountability to our families, volunteers, donors, staff and the community.
We have a significant inventory of land on which we can build homes. In our Maloney Heights development in Port Angeles, there are 12 available lots, and there are eight available lots in our Forks development. We also hold two lots in the county, which will likely be sold.
Our challenges and opportunities
HFHCC has grown from a nearly all-volunteer organization and is still experiencing some of the challenges inherent in that transition. The board is moving from being an operational board to becoming a governing board and preparing for the future.
Internal operational capacity presents some challenges, especially in available technology. The staff and board are working to achieve the appropriate balance between investment in capacity and investment in mission.
Since October 2012, HFHCC has been served by an interim executive director engaged to guide the organization’s operational transition. Establishing realistic priorities and streamlining practices are primary areas of focus for the interim period.
With our strong brand and our dedicated staff and volunteers, we have the ability to reach new audiences for greater support and involvement. This is our primary challenge. While building that focus, we must also maintain a complex operation, which challenges us to establish and adjust priorities continually.
The executive director reports to the board of directors and is responsible for the implementation of the board-approved plans, policies and budgets. The executive director is a partner with the board in developing future plans for the organization and is charged with effective, accountable achievement of organizational goals. Currently the position has three direct reports plus a contracted bookkeeper and two office volunteers. He/She works closely with the Habitat ReStore manager to ensure effective management of store staff and volunteers. The executive director is the face of the organization in the community and is responsible for generating visibility and building partnerships and strong relationships with community organizations and leaders. Resource development is a primary focus for this position through developing and implementing strategies for individual, foundation, corporate and government support.
Knowledge and characteristics
The new executive director for HFHCC must be a skilled and knowledgeable nonprofit professional with a full range of experience in planning and financial management, fund development, human resources and community relations. The ideal candidate will have, in addition to the knowledge, the ability to bring people of disparate perspectives together to achieve common goals. A strong work ethic, a healthy life balance and a commitment to our mission will round out the qualifications of our new executive director. We are seeking a strategic thinker, a relationship builder and an effective, compassionate leader.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field. An advanced degree in nonprofit management is desired.
- At least ten years’ experience in leadership positions with at least five of these in the nonprofit sector.
- Extensive experience in generating financial and volunteer resources.
- At least three years of supervisory experience with a demonstrable ability to generate strong teams to achieve common goals with a customer service focus.
- Skill in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating organizational and financial plans and budgets.
- A solid understanding of the role of technology in an organization and how to use it most effectively to achieve goals.
- The ability to write and speak effectively.
- The executive director must have reliable automobile transportation and the appropriate level of insurance.
HFHCC is a drug-free workplace, and all finalists will be required to be tested. In addition, a criminal background check will be conducted for all finalists, and it is our policy not to hire anyone with a felony conviction within the past seven years.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a resume and a recent writing sample by mail or email so that it is received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 6, 2013.
The letter of interest should be no more than two pages and should detail the candidate’s knowledge and background as they relate to the position requirements described above as well as the attached position description. The writing sample should be between 300 and 500 words and, if possible, reflect the candidate’s perspective on or knowledge of the nonprofit sector.
Initial interviews will be held by telephone during the week of February 11. Finalists will be invited for in-person interviews during the week of February 25, and a second round of in-person interviews may be held during the week of March 11. The anticipated start date for the new executive director is April 1, 2013.
Application packets may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, P. O. Box 1479, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
The executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County works in partnership with the board of directors and staff to provide strategic organizational leadership, vision and direction for HFHCC in the fulfillment of its mission. The executive director implements the plans, policies and budgets approved by the board of directors, oversees the general management of the affiliate’s programs and represents the organization in the local, regional and national community.
The executive director is responsible for assuring that all resources of HFHCC are focused on the ultimate goal of providing homes for those in Clallam County who otherwise would not have the opportunity for home ownership by:
- Assuring a fair, confidential selection process for future homeowners.
- Overseeing an effective construction program that provides sound homes for selected families.
Planning and policy implementation
The executive director works with the board of directors to develop strategic, long-term and annual plans and the budget and:
- Ensures that staff and volunteers are focused on successful completion of board-approved plans.
- Ensures budget implementation and financial reporting to the board of directors.
- ENsures that HFHCC operates within the context of board-approved and HFHI policies.
Finance and reporting
The executive director ensures accurate, accountable financial management through the establishment and monitoring of appropriate financial policies and practices by:
- Ensuring compliance with all local, state and national regulatory requirements and accepted practices in nonprofit financial management.
- Ensuring operation of HFHCC in compliance with the HFHI affiliate agreement..
Human resources management
The executive director has full responsibility for human resources management at HFHCC and accomplishes the following:
- Selects, supervises and evaluates all staff and independent contractors. (This responsibility may be delegated depending on the position.)
- Creates and implements a professional development program for staff and, when appropriate, volunteers, within the context of the board-approved budget.
- Develops and maintains a board-approved salary and benefits schedule appropriate for the market area.
The executive director creates, implements, evaluates and adjusts a resource development plan that generates the human and financial resources necessary for the effective and successful fulfillment of the mission of HFHCC as codified in the board-approved budget:
- Meet annual goals for charitable support from individuals, corporations, government and foundations.
- Ensure the recruitment, training, support and recognition of sufficient volunteers to implement HFHCC programs.
The executive director represents HFHCC in the local, regional, statewide and national community with a focus on:
- Building positive relationships with partner and peer organizations, funding sources, members and clients, policymakers, media and others.
- Creating visibility for the affiliate.
- Generating awareness of the need for volunteers and contributions.
- Partnering with like-minded organizations to further the prevention of homelessness.
The executive director is responsible for compliance with all local, state and federal legal requirements and reports regularly to the board of directors on organizational progress toward goals.