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WI, La Crosse - Executive Director

Position Description
Executive Director

Summary: Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse Area (HFHLCA) is seeking a mission driven, passionate, results-oriented, experienced professional to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director is the strategic leader and spokesperson of the organization, working in partnership with the board of directors, community partners, and volunteers, to fulfill the mission and goals of HFHLCA. This is a full time, salaried position with benefits.

Reports to: Executive Committee of the Board of Directors specifically and to the Board of Directors overall.

Primary responsibilities include strategic and operational planning, fundraising, program development, management and evaluation, budget development and oversight, staff supervision, policy and procedure compliance, community outreach and marketing. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and oversee a Capital Campaign.

The Executive Director is expected to maintain a volunteer-oriented and volunteer-friendly organizational environment within the affiliate, maintain existing partnerships in the community and will to continue the existing programs in house production. Specific duties include:

Community Relations:
Interfaces with professional, economic development, religious and social service groups in the community and serves on appropriate community boards and committees. The Executive Director will seek to develop partnerships with organizations and agencies within the community to further the goals of the affiliate and will represent HFHLCA in the community through direct public relations programs through the media and personal contact.

Financial Management and Development:
Directs all financial operations and will be accountable for the control of resources. The Executive Director will engage in fundraising activities by writing grants, making presentations, and utilizing other fundraising and development techniques as required.

Fund Development:
Oversee development and fundraising efforts with a focus on having a diverse funding stream. Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors and key funders including individuals, grant programs, city, state and federal government departments. Provide grant writing, the ability to research new funding sources, knowledge of current federal state and locally funded programs. Raise support for priority community development projects. Develop and implement an effective annual fundraising plan. Build and maintain partnerships that enable effective resource development and fundraising.

General Administration:
Maintains an appropriate presence in all aspects of affiliate activities (e.g. Construction, ReStore) and will formulate and recommend policies to the Board of Directors for the effective and economical operation of HFHLCA. Manage the Affiliate by directing, training, supervising, and recognizing the paid staff in the performance of assigned duties. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates staff and volunteers. Ensures communication of relevant issues flows among all groups.

Acts as the first contact and represents the interests of HFHLCA with Habitat for Humanity at the State, National, and International levels and will oversee all compliance issues and reporting to Habitat for Humanity International.

Board Relations:
Maintains appropriate relations with the Board of Directors and its committees and will report monthly to the Board of Directors on the status of all operations and initiatives.

Family Support:
Interact with Habitat partner families from the time of selection forward. Will monitor their completion of training and sweat equity obligations, and serve as a resource. Will work with and support families post-purchase, provide assistance, referrals, monitor past-due mortgages, and foreclosures.

Strategic Planning:
Develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board of Directors.

Program Development and Management:
Develops, implements, and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission and Strategic Plan and that meet the needs of constituents (e.g. Critical Home Repair). The Executive Director must conduct all business at the highest standard of integrity, ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical.

Minimum of three years of experience in a leadership role in the management within an organization.

The Executive Director must have a working knowledge of project management and possess a Bachelor’s Degree or have commensurate experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to effectively articulate the mission and vision of the organization – excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Public speaking skills and demonstrated experience.
  • Ability to conduct fundraising and development activities including a Capital Campaign.
  • Ability to cultivate partnerships within the community, government and corporations.
  • Ability to exercise sound reasoning and good judgment in decision making.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with both staff and volunteers and to effectively supervise staff and budgets.
  • Computer literacy including Microsoft Suite, Publisher, and Adobe.

Applicants should send (1) a detailed cover letter including salary requirements and resume with employment history; (2) a detailed statement explaining why he/she is interested in working for a non-profit organization and specifically for Habitat for Humanity, and (3) three professional references. Open until filled. No walk ins or phone calls, please.

Electronic applications are required and should be sent to:

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Affiliate Name: La Crosse Area, Inc.; HFH
Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Region: North America
Job Position Type: Affiliate
Job Function: US Affiliate
Job Position Category: Affiliate-Opportunity
Last Updated: 18-Mar-2016
Auto Req ID: 1476BR
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