Executive Director

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Colorado
  • City: Grand Junction

Website https://twitter.com/HRofWC Housing Resources of Western Colorado

Empowering independence one home at a time.

Background: 

– Housing Resources of Western Colorado (HRWC) creates stable, sustainable Western Colorado homes and builds stronger communities by providing attainable housing, energy efficiency, education, and renovation programs to the residents of 16 counties.

– HRWC celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2021 as one of the most effective non-profit community development corporations in the state of Colorado.

– Housing Resources has been a charter member of NeighborWorks America since 1999, a Certified Housing Development Organization for the State of Colorado and received a HUD Housing Counseling Certification in 2018.  In addition, Housing Resources holds an exemplary rating from NeighborWorks America.

 

HRWC’s Goal:

– At Housing Resources of Western Colorado, we want to make our community a better place by providing housing services to those in need.

Programs:

The Weatherization Program:

The Weatherization program provides free energy-efficiency and health-and-safety measures to income qualifying residents who own or rent their homes. The program covers 12 counties, and is program is a significant line of business, employing 44% of HRWC’s staff and serving an average of 200 households annually.

The Self Help Program:

Self Help Housing is a USDA Rural Development “sweat equity” program that gives income qualified families the means to construct their own homes. Families who participate perform approximately 65% of the construction labor, under qualified supervision, on each other’s homes. The labor that families contribute substantially reduces the cost of each home, while also building equity. We have created more than 384 affordable homes, housing more 1,267 family members since 1997.

Poverty Management Program:

HRWC’s property management portfolio includes 181 units, consisting of apartments, duplexes, and single-family homes, available in a variety of sizes and locations. Rental rates vary and have been established to meet the needs of low to moderate income families. Property Management is currently the most profitable line of business, as well as having the highest growth potential due to the expertise and consistency of this program. Rents are well below market and deed restriction maximums.

Housing Rehabilitation Program:

HRWC provides income qualifying homeowners low interest-rate loans to repair and maintain their homes. The program has helped to rehabilitate more than 310 homes and housed more than 1,023 family members since its establishment in 1991.

Housing Counseling and Education:

In 2018, HRWC responded to the community gap in housing counseling and foreclosure prevention on the Western Slope of Colorado by creating the Housing Counseling and Education Program. The program offers in person homebuyer education (HBE) classes which have served over 380 families since 2018. We also provide financial capability counseling and post purchase classes for Self Help participants.

Community Building and Engagement:

Housing Resources provides personalized care by connecting residents to programs and resources to help them transform their lives. The Community Building and Engagement Program supports efforts to build vibrant local communities that provide equitable opportunities for people to thrive.

 

Key Responsibilities:

– The Executive Director position has overall responsibility for leading and managing a housing portfolio valued at over $13,000,000, with an operation of 36 employees and a $4,000,000 operating budget.

– The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, fundraising and financial management strategies.

– The ED represents the agency at national and regional levels and oversees housing development activities to ensure that the philosophy, mission, and policies established by the Board of Directors (BOD) are implemented in all daily operations, programs, and services.

– In collaboration with the board of directors, the ED supports the development and effective operation of the Board.

 

Work Environment:

– Work is performed typically in office environments and a variety of settings and among diverse stakeholders and audiences.

– Significant time spent sitting in meetings, at a computer screen for extended periods and speaking before large audiences.

– Frequent use of phones to communicate with stakeholders.

– Frequently works outside normal working hours and will travel due to work performed at HRWC’s several offices and with stakeholders in the community.

– Requires occasional travel out of town and out of state.

 

The new ED will need to be able to address these key priorities in their first 18-24 months:

“Learn” the Organization and Community:

— The new Executive Director will be expected to get to know the organization, its six lines of business and their complexity and compliance requirements, the variety, and inter-relationships of funding streams, and build strong working relationships with the board, staff and community in the early months of the job.

Develop a New Organization Strategic Plan:

— Working with the Board of Directors and staff, the new Executive Director will engage with stakeholders to understand opportunities and community needs across the region and develop the organization’s next visionary strategic plan to continue and strengthen service to the community, building organizational capacity for best achievement of its mission.

Strengthen the Leadership Team:

–Develop, strengthen, and support a strongly collaborative and unified organizational leadership team by providing heart-centered leadership and management support, assessing areas for training and increased staff capacity, and mentoring and supporting strong leaders.

–It is expected that finance functions and possibly others will need to be hired in the first 18 months.

Increase Financial Transparency/Understanding for Strategic Governance:

–Strengthen internal reporting and Board understanding of grant deliverables, performance metrics, financing mechanisms, and budget.

— Develop financial management capacity of the organization and the Board.

— Develop excellent understanding of compliance requirements and cashflow.

Develop and Align Organizational Recourses to Execute a New Strategic Plan:

— Develop a coordinated and diversified fundraising strategy that is internally consistent across program areas; build relationships with funders.

— Align the resources of the organization, both human and financial, to strengthen the organization & budget to implement the new strategic plan.

— Assess potential for each line of business, identify and secure diversified funding streams to meet the organization’s annual budget and strengthen the operation to best achieve its mission.

 

Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes:

– Ten (10) plus years of increasing responsibility and executive leadership in the field of affordable housing development, real estate development, finance, construction, and housing programs.

– Extensive knowledge and experience in managing affordable housing programs, experience with affordable housing property management, housing development and resource development.

– Experience with housing counseling, mortgage programs, housing rehab and weatherization programs, and housing development, including but not limited to low-income housing tax credits, conventional debt, single-family, and tax-exempt bond financing.

– Experience with local and state housing programs, and experience and knowledge of other affordable housing instruments such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, FHA, USDA, and state housing finance agency finance.

– Experience managing programs with multiple funding streams and an agency with multiple lines of business.

– Extensive knowledge of government contracting requirements, compliance, and audits.

– Strong, demonstrated financial analysis expertise.

– Demonstrated experience with diversified fund development, including grant writing, earned income social ventures, major donors, in addition to housing financing.

– Significant experience in working successfully with a non-profit Board of Directors.

– Proven leadership and management skills to motivate and strengthen teams, consultants, and contractors.

– Humility.

– Values working with different personality types and fosters a mutually supportive working environment.

– Successful track-record in working effectively and strategically with elected officials.

– Growth and learning mindset; versatility.

– Experience in Western US rural and small city housing environments a plus.

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills, financial analysis, Web Research, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.

– Bachelor’s degree in a field related to community development, Masters’ degree preferred.

— Commensurate experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

 

Requirements:

– Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and the ability to use a personal vehicle or have ready access to other reliable transportation to make work-related travel possible.

– Willingness to travel within the region and out of state.

– Must be able to pass criminal background check.

 

Compensation:

– $105,000 to $125,000 DOE.

– Benefits include $6,000 towards health care benefits, 6 weeks of PTO, Ten Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Account, 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity, Tuition Reimbursement, and short-term disability insurance.

 

Here’s How you can Apply:

– Email resume and cover letter to:

execsearchhrwco@thirdsectorcompany.com

(E-mail applications with cover letters are required.)

 

Housing Resources of Western Colorado is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and values diversity and its role in building a more inclusive culture and, ultimately, a more capable organization. Housing Resources of Western Colorado embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

 

We hope to hear from you soon, and thanks for looking into working with the Housing Resources of Western Colorado!

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