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Title: Executive Director
Date Posted: 2017-03-19
Location: Litchfield, CT
Description:
The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Trustees, and is the primary manager of The Litchfield Housing Trust Inc. (LHT).

The Executive Director oversees the administration, programs, new project development and executing the strategic plan of the organization; and holds management responsibility in four distinct areas:

1. Board Support
2. Asset/Property Management
3. Communications and External Contacts
4. Site and Organization Development, to include overseeing LHT consultants

The position is responsible to the Board of Trustees and reports to the President.

Board Support

1. Mission, Policy and Planning

- Responsible for leading The Litchfield Housing Trust Inc. in a manner that supports and guides the organization's mission as defined by the Board of Trustees
- Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
- Assists the Board in developing the mission, policies and Strategic plan
- Works with the President and Board to determine short- and long-term goals that maintain LHT's values, mission, policies and strategic plan. Takes necessary action to execute those goals
- Works with the President and relevant Board committees to monitor and evaluate LHT's relevancy to the community and its effectiveness
- Keeps the Board fully informed on the condition of LHT. Presents problems and opportunities and facilitates discussion
- Informs the Board about trends and issues and recommends changes in policy and strategic plan
- Establishes executive procedures for the day-to-day operation of LHT
- Reports to the President and works closely with the Board of Trustees to seek their support in executing policy, fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of the Trust throughout the community and State

2. Management & Administration

- On an annual basis, develops strategic organizational objectives for approval by the Board, implements these objectives, and periodically reports on the status and outcome of objectives
- Recommends action to appropriate committees and the Board and administers annual budget
- Responsible for effective administration of The Litchfield Housing Trust Inc. operations
- Maintains awareness of LHT's funding needs and works with the Board of Trustees to ensure goals are met, including planning, coordinating and analyzing major fundraising events
- Attends and plays supportive role at all Board meetings and Board Committee meetings as necessary
- Supports the President in the preparation of materials to be distributed at monthly Board meetings
- Working with the Board Treasurer and Bookkeeper, assists in the compilation and preparation of any and all reports required by LHT, municipal authorities and/or funding sources including the annual financial corporate reporting
- Responsible for the enhancement of The Litchfield Housing Trust Inc.'s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations
- Represents LHT in the community and in task forces and committees as required by the Executive Committee; performs public speaking as required
- Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
- Reviews and approves contracts for services according to LHT policy
- Oversees the fiscal activities of LHT, including budgeting, reporting and audit, working with the Treasurer, bookkeeper and Finance Committee

3. Governance and Leadership

- Works with Chairman of the Nominating Committee and President to establish priorities in Board recruitment, and to develop and update Orientation materials
- Recommends to the President staffing of the various committees of the Board
- Effectively manages continuity, transition and change. Demonstrates a willingness and ability to lead a change initiative through to completion
- Deals effectively with demanding situations and implements successful interventions.
- Thinks long-term and creates a vision that energizes others to commit
- Identifies and solves problems in a timely, effective manner
- Builds own skills in team leadership and delegates effectively so that tasks are completed

4. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees

Asset/Property Management

1. Property Review

- Assist Board Committee in completing semi-annual site inspections

2. Rental Oversight

- Ensure timely occupancy, rental collection, repairs and maintenance at LHT rental properties. Either supervises LHT staff/contractors in these functions and/or assists the board in selecting a Property Management Company

3. Insurance management

- Works with the Budget/Finance Committee and the Treasurer to obtain cost effective property and Board coverage
- Develops policies and procedures for insurance coverage for all LHT property; to include and not limited to:
- Reviews all policies and ensures renewals are promptly addressed
- Initiates coverage of new properties for which LHT has responsibility
- Assures lessee compliance with Homeowner and Renter insurance requirements

4. Compile property reports for Properties Committee

Site and Organizational Development

1. Project Development

- Assist in the creation of a New Projects Committee
- Actively seek opportunities to develop new projects in the community
- Originates and coordinates meetings with property owners, developers and municipal officials for the purpose of property acquisition and development of affordable housing units
- Oversees functions of any professional housing development consultants retained by LHT. Negotiate agreements with consultants and LHT Projects Committee and coordinate consultant functions

2. Project Grants / Funding Sources

- Actively seek funding sources, where appropriate
- Work with Consultants retained for this purpose and support their work to assemble project financing, as needed

Communications and External Contacts

1. Community Relations

- Acts as an advocate within the public and private sectors for issues relevant to LHT.
- Initiates cooperative relationships with key constituencies, and demonstrates ability to articulate facts and ideas regarding LHT in a persuasive manner
- Attends public hearings, presentations and is the "face" of the organization
- Serves as LHT's primary spokesperson to the organization's constituents, the media and the general public
- Establishes and maintains relationships with various organizations throughout the State and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance LHT's Mission
- Tracks and coordinates community outreach efforts and public relations efforts; works with relevant Board committees to execute

Relation to Board Committees

1. All Board Committees give guidance and support to the Executive Director, and together they reach consensus and bring recommendations to the Board.

Executive Director Qualifications:

Qualifications and Working Conditions:

Professional Qualifications:

- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; an advanced degree is a plus
- Strong human relations and management skills
- Five or more years of progressive, successful nonprofit management experience and operational leadership, preferably in the development of nonprofit affordable housing
- Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
- Experience working with/reporting to a board of directors

Personal Attributes

- Transparent and high integrity leadership
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to convey a vision of LHT's strategic future to all stakeholders
- Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
- Strong public speaking ability
- Consistently displays integrity and model's LHT's values
- Is flexible; demonstrates an adaptability and openness to alternative solutions when interacting with others - understanding their attitudes, needs, interests and perspectives
- Is achievement-oriented, showing the capacity to be excited by challenging objectives and a dedication to achieving goals
- Develops and applies skills and capabilities by continual on-the-job learning

Working Conditions

- Executive Director will usually work in a home office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces
- Executive Director will be a part-time position typically working up to 20 hours per week, some scheduled hours and some flexible, which can include evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the organization at public events

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to the email address below.

To ensure consideration please submit your application package by 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Please, no phone-calls or inquiries.


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Company: Litchfield Housing Trust
Contact person: Not mentioned
Contact information: hiringcommittee@litchfieldhousingtrust.org