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About Habitat Wake

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Wake & Johnston Counties (Habitat Wake), one of the nation’s highest-producing Habitat for Humanity affiliates, is seeking a dynamic and seasoned business professional to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer.

Habitat Wake, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, serves Wake and Johnston Counties. Since 1985, Habitat Wake has partnered with nearly 1,000 families. Habitat Wake’s success is built on strong, diverse partnerships. In 2018, Habitat Wake served 207 families locally and globally and engaged nearly 18,000 individuals who volunteered their time to help build safe, affordable homes.

Habitat Wake operates with a $24M annual budget and approximately $40M in assets. Each year, more than 2,700 corporations, congregations, individuals, and local organizations provide financial and volunteer support. In addition, Habitat Wake ReStores provide a sustainable revenue stream in support of the mission.

Habitat Wake is committed to building a staff team that consists of a diverse mix of talented people who are passionate about its mission. For more information about Habitat Wake, please visit https://www.habitatwake.org

The Leadership Opportunity

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, guiding Habitat Wake’s operations and growth. He/she will be Habitat Wake’s chief advocate, spokesperson, and representative. The CEO will be expected to work with the Board and staff, as well as other partners, to build on past successes and forge new collaborations and partnerships with community leaders, related organizations, and major donors.

The CEO will oversee a staff of 150+ individuals located at the main administrative office and construction offices in Raleigh and eight ReStores throughout the Triangle.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, people-oriented individual who has successful and verifiable experience building a positive and inclusive culture, cultivating partnerships, and running a complex organization.

Key Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer will be entrusted with the following key responsibilities:

Leadership: Work with the Board and staff to set strategic goals and priorities. Provide leadership, direction, and management to Habitat Wake including the operations of fiscal, administrative, and legal oversight. Develop a unified sense of purpose among staff and Board members. Ensure operational activities are in alignment with strategic goals.

Community Engagement: Plan and implement strategies to promote public awareness of Habitat Wake. Identify and monitor trends and emerging issues related to affordable housing. Act as the chief spokesperson for the organization, articulating the vision in an inspiring way and building relationships with individuals, corporations, faith-based organizations, government officials, and community groups to support and enhance the mission. Cultivate Habitat Wake’s visibility and relationships in the community through personal engagement and effective communication. Lead engagement efforts in multi-sector collaborations, thought partnerships, coalitions, task forces, and committees, as appropriate.

Board Relations: Serve as a critical partner with the Board, providing relevant, timely, and transparent updates, introducing industry trends and new opportunities for consideration, and seeking professional guidance from Board members regarding relevant governance issues. Actively participant in Board discussions and planning activities, engaging members as appropriate regarding critical issues and opportunities.

Operations Management: Oversee all facets of Habitat Wake’s operations including (but not limited to) homeownership programs, resource development, financial management, advocacy, and retail. Apply sound and proven business practices and implement industry best practices, business policies, and internal controls to minimize risk, safeguard corporate assets, and improve operational efficiencies.

Staff Development: Lead, prepare, empower, delegate and evaluate the performance of a diverse team, providing opportunities for team building, planning, and professional development. Develop strong inter-departmental relations and foster positive relationships amongst staff. Cultivate a welcoming and positive environment, supporting and encouraging the staff to be their best while implementing a culture of teamwork, accountability, and quality. Ensure fair and consistent human resource practices.

Resource Development: Expand the breadth and depth of relationships and partnerships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and significant philanthropic investments in Wake Habitat’s future. Actively participate in fund development activities and the cultivation of individual and organizational donors. Establish partnerships with financial institutions to further the reach of, and minimize risk to, Habitat Wake.

Attributes of the New Leader

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, with an MBA, MPA, or CPA credentials strongly preferred. Alternately, commensurate experience that demonstrates exemplary strategic financial acumen will be considered.
  • Minimum of fifteen years of financial and operational management experience in a large-scale, complex environment; at least eight years of experience at a senior managerial level (C-level).
  • Strong knowledge of corporate and/or non-profit governance with significant experience interfacing with governing boards.
  • Strong leadership and management skills that have influenced business culture through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Experience with real estate transactions, construction, commercial banking, mortgage lending, tax credits, and/or retail preferred.
  • Prior Habitat for Humanity or affordable housing experience is a plus.

In addition to possessing core functional competencies, Habitat Wake’s next Chief Executive Officer should be:

  • Deeply committed to the mission of Habitat Wake
  • A strong, visionary leader who thinks strategically and can implement tactically
  • Charismatic and a natural relationship builder with excellent social skills
  • Willing to be highly engaged with stakeholders
  • A strong communicator and influencer
  • Able to multi-task, balancing internal and external stakeholder needs
  • Financially savvy with strong business acumen
  • A team builder, consensus builder, and collaborator
  • Willing to advocate for and build partnerships that advance affordable housing
  • Respectful of various constituencies
  • A positive cultural influence
  • Willing to empower staff while holding them accountable
  • A cultural fit with the service area communities
  • Professional, in both appearance and demeanor
  • Approachable and genuine

NOTE: above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position. All employees may have other duties assigned at any time.

Application Process

Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with Habitat Wake’s Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the Chief Executive Officer position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references.  Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact staci@armstrongmcguire.com. No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.

Habitat for Humanity Wake is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WAKE IS AN AT-WILL EMPLOYER AS ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE STATE LAW. THIS MEANS THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY PROVISION IN THIS APPLICATION, IF HIRED, THE COMPANY OR I MAY TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE OR NOTICE.

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