PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. NLIHC’s goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.
NLIHC employs 16 full-time staff members and is governed by a board of directors comprised of 26 members. The organization has an annual operating budget of $2.8 million and has total assets of approximately $5.5 million.
The President and Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors, will have an opportunity to lead and transition an established, well-respected national organization by passionately pursuing and implementing strategies that reframe priorities around extremely low income housing and economic justice issues. The new leader will masterfully leverage, expand and deepen connections and relationships across the nonprofit subsectors including health, education, and environmental issues that impact the poorest Americans.
The new leader will actively explore and seize mission-driven opportunities that impact the organization’s future, including its public policy agenda and fundraising goals. The CEO must be able to skillfully navigate strategic priorities for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), designed to build, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate rental homes for people with the lowest incomes. As the organization’s new CEO, it will be important to continue to position and present NLIHC as the “go to” national leader regarding the housing needs for those with the lowest incomes. As a thought-leader and articulate advocate, the CEO will drive a robust agenda that influences legislation and regulatory issues impacting the housing stability of low income people. The CEO will refine NLIHC’s strategic focus to broaden and maximize impact and ensure long-term sustainability. The CEO will advocate fervently for socially just housing policies that builds and strengthens relationships with key stakeholders, donors, members, partners, and constituents, including a committed board and highly competent and engaged staff.
Candidate Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 15 years of executive management experience of which at least 7 years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit agency or significant large-scale national program. The successful candidate will also have extensive experience advocating for socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
The ideal leader has the ability to inspire, develop and empower staff and build a dynamic senior leadership team. The CEO will forge a solid partnership with the board and effectively manage the organization’s affairs. The new leader is a passionate and articulate advocate with demonstrated competencies to lead during an organizational transition, and has deep-rooted knowledge about housing, homelessness, community and economic development issues. The CEO must have the ability to develop, communicate and pursue a vision for the organization and have demonstrated competencies to build capacity. The CEO must be able to conceptualize and leverage programs to influence, expand and build influential relationships with multiple constituents. The ideal leader must also have proven success in fundraising, exceptional interpersonal skills, and leadership presence. The CEO will have a solid financial management and oversight competencies, experience working with a Board of Directors and managing public relations, outstanding strategic and analytical abilities, and excellent written and oral communications skills.
For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications. Send materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail or fax to: Nonprofit HR, Attn: NLIHC-CEO Search, 1400 I Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, Fax: 202.785.2064. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Application deadline is December 11, 2015. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit www.nlihc.org for more information.
NLIHC accepts applications for internship positions for fall (Sept-Dec), winter/spring (Jan-April/May) and summer semesters (June-August) on an ongoing basis. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff work. We seek students who are passionate about social justice issues, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
The available positions are:
- Policy Intern. Tracks new legislation, attends and summarizes Congressional hearings for Memo to Members, participates in visits to Congressional offices, and develops materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to accomplish NLIHC’s policy agenda. Updates the Congressional database.
- Organizing Intern. Assists with grassroots organizing efforts for the United for Homes campaign and other legislative efforts. Assists with membership recruitment/retention efforts and internal database upkeep.
- Research Intern. Assists in ongoing quantitative and qualitative research projects, writes weekly articles on current research for Memo to Members, attends briefings, and responds to research inquiries.
- Communications/Media Intern. Prepares and distributes press materials, assists with media research and outreach for publication releases, and works on social media projects. Maintains the media database and tracks press hits.
- Graphic Design Intern. Assists with sending out e-communications using MailChimp; updating collateral print material such as brochures, flyers, factsheets and a variety of other projects using the Adobe Creative Suite. The intern will also update content on the NLIHC website and will help update the Coalition’s Social Media sites and blog. Please provide 3-5 design samples and/or link to online portfolio for consideration.
A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. They should be included as attachments to your email. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s) and semester for which you applying.
Interested students should send their materials to: Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Ave, Washington, DC 20005. at email@example.com.