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Full Time



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United States


Executive Director


About Habitat for Humanity

As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the world-class brand widely recognized for its great work around the globe, Habitat for Humanity Metro West/Greater Worcester (“HFH”) believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To achieve this vision, in addition to constructing homes, HFH builds strength, stability, self-reliance and hope in individuals and communities.

HFH’s motto is “A hand up, not a handout.” The organization is dedicated to building houses with families, not for them. HFH homes are built completely through donations and the volunteer labor of individuals, organizations, businesses and foundations. Before assuming home ownership and the responsibility of a monthly mortgage, hardworking families who earn between 30 and 60% of the area median income put in between 400 and 500 hours of sweat equity prior to becoming homeowners.

Additional programs operated by HFH include:

·       ReStore, retail outlets, partially staffed by volunteers, sell quality, gently-used and surplus construction and home improvement materials as well as home furnishings for a fraction of regular retail prices, with all proceeds benefiting HFH’s core mission

·       Critical Home Repairs, allows families to stay in their homes as HFH addresses their critical home needs. Ramps, roofs and exterior improvements help make aging in place a reality.

·       Operation Playhouse, a unique program benefiting local veterans and military families and their children. HFH constructs customized playhouses to provide a special place for family members to bond, play, dream, and think. It is a “home” of their own.

·       A Brush with Kindness, an exterior home preservation service, offering painting, landscaping, and minor repair services to low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, so they can maintain the exterior of their homes and reclaim the pride and dignity associated with home ownership.

HFH, which has an annual operating budget that fluctuates between $2-3 million, employs 25 staff members and engages more than 3,500 volunteers annually. HFH is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, currently comprised of 14 members− business and community leaders from MetroWest and Greater Worcester.

The Transition

HFH’s current Executive Director, who has very ably led the organization during six years of substantial growth, will retire from his position effective July 31, 2018.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director will assume leadership of a highly respected, well-run, and financially stable affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The Executive Director−who reports directly to the Board of Directors−plans, develops and establishes strategic policies and objectives for the organization in accordance with Board directives and the organization’s mission. As the top executive in the organization, key opportunities and challenges for the leader will include:

·       Managing effectively and efficiently the daily operations of a high performing Habitat affiliate with a $2-3 million budget, a staff of 25 and more than 3,500 volunteers annually.

·       Marrying the passion of a mission-driven, faith-based nonprofit with the sophisticated business practices typically associated with for profit organizations, so HFH remains well-positioned to expand its impact, taking calculated and informed risks to ensure institutional sustainability.

·       Finalizing the expansion, physical relocation and business model of its highly regarded ReStore operations (a national model), ultimately maximizing productivity, efficiency and net revenue to expand the impact, breadth and depth of services the affiliate can offer.

·       Improving internal communications, teamwork and camaraderie throughout the affiliate, so staff are well-informed, highly engaged and mutually supportive.

·       Expanding the effectiveness and diversity of HFH’s currently strong fundraising program by streamlining operations and expanding the donor base to include supporters from a broader range of the communities served by HFH.

·       Stewarding the board as it provides greater fundraising support, creates deeper connections to the donor base and the staff, and personally engages with the “on the ground” work done by the affiliate.

Desired Credentials

·       A minimum of five years of senior executive leadership experience, preferably in a nonprofit; advanced degree preferred.

·       Experience working with an affiliate of a national organization would be helpful.

Skills and Experience

Visionary, Mission-Focused Champion

The Executive Director must be a visionary humanitarian with an unwavering commitment to expanding housing access to low-income residents in MetroWest and Greater Worcester. The leader must be able to create and articulate a strategic vision and actionable plans, while confidently informing best practices to expand the organization’s impact on families and individuals. The Executive Director must be able to listen carefully; speak persuasively; educate and respond effectively; and bring to both internal and external presentations and discussions wisdom, humility, compassion, and the ability to articulate powerfully the purpose, contribution and impact of HFH’s work.

Effective Administrator

As the HFH’s chief executive and administrative officer, the leader will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s program and retail operations, finances, facilities and staff, efficiently aligning and maximizing resources (while also managing the complexity of irregular cash flows associated with corporate overhead, new construction, events, grants, programs and retail operations) to achieve HFH’s ambitious strategic goals. In addition, the Executive Director will empower, coach and support a strong and committed senior team, while also serving as the primary liaison to the Board of Directors to engage all members in effective governance and fundraising.

Teambuilder and Motivator of Staff

The Executive Director must inspire, develop and empower others, while generating trust and respect across the entire organization. The leader will need to be an active listener, value the contributions of the entire HFH community, and able to build consensus. At organization historically committed to expanding its footprint and impact, the Executive Director must work collaboratively with staff to establish ambitious goals, while also holding staff accountable to high expectations and standards.

Experienced Fundraiser

The Executive Director must be an experienced fundraiser who can partner with HFH’s professional development staff and the Board of Directors to execute a broad-based fundraising program across a range of funders, including corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. The leader must be eager, poised and proactive in assuming the role of chief fundraiser officer for HFH and adept at supporting the Board of Directors as it envisions and assumes a more prominent fundraising role.

Tireless Networker and Community Connector

The Executive Director must be a skilled networker to community, political and business leaders throughout MetroWest and Greater Worcester to promote HFH and to advocate for and influence regulations that impact its work. The Executive Director will be the public face for the HFH, proactively and opportunistically meeting with others to speak on behalf of the affiliate, while also assuming a leadership role within HFH International, a nondenominational, faith-based network. In addition, the Executive Director will be responsible for mobilizing others, especially members of the Board of Directors, to deliver on a targeted marketing and fundraising program to expand the number of HFH champions.

Strong Communicator

The Executive Director must be an engaging, motivating and consistent spokesperson with excellent communication skills, possessing the ability to share HVM’s vision to diverse audiences. Whether communicating with staff, volunteers, community members, families, partners, donors or the public, the Executive Director must listen carefully and compassionately, make personal connections easily, speak persuasively and motivate others to engage with HFH. The ability to develop and execute on an agency-wide communication plan is a highly desired skill.

Application Guidelines

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements and a description of how qualifications and experience match HFH’s needs to:

Applications received by May 11, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is an

Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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