Executive Director - Non-Profit Housing

Center City Housing Corp.

Posted: 6/5/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Housing/Shelter

City: Duluth

Postal code: 55802

State: Minnesota

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available



Mission statement:


Center City Housing Corp will be recognized as a statewide leader and innovator of affordable supportive housing and a regional provider of affordable rental housing.

Mission Statement

CCHC develops, owns and/or manages quality housing opportunities and provides associated services for those most in need.

Our Values and Principles
  • We believe that every individual and family should have access to housing provided that suitable design and support services are in place.
  • We believe that each housing entity we own and/or manage must be financially stable.
  • We believe in building a strong financial basis from which to pursue our mission.
  • We believe in affirmatively marketing our properties, particularly to those that are least likely to apply.
  • We believe that our success in achieving our mission is dependent upon collaborations and partnerships within the communities in which we work.
  • We believe in treating those with whom we work with dignity and respect.
  • We believe in continuously developing, maintaining and renovating our properties to the highest physical standards within the constraints of available resources.
  • We believe the focus of our supportive services will be designed to maximize the opportunities for our applicants and residents to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
  • We believe in challenging ourselves to continuously create state-of-the-art supportive housing models that incorporate both best practices and innovation.
  • We believe in taking all necessary steps to assure that our properties promote neighborhood stability.
  • We believe in creating a work force that reflects the diversity of those we serve.

Position Details:

Job Description:



Center City Housing develops, owns and manages affordable housing properties for those most in need. But in truth, we’re here to help people move on with their lives. With our support, people in Duluth and around Minnesota are able to find access to stable housing and affordable rent. But we do more than put a roof over their heads, we link them to services that will help them find stability in life.


Overview:  Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide leadership that continues to achieve the mission of CCHC to develop, own and manage affordable housing, programs and services reflective of the “Housing First” and “Harm Reduction” models for transitional programs and permanent supportive housing.  The Executive Director will be responsible for building upon the external success while ensuring the internal organization grows and evolves to support this success. 

Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties or tasks may be assigned as required. Board of Directors may modify, change or add to the duties of this description at any time without notice.   


  1. Execution of Board Policy
    1. Assist in Board member selection and orientation
    2. Execute Board directives
    3. Collaborate with Board of Directors on development and implementation of short- and long-range planning
    4. Provide Board members with regular reports in the areas of finance, development, compliance, property management, human resources, and all other relevant areas
    5. Staff Board committees
  2. Financial Management
    1. Develop annual budget for Board approval
    2. Implement and oversee annual budget
    3. Implement and oversee insurances
    4. Provide direction to accounting team
    5. Ensure the financial accounting standards are met
    6. Develop policies and procedures for operation of the accounting department
    7. Develop a staff compensation plan
    8. Maintain tax compliance for the portfolio
    9. Oversee fund development
  3. Organization Leadership
    1. Ensure internal processes and systems are built to support the mission of the organization.
    2. Provide oversight for team development and succession of key roles and responsibilities.
    3. Hire, train, supervise and discipline leadership staff
    4. Resolve grievances
    5. Maintain organizational discipline by ensuring adequate resources and capacity are in place for new opportunities and growth
    6. Establish and administer annual review process
  4. Property Development
    1. Develop relations to garner new service areas and partners
    2. Evaluate potential new developments and programs regarding mission, feasibility and finances
    3. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding potential projects, programs and out of the ordinary developments
    4. Organize and lead development teams on selected projects and programs including pre-development activities related to project and supportive service program feasibility and design
    5. Develop funding strategies and make application accordingly
    6. Screen and hire experts and consultants as needed
  5. Property and Asset Management
    1. Oversee stewardship of CCHC owned properties
    2. Develop operating policies and property goals including ensuring compliance and insurance standards are upheld
    3. Maintain financial viability of properties through ensuring high standards of management and appropriate levels of grant support
    4. Working with leadership staff, develop and supervise management and service contracts
    5. Property management strategy and selection
  6. Public Relations
    1. Represent CCHC at meetings and express organizational positions on relevant matters
    2. Participate on committees locally and statewide related to housing issues
    3. Handle media contacts for the organization
  7. Information Technology
    1. Identify technology needs and build skills and capabilities to support these needs
    2. Implement IT processes and protocols
  8. Marketing
    1. Identify marketing needs and build skills and capabilities to support these needs
    2. Implement and build out marketing processes and protocols
    3. Consider social media strategy
    4. Consider public charitable acknowledgement process to recognize employees and partners


Qualifications and Education Requirements:

This position requires an individual with a broad base of strong, well-refined leadership skills and experience.  The person in this position needs the requisite skills to operate a highly specialized housing organization in a marketplace that is extremely financially tight.  These skills to include executive level finance skills, fine-tuned communication skills, exceptional relationship building skills, extensive experience in supervision and human resource matters, and a strong background in housing services and continuous development. Similarly, the person in this position needs to have a sincere commitment to the mission of the organization.  A Master’s Degree or at least five years of administrative experience is required.  Quality, real world experience is invaluable and an extensive career of ten years or more at an executive level could be a substitute for the formal education requirement.  This position requires a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation as well as the ability to accommodate regular overnight travel.  The person in this role must pass and maintain Minnesota Background Study clearance.

Essential Skills:

  • Passion for providing opportunities to obtain and maintain permanent housing solutions for those who need it
  • Ability to build strong relationships with funders, development team members, and policy makers
  • Ability to strategize on creative ways to achieve more funding opportunities outside of developer fees
  • Critical thinking skills to develop contingency planning strategies for the future
  • Ability to read, analyze, and complete documentation required by government agencies and communicate through speaking, listening and writing effectively with residents and outside agencies
  • Must be visionary
  • Model effective and respectful leadership behavior
  • Proficient communicator through personal communication and public speaking
  • Proficient in all aspects of accounting and financial analysis including for organizational finances and project development analysis
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and calculating percentages
  • Demonstrated competency using computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel as well as ability to learn new systems as needed
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently including prioritizing job duties
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with diverse residents, applicants, and staff
  • Regular attendance, reliability and punctuality
  • Available to respond to occasional organizational emergencies, and willing to be on call 24/7
  • Sensitivity and effectiveness when dealing with people from diverse backgrounds and with special needs

Center City Housing Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. CCHC will not discriminate with respect to hiring, promotion, termination, compensation or any other term or condition of employment on the basis of color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual preference or any other basis deemed illegal.


Health, Dental, Life, Accidental Death & Disability, and Long-Term Disability insurance and paid sick, vacation, and holidays.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply send resume, cover letter, and references to Judy Aspling, Center City Housing Corp, 105½ W First St, Duluth MN  55802 or fax to 218-720-3483 or email to [email protected] or go to www.centercityhousing.org/employment 


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