The South Carolina Fair Housing Center (SCFHC) has an opening for an experienced Executive Director to lead the organization from its infancy. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is creating and establishing this new fair housing center in Columbia, SC, under a grant from the Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Founded in 1990, NCRC is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. NCRC will provide extensive training and technical assistance to the new organization’s staff and Board of Directors.
The Executive Director will implement the strategic goals and objectives of the South Carolina Fair Housing Center as developed jointly with the Board of Directors and NCRC.
The Executive Director will hire, train and supervise staff, and supervise daily programmatic requirements. The Executive Director must possess the ability to effectively implement a variety of resource development and grant management
functions as well as develop strategic partnerships in the service area and with local, state and federal governments that will assist in furthering SCFHC’s mission. The Executive Director will assist in implementing the fair housing programs and goals as identified in strategic and operational plans. The Executive Director reports to the Board of SCFHC and will work closely with the NCRC during the grant period.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MANAGEMENT
• Work with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition to meet all required elements of the contract in a professional and timely manner.
• Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff.
• Collaborate with Board of Directors and NCRC to establish and implement current and long range objectives, plans and policies.
• Advise, guide, and direct the implementation of plans and procedures consistent with established policies and procedures.
• Oversee the adequacy and soundness of the organization’s financial structure. NCRC will provide support to develop budgeting procedures, accounting policies and procedures, financial reports and financial oversight.
• Manage a complex workload including overseeing office administration, fair housing case management, public relations, and education/outreach.
• Establish and maintain an effective system of communication throughout the organization. Schedule and participate in staff meetings, attend all the organization’s Board of Directors’ meetings, and perform tasks related to the smooth and effective running of the organization.
• Identify potential funding sources.
• Develop funding proposals in conjunction with NCRC to support SCFHC’s mission and strategic activities.
• Work with appropriate staff and Board members to organize fundraising for Fair Housing Month activities.
• Ensure continued positive relationships with funders and supporters.
• Complete grant and/or contract reports in a timely fashion.
• Create and develop strategic partnerships with organizations, companies and individuals with the objective of building SCFHC’s visibility.
• Align SCFHC with strategic partners that can help build awareness of SCFHC and support its mission and programs.
• Represent SCFHC to a variety of audiences, including grassroots and community-based organizations, foundations, trade associations, for-profit and non-profit entities, HUD, the Department of Justice, Congressional delegation, state and local elected officials, local and state civil rights groups, and other organizations in a professional manner.
• Use technology and innovative systems to expand SCFHC’s brand and promote development opportunities.
• Supervise the creation of a website.
• Maintain records related to client services, activities, and data necessary for reports to governmental agencies.
• Implement the recruitment, training and nurturing of all volunteer personnel, particularly for cooperating attorneys and testers.
• Respect and safeguard client confidentiality with policies and procedures.
• Track relevant legislation, regulations, and local or state ordinances. Inform staff of changes in fair housing laws and regulations.
• The minimum educational requirement for this position is a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Advanced degree in law, social work or relevant field and work experience preferred. Fair housing or civil rights experience a plus.
• Demonstrated commitment to fair housing and/or civil and human rights.
• Three to five years experience in a supervisory role at a non-profit agency or private or public corporation.
• Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the needs and concerns of those protected from discrimination by local, state and federal fair housing laws, especially the ability to work with people from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds.
• Superb organizational and fund raising skills as well as excellent judgment in developing and implementing priorities.
• Excellent public speaking and communications skills to develop and nurture relationships across a broad spectrum of groups, businesses and government agencies.
• Exceptional writing skills to communicate the need for fair housing initiatives to a variety of potential funders.
• Ability to present information clearly and effectively, and respond to inquiries and commentary from the Board of Directors, NFHA, housing advocacy and consumer groups, housing industry organizations, members of the public and private sector and the general public.
• Working knowledge of, and familiarity with, Microsoft Office Suite software and Outlook.
• Demonstrated ability in managing complex workloads including success in organizing special events or conferences and developing work plans, writing reports, executing contracts, staying on task, and executing deliverables against a time table and work plan.
• Successful experience in developing and managing budgets and analyzing financial documents.
• Ability to work independently, as well as be a team player, in a multi-task work environment while producing the highest caliber work product in a timely manner.
• Exhibit a high level of personal energy and commitment.
• Ability to travel several times a year for meetings with elected officials, trainings and conferences.
• Fluent Spanish is a plus.
Acceptable Application Method: Email resume
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