Executive Director, Delaware Housing Coalition

Posted by on April 07, 2014

Delaware Housing Coalition  ·  Dover, DE  ·  Posted on March 31

Position Overview
The Delaware Housing Coalition (DHC) is dedicated to making sustainable housing available in every Delaware community and to all Delawareans. The Executive Director of DHC, in cooperation with and under the supervision of the Board of Directors, is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all policy, housing, community development and advocacy work. DHC is a statewide organization with its main office in Dover.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall leadership in implementing the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Develops both short and long-range strategies as well as annual work plans to achieve the organization’s mission, in consultation with and subject to the approval of the Board.
  • Has broad responsibility for the management of the organization’s operations.
  • Hires and supervises staff, maintains legal compliance and accepted labor practices.
  • Promotes the active participation of the membership and other housing and community development constituencies in public policy development, grassroots advocacy and the initiatives of the organization.
  • Engages stakeholders through dialogue, programs, events, fundraising and other opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.
  • Provides leadership in the implementation of programs and services including information dissemination, member working groups, technical assistance, trainings and conferences.
  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with other advocacy organizations in furtherance of the organization’s mission and sound housing and community development policy.
  • Provides leadership in advocating for sustainable housing and community development policy with audiences including legislators, agency officials or, other organizations, the media and the general public.
  • Ensures that the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to constituents and stakeholders; serves as a/the voice for housing and community development.
  • Oversees the organization’s financial base and ensures fiscal responsibility. Plans and implements fundraising strategies to provide for organizational stability and growth.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide vision and leadership for the organization.
  • Ability to recruit, inspire and lead.
  • Excellent oral, written and social media communication skills.
  • Capacity to conduct or lead research work of the organization, including writing and editing publications, reports, and white papers.
  • Demonstrated effective management and administration of a non-profit membership organization and experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Excellence in problem-solving and leading effective change.
  • Ability to understand and relate to community concerns and to incorporate salient concepts into existing and new programs.
  • A high level of ability and political sophistication in fundraising and resource development.
  • Strong marketing skills and experience.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate and to convene leaders and organizations around issues and opportunities of common interest.
  • Commitment to and familiarity with community development and housing programs including funding aspects, general development issues, challenges, and related policy implications.


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