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Executive Director Job Posting March 2020

After 40 years the Executive Director of FNPH is retiring. The Board of Directors with the assistance of the Executive Director will be conducting a thorough search to fill the position. The history, mission and role in the organization is described in more detail below.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with the skills and experience to build on a legacy and work collaboratively with a passionate Board of Directors to strategically plan the next phase of growth and development looking at the mission of the organization and creating a long term vision for FNPH.

History and Mission of FNPH:

Florida Non-Profit Housing, Inc (FNPH) is the successor organization of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Florida Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Housing effort. AFSC organized 5 nonprofit housing corporations by acquiring sites, recruiting self-help applicants and using this early development to gain approval of section 523 Technical Assistance (TA) grants. AFSC then began providing technical assistance and training to these Self-help grantees within the State of Florida in the early 1970’s.

In 1978, FNPH was formed and took over this important effort from AFSC. A statewide meeting was convened to address mutual concerns. That meeting was attended by rural development state district and county personnel, all grantees and FNPH staff. The initial goal was to provide farm worker housing throughout the State of Florida, through the provision of Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) to nonprofit housing providers.

Today the primary goal is still the same. FNPH provides technical assistance and training throughout the Southeast Region of the US. There are two divisions of FNPH: Farm Worker Housing and Self-Help Housing.

Farm Worker Housing:

FNPH is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor as “Lead Agency” for the Southeast Housing Consortium (SEHC). As Lead Agency, we monitor and provide assistance to DOL funded agencies in Delaware, Florida and Mississippi.

On a statewide basis, FNPH provides technical assistance and training to nonprofit housing corporations and units of governments to develop, own and manage housing for farm workers. We assist agencies in leveraging other sources of funds to lower the mortgage from the primary lender, Rural Housing Services (e.g., HOME, SHIP, CDBG, etc.).

Self Help Housing:

Since 1980, FNPH has provided technical assistance and training as a Regional Contractor for the Rural Housing Service’s Section 523 Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grant Program. The primary purpose of this contract is to provide management and fiscal training, as well as technical support, to operating, new and potential Self-Help Housing Grantees.

Summary of the Role:

The Executive Director is responsible for the formulation and interpretation of organizational policies and providing overall direction of the organization within guidelines set up by the FNPH Board of Directors. The Executive Director plans, directs and coordinates operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of program directors and staff specialists.  Work is performed under the general direction and support of the FNPH Board of Directors through meetings, discussion and analysis of reports and updates.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for FNPH staff, programs, expansion, and exaction of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of our service area, core programs, operations, and business plans.

  • Develop and maintain effective collaborative relationships with appropriate local, state, and federal agencies, which have direct or indirect responsibilities to very low, low and moderate income population. Similarly develop and maintain effective collaborative working relationships with the agencies FNPH provides technical assistance and training.
  • Responsible for planning, organization, and direction of the organization’s operations and programs with the DOL and USDA.
  • Provides leadership to and manages the efforts of staff to ensure appropriate support of each funding source.
  • Retains a diverse, highly qualified staff by providing career coaching, growth, and personal development of employees.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration including investment management, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future growth and expansion.
  • Expand and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets; publish and communicate program results with an emphasis on the successes and accomplishments.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years or progressively responsible management level experience in a not-for-profit management position with proven success developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Additional experience in one or more of the following areas preferred:
    • Rural Housing
    • Housing Finance
    • Property Management
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

Travel:

This position requires frequent travel up to 30% of the time, by both air and ground transportation. Must be able and willing to travel by air and/or drive to other sites and stay overnight or multiple nights in a hotel.

Physical demands:

While performing this job, one is required to use hands and fingers for computer and telephone, talk and hear, as well as stand, walk, drive and travel. Lifting between 5 – 15 pounds is necessary.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

What we offer:

FNPH provides a competitive salary, generous employer paid health, welfare and retirement benefits along with generous time off including vacation time, sick and holiday pay.

The process:

To apply for this position please send your resume, with a thoughtful cover letter stating the reason you are applying for the job and what you will bring to the organization in terms of knowledge and experience. Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter. Applications without a cover letter and salary requirements will not be considered.

This position is posted on Indeed.com and all interested applicants should apply through Indeed.

Deadline for applications: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Only candidates of interest will be contacted. We thank you in advance for your interest in FNPH.

A criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted once an offer of employment has been extended. Any employment offer will be contingent upon the results of these screenings.

FNPH is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national original, veteran or disability status.

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