Habitat for Humanity

Executive Director

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA


Now in its 27 th year of building stability, strength and self-reliance through construction and repair of affordable housing, SGV Habitat has grown in size and capacity since its founding by concerned volunteers in 1990. The affiliate has 39 employees and is chartered by Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. for service to 31 Southern California communities within a 400-square- mile service area that stretches from Sunland, Tujunga and Glendale on the west through Azusa on the east and from the San Gabriel Mountains on the north to the 60 Freeway on the south. The affiliate strives to continuously build developments of 3-12 homes and currently has nine homes under construction in Pasadena, six homes in pre-development in Glendale and two more homes in Pasadena in the pipeline. A continuum of repair services are provided to low-income homeowners from Acts of Kindness to Neighborhood Revitalization and Critical Home Repairs. SGV Habitat operates two successful ReStores that return substantial net operating income to support the affiliate’s affordable housing mission. SGV Habitat has earned Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Award for sound fiscal management and transparency for nine consecutive years, placing the affiliate in the top 1% of all non-profit organizations ranked by Charity Navigator.



  • Manages the daily operations of the affiliate in accordance with adopted strategic plans and policies established by the Board of Directors
  • Provides direct supervision to managerial level employees including hiring, coaching, recognition, evaluations and termination
  • Supports activities of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and the Audit Committee and ensures that each standing committee has a designated staff support member
  • Ensures that the affiliate’s Policy Manual is maintained and promptly updated through Board actions to ensure sound practices and legal compliance
  • Oversees Human Resources functions
  • Oversees the preparation of budgets and financial reports
  • Monitors income and expenditures and ensures that monthly Financial Reports are provided to the Board of Directors
  • Possesses substantial knowledge of retail operations (ReStores), real estate, construction and government agencies
  • Oversees the Accounting Department, preparation of annual budgets and servicing of a portfolio of 50-100 mortgages and impound accounts held by the affiliate
  • Prepares analyses of income and expenditures and communicates financial strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the Board, staff and funders

Public and Interpersonal Relations

  • Establishes and maintains good communications and working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, Advisory and Honorary Board members, neighboring Habitat affiliates, Habitat CA and Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
  • Interacts with others in a professional manner
  • Serves as the spokesperson for the affiliate in relationships with corporate and foundation donors; event coordinators; city, state and federal government agencies; and the media
  • Oversees the affiliate’s public relations and marketing efforts, including Groundbreaking and Dedication ceremonies and cultivation of interfaith partners
  • Champions the importance of volunteers throughout the operations of the affiliate
  • Supports and assists selected future homebuyers and all existing homeowners
  • Cultivates financial supporters including individuals, corporate partners, foundations, places of worship and legacy donors
  • Regularly interfaces with prospects and donors

Fund Development and Sustainability

  • Participates in creation and implementation of fund development activities, including grant writing and grant submissions and reporting
  • Oversees fund development efforts including Mission Funding, return of Net Operating Income (NOI) from ReStores and attainment of Build Campaign goals
  • Monitors income and expenditures for the Fund for Humanity
  • Ensures sound fiscal management and transparency

Housing Development, Sales and Maintenance

  • Actively participates in land acquisition and negotiations for government funding and subsidies in accordance with policies established by the Board
  • Recommends future build projects to the Board based on creation and analysis of agency-required affordability pro formas, sustainability criteria and evaluation by the Construction Committee
  • Provides oversight and support to the construction program including:
    • Services of the Volunteer and Youth Programs Manager to recruit, assign, track and recognize volunteers
    • Services of the Grants and Partnerships Manager to raise build funds and assist in procurement of gifts-in- kind of materials (GIK) and pro-bono services
    • Services of the Accounting Department for monthly expenditure tracking and payment of construction invoices
  • Works closely with the Family Selection Committee to ensure compliance with affordable housing agreements and truth-in-lending requirements (TRID)
  • Prepares all Partnership Agreements and Purchase and Sale Agreements for the affiliate and its future buyers and is a certified loan originator
  • Assists homebuyers to obtain down payment assistance and ensures that monthly outlay for housing costs meet government and regional requirements
  • Collaborates with the Family Services Coordinator to ensure adequacy of Family Education mentoring programs for prospective homebuyers and follow-up on homeowner association issues
  • Ensures that new homebuyers make down payments and satisfy Sweat Equity requirements before occupying homes
  • Ensures that escrows close as soon as possible following issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (2-6 months)
  • Promptly addresses, in collaboration with the Family Services Coordinator, delinquent mortgage payments and presents a monthly report of delinquencies to the Board of Directors
  • Assigns requests for warranty maintenance for evaluation by qualified construction staff and ensures corrective actions for developments completed within the past 10 years and for Habitat-owned properties
  • Ensures that San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc. remains in Good Standing with Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. by completing, on average, at least one home every year

Support for the Board of Directors

  • Prepares agendas and supporting documentation for all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
  • Ensures that minutes of each Executive Committee and Board of Directors meeting are approved and maintained for reference and for audit, 990 and HFHI reporting purposes
  • Prepares and distributes an E-Packet, including a monthly Executive Director’s Report, on the Thursday before each meeting of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
  • Attends all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
  • Completes all needed follow-up from meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors


  • Successful administrative experience, preferably in non-profit organizations; affordable housing experience preferred
  • Ability to successfully manage people, multiple tasks and shifting priorities
  • Track record of successful team building, staff development and evaluation of employees
  • Successful track record of working with boards, committees and volunteers
  • A history of interacting with others in a professional manner
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility with experience in budget development, management and analysis
  • Ability to sustain the affiliate’s 4-Star Charity Navigator rating, maximize net operating income from the affiliate’s ReStores and grow the affiliate’s impact
  • Successful fund development experience including monitoring and evaluation of grant submissions and relationships with foundations, corporations, places of worship and individual donors
  • Substantial knowledge of retail operations (ReStores), real estate and construction industries, and government agencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Willingness to work extended hours, as needed, for meetings, presentations and events
  • Computer proficiency, including Word and Excel
  • Ability to focus on the big picture while attending to and following up on details


The Executive Director is an Exempt Employee.

The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $105,000.


  • An Executive Committee Panel will review your Application Package (January 20-February 20)
  • The Executive Committee Panel schedules preliminary interviews with viable candidates (February 27 & 28)
  • The Executive Committee Panel interviews 5-10 applicants (March 1-8)
  • The Executive Committee Panel checks references for finalists (March 8-9)
  • The Executive Committee Panel recommends up to three finalists to be interviewed by the full Board of Directors the evening of March 13


*Candidate Questions for Executive Director Position

  1. What attracts you to joining San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity in this role?
  2. Please detail specific fundraising areas where you have had significant success. For example, major gifts, direct mail, social media, etc.
  3. What areas of the opportunity profile may not represent your strengths? How would you compensate for them?
  4. How would people describe your leadership style and relationship skills?
  5. Describe the management style and philosophy of the best and worst manager/leaders you have worked for. In what ways were they stimulating or de-motivating?
  6. If there were candidates with a background, interest and education equal to yours, what would make you uniquely qualified compared to the other candidates?

*Submission of your responses is required as part of your application.

All application submissions are due no later than February 20, 2017

To apply
  • Review the attached Job Description to determine the match with your skills and experience
  • Review the Candidate Questionnaire (in above section) which is to be completed and submitted with your application package
  • Submit your complete Application Package via e-mail by February 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to: [email protected]
  • A complete application will contain:
    • Your application letter
    • Your resume
    • A list of at least three (3) people who have supervised administrative leadership work that you have performed. Please include the nature of each person’s relationship to your work and his/her phone number and e-mail address
    • Your written responses to the Questionnaire