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Chief Executive Officer

Somerville, CA, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Strategy
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The CEO will have the opportunity to lead an innovative community development organization which has effectively and creatively integrated traditional real estate development activities with community organizing, engagement and resident empowerment. High priorities for the CEO include:


Managing effectively and efficiently the daily operations and directing and empowering a team of thirteen dedicated and experienced professionals of a mission-driven, nonprofit with a $7 million budget and net assets in excess of $80 million, inclusive of all real estate activities.

Delivering on SCC's five-year strategic plan with the following priorities:

Expanding the development and preservation of high-quality, affordable, multifamily housing;

Organizing in the community to promote equitable policies and develop leaders who have the power to impact the future of Somerville;

Advancing economic opportunity in Somerville and in neighboring communities; and

Ensuring that SCC is a strong, nimble, and sustainable organization with the funding, infrastructure, and capacity to reach our vision.

Transitioning, maintaining and building relationships with political, community, business and residential leaders, ensuring SCC remains at the forefront of affordable housing as well as real estate and community development in Somerville.

Shepherding the organization through the continuing implementation of its innovative 100 Homes

Collaborating with the Board of Directors to consider the financial implications of alternative operating scenarios, which might include rebalancing program emphasis or considering potential expansion to other communities, in order to provide SCC with positive cash flows and to better position it for long-term sustainability.

Sustaining SCC's robust membership and fundraising programs by proactively engaging with members and donors to make the case for financial support and to steward long-term relationships.

Raising the levels of accountability and rigor throughout and between all levels of the organization while ensuring a culture that remains in service to residents.

Creating deep connections with members and residents, connections built on mutual respect and a deep understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, so all voices are well-represented, and power and influence are appropriately shared.

Sustaining the warm, collaborative and inclusive culture that exists at SCC while also integrating the CEO's personal leadership style and practices.

Expanding the participation and influence of the community-oriented board of directors while building and sustaining a strong and collaborative relationship based on open and direct communications and mutual accountability.



Qualifications


Executive Transition


Since 2001, SCC has been very well-led by its highly respected and well-regarded CEO who will retire from this position effective June 2020 to pursue other professional opportunities.


Desired Credentials/Profile of the Ideal Candidate


Track record of success in real estate development, community organizing, finance and/or management strongly preferred

A minimum of five years of senior leadership, or equivalent experience

Knowledge of or experience in Somerville or a similarly situated city

Experience working with diverse communities and people reflective of those served by SCC


Skills and Experience


Exceptional Networker, Partner and Connector


The CEO must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be eager to serve as SCC's primary spokesperson and be a consummate networker, able to interact and communicate equally well with public officials, members, community leaders, residents, business leaders, developers, funders, etc. to proactively build and sustain collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships to improve opportunities for Somerville's residents. The leader must be politically astute and skilled at partnering with City and State leaders focused on affordable housing development, possess the ability to listen well, be reflective and responsive to the diverse points of view and advocate for policies and practices that benefit SCC and its constituencies. The leader must also enthusiastically embrace fundraising as a core job responsibility.


Visionary, Decisive and Accountable Leader


The CEO must be aligned with and enthusiastic about SCC's mission, able to engage in “big picture” thinking, welcome innovation and creativity, and lead SCC to implement its existing strategic plan. Also, as the agency's chief executive officer, the CEO must be a collaborative multitasker, able to oversee the organization's operations, finances, facilities and staff, decisively and efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to achieve SCC's strategic goals, while also holding self, staff and the board accountable to measurable goals, institutional values and high expectations. The CEO will also serve as the primary liaison to the board of directors to proactively engage it in effective, collaborative and representative governance.


Real Estate Savvy with Financial Acumen


As the leader of a community development corporation with a primary focus on affordable housing, the CEO must be inspired by and informed about real estate development. The ability to understand and ask informed questions about complex financial statements, real estate financing and cash flow projections are key skills required as well as the ability to communicate these complex issues to diverse audiences, some of which are less financially sophisticated. The CEO must also understand and communicate the financial implications and interconnectedness of real estate development to SCC's complex mission and diverse suite of programs.


Inclusive Community Builder and Advocate


The CEO will be an effective advocate for the City of Somerville and its residents and be committed to ensuring that diverse points of view are reflected in SCC's mission, vision, values and activities. The CEO must establish and sustain a broad culture of inclusion and equity. On behalf of the organization and the City's residents, the leader must also be able to listen carefully and speak persuasively to reach consensus and mobilize collective power and influence. The CEO must be able to balance SCC's complex mission (which includes community organizing and real estate development, two activities which can often be in conflict.)


Empowering Teambuilder and Manager


The CEO of SCC will discover a staff that is committed, hardworking and truly passionate about SCC's mission and a welcoming, inclusive and supportive culture and work environment. An active listener, the CEO must sustain the welcoming, collaborative and mutually supportive work culture and climate that currently exists; display high levels of integrity and accountability; and approach the work with a sense of good humor, diplomacy, patience, warmth, care and considerable energy. Ideally, the CEO will have worked in a leadership role in an organization of similar size and will have shown success in inspiring, developing and empowering staff and teams, in delegating effectively, in ensuring that decisions are made in an inclusive, collaborative, decisive, timely and fair manner and in generating trust and respect across the entire organization.


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