[Full time] Chief Executive Officer at Sterling Search

Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing     Development     Affordable Housing     January 24, 2022

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Southern California has the most acute need for affordable housing. In Los Angeles County alone, there is a shortage of 551,807 rental homes for households earning less than $41,500, and more than 47,000 homeless people. SCANPH is at the forefront of major policy initiatives in the region to address this crisis.

Position Overview

Role :   Chief Executive Officer
Location :   Orange County
Company URL :   http://www.sterlingsearchinc.com



Executive Search

Chief Executive Officer

Position Overview

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Chief Executive Officer for

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HFHOC).

Make Your Mark Leading a Solid Non-Profit to the Next Level of Organizational Maturity and Growth

Showcase your innovation and strategic leadership skills as you take on complex challenges and drive our important mission


If you have strategic vision, an entrepreneurial spirit and a track record of driving strong growth in complex organizations, this position offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:

· Transform a fully functioning non-profit into a mature, well-designed organization capable of sustained strong growth.

· Make an impact as you help solve significant challenges to our important mission, including resistance to low-income housing, and competition from the private sector in relationship to high property prices.

· Lead a talented team to the next level, enhancing collaboration and cohesion to build capacity.

· Drive growth across a diverse organization that includes home building, home repair, neighborhood revitalization, retail stores and education.

· Build strong partnering relationships with diverse stakeholders, including government officials, faith-based organizations, interfaith groups, corporations, donors, community groups and others.


Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HFHOC) is a non-profit organization that works to provide affordable housing to families throughout Orange County. Through building, renovating and repairing affordable, energy efficient homes we work to establish communities of hope, dignity, and opportunity for low-income families who have a need for better housing, the ability to pay, and a willingness to partner. HFHOC is strong financially, with annual revenue of $10 million and assets that total $14 million. Our parent organization, Habitat for Humanity International, was named a Top Diversity Employer for 2021 by DiversityJobs.com.


The Requirements

To be a good fit for the CEO opportunity, you will have:

· 8+ years of financial and operational management experience in a complex environment, with 5+ years of experience at a senior managerial level.

· A bachelor’s degree; an MBA, MPA, JD, or CPA is strongly preferred.

· Strong knowledge of corporate and/or non-profit governance with significant experience interfacing with governing boards.

· A proven track record of building relationships that lead to financial investment.

· Exemplary leadership and management skills.

· Experience influencing business culture through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.

· Strong financial acumen and financial management skills.

· Demonstrated problem-solving, decision-making, and negotiating abilities.

· Experience with and understanding of real estate transactions, construction, and/or public funding is preferred.

· Habitat for Humanity or affordable housing experience is a plus.


In addition to possessing these core functional competencies, you should be:

· Deeply committed to the mission of HFHOC.

· A strong, visionary leader who thinks strategically and can implement tactically.

· A positive cultural influencer who leads with transparency.

· An articulate communicator and storyteller who inspires investment.

· Willing to be highly visible and engaged with the Orange County community.

· Respectful of all constituencies and willing to engage across constituencies whether at the construction site, in the office, or in the community.

The position is based in Santa Ana, California, with competitive compensation, benefits and relocation assistance.


The Role

Reporting to the Board of Directors, you will be responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, guiding HFHOC’s operations and growth. You'll be the organization’s chief advocate, spokesperson, and representative. This will include working with the Board and staff, as well as other partners, to build on past successes and forge new collaborations and partnerships with community leaders, state and federal government programs, related organizations, individual donors, and corporate sponsors.


Your two most important objectives will be to:

· Aggressively seek new and innovative ways to serve more families within the challenging high-cost housing markets of Orange County, California.

· Foster a success-oriented, entrepreneurial environment within the organization that is consistent with the mission, values, and vision of HFHOC.


Your key responsibilities will fall into the following areas:

Leadership: Work with the Board and staff to set strategic goals and priorities. Provide leadership, direction, and management to HFHOC including the operations of fiscal, administrative, programmatic, and legal oversight. Develop a unified sense of purpose among staff and Board members. Ensure operational activities align with strategic goals.

Board Relations: Serve as a critical partner with the Board, providing relevant, timely, and transparent updates (including the strategic plan and budget), introducing industry trends and new opportunities for consideration, and seeking professional guidance from Board members regarding relevant governance issues. Actively participate in Board discussions and planning activities, engaging members as appropriate regarding critical issues and opportunities

Community Engagement: Plan and implement strategies to promote public awareness of, and engagement with, HFHOC. Monitor trends, emerging issues, and community efforts related to affordable housing. Act as the chief spokesperson for the organization, articulating the vision in an inspiring way and building relationships with individuals, corporations, faith-based organizations, inter-faith groups, government officials, and community groups to support and enhance the mission. Cultivate HFHOC’s visibility and relationships in the community through personal engagement and effective communication.

Operations Management: Oversee all facets of HFHOC’s operations including (but not limited to) homeownership, construction and repair programs, retail operations of multiple ReStores, financial management, resource development, family services, and advocacy. Provide leadership that assures projects are completed on schedule at projected cost levels. Apply sound and proven business practices and implement industry best practices, business policies, and internal controls to minimize risk, safeguard corporate assets, and improve operational efficiencies.

Staff Development: Lead, prepare, empower, delegate and evaluate the performance of a diverse team, providing opportunities for team building, planning, and professional development. Develop strong inter-departmental relations and foster positive relationships amongst staff. Cultivate a welcoming and positive environment, supporting and encouraging the staff to be their best while implementing a culture of teamwork, accountability, and quality. Ensure fair and consistent human resource practices and seek to implement systems and practices that encourage staff retention. Develop and maintain an effective incentive and succession plan for all critical positions.

Resource Development: Expand the breadth and depth of relationships and partnerships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams, land availability and significant philanthropic investments in HFHOC’s future. Actively participate in fund development activities and the cultivation of individual, government, and corporate donors. Establish partnerships with financial institutions to further the reach of, and minimize risk to, the HFHOC.


More Good Reasons

Make a good thing even better

The senior leadership team you will oversee includes Finance & Accounting, Fund Development, Retail Operations, Family Services and Land Development & Construction. These are seasoned professionals running established functions. At the same time, you can make a difference by strengthening a culture of collaboration and empowering staff.


Showcase your creativity

We won't sugarcoat it: Orange County is a very challenging market for our organizational model, with high land prices, resistance to low-income housing from the community and local government, competition from private development companies and more. Your charge will be to find new and innovative ways for us to overcome those challenges and increase both the number of families we put in housing, and the rate at which we do so.


Entrepreneurial with a mission

HFHOC is a non-profit organization with an important mission: establish communities of hope, dignity, and opportunity for low-income families. However, we believe the best way to achieve this mission is to take an entrepreneurial approach. For example, we'll look to you to establish a more performance-based culture.


Broad Based Responsibilities

We already touched on the different operational aspects of the organization. You will use all of your knowledge and skills, and probably learn some new ones, in areas like financial management, mortgages, construction, retail operations, training, family selection, fundraising, partnership development and more.


Keys to Success

It should be clear by now that we're looking for a leader of bold change, someone who can develop and execute on the vision of driving accelerated growth and service to our Habitat families. At the same time, it also will be important for you to maintain a healthy respect for the successful history of our past. The role will require a focused and deliberate approach -- you may have heard the aphorism, "design what you want or deal with what you get."

Character counts. You'll be the face of HFHOC and maintain a presence as an upstanding and respected leader, both internally and externally. This will require you to be an approachable people-person with an assertive and sophisticated approach. In addition, to be an outstanding CEO, you will:

· Empower staff while also holding them accountable.

· Advocate effectively for and build partnerships that advance affordable housing.

· Build teams, drive consensus and promote collaboration.

· Multi-task effectively, balancing internal and external stakeholder needs.

· Remain approachable and genuine.


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