The National NeighborWorks Association (NNA) is seeking a strategic Executive Director with superior relationship-building skills to further NNA’s work with a diverse network of NeighborWorks organizations, NeighborWorks America, and key national policymakers to support and promote the community development field.
NNA's mission is to “unite housing and community development practitioners to advocate for housing and economic opportunities for individuals, families, communities and neighborhoods across the country.” NNA envisions a united field of the best housing and community development practitioners producing safe, quality affordable housing and economic opportunities for all Americans." NNA is a 501c6 organization with a dues-paying membership of approximately 200 non-profit “NeighborWorks-chartered” organizations, or 80 percent of the total NeighborWorks network. NNA is governed by a 19-person board of directors comprised of NeighborWorks Executive Directors/Chief Executive Officers that broadly represents the network both geographically and programmatically. FY 2017’s operating budget is $315,000 and staffing includes a part-time Policy Analyst in addition to the Executive Director. The Executive Director will also oversee the NNA Fund, NNA’s 501c3 related organization with a separate board of directors and financial statements that are presented with NNA as a combined entity.
Reporting to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction and operational and financial management for the National NeighborWorks Association. Please visit http://files.constantcontact.com/9568659b001/c80bf74f-efce-43de-8cfb-d6a8286e7964.pdf for the full Job Announcement and application instructions. Resume reviews begin immediately. The Search Committee plans to conduct interviews for this position in November and December, with a January 2018 start-date.
Ideal candidates will bring a variety of skills, experiences and characteristics to the position, including:
• Superior relationship-building and facilitation skills across diverse stakeholder groups; able to develop strong trust and connections with leaders of NeighborWorks organizations, senior-level staff at NWA and NeighborWorks’ Board of Directors, and Congressional staff.
• Ability to articulate the needs of the membership to high-level Capitol Hill and Administration staff using reliable data and substantive arguments. Strong knowledge of the appropriations process.
• Strong political acumen and negotiation skills, including ability to determine when and how to engage partners and stakeholders.
• Openness to including and highlighting the best practices across the entirety of the diverse NeighborWorks network.
• Comfort in managing various tasks simultaneously, ranging from the strategic to the administrative.
• Demonstrated experience reporting to a Board of Directors and ability to develop and work with a highly functioning board with a combination of remote communication (conference calls, video-conferencing) and in-person meetings.
• Willingness to adjust schedule to align with the demands of Capitol Hill.
• A self-director; able to work independently while also showing an openness and willingness to engage other stakeholders in decision-making and priority-setting for external policy, membership value, etc.
• Knowledge of key national policies and financing mechanisms in housing and community development is preferred (e.g. Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Community Development Block Grants, HOME funds, Community Development Financial Institutions, secondary markets, rural housing policy and financing, and housing counseling).
• Understanding of how resource development throughout the Network can be strengthened and advanced.
The location for this position is flexible, though the individual must be willing to travel to Washington, DC frequently and be visible at gatherings important to the interests of NNA members, both in Washington, DC and elsewhere. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate existing positive relationships with HUD and related Congressional staff, regulatory bodies and/or national community development peer groups and networks. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
The National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA)’s mission is to “unite housing and community development practitioners to advocate for housing and economic opportunities for individuals, families, communities and neighborhoods across the country.” NNA envisions a united field of the best housing and community development practitioners producing safe, quality affordable housing and economic opportunities for all Americans.