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Executive Director

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is accepting resumes from qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. Headquartered in Winchester,Virginia, Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity serves the community through the provision of a wide spectrum of housing solutions.  Resumes and cover letters should be sent to  No phone calls, please.


Position Description:  Executive Director       

Reports to:  Board of Directors


Position Purpose:     

The Executive Director provides overall executive leadership of the affiliate in accordance with the direction, policies, and objectives set by the Board.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Habitat Board of Directors through the President of the Board and Executive Committee.   Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity currently has an annual operating budget of over $2 million and maintains assets of over $3.5 million.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides overall executive leadership of the affiliate in accordance with the direction, policies, and objectives set by the Board. Work is performed under the general direction of the Habitat Board of Directors through the President of the Board and the Executive Committee. Lines of business include residential construction, mortgage lending, rental management, family and social services, community development, and retail store management. Responsibilities include resource development, supervision and mentoring of paid staff, maintaining and enhancing the infrastructure of the affiliate, serving as the primary communication link among directors, committees, and volunteers, networks with stakeholders in the community, and ensures that the whole organization runs smoothly and achieves the mission of the affiliate. Will perform other duties as assigned.

  • Develop, organize, coordinate and oversee the administrative, financial and construction functions of the organization. Includes day-to-day operations, budgeting, long-range planning, and human resources
  • Hire, train and manage board-approved staff positions. Administer annual performance evaluation process and termination of staff
  • Work collaboratively with the Board and its committees by attending all board meetings, providing monthly board meeting agendas in consultation with the president and executive committee and orienting and training of new board members
  • Propose goals and strategies for the Affiliate and communicate approved goals and plans throughout organization
  • Consult with operational committee chairs and management staff to determine feasibility, timing and potential barriers to successfully implementing plans
  • Ensure accountability to Board and funders by implementing all Board policies and maintaining all corporate records, including operations and policies manuals
  • Identify resources needed to achieve goals; design approaches and timelines to securing them
  • Direct preparation of financial and program reports and regularly report to relevant committees and the Board of Directors
  • Provide support and guidance in the organization’s strategic planning process
  • Proactively encourage visibility of Habitat through media relations and public speaking engagements in the community
  • Provide support and guidance to the various Habitat committees to ensure their effectiveness and to assist them in meeting the growth and development goals of the affiliate. Serve as primary support for Executive, Personnel, Nominating and Finance Committees
  • Continuously monitor and report on progress toward operational goals: land acquisition, family selection and support, construction, volunteers and the development of the ReStore
  • Recruit, manage and support staff through accepted HR practices
  • Ensure that staff treats all volunteers with respect and courtesy by providing appropriate training and guidance
  • Provide general oversight of budget and affiliate financial matters, direct the finance committee in annual budget development, and advise the board and finance committee of budget issues and future needs.  Approves all operational and building expenditures
  • Coordinate work plans and availability of staff and volunteers to ensure strong team dynamic and effective, continuous coverage of programs and activities
  • Direct and coordinate formulation of programs to provide funding for new or continuing operations, including oversight of all fundraising and development
  • Direct the development of a strategic approach to fundraising. Execute time-bound plans for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate, foundation and faith donor
  • Research grants that are available to the Affiliate. Be able to write or edit, implement and coordinate grant
  • Plan for, and anticipate, resource needs and reallocations as needed. Negotiate on behalf of the agency with external resources including governments and private business
  • Oversee house closings
  • Coordinate activities for re-acquiring Habitat homes through sale, foreclosure and deed-in-lieu of
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community organizations, foundations and other charitable giving organizations
  • Maintain contact with Habitat International and interpret and communicate any plans, programs and policies which affect the affiliate
  • Perform other related tasks as requested by the Habitat Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the President of the Board
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies


Critical Performance Objectives:

  • Passionate about the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity, and a knowledge of housing-related strategic planning and growth methodologies.
  • Highly organized; strong attention for detail; and able to relentlessly pursue excellence.
  • Strong sense of tact, decorum, and diplomacy.
  • Able to engage various stakeholders throughout the community and be willing and able to act as the face of Habitat in public and with various media platforms.
  • Energetic, with a high-capacity for work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong ethical and moral code.
  • Ability and experience to lead and nurture a large staff; and to develop a strong working relationship with a robust non-profit Board of Directors.


Time Commitment:

Full-time exempt position with night and weekend activities, as necessary.



  • This individual must understand and appreciate the mission of Habitat for Humanity
  • Qualified candidates must possess exceptional written and verbal communication skill
  • Must possess strategic problem-solving and planning skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and the ability to multi-task
  • This individual must be detail-oriented and able to work independently
  • Must be able to deal with a diversity of individuals and remain consistent in maintaining a professional demeanor. Prior experience in non-profit, business or public management or social services is a plus
  • Able to work with, and motivate, people with diverse backgrounds and capabilities
  • Ability to provide leadership and supervision to staff, volunteers and family partners, as needed
  • Must have working knowledge and understanding of organizational strategic planning, financial management,  resource development and program development and management
  • Must be manage all aspects of Human Resources and ensure compliance with Federal employment laws and regulations
  • Must have the ability to navigate around home construction work sites
  • Must have the ability to travel when needed both within the community and to meetings out-of-GSA and must have valid driver’s license, insurance and access to a vehicle


Physical Demands:

Required to lift up to 25 pounds, as required, and will experience bending, squatting, lifting and repetitive motion during certain affiliate events and activities. Position will occasionally be exposed to extremes in weather (e.g. heat, cold, wind, rain, and etc.) Much work of this position is at a desk, working on the computer.



A minimum of five (5) years of related experience required, with a minimum of one (1) year of executive-level experience recommended. Must have demonstrated an independent and collaborative ability towards organizational management and program development. Must possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.  Major gift cultivation is a plus. 



Bachelor’s degree required; BA or BS in business, public administration, or non-profit management preferred.  Master’s degree preferred but not required.


Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

Valid driver’s license with good driving record


Other Requirements:

Must not be present on the National Sex Offender List

Must not have any legal judgments or garnishments pending

Must successfully pass a drug test

Must successfully pass a background investigation


Equal Opportunity Employer


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