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OrganizationSheri Thorpe
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineMarch 31, 2016
College Degree Required?Yes


Job Summary: The Executive Director (ED) is the principal organization leader who plans, develops, and establishes policies and objectives of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity (Habitat or Affiliate) in accordance with board directives and organizational mission. This is the top executive in the organization reporting to the Board of Directors, and responsible for the operational and financial performance of the organization. The ED will represent the Affiliate and be the leading advocate for its work in serving members of the community in need of simple, decent, affordable housing. As such, the ED must understand and support the mission, vision, and values of Habitat seeking to change lives through homeownership. The ED must build and maintain the infrastructure of the Affiliate and serve as the primary communication link among directors, officers, staff, committees, and volunteers, making sure that Affiliate runs smoothly and effectively while carrying out long-term goals and objectives.

Reports to: Fauquier Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors


Full-time position (minimum of 40 hours per week Monday through Friday) plus occasional evenings and weekends.

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • 10 paid holidays and 15 paid vacation/personal days
  • Paid position-related and personal development training, travel and mileage reimbursement.

How to apply

Interested candidates can forward a resume for consideration to

Skills Required


Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience: Excellent business acumen and/or 5+ years of management experience. Knowledge or experience in any of the following areas: construction, real estate, mortgage lending, marketing, social services, fundraising, and/or grant writing. Habitat for Humanity experience a plus.

Skill Set: Must be goal-driven, self-directed and highly adaptable to working in a rapidly changing environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills; working knowledge of housing and serving those persons who are economically disadvantaged; leadership skills in financial management including fund allocation; and leveraging assets and resources. Solid knowledge of organizational development, short and long range planning; ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external constituencies and provide effective and inspiring leadership; demonstrate a deep commitment to members of our team, the families that we ultimately serve, and the mission of Habitat for Humanity; respect differences in backgrounds, perspectives and cultures; commit to making a difference.

Additional Info

Key Responsibilities


Strategic Management and Board Relations

  • Collaborate with the board in strategic planning at least annually, updating that plan as necessary. Review the Affiliate’s business plan on a yearly basis in conjunction with the board.
  • Work with staff and Board President to prepare agendas, reports, and materials for board meetings, and communicate such to the board in a clear and timely manner.
  • Support the nominating process of the board in recruiting and training new board members and officers.
  • Introduce and encourage board development initiatives as appropriate for healthy board governance.
  • Mentor and encourage board members in personal giving and fundraising goals, always striving for 100% board participation, keeping in mind that board participation may come in a variety of ways; e.g., legal, financial, chairing a fundraising event and policy/procedure development.
  • Participate in pertinent board committee meetings and facilitate and support their work.
  • Undertake any other responsibility as may be directed by the Board.


Program Management

  • Oversee all programs of the Affiliate. Support and collaborate with committees and staff to ensure work is completed in accordance with all laws and regulations, as well as the standards and best practice recommendations of HFHI.
  • Work closely with the Board and staff to develop entrepreneurial efforts to serve Fauquier and Rappahannock counties as a developer and builder of affordable homes.
  • Demonstrate our ability to build attractive housing in settings that are appealing to market rate buyers, making mixed income communities work.
  • Work closely with the Family Selection Committee to select Habitat homeowners and to support partner families through financial and homeowner education, sweat equity monitoring, and the Family Support program.
  • Prepare and execute work necessary to complete closing on the sale of homes to partner families (appraisal and house pricing, underwriting, disclosures) and conduct ongoing servicing and management of mortgage income and delinquencies (collection efforts, escrow analysis, forbearance and special payment plans, mortgage modification).
  • Capitalize on opportunities to acquire land for construction through donation or purchase, sell excess inventory of land where appropriate, and monitor inventory of buildable land commensurate with homebuyers in the program.
  • Support committees, staff, and volunteers in ensuring that the construction programs of the Affiliate are carried out in a safe, responsible, cost-effective manner, and volunteers are provided a consistently good and rewarding volunteer experience.
  • Maintain existing and develop new relationships with HFHI, Habitat Virginia and neighboring affiliates.
  • Build and maintain strategic community partnerships
  • Articulate basic principles of community development, as well as key issues in housing policy and affordable housing development. Analyze pertinent information about the affordable housing need in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties to deliver messages that will result in an informed constituency.
  • Design and implement systems for evaluating effectiveness of programs.


Fiscal and Operational Management

  • Collaborate with the Finance Committee to formulate the annual budget and facilitate oversight of financial management and board reporting.
  • Direct and coordinate formulation of financial programs to provide funding for new or continuing operations, including oversight of all fundraising efforts.
  • Organize and manage projects and people to accomplish the affiliate’s mission and create healthy revenue streams.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Affiliate, staff and programs, in close collaboration with working committees.
  • Collaborate with accountant regularly on routine oversight of financial operations including banking, cash flow, and internal controls.
  • Hire, fire, and supervise staff according to governing law and best HR practices. Collaborate with the board on creation of personnel policy and job descriptions, as well as maintaining appropriate staffing levels, setting commensurate pay within budget, and monitoring paid time off and other HR policies. Oversee maintenance of the working environment including office supplies, equipment, and IT.
  • Provide and recommend ongoing training for staff, utilizing the many tools and options available through HFHI, as well as local consultants and organizations, so that all stay abreast of best industry practices and local, national, and global issues facing non-profit organizations and affordable housing agencies.