We're Hiring an Executive Director

Position: Executive Director, Broome Community Land Trust 

Location: Broome County, NY - primarily Binghamton; Remote

Application Deadline: April 5, 2021

ABOUT THE BROOME COMMUNITY LAND TRUST (BCLT)

The Broome Community Land Trust (BCLT) was developed in 2019 by a local group of housing and racial justice advocates, committed to developing affordable, safe, permanent housing in our community, and cultivating solidarity around a shared commitment to equity, justice, inclusion, and each other.  BCLT is currently managed by a volunteer steering committee,  which oversees a number of unique awareness and community building projects, including the Youth Story Corps and the BCLT Ambassador Program. Both projects have been an immense success in their first iteration, and BCLT is dedicated to running them again in 2021. BCLT is currently in the development phase. We are working on the process of incorporation as a non-profit entity. We receive administrative support from a local nonprofit that is serving as BCLT’s fiscal sponsor. At present, our main objective is to build community awareness about and engagement with the CLT model. However, we have grown very quickly. We recently began to build out our board of directors and now, thanks to grant funding secured through March 2022, we are hiring an executive director to provide dedicated capacity and leadership for this important work. You can learn more about BCLT, our projects, and community land trusts more generally by looking around our website: www.broomeclt.com 

JOB SUMMARY

Under direction and supervision of the BCLT Board of Directors, the Executive Director shall perform administrative and project management work in the development of affordable housing and community ownership, with a racial justice lens. This will include coordination with governments, consultants, and for-profit and nonprofit development partners. The Executive Director shall also be responsible for financial development, including grant writing and reporting, growing a donor base, and securing government funding. The position requires community outreach and current NYS real estate and fair housing knowledge. This position will supervise and have the support from a part-time program coordinator, whose job responsibilities are flexible and could be adjusted to help advance the executive director’s vision. 


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Oversee educational programming, including the Youth Story Corps and BCLT Ambassador Program activities

  • Oversee finance and administration of the BCLT to ensure compliance with grant requirements up to and including drafting a proforma; ability to maintain a strong relationship with fiscal sponsor

  • Oversee and monitor nonprofit status and compliance 

  • Develop project timelines and streamline resources

  • Actively seek to engage and energize volunteers, board members, and steering committee members

  • Work with a team to plan and implement extensive community outreach and education, and serve as the primary representative of the BCLT to community groups, neighborhood leaders, local nonprofits, funders, government officials, and media representatives

  • Work with the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee to advance mission-driven goals

  • Develop a strategic plan that centers racial equity and inclusion, and focuses on partnership cultivation which can include community involvement, program expansion, fundraising need, and  property acquisition

  • Effectively communicate with the board, funders, and other constituents by maintaining measurable assessment and evaluation of progress, achievements, and program components.

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs

  • Coordinate teams to refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations in order to build a more recognized BCLT brand

  • Establish connections and coordinate with existing CLTs in New York State and nationwide

  • Identify and engage with legislative and policy campaigns which support BCLT objectives

  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

  • Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site


KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and housing justice 

  • A clear understanding of, and strong commitment to, the CLT model and shared equity homeownership

  • The ability to write and speak persuasively 

  • Experience in nonprofit management, including supervision of other staff 

  • Understanding of basic accounting concepts and business financial management practices

  • Experience with affordable housing programs (and, in particular, affordable homeownership programs) and familiarity with the government programs through which affordable housing is subsidized

  • Familiarity with existing housing and community development programs in the local area and/or New York State

  • User level competence of computer and internet-based applications including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel and social media platforms

  • Past success cultivating existing board member relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures; ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

  • May require occasional evening and weekend work


SALARY AND BENEFITS


  • This is a full time position. However, please be aware that the position is for one-year only (funding available through March 31, 2022), though we hope to obtain additional grant funding to expand.

  • The salary for this position is $40,000 - 50,000, based on professional and lived experience. Reimbursements for the costs of health insurance coverage and usage, which the candidate will need to secure independently, will be negotiable up to 100%. Generous leave time will be available, as will flex schedules. While we have limited resources, we are fully committed to meeting the right candidate’s needs with flexibility, care, and compassion in order to create a supportive and just working environment.


Applications will be accepted through April 5th, 2021.


Please submit the following to BroomeCLT@gmail.com with the subject heading: BCLT Executive Director

  • Cover letter: Let us know a bit about your background, and why you’re interested in this position. We are particularly interested in your commitment to racial justice, as well as your understanding of why housing justice in the United States is first and foremost a racial justice issue. In addition, note any personal experiences we should consider as part of your eligibility. 

  • Resume: Please include reference to any projects that can be accessed online, including hyperlinks where appropriate. Please note that references are not required at this stage, but may be requested later. 


The BCLT works with local residents and community partners and advocates to advance and strengthen racial justice through local housing reform. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. BIPOC & those with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

 
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