Since the early days of its founding in 1999, Citizens for Progress in Temple, Texas, has been working to improve people’s lives through community projects, including support for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Project, needs assessments, community forums, and work on behalf of the homeless community. The Citizens for Progress Board focuses on affordable housing, homeownership education, financial readiness, and efforts to increase employment opportunities for low-income citizens. It currently operates with an annual budget of $300,000.
The Executive Director position requires a strong, visionary leader who can develop goals and execute strategies that support Citizens for Progress’ mission, under the direction of the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will be thoroughly committed to the Citizens for Progress mission and should have demonstrated leadership, coaching, and customer relations abilities. He or she must also have a proven track record working in a non-profit or community organizing environment, success in ensuring projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner, and experience working collaboratively with boards and elected officials.
A bachelor’s degree in business or a related field from an accredited college or university is required. A master’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years in senior management, ideally for a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and at least three years in financial management developing and managing budgets that are funded through multiple sources, including state or federal grants. Experience in grant writing, as well as real estate development and construction, is a plus. Bilingual communication skills are preferred, but not required. The selected candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate fundraising and volunteer efforts, and external events and meetings. Relocation to Temple within six months of hire is required.