Website Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
INHS is an established and well-regarded organization dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, and helping people of modest incomes secure—and stay in—high-quality housing in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. INHS builds new affordable housing, renovates older homes, manages properties, provides grants and low-interest loans for home purchase and renovation, counsels first-time homebuyers, and assists seniors with small home repairs.
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), a 47-year-old nonprofit, seeks a new Executive Director to lead the organization and its affiliates into its next 47 years.
Our Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate for Executive Director is a strong and experienced leader who is motivated to direct INHS in its next phase of growth and stability. They will enthusiastically embrace this opportunity to make an impact in our region and will demonstrate many of the following skills and qualifications.
Leadership for growth and stability–INHS’s next Executive Director will be an effective leader with strong strategic and critical thinking skills, and balanced risk management abilities. Our new Executive Director will understand growth and change in complex mission-driven nonprofits. They will be adaptable and creative, and able to take the long view while evaluating successes and failures. They will work together with staff and the board to create and implement innovative strategies that effectively evaluate opportunities and challenges in a changing environment. They will actively engage stakeholders in the region to identify new opportunities, whether they be new developments or new lines of business that support both the mission and financial goals of the organization.
Understanding of INHS’s core business and strategy–We seek a leader who possesses knowledge of affordable housing development, community development, lending, and property management, and is driven to improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income and disenfranchised community members across our region. They will be interested in all aspects of our business and our strategic plan, and see opportunities to both maintain and strengthen our operations and partnerships.
Finance and fundraising strengths–Our next Executive Director will have established relationships with some of the core affordable housing and community development funders locally, regionally, and/or nationally. They will be motivated to lead fundraising and revenue generating activities for INHS, with a particular focus on increasing unrestricted funds. They will bring an in-depth understanding of financial management in multifaceted nonprofits.
External leadership and community relations–INHS’s new Executive Director will carefully balance varying community perceptions of affordable housing, communicating complex information in a sensitive manner. They will create and maintain strong relationships across the region, the state, and the nation. Our ideal candidate will enjoy building community, and demonstrate cultural competency in dealing with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. They will listen carefully and express themselves comfortably one-on-one, in public forums, in writing, and on social media. They will have the ability to read and understand the local, regional, statewide and national political environment, and leverage that knowledge to gain support for INHS objectives, while establishing relationships with elected officials representing the service areas at all levels.
Internal leadership and team management–We seek a leader who has served as an Executive Director or a senior manager. Our next Executive Director will establish trust and respect, and support ongoing growth at the board and staff levels. They will ensure that organizational systems and structures continue to align with the needs of a growing staff in multiple locations.