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President and Chief Executive Officer

Community Frameworks  ·  Spokane and Bremerton, WA  ·  Posted on February 15

Position Profile

The Organization
Community Frameworks is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing as a catalyst to help communities thrive. With offices in Spokane and Bremerton, Washington, Community Frameworks primarily serves the state of Washington with a full range of housing development services, and provides housing intermediary services in Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

Community Frameworks believes that a quality, affordable place to call home is a great predictor of individual and family success.  With a suitable place to live in a safe neighborhood, a person is better able to focus on work, health and education, and can get to know and help their neighbors.  With this stable foundation, people succeed and vibrant and thriving communities are born. 

A diverse midsize nonprofit with distinct business product lines covering the full spectrum of affordable housing in Washington, Community Frameworks meets a full range of housing needs, from shelters for people who are homeless, to affordable apartments, to homeownership.  The organization focuses on disenfranchised urban neighborhoods, small cities and rural areas, both “doing” and “teaching”, with over 40 years’ experience in direct bricks and mortar development, and helping others to succeed in the organization’s role as an intermediary.

Since its founding in 1974, Community Frameworks has developed or preserved over 1497 rental units and 203 homes for first time buyers with a total development cost exceeding $104 million; administered rehabilitation services for 2,900 owner occupied homes and 1,700 rental units, loaned $51.9 million to 45 programs to help build 3,452 homes, and provided consulting services to more than 230 organizations and communities.

An active local partner in the Spokane and Bremerton communities in which it is based, elsewhere in its service area, Community Frameworks builds local capacity where it can be sustained and provides services where it cannot.  The organization expects each of its projects to be an asset for its occupants, neighborhood and community for decades to come.  As a leader in the affordable housing field, Community Frameworks plays a role in supporting and strengthening the affordable housing delivery system in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The organization’s primary objective in its projects and programs is to serve households at or below 80% of area median income.  Community Frameworks develops and facilitates a diversity of housing choices that help stabilize individuals and families through increased safety and healthier living environments, improved energy efficiency, reduced monthly expenses, and access to jobs, education, health services, and recreation.  Community Frameworks may partner with for-profit enterprises and other sectors when better results can be achieved by capitalizing on each other’s resources, strengths and experience.

Linda Hugo, the outgoing CEO who has guided the organization’s growth and increasing stability for the past 15 years, has recently announced her retirement effective June 30, 2017. Linda’s successor will inherit an organization with a strong reputation within the affordable housing community across the Northwest.

Leadership and Organizational Capacity
Reporting to a nine member Board of Directors, the CEO has overall responsibility for leading and managing an operation of 16 staff members in its Spokane and Bremerton offices.  The CEO works with other senior managers in formulating and ensuring the implementation of annual goals and strategies to achieve planning goals. The CEO manages business activities utilizing $16 – 30M in resources annually with an annual operating budget of approximately $2M.  The CEO has five direct reports; the CFO, the operations manager, rental housing and development services manager, and affiliate services and homeownership manager, and the communications and relationships coordinator.

Community Frameworks is a member of the federally funded NeighborWorks America Network, which supports 240 nonprofit community-based organizations across the country that focus on community revitalization and the production of affordable housing. Community Frameworks receives substantial annual benefits from this partnership in the form of grants, technical assistance, training and other resources.

Community Frameworks weathered the great recession and has evolved an increasingly strong affordable housing presence in its region, having steadily built its portfolio and financial position.  Looking ahead, the new CEO will need to focus not only on continuing to strengthen the organization’s financial condition, but to also strengthen internal communication and teamwork to develop additional efficiencies in staff and program management, and optimization of Community Frameworks’ strategy.  The new CEO will be expected to leverage the organization’s strong and diverse capabilities to address the following key priorities.

Priorities for 2017-2018
1. Meet Housing Production Goals

  • Leverage the strengths of partner organizations to increase the number and type of housing developed across the range of needs not being met by the traditional market, including homeless and transitional housing; housing for seniors, millennials, people with disabilities or other special needs; and responsible homeownership.
  • Maintain an active portfolio of rental & community facility development projects that would generate 50 – 100 units per year with a total development cost in the $10-$20M range. 
  • Operate homeownership production programs generating 10-20 units per year with total development costs in the range of $1.3 – $2.5M. 
  • Conduct lending activities via internal revolving funds & external resources in support of in-house homeownership production, as well as lending $1.5 – $3M annually to assist the affiliate network to produce 100-200 homeownership units per year with a total development cost of $20-$40M.

2. Sharpen Community Frameworks’ Strategy

  • Refine the organization’s vision and strategy to further coalesce all stakeholders around a cohesive vision.
  • Develop and manage all projects with increased financial efficiency and accountability, from project selection through project completion, to generate increased net revenues per project and thereby strengthen the organization’s financial condition.
  • Obtain certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and by June 30, 2018, assemble $2 Million in funding capital to augment and expand homeownership lending and other resources needed by clients and partners.
  • Achieve NeighborWorks Green business designation by June 30, 2017, and fully integrate green business practices throughout organizational, project and program objectives by June 30, 2018.
  • Maximize resource development opportunities to ensure that Community Frameworks is strong, sustainable and resilient while providing the best and most needed services possible to our partners, clients and beneficiaries.

3. Foster Communications and Teamwork to Optimize Performance

  • Attract, train & retain a highly qualified, committed and diverse staff and Board of Directors to accomplish mission and growth objectives.
  • Lead and foster a collaborative working environment.
  • Strengthen internal communication and performance management systems to promote high functioning teams working effectively from multiple locations across our service area.

Experience and Attributes
The CEO leads Community Frameworks’ board and staff in the accomplishment of its mission within its guiding principles and according to its Strategic Plan. The CEO develops organizational policies and procedures, cultivates financial and partner relationships to further the organization’s goals, and ensures the effective functioning of board and staff through professional management and leadership practices.  Essential qualifications include:

  • Passion for the mission and values of the organization, and related issues surrounding affordable housing development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public, non-profit or business management, plus ten years progressively responsible experience in organizational leadership.  Minimum of 5 years in a senior leadership position required.  Educational qualifications may be waived depending on work history.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in affordable housing, including knowledge of real estate project development activities, including project feasibility, market analysis, site selection and acquisition, construction processes, project management and operations.
  • Ability to think strategically and lead the organization to the next level, including critical, visionary, strategic, and outside of the box thinking about project alignment with the mission, project selection and financial viability.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage two dispersed offices dependably, managing complex projects and teams simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated people orientation and an ease communicating with, engaging and motivating employees according to the mission.  Inclusivity with the board and staff in a shared understanding of roles, responsibilities and decision-making, to foster a collaborative and cohesive work environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of collaborative team leadership and having implemented best practices in HR management, including delegation skills and performance management.
  • Experience pursuing and developing partner and funding relationships, from government, nonprofit and private sources, including nontraditional partners.  Ability to assess when fundraising and/or partnership efforts are viable.
  • Ability to evaluate and articulate policy direction and program objectives and outcomes, to anticipate issues and opportunities, and develop short and long term solutions within a dynamic environment.
  • Well versed in regulatory compliance and reporting. Can demonstrate successful completion of publicly funded projects and comprehensive knowledge of the requirements and expectations of public funders.
  • Demonstrated excellence in maintaining customer and partner relationships through superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Successful track record of managing a complex financial organization, including communicating, controlling and reporting the financial condition of projects and the organization. Requirements
  • Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and ability to use personal vehicle for Community Frameworks business.
  • Willingness to travel within Northwest and occasionally, nationally.
  • Must be able to pass criminal background check.

Working Conditions
Work is performed typically in office environments and a variety of settings and among diverse stakeholders and audiences.  Significant time spent sitting in meetings, and at a computer screen for extended periods. Frequent use of phones to communicate with stakeholders.  Frequently works outside normal working hours and will drive due to work performed with stakeholders in the community.  Requires travel out of town and out of state.

Location:  Spokane preferred but not required.

Application Process
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: execsearchcf@thirdsectorcompany.com (e-mail applications are required). 

For other inquiries contact:

Jan Glick
Phone: (206) 276-7174
Email:  jglick@thirdsectorcompany.com

As an equal opportunity employer, Community Frameworks is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Community Frameworks does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.  People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.