Executive Director

Executive Director

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Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna
October 18, 2021
Bel Air
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Susan Barton


Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

Bel Air, Maryland



Harford Habitat for Humanity was established in 1993 and merged with the Habitat for Humanity of Cecil County in 2011, creating Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna (HHS). As a financially independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, HHS is the only 501(c)(3) organization providing home building, home repair, neighborhood revitalization, and financial literacy services for low-income families in Harford and Cecil counties.

In 28 years, the organization has built or rehabbed 116 homes, supported more than 100 builds abroad, made repairs for 324 families, and served 623 persons through financial counseling. They are the experts in meeting the housing needs of low-income families in their area and serve more families than any other affiliate in Maryland.

Position Summary

The Executive Director (ED) serves as the leader of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna and is its primary public representative. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and works in partnership with them to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and creates strategies for future sustainability and success. The ED is responsible for the programmatic and fiscal integrity of the organization in keeping with the direction, policies and objectives set forth by the Board of Directors.

Key Responsibilities

Visionary Leadership

  • Serves as the visionary leader for HHS, sparking community awareness and excitement about the organization
  • Supports operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members and interfacing between Board and staff in the development of policies and planning recommendations
  • Assists in the selection and evaluation of Board members and Board leadership

Management and Strategic Planning

  • Collaborates with the Board to define and articulate the organization’s vision and to develop strategies for achieving that vision
  • Promotes a culture that reflects the organization’s values, encourages good performance, and rewards productivity
  • Creates and implements systems for communicating effectively with all staff

Financial Stewardship

  • Oversees the development of annual budgets and operating plans
  • Prudently manages the organization's resources within budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations
  • Provides prompt, thorough, and accurate information to keep the Board appropriately informed of the organization’s financial position


  • Oversees staff in the development and implementation of fundraising plans that support strategies adopted by the Development Committee
  • Serves as the primary steward of donor relationships and makes one-on-one donation solicitations
  • Oversees development staff in the timely submission of grant applications and progress reports for funders

Community Relationships

  • Serves as the public face and primary spokesperson and representative for HHS
  • Actively advocates for the organization, its beliefs, and its programmatic efforts
  • Acts as a liaison between the organization and the community through partnerships with government, community organizations, businesses, and funders that further the mission through cooperative efforts and strategic relationships

Programmatic Effectiveness

  • Oversees design, delivery, and quality of programs and services
  • Leads the development of solutions to external challenges affecting HHS programs (e.g. rising cost of labor and materials)
  • Stays abreast of current housing trends and anticipates future trends likely to have an impact on its work

Qualifications and Skills

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations shall be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field of housing and community development, preferably running a Community Development Corporation
  • Track record of visionary leadership
  • An outward-facing personality and an experienced public speaker able to actively represent the public brand of the agency locally, regionally, and (as necessary) nationally
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining and administering grant funding
  • Familiarity with federal funding requirements under HUD and USDA
  • Demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising, inclusive of prospecting, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding
  • Knowledge of key funding agencies locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Knowledge of Community Land Trusts, Housing Counseling, Financial Coaching, Single Family Repair and Construction programs preferred
  • Proven success at program development and strategic planning
  • Proven finance knowledge and financial management skills
  • Ability to inspire, communicate with, and lead a Board of Directors; diverse staff; and committed volunteers
  • Ability to establish collaborative partnerships with affiliated organizations and influencers
  • Experience with working with local public officials, and strong advocacy skills and the ability to work with elected officials at the state and national level.
  • Experience in real estate development and financing, mortgage lending and affordable housing, and/or construction management
  • Ability to successfully manage conflict and adversity
  • Cultural responsiveness and empathy, including listening to and communicating with diverse groups

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range is very competitive for the Bel Air market and the actual salary for the candidate selected will be based on their background and skills. Benefits include 75 % company paid health insurance, short term disability, 403b retirement plan, and generous Personal Time Off.


Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is an equal opportunity employer. As a responsible organization, we are committed to the practice of equal employment opportunity in the conduct of all business activities without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex or veteran status in every phase of their employment program, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities, and termination. This principle of equal employment opportunity is articulated in programs throughout the organization.

How To Apply

Application Process

The search for the new Executive Director is being conducted by The Moran Company. To apply for this position, submit cover letter and resume to Mike English, The Moran Company, through our secure online portal. APPLY NOW