Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc., (NHS) was founded and motivated by the belief that homeownership is essential to strengthening households and communities. NHS’ theory of change is that sustainable homeownership leads to stronger neighborhoods and generational financial growth. NHS focuses on low- and moderate-income residents in challenged neighborhoods of Chicago and of South Suburban Cook County. Neighborhood Lending Services (NLS), an NHS-affiliated corporation, is Illinois’ largest nonprofit lender for homeowners and new home buyers.
Reporting to a 14-person board of directors, the NHS President & CEO is responsible for leading this unique organization with a $4 million operating budget, assets of more than $35 million, 85 staff and nearly 600 volunteers.
NHS seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial leader with an understanding and passion for the role of “home” in the human experience. Candidates will have a minimum of ten years’ leadership experience in organizations of comparable size, demonstrated knowledge of the housing market, and strong expertise in financial management and oversight. The ideal candidate will be a visionary self-starter with a thirst and energy for challenge, self-confidence, excellent interpersonal skills, and a heart for the needs of underserved neighborhoods.
This leader will have a proven ability to navigate through the challenges of a changing market, including the ability to secure funding, and who can strategically navigate the challenges that come with re-imagining a legacy organization. Demonstrated ability to lead a mission-driven organizational culture of integrity and transparency is essential.
Candidates should have in-depth knowledge about financial institutions and instruments. Preferred candidates will have hands-on experience with residential real estate development or management, business and human capital development, residential lending, and/or housing development finance.
The successful candidate will have networking experience and a history of bringing together varied stakeholders, including donors, foundations, investors and other funders. Demonstrated success in fundraising is highly desired. Experience with establishing and implementing public-private partnerships, including working with multiple stakeholders, is essential.
Familiarity with the Chicago Metropolitan Area or extensive experience working in similar areas is important, along with a desire to deeply understand the history, economy and demographics of Chicago’s underserved and at-risk neighborhoods. Candidates should be skilled at working with civic and public sector officials. Candidates must have a commitment and record of success in working with diverse staff and communities. Experience in working in communities with economic challenges and opportunities is required.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university is required. A Master’s degree in Business/Public Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, Finance or related field is preferred.
It is the policy of Neighborhood Housing Services to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.