Executive Director

Wheaton, IL
Community Housing Advocacy and Development


Community Housing Advocacy and Development (CHAD) was founded in 1983 in response to an overwhelming lack of affordable housing for low-to-moderate income residents. CHAD began its mission with six rental units and today has 397 rentals and 26 homeownership properties. CHAD continues to purchase, build, rent and manage quality housing that is priced below market rate and saves our tenants more than $700,000 in rent annually and allows moderate-income people to purchase a home. We consistently seek creative development strategies to create more housing that is truly affordable, maintains quality, and meets middle to lower income people's needs.


CHAD is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide and advocate for quality, affordable housing for low-to-moderate income persons in Du Page and collar counties in Illinois.


Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CHAD’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission and provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of CHAD’s philosophy, mission, strategic goals and objectives. The Executive Director is required to provide overall leadership in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of all CHAD properties and programs. The Director represents the organization in the local and regional community and promotes the organization and its mission to secure funding for program expansion and ongoing program sustainability. Additionally, this individual provides guidance and direction to CHAD staff including the Controller, Resource Development, and Property Management , Maintenance and administrative staff.


Mandatory Job Qualifications

1. Real Estate Development and Management

a. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of affordable housing programs.

b. Develop and execute strategic plans to move the organization forward while simultaneously ensuring financial stability.

c. Work with local realtors and developers to locate and obtain suitable property for purchase or development subject to Board approval.

d. Seek out ways to represent CHAD in the local and regional community acting as a conduit for input and information, promoting innovation and collaboration, and advocating for affordable housing.

2. Property Management

a. Demonstrate strong ability to acquire property in a non-profit environment.

b. Demonstrate strong ability to prepare budgets and grants to obtain financial support from public and private institutions to secure new properties thereby expanding CHAD’s foot print .

c. Demonstrate extensive experience in all aspects of property management to include renovation manpower and materials estimating, renovation management, and scope management within committed time and financial budgets.

d. Demonstrate extensive experience in preventive property maintenance to include an annual schedule of maintenance events for each property.

e. Manage and balance the workload of the maintenance staff to assess, balance and address urgent, non-urgent, and scheduled maintenance requests across all CHAD properties.

f. Prepare and evaluate Requests for Proposals for major property maintenance and renovation projects, objectively weighing the responses and presenting the recommended provider to the Board of Directors for approval.

3. Financial Management

a. Experience managing the fiscal and operational aspects of a non-profit organization.

b. Possess an in-depth knowledge of the organization and its properties to assure that all properties, programs and services are managed consistent with CHAD’s standards and in keeping with the organization’s mission.

c. Experience developing an annual budget and presenting the annual budget and strategic plans to the Board of Directors. Once approved, manage the properties and programs to plan.

d. Ensure adequate funding is available to carry out each project and program and to assure the long-term viability of all properties.

e. Prepare funding requests to support programs for the purchase and/or development of new properties and present to the Board of Directors for approval.

f. Work with the Controller to prepare and present financial reports for the Board of Directors.

g. Oversee the procurement process and approve all general administrative and development expenses and all property related expenses.

h. Develop policies and procedures to guide the effective operation of the organization.

i. Manage and expand a financially viable organization supportive of affordable housing while balancing the needs of the business versus the needs of its constituents.

4. Community / Government Connections

a. Possess experience and relationships with government agencies and their representatives in Du Page and its collar counties.

b. Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders and political community leaders at each potential expansion site.

c. Serve as the chief spokesperson for CHAD to assure that the organization’s mission and philosophy are properly presented to various publics.

d. Be an external local and regional presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of programs as a model for replication.

5. Fundraising

a. Possess extensive fund raising experience using a variety of sources and channels to secure funding from current and potential donors.

b. Use personal and professional networks to expand the donor base including individual and corporate donors as well as foundations.

c. Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while simultaneously retiring debt.

d. Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

e. Use external presence and relationships to garner new funding opportunities.

f. Ensure that annually budgeted fundraising targets are achieved.

6. Human Resources Management

a. Effectively manage all aspects of CHAD’s human resources to include developing, maintaining and adhering to CHAD’s HR policies and procedures.

b. Annually assess and evaluate CHAD’s employee salary and fringe benefits against similar size non-profit organizations to ensure that CHAD is operating in a competitive yet fiscally responsible manner.

c. Formally assess all employees annually and administer a fiscally responsible salary adjustment process.

d. Lead, coach, develop and retain high-performing members of the management team.

7. Leadership

a. Keep the Board of Directors informed regarding organizational developments so the Board can carry out its governance function and make informed decisions.

b. Ensure operational excellence and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications and systems to ensure achievement of strategic goals.

c. Possess strong communication skills and engage CHAD employees, Board Members, funders and leaseholders.

d. Provide vision, motivation, and leadership to all CHAD employees, leaseholders and Board Members.

e. Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy and that all initiatives, projects and expenditures are in support of the strategy.

f. Develop and implement management and organizational systems that lead to the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives.

g. Implement effective systems and methods to track and evaluate program progress according to goals so that successes can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, donors and other constituents.

h. Actively engage and energize volunteers, Board Members, event committees, alumni, donors, and partnering organizations.

i. Develop, maintain and support a strong Board of Directors and sub-committees.

j. Work closely with the Board of Directors to assure that CHAD’s philosophy, mission, goals and objectives are upheld.

k. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Board of Directors and sub-committees.

l. Work with the Board Governance committee in the selection and evaluation of potential Board Members.

m. Make recommendations and support the Board of Directors during orientation and development of new Board members.

n. Be appropriately empathetic to CHAD’s leaseholders while ensuring equitable application of CHAD policies and procedures.

o. Demonstrate the ability to balance the increasing need for affordable housing in Du Page and collar counties taking CHAD’s financial stability and viability into consideration along with the commitments already made to current leaseholders. .

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess:

• A Bachelor’s degree ideally in management, finance or real estate

• At least ten years of senior management experience with a track record of effectively leading and scaling a non-profit organization.

• Experience with developing and implementing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.

• In-depth knowledge of real estate development , management, finances and human resources management in non-profit organizations.

• An unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation

• Excellent in organizational management skills with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objective and manage a complex budget.

• Experience and success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships.

• Strong Marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

• Excellent interpersonal and multi-disciplinary project skills

• An innovative approach to business s planning

• An ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

• Be mission-driven and self-directed


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