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  • Asha Agrawal
    ... San Francisco Community Land Trust Organizational Director ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY LAND TRUST The San Francisco Community Land Trust (SFCLT) is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 6, 2007
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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Agrawal/SJSU on 09/06/2007 10:16 AM -----

      San Francisco Community Land Trust
      Organizational Director


      The San Francisco Community Land Trust (SFCLT) is a member-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to create permanently affordable, resident controlled housing for low- and moderate-income people in San Francisco through community ownership of the land. Land trusts have been used widely, particularly on the East Coast, as an instrument to protect investments in affordable housing by separating ownership of the land from the housing units. SFCLT aims to build community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents through tenant organizing, policy advocacy, and the development of permanently affordable homeownership units. The organization works in partnership with residents, community groups, and local government to preserve multifamily housing by converting properties from rental units into resident-owned, limited-equity housing cooperatives. SFCLT is currently working on its first rehabilitation and coop conversion project at 53 Columbus Avenue in Chinatown. Established in 2002 SFCLT operates as a voluntary organization with a very active Board of Directors and volunteer committees: Project Committee, Outreach Committee, and Fundraising Committee. SFCLT seeks to hire its first Director to build and lead the organization during this critical time of growth.

      SFCLT's 3-Year Goals

      1.        Create permanently affordable homeownership units through the acquisition and conversion of apartment buildings.
      2.        Develop an education program for residents and members to become successful homeowners, property managers and cooperative members.
      3.        Influence and utilize public policy to support more affordable homeownership in San Francisco through the use of the CLT model, while maintaining the organization’s core mission and grassroots integrity.
      4.        Expand community outreach and membership throughout San Francisco.


      SFCLT seeks an Organizational Director to build and maintain a strong, well-functioning, community-based organization. The Director is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors. Working closely with the Board, the Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization including fundraising, financial management, program development and public relations. The Director will provide direction and leadership toward the achievement of SFCLT's mission, strategic goals and annual objectives, while enabling the Board of Directors to fulfill its governance function. The ideal candidate will have experience working with people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, will be passionate about the organization’s mission, and experienced in housing and/or community development. SFCLT seeks an individual who is politically savvy, intuitive and able to communicate the issues and work to policy makers and key stake-holders. The Director is expected to work with the Board of Directors to raise $100,000 by Spring 2008 and approximately $500,000 over the next 3 years. The Director functions under the supervision of the Board of Directors and is expected to carry out most job functions independently. All management practices will model and promote SFCLT’s community-driven, collaborative and inclusive values. Evaluation of the position will be provided by the Board annually.


      Organizational Management & Board Support (30%)

      • Cultivate working relationship with committee volunteers, Board members, partner agencies, funders, government and philanthropic leaders.
      • Create systems for start-up organization including but not limited to: budget, communications, information management, contact database, and grant monitoring and reporting.
      • Ensure clear and organized documentation of all organizational activities and progress towards goals.
      • Arrange for and participate in professional development activities for Board, staff, members & residents.
      • Support Board of Directors with all aspects of planning, implementation and evaluation to reach organizational goals and objectives.
      • Attend monthly Board meetings, present monthly reports, and post minutes on website for members.
      • Responsible for keeping the Board fully informed in a timely manner of the organization’s progress, and any issues or concerns that could affect its short or long term objectives and its ability to fulfill its mission.
      • Attend at least one committee meeting per month as necessary.
      • General office management including creating and maintaining internal record keeping; managing the website and all incoming communications (mail, email, phone).
      • Coordinate and oversee organizational associate and contractors.

      Fundraising (30%)
      • Support the Board and Fundraising Committee with the development and management of fundraising plans for operating support and housing development activities.
      • Coordinate all fundraising activities including identifying and cultivating funding sources, preparing and submitting funding proposals, and engaging in appropriate follow up activities to raise approximately $100,000 by Spring 2008 and $500,000 by Spring 2010.
      • Create and manage all external communication materials and website content related to fundraising.
      • Develop and manage funding monitoring system for timely compliance reporting to funders.

      Project Development Activities: (15%)
      • Assist the Project Committee with project development activities as needed, including acquisitions, negotiations, and evaluation of development opportunities.
      • Work closely with the Owner’s Representative with all phases of project work including financing, creating and monitoring project budgets and pro formas, and coordinating resident relocation when necessary.
      • Perform resident income qualification and program eligibility assessments to ensure all projects are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

      Financial Management (15%)
      • Work with the Board Treasurer, Accountant and Fundraising Committee to create and monitor financial and accounting systems to ensure compliance with all regulations pertaining to nonprofit 501(c)(3) housing organizations.
      • In conjunction with the Board: develop and manage annual operating budget, disperse funds according to contract/grant requirements and generally accepted accounting principles for nonprofits, and administer payroll and payment of bills.

      Public Relations (10%)
      • Build and maintain relationships with city officials, developers, funders, and community groups.
      • Represent SFCLT to the media and other members of the public and private sectors. Support the Outreach Committee with development of outreach materials and website content. Attend community meetings and events to represent SFCLT as necessary
      • Manage affirmative marketing of specific housing opportunities


      The Ideal Candidate will possess excellent skills in fundraising and project management, specifically:

      • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising and grant writing among private foundations and public agencies.
      • Minimum of 5 years experience with affordable housing or community development organization.
      • Minimum of 1 year experience in a leadership role with a community-based effort that involved people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
      • Experience with creating and managing budgets
      • Practical knowledge in at least one of the following areas: housing finance, property acquisition and development, and/or property management.
      • Leadership skills, including good public speaking and board management skills
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills
      • Demonstrated ability to strategically plan and arrange resources to accomplish short- and long-term objectives
      • Ability to quickly establish credibility and build strong working relationships with very diverse groups of people.
      • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
      • Results-driven and team-oriented work style.
      • Proficient user of Microsoft Office software, database software and Internet research.
      • Personal knowledge of SFCLT; local candidates given preference.
      • Ability to travel locally using one's own vehicle, while carrying acceptable insurance and holding a valid driver's license

      While not required, skills or experience in any of the following areas/activities are desirable:
      • Managing a nonprofit housing, community development, or other organization, or a major program of such an organization
      • Basic real estate finance or development
      • Previous experience with a start-up organization
      • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration or Housing Finance or equivalent experience; an advanced degree
      • Working with low- and moderate-income households
      • Public relations, marketing or preparing publications
      • Bilingual/bi-literate in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Tagalog

      This position reports to the Board of Directors

      This position will begin as a half-time position (20 hours per week), with full-time equivalent salary ranging from $60K - $70K depending on qualifications and experience; with potential for increased hours as funds become available. Benefit package is competitive. As an equal opportunity employer SFCLT is committed to hiring a diverse work force and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
      Please send cover letter and resume to: jobs@...
      Application deadline: Open until filled
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