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(Archived) CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

Last Updated: 8/08/22

Job Description

POSITION TITLE: CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati


  • Are you passionate about the strategic leadership of a mission focused organization that addresses affordable housing needs, brings people together to build homes, community, and hope?
  • Do you want to make a real difference for individuals and our neighborhoods by making home ownership more accessible and affordable?
  • Are you energized to provide the stewardship and accelerate the growth of the organization and expand its impact at a pivotal time in its history?


Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing locally and globally by building and renovating decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income first-time homebuyers. HFHGC has 90 employees and operates on a $9 million budget currently. HFHGC operates five ReStore retail locations, open to the public, which provide important revenue for the mission and an outlet for donated household and building materials.

HFHGC is an important part of the affordable housing continuum in Greater Cincinnati. They build and rehab houses for first-time homebuyers, provide critical repairs for low-income homeowners, create community through volunteer service, and advocate for affordable housing. Since 1986, they have built, renovated, or repaired more than 680 homes throughout a 9-county, 3-state region and is one of the top 40 affiliates in the United States They have also supported the building of 1000+ homes globally in Kenya, Cambodia, El Salvador, and Nepal.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) is one of 83 US affiliates impacted by the generosity of MacKenzie Scott, American author and philanthropist. Habitat for Humanity International, recently received $436 million in unrestricted giving from Ms. Scott. Of that, HFHGC received $7.5 million to serve more families in Greater Cincinnati. This transformational donation will help further Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has equitable access to a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.

The widely reported shortage of affordable housing in our region takes many forms – emergency shelter, decent rental units, and accessible homeownership opportunities for more families. According to the “Housing Our Future” study (, some groups have historically been excluded from homeownership.


The CEO will report to the Board of Directors and lead the execution of the strategic plan. Direct reports include the CFO, Vice President of Development & Communications, Director of Construction, ReStore Director, Director of Homeowner Services, and the Director of Human Resources.


Strategic leadership: Drive the execution of the strategic plan and position the organization for long-term success by identifying opportunities for expansion of needed services

Financial leadership: Provide stewardship of the organization’s financial health

Staff leadership and development: Attract, develop, and retain a high performing leadership team; empower them to “own” key initiatives

Community engagement: Be the face of the organization with diverse homebuyers, Board members, funders, volunteers, and community partners

Fundraising: Partner with the Development team to broaden sources of funding from grants, corporate sponsorships, individual giving, and special events

Board cultivation and development: Engage Board members to leverage their talents and networks to further the organization’s mission and community impact

Creative Development and Financing: Collaborate with the CFO and banking partners to Identify new alternatives for home financing and development activity based on market opportunities

Volunteer Engagement: Work with staff to recruit and engage volunteers

Equity and Inclusion: Create an inclusive culture that reflects the diversity of the population served and provides opportunities for staff at all levels

Operational Excellence: Support the efforts of the operations staff around recruiting and retention of staff as well as addressing supply chain challenges

Thought Leadership/Advocacy: Earn a seat at the table for important community conversations around the availability of affordable housing


  • An authentic connection the mission of Habitat for Humanity
  • A track record of leading the strategic direction and growth of an organization
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • A demonstrated commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Experience partnering with a non-profit Board
  • Success working with a development team to raise funds for a non-profit organization
  • Evidence of attracting, developing, and empowering a strong leadership team
  • P&L responsibility at a minimum of $5m is strongly preferred
  • Evidence of strong relationships across public, nonprofit, and private sectors within Cincinnati is preferred.
  • Demonstrated success partnering with other nonprofit organizations toward a common purpose
  • Home construction/real estate development experience a plus


  • Strategic, and willing to be hands-on
  • Has a heart for the mission
  • Authentic connection to the clients served
  • Charismatic, can influence others
  • Engaging with all stakeholders
  • Relationship builder
  • Flexible, comfortable with change
  • Calm under pressure
  • Creative problem solver
  • Accessible
  • A trusted community partner
  • Good listener


  • See your efforts have a direct impact on communities and the lives of residents every day
  • Lead a passionate group of staff members, Board members and volunteers
  • Help the organization grow and increase its impact in the region to serve 365 families a year!

Company Details

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States