Columbia is known for its vitality and high quality of life, with an active economy powered by education, healthcare and financial services. Centrally located 120 miles from both St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Missouri’s fourth largest and fastest growing city, with a population of approximately 122,000.
The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of the City of Columbia, Missouri. It is the mission of CHA to provide safe and affordable housing opportunities to low-income individuals and families through partnerships and collaborative efforts with local organizations and other governmental agencies. CHA offers an array of programs and services that are designed to promote economic self-sufficiency for families currently participating in the Affordable Housing & Resident Services and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Programs.
Under general direction of the Board of Commissioners, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is an executive leadership position with overall responsibility for the administrative and professional work involved in planning, directing, and coordinating CHA’s affordable housing programs and related supportive services.
This dynamic and innovative leader will be a “community steward” that is a collaborative, respectful, ethical, and engaging leader, with a strong commitment to the Columbia community. A background in public housing strategy, policy, programs, and homeless issues is a must. Familiarity with HUD policies at the national level is important to plan for future needs and growth, prior experience with community revitalization, and strong understanding of HUD and LIHTC regulations, as well as grant funding sources is imperative for this role. Candidates shall have vast experience with short and long-range planning, the ability to research and evaluate new sources of housing assistance, and the ability to plan and administer comprehensive housing programs for low-income citizens.
The ideal candidate will possess 10 years of professional experience, preferably in public sector and/or non-profit management, and at least 5 years at the senior management level with a large, multi-functioning organization. Candidates should have experience in developing and managing affordable housing properties and programs. Experience in Public Administration is a plus. This position also requires extensive experience in financial planning, administrative management, program management and compliance, and grant writing. Candidates will be considered based on an accumulation of various experiences and education so as to meet the qualifications needed for this position.