Organization Overview:
The proposed Douglass Community Land Trust (DCLT) is an
innovative initiative to establish a non-profit community land
trust with an initial focus on the neighborhoods in Ward 8, East of
the Anacostia River. The DCLT is intended to fulfill one of the key
recommendations of the Equitable Development Plan (EDP) that was
created through a comprehensive, community-driven planning process
led by the non-profit Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR).
BBAR is partnering with the city to transform an old freeway bridge
structure into a new civic space. The goal of BBARs Equitable
Development Plan is to ensure that the park is a driver of
inclusive development- development that provides opportunities for
all residents regardless of income and demography. Over the last
several years, BBAR has been working with City First Enterprises, a
local CDFI, to engage the community, promote awareness, and begin
the process of establishing the DCLT. The DCLT is intended to
create and preserve permanently affordable home ownership and
rental housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income
households by stewarding land as a permanent community asset.
In the initial stage, City First, in conjunction with BBAR, is
serving to incubate the project and help to establish a newly
formed non-profit organization to serve the DCLT. The position will
be part of City First initially, but transition to the DCLT as soon
as practicable. This effort is supported by a local Advisory
Committee which provides guidance and helps to set priorities until
the non-profit is established. The DCLT requires an Executive
Director who can build the organization, help to establish its
board, and build its staff, assets, and operating support. The
Executive Director will also be responsible for the establishment
and implementation of annual goals and objectives; programing; and
administrative and financial oversight of the organization.
Organization / Executive Functions: Lead the start-up
establishment and implementation of the DCLT, including hiring
qualified staff and building infrastructure, developing and
overseeing relationships with developers, partners, consultants and
other stakeholders, and working cooperatively with Advisory
Committee, BBAR, City First, District and other stakeholders to
establish the governance framework and recruit board members. Lead
the execution of the organizations business plan, with a focus on
attaining scale via the acquisition and development of DCLT units.
Manage the organization, build a diverse DCLT team to execute its
growth plan and oversee its stewardship activities. Model and set
the DCLTs culture, values and behaviors.
Real Estate: Oversee a range of DCLT developments, directly and
in partnership with CLT partner organizations, from acquisition and
development of scattered single-family homes to multi-family rental
properties, on a standalone basis or in partnership with other
developers. Ensure compliance with internal policies and external
legal requirements for all DCLT activities.
Public Education and Relationships: Represent the DCLT
initiative to the public-including community residents, public
officials, funders, lenders, partners, and other stakeholders.
Establish trusted relations with key partners and stakeholders and
act as a point of contact for all interested parties. Ensure the
DCLTs website is up to date. Provide education on DCLTs to
organizations and general public-emphasizing how the DCLT addresses
the affordable housing needs for low- and middle-income residents,
supports neighborhood "in-placement" (rather than displacement),
stewards land and property, and other affordable housing issues.
Represent DCLT to the media, emphasizing how the real estate
activities of the organization meet the needs of neighborhoods and
those residents adversely affected by the lack of affordable home
ownership opportunities. Collaborate with advocates to and partners
to represent the DCLTs interests, including local and national
peer groups, such as the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and
Economic Development and the Grounded Solutions Network, among
Funding Functions: Direct fundraising efforts to support DCLT
operations and development. This includes writing and submitting
grant requests, soliciting corporate and foundation donations,
meeting with individual donors, and raising below market rate debt
to expand affordable housing.
Support Functions: Provide support for the board of directors,
including development of the board.Assure board members complete
the roles and assignments they have accepted; meeting agreed on
timelines and assisting with access to resources as needed to
complete assignments. Research issues before the board so that all
activities flow from informed decisions.
Record Keeping Functions: Public and Private investment-Maintain
accurate financial records regarding public and private investment
as well as the value of donated properties held in trust, assuring
compliance with grantor/donor requirements and government laws.
Ensure accurate financial records of resales so that the criteria
of the community land trust resale formula can be fulfilled. Annual
audit-provide materials for an annual audit to assure compliance
with all governmental regulations; also, compliance with private
grantor requirements concerning permanent subsidy funds.
Experience and
Building a successful community land trust requires a leader who
understands how community land trusts operate, who is comfortable
with new ventures, is a self-starter and is action and
results-oriented. More specifically, we look for candidates with
experience in these areas:
Executive Leadership - Prior experience in leading
organizations, building staff and board capabilities, setting and
implementing strategic vision, and directing efficient, effective
operations; direct experience in building organizations from
inception to fully functioning, sustainable operations highly
Real Estate Development - Experience in leading
residential and/or commercial real estate community development
projects in urban neighborhoods undergoing significant transitions;
knowledge of effective affordable housing solutions and approaches;
hands-on understanding of working with multiple cross sector
stakeholders to complete development projects.
Financial Leadership / Fundraising - Experience in
working with philanthropic individuals and foundations, corporate
investors and other parties to fund large scale projects;
demonstrated knowledge of effective financial management techniques
and reporting.
Nonprofit or Public Sector Leadership - Experience in
working with nonprofit or public sector agencies to deliver high
value community service; proven ability to build long-term
relationships with wide variety of stakeholders; experience in
leading and managing community driven change while working in
partnership with board, investors, and staff.
To be successful in this role, candidates must have these
personal qualities:
Integrity: Honest, trustworthy and
operates in best interest of organization
Credibility: Track record of
delivering tangible outcomes over time
Inspiring: Builds enthusiasm and
support in others for the effort
Initiative: Has clear capacity to act
and the confidence to act even when there are many unknowns
Vision: Identifies gaps in community
needs and forges a vision to fill them in a timely way; performance
Responsive: Listens to all parties and
responds appropriately
Adaptable: Identifies and works with
team to manage change; can implement transformational place-based
Candidates must have at minimum a bachelors degree in planning
or other relevant field, and must be willing to engage as an active
member in the community.
Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with
How to Apply: Please email resume and
cover letter to . No phone
calls, please.DC Community Land Trust - Executive Director
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  • Negotiable
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  • Jo-630926
  • Permanent
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