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Lima Community Improvement Corporation - Executive Director

August 21, 2023

Job Title: Executive Director
Supervisor: Board of Directors
Position Status: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Annual Salary: Salary range based on experience and qualifications
Primary Office Location: Lima, OH

Summary: The Executive Director for the Lima Community Improvement Corporation will join a start-up nonprofit organized to tackle housing, distressed property and neighborhood improvements in Lima, Ohio. The Director will have the responsibility to execute the vision, administration, and sustainability of the nonprofit organization.

The ideal candidate has an enthusiasm for the multi-year process that our work requires with skills that include housing knowledge, patience, relationship building, attention to detail and time management that successful management requires. The Lima Community Improvement Corporation (LCIC) is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing Lima’s neighborhoods.

The ideal candidate also has a deep understanding of systemic racism and historic redlining as well as a commitment to supporting the development initiatives of local communities.

Strong communication skills are required to convey and deliver the technical aspects of a project, advancing the priorities and purposes to support the organizational capacity of community organizations addressing the displacement, disenfranchisement and housing needs of low income households.

Vision, Mission and Core Values:

Position: Executive Director
Classification: Regular full-time exempt employee
Reports to: LCIC Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Summary of Responsibilities:
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization, program planning and development, project management, fundraising, external relations, staff hiring, development/supervision and finance. The Executive Director works closely with the Board, staff, volunteers and consultants to carry out or delegate the following responsibilities.

Essential Functions

1. Strategic Planning and Visioning
• Helps develop a long-term vision and strategic plan for the organization in partnership with the Board of Directors, community leadership and staff.
• Develops, and recommends to the Board, programs and services to achieve the goals of the strategic plan.
• Reports regularly to the Board and community at large on progress made toward achievement of strategic goals.

2. Program Management

• Sets program and service goals and oversees planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of program and service activities.
• Ensures that programs and services are consistent with the strategic plan, and the Board’s policy guidelines and priorities.
• Communicates effectively and regularly, as needed with Executive Committee members and Board regarding program progress and development.
• Administers the day-to-day operations of the organization.

3. Real Estate Project Management

• Provides day-to-day project management (projects under development), property management (completed projects), and oversight of the organization’s housing, commercial, and community use real estate projects so that they meet their financial and strategic goals.
• Oversees the process for exploring, evaluating, and presenting to the Board of Directors for review and approval plans for future real estate development projects, in the context of the strategic plan.
• Sets specific real estate project goals and facilitates the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of real estate project activities.
• Ensures that real estate projects meet the board’s policy guidelines and priorities.
• Communicates effectively and regularly with the Board regarding real estate project progress and development.

4. Fundraising and Resource Development/Capital Assembly/Fund Structuring

• In partnership with the Board of Directors, develops and implements a strategy for sufficient and sustainable resources for the organization. 
• Identifies and secures the resources required to achieve organizational goals. 
• Cultivates productive relationships with key philanthropic and government decision-makers in ways that lead to sustained and increased resources for the organization’s programs and real estate projects.
• Creates and maintains systems to raise, manage and report on grants and other fundraising revenues.

5. Financial Management

• Assures that the organization is a strong steward of financial resources and meets the expectations and requirements of its funders.
• Recommends financial policies for approval by the Board.
• Develops and maintains sound procedures for implementing the Board’s financial policies.
• Develops an annual budget and financial plan for approval by the Board of Directors.
• Administers the funds of the organization in accordance with the budget approved by the Board and its financial policies, in coordination with accounting staff.
• Provides timely and accurate financial reporting to the Board.

6. Personnel Management
• Recommends personnel policies for approval by the Board.
• Develops and maintains sound procedures for implementing the Board’s personnel policies.
• Hires, supervises, evaluates, and releases staff.
• Sets clear, results-oriented goals, with realistic and measurable outcomes for individual staff members.
• Creates workplace environment that encourages transparent, two-way communication to support high performance and goal achievement by staff.
• Works with staff members to help them develop the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in pursuing the organization’s mission.

7. Community Relations and Advocacy

• Develops and implements a communication plan that informs the community of the organizations mission, goals, and activities and direction of the organization.
• Proactively solicits viewpoints and feedback from community residents and other external stakeholders regarding the organization’s goals, programs, and priorities.
• Participates in networking and community relations activities on behalf of the organization.
• Builds strong working relationships with neighborhood associations and other stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization, and enlists their support for accomplishing organizational goals.
• Serves as the public face of the organization to Lima’s neighborhoods and to the general public.

8. Executive Director’s Performance Appraisal Process
• Cooperates with, and participates in, an annual performance appraisal process
• Provides Board with information needed to assess the performance of the organization and Executive Director.
• Informs the Board of Directors about situations that affect the Executive Director’s 
• ability to meet goals.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills and Experience
• Experience in a leadership role within the non-profit, community development, or related sectors.
• Proven experience with fundraising, personnel management, financial management, effective communication and organizational strategic planning.
• Demonstrated excellence in program, project management and compliance.
• Track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with organizational stakeholder groups.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public presentation skills.
• Experience with single family housing renovation, homeownership programs, commercial revitalization programs, retail or mixed-use development and/or other types of real estate development projects is strongly desired.
• Knowledge of trends and issues affecting community, neighborhood and economic development.
• Strong work ethic and commitment to delivering results in alignment with the Organizational Values.
• Passion for neighborhood development and a strong commitment to advocating, building concessions and making deals collaboratively with grass-roots leaders and organizations to affect community change.
• Basic competence with use of standard office software programs such as Word, Excel, • PowerPoint, etc. Familiarity with QuickBooks accounting software also desired.
• Valid driver’s license and means of transportation.

Education & Experience

Preferred: BA degree or equivalent experience in urban planning, public administration, accounting, business, real estate or related field, a minimum of four years non-profit and/or community development management experience. Employment experience may be considered when the candidate does not possess a formal degree or a degree in the listed fields above.

Desired Qualifications: Community planning and contract management experience; Knowledge of, or experience with, issues confronting of low-income communities and families. Experience managing a non-profit organization, fundraising and grant management. Familiarity with the Lima community, neighborhoods, building codes and City Housing services. Knowledge of real estate transactions and bank mortgage loan processes as well as established relationships with key stakeholders are also desirable.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands
and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk and drive a car.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 - 40 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The annual salary range is based on experience and qualifications. LCIC offers employees the following benefits:

Health Insurance
Dental and Vision Plan
403(B) Contribution
Paid Time Off/Sick Leave
Paid holidays

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