Director

Website Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is seeking a director to steward the dynamic statewide membership organization into its next stage of growth. The director coordinates day-to-day activities and long-range planning, including public policy development and advocacy, outreach and coalition building, administration and staff supervision, and fundraising and organizational development. VAHC is seeking an effective communicator and relationship builder with at least five years of experience in the fields of affordable housing, community development, and/or addressing homelessness; proven management and administration skills; public policy acumen; and a strong commitment to housing justice.

About VAHC

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is a statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have safe, adequate, physically accessible and affordable housing. Our further mission is to:

  • Encourage resident participation and control in their housing;
  • Prioritize the needs and voices of the state’s low- and moderate-income residents. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and people of color; new Americans; LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness; seniors; and families with children;
  • Advocate for the preservation of existing housing, protection of renters, and the development of new perpetually affordable housing;
  • Promote the recognition of housing as a basic human right for all Vermonters through education of the public and elected officials; and
  • Act as a catalyst for exploring and developing innovative means of preserving and increasing Vermont’s affordable housing stock.

The Coalition’s 90-plus members represent most of Vermont’s nonprofit affordable housing developers, community land trusts, homeless shelters and service providers, public housing authorities, funding agencies, residents’ associations, community action agencies, regional planners, and housing, disability and tenants’ rights advocates.  Together, VAHC’s members provide housing and services to tens of thousands of low-income Vermonters.

The Director serves at the pleasure of the Steering Committee and performs such duties and functions as they may prescribe.  The Director’s responsibilities include:

Public Policy Development & Advocacy

  • Educates state and federal policymakers on housing need and impact of policy decisions
  • Monitors state legislative and administrative policy
  • Coordinates with VAHC’s contract lobbyist, communicates advocacy and testimony needs to VAHC members, and assists with the scheduling and monitoring of testimony
  • Under the guidance of the Steering Committee, develops and advocates for yearly state legislative priorities
  • Attends meetings of state legislative committees, as needed
  • Develops and advocates for yearly federal priorities in conjunction with the New England Housing Network (NEHN) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
  • Participates in NEHN and NLIHC federal legislative advocacy initiatives, including lobbying trips to DC & federal policy committees
  • Attends annual NLIHC conference and State Coalition meetings
  • Makes recommendations to policymakers
  • Provides legislative testimony, as needed
  • Participates in policy committees and work groups
  • Provides legislative reports (federal and state) to VAHC membership

Outreach and Coalition-building, Community Education and Public Relations

  • Organizes monthly and annual VAHC membership meetings
  • Represents VAHC before public groups, partners and individuals involved with the organization in any capacity
  • Works with Coalition members and allied partners to develop and achieve common goals
  • Participates in annual New England Network retreat & other non-legislative activities
  • Participates in non-legislative initiatives of the NLIHC State Coalitions
  • Coordinates legislative priorities with Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness

Trainings and Information Sharing 

  • Oversees communications and information sharing with Coalition members and partners
  • Participates actively in planning and implementation of biennial statewide housing conference

Fundraising & Organizational Development

  • Oversees organizational fundraising, member recruitment, and development
  • Identifies potential new members and funding opportunities in cooperation with Steering Committee
  • Manages all aspects of the grant process including identifying sources, writing proposals, and reporting
  • Networks with the business and nonprofit community to develop relationships and pursue financial and in-kind support

General Administration

  • Oversees all aspects of VAHC administration, including finance, hiring, personnel, and grants management
  • Supervises staff and VISTAs with a focus on teambuilding
  • Develops yearly work plan and budget aligned with the Strategic Plan
  • Oversees filing of annual IRS 990 form

Qualifications include

  • Bachelor’s degree, higher degree a plus
  • At least five years experience in the fields of affordable housing, community development, addressing homelessness and/or nonprofit management
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice
  • Self-starter attitude and ability to work independently
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of web-based media
  • Experience in fundraising and grant-writing
  • Valid driver’s license and car required
  • The requirements for this position are indicative of the physical and mental capacities needed to satisfactorily perform the duties for this position. Reasonable accommodations, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will be granted wherever possible.

Compensation

  • This is a full-time, exempt position, with a flexible schedule
  • Salary is budgeted in the $60,000-$70,000 range, depending on experience.
  • Benefits included.
  • VAHC is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to hiring@vtaffordablehousing.org.