April 10, 2019 – The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm based in Leawood, KS, has been enlisted to find the next executive director for Lee’s Summit Housing Authority in Missouri. Recruiter Bruce Scott is leading the assignment for the search firm.
The housing authority wants an executive director to lead all aspects of the organization, including administration of current programs, development of new housing options and financial management, said the Moran Co.
The executive director of Lee’s Summit Housing Authority is charged with leading a growth-oriented organization in a rapidly growing suburban community, said the search firm. As the chief executive officer and the face of the organization the individual is expected to lead the organization in producing more housing in Lee’s Summit in keeping with the mission to: “advocate for affordable housing and respond to unmet housing needs through new construction, restoration of existing assets, and the pursuit of new development opportunities and partnerships.”
Principal responsibilities of the role include management of all housing authority activities as outlined by the board of commissioners, state and federal legislations, statutes and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the Moran Co. The executive director is also charged with leading the housing authority in the initiation, planning and implementation of new affordable housing solutions and other mission-based objectives of the strategic plan. The individual will also make recommendations to the board of commissioners of long-range plans which will assist in maintaining an effective and growing organization.
The executive director will serve as chief administrator of the Lee’s Summit Housing Authority with responsibility for planning, administering, directing, supervising and coordinating all phases of the authority’s daily operations. These include accounting, tenancy, public and social relations, maintenance and modernization. The individual will also direct the development and administration of all budgets, establish and enforce procedures to ensure adequate fiscal controls, efficient and economical operation in compliance with all applicable regulations, among other duties.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and success with private-public partnerships and financing to create new housing in a suburban community similar to Lee’s Summit, said the search firm. He or she should also have had previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence, including elected officials, civic leaders, private developers and partnering agencies. Also necessary is the ability to communicate the organization’s strategic future to stakeholders to work toward the expansion of affordable housing in Lee’s Summit.
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Candidates should have at least five years of responsible administrative experience, preferably in affordable housing, local government or related fields. Knowledge of and the ability to provide leadership and direction to staff in business practices, general ledger accounting, budget preparation and fiscal reporting, property management and personnel administration is also required.
Preferred qualifications for the role include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration or related fields. Prospects should also have a public housing manager certificate from a HUD approved organization (or acquire certification within the first year of employment.)
Established in 1967 and governed by a five-member board of commissioners, Lee’s Summit Housing Authority has 116 public housing units, a 649 base-line housing choice voucher (Section 8) program and an administrative budget of $924,000.
The Moran Co. specializes in searches for non-profit leadership, including executive directors, fundraising/development directors, hospital foundation directors and other senior executives. Some of the Moran Co.’s current searches include: executive director for the ACLU of Kansas, chief philanthropy officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care and executive director for House of Hope Kansas City.
Mr. Scott has 33 years’ experience as a non-profit executive director. He was founder of a local trade association, served as board member and president of the state rehabilitation association and is connected nationally through United Cerebral Palsy.
He has served as president of the board of Non-Profit Connect in Kansas City, one of many boards on which he has participated. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Missouri, Columbia, before launching his 35-year career in service to people with developmental disabilities.
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