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Director of Community Development and Operations
Marlborough Community Land Trust (MCLT) of Kansas City, Missouri seeks a Director of Community Development and Operations to collaborate closely with our Executive Director as our community-controlled development organization enters a period of expansion. MCLT’s mission is to create decent permanently affordable housing for persons with low to moderate incomes to ensure culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods. MCLT is the first and only community land trust in the KCMO metropolitan region. MCLT is seeking to position itself to impact the trajectory of the future of the Marlborough community (and the wider Kansas City metropolitan area) through the opportunity for affordable homeownership for persons with low incomes.
The position requires an out-going, quick learning, high-energy leader committed to the traditional community land trust model. The Director will:
- expand and maintain the organization’s community outreach and operational capacity in Kansas City, especially in the Marlborough neighborhood
- lead in the acquisition of vacant properties, rehabilitation of existing housing units, and oversight of new construction
- work closely with MCLT homeowners to assure their success as first-time homeowners
- develop and oversee MCLT’s communications with Marlborough residents and with print and electronic media outlets
The Director Of Community Development and Operations is a full-time, at-will employee position, supervised and evaluated by the Executive Director.
Interested applicants must submit a full application consisting of a letter of interest, a concise resume, a list of five references, and a two-page response to the question “How would my experience in the community development of housing bolster the mission of MCLT?” Submit applications via email to Rodger Kube, Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21, 2022.
MCLT is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and persons of color, women, and LGBTQ applicants to apply.
Marlborough Community Coalition (MCC) and MCLT
Marlborough is composed of 10,000 residents living in 4,600 housing units of which 35% are owner-occupied; prior to the 2008 recession the ownership rate was 65%. Most of the rental properties are owned by non-resident property owners. Seventy-five percent of its residents are Black, with a median annual income of $29,000.00. The residents are represented by MCC, whose mission is “to promote the neighborhood as a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community by engaging residents, institutions and businesses, by finding innovative solutions to entrenched urban problems and misconceptions, by utilizing housing, green space and the arts as core revitalization approaches, and by advocating for equitable treatment and access to resources.” Access wearemarlborough.org for more information.
MCLT was organized in 2019 as an independent 501 (c) (3) not for profit by the MCC as a vehicle for creating decent, affordable, and equitable home ownership options for its residents. Since its inception, MCLT has rehabilitated and sold one home, rehabilitated a second home that will go on the market in January 2022, has funding available for four new home builds in 2022, and is negotiating to purchase two homes for rehabilitation in 2022.
MCLT is also in possession of the decommissioned Marlborough Elementary School building, a three-story, 44,000 square foot structure situated on 3.7 acres. Current plans call for the building’s rehabilitation into commercial space to meet community needs with mixed income housing constructed around the perimeter. The building will eventually be an asset of the region’s first Community Investment Trust, allowing small investors in the community to share in ownership. Zoning changes and first-phase fundraising for the development are underway.
Because the Kansas City metropolitan area has a shortage affordable housing stock, MCLT’s model has received attention from a broad array of neighborhoods, housing professionals and city governments throughout the region. Creation of a regular system of communication to share MCLT’s vision, resources and successes will be a priority.
The job responsibilities of the Director of Community Development and Operations are to:
- Serve as a passionate and effective spokesperson for the organization; represent the programs and benefits of home ownership through the community land trust model to Marlborough residents, public agencies, community organizations and the public while establishing and maintaining working relationships and partnerships with them; collaborate with the Marlborough Community Coalition to ensure the implementation of effective outreach to all demographic segments of the Marlborough neighborhood and broader communities
- Lead in the acquisition of building sites for new homes and houses in need of rehabilitation by coordinating with the Kansas City Land Bank, the Marlborough Community Coalition’s Housing Task Force, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, and other organizations and individuals who may have properties to donate or sell; act as Project Manager in supervising the planning and implementation of new builds and rehabilitation projects with city staff, partner developers, architects, contractors, and other professional service providers
- Lead the process of creating MCLT Homeowner/Members by overseeing intake and pre-purchase support for applicants, providing purchase support, working with banks to facilitate loan pre-approval, work with Title Company to manage escrow account and home sale closing; identify financial literacy and post-purchase resources that will support homeowners; assist homeowners in understanding insurance and home maintenance issues; monitor payment of ground lease fees and conduct annual occupancy insurance compliance checks; educate homeowners and provide individual support concerning mortgage refinance and capital improvement projects; identify MCLT homeowners at risk of default or foreclosure and work to provide appropriate interventions; respond to resale requests by preparing information for seller/agent, and identifying needed repairs; maintain records of interactions with homebuyers and homeowners
- Work with MCLT Finance Committee and Treasurer to develop and maintain financial systems to manage and track the organization’s finances and provide for the effective response to the requirements of funding agencies; Ensure monthly and annual financial reports are prepared for Board review and approval; Work closely with the Executive Director and Treasurer in creating the annual budget for Board approval; ensure that all governmental reporting and registrations are prepared and delivered in a timely manner
- Create and manage methods and content to maintain electronic media and print communications about the mission, goals, and programs of the organization; develop and maintain crowd funding campaigns as needed; serve as an initiative-taking and responsive spokesperson with local media outlets when MCLT has news items to share through press releases, feature stories or interviews
- Recruit, train, direct and appreciate volunteers who assist MCLT in achieving its mission and programs
A Bachelor’s degree in human services, social sciences, real estate management or urban studies, or equivalent experience with a similar nonprofit or public organization.
The ideal candidate will bring these talents to the position:
- A passionate commitment to advocate the vision of affordable housing to build generational wealth for families and revitalized community prosperity and heath in historically disinvested and disenfranchised communities
- Ability to work independently and on a collaborative team
- Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and verbal communication skills who enjoys speaking with individuals and groups
- Strong writing skills
- Creative thinking with the desire and ability to quickly learn and integrate new information and skills from a variety of sources
- Ability to strategically plan and arrange resources to accomplish objectives in a timely manner
- Knowledge of a wide variety of electronic applications, including QuickBooks, and a willingness to learn new applications
While not required, experience or skills in any of the following areas are desirable:
- Managing a nonprofit community development or nonprofit housing organization, or a major program of such an organization
- Real estate sales, finance, or development, with experience in fiscal oversight and management
- Knowledge and experience in housing construction or rehabilitation
- Knowledge and experience in project management processes and workflows with proficiency in online collaboration tools
- Experience working with volunteers, with knowledge of volunteer management practices
A salary range of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications, with negotiable benefits in the range of 15% of salary, vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999