Chief of Staff (206 views)

Springfield, MA
May 21, 2021 2021-07-20
Job Description

Chief Of Staff
Are you interested in work that makes a difference in the lives of others? At Way Finders, we light pathways and open doors to homes and communities where people thrive. The largest nonprofit housing provider in Western Massachusetts, Way Finders also specializes in housing counseling, financial and first-time homebuyer education, employment training, neighborhood revitalization, and a variety of other services throughout the region. The need for Way Finders’ programs and services is great and continues to grow each year. Whether a person is experiencing a housing crisis, in need of rental assistance, or ready to purchase a first home, our Housing Centers provide a welcoming, accessible space for counseling, assistance, training and placement, and ongoing support. During our last fiscal year, Way Finders services impacted 52,000 men, women, and children in the region. Stable housing is the platform upon which we work with our clients to help them to meet their own goals and to thrive. As families thrive, so do the communities in which they live.
Way Finders is a mission-oriented, nonprofit organization offering a fast-paced, professional work environment focused on achievement. We employ individuals with a strong commitment to excellence, a collaborative nature and the desire to make a difference. Way Finders currently has an exciting opportunity for a newly created position of Chief of Staff.   The Chief of Staff will work directly with the CEO to oversee the execution of the organization’s strategic plan, implement a policy advocacy agenda, and advance an executive communication and engagement plan with various stakeholders, including elected and government officials, advocacy networks, and other community partners.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: 

  • Acts as a trusted advisor to the CEO
  • Oversees special projects and initiatives on an ad hoc and ongoing basis
  • Works directly with the strategic planning committee and external consultant(s) to support the completion of the strategic planning process
  • Oversees strategic plan implementation, including tracking of key deliverables and outcomes
  • Supports the CEO in developing and implementing policy advocacy agenda
  • Works with the CEO and the Chief Development Officer in developing and implementing executive communications and external engagement strategy
  • Oversees the office of the President and CEO
  • Works with the CEO and other members of the Chief Executive Team on organizational performance initiatives, board engagement, board meeting preparation, and other essential full-organizational activities
  • Engages with external stakeholders in the region and statewide as needed to advance projects and support the CEO
  • Proactively identifies and informs the CEO, the Chief Executive Team, and other relevant parties of any issues that may adversely affect the organization

Hiring Requirements/Preferences

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Urban Planning, or Human Services (or equivalent experience)
  • 7 – 10 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit environment, in the areas of program administration, management, or advocacy
  • Proven and effective project manager
  • Strategic thinker with superior oral and written communications skills; excellent meeting facilitiation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles
  • Familiarity with affordable housing and community development programs and policies preferred
  • Strongly astute and aware of addressing community needs
  • Ability to develop projects, initiatives, and new proposals
  • Skilled researcher and developer of effective presentation materials
  • Proficient in PC based hardware and software programs

The wage for this position is $80,709-$110,975. Interested applicants must submit resume and cover letter. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Way Finders is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse staff in order to reflect our community and those we serve. Qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is available to all without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation or veteran status. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.