Executive Director (61 views)

Mount Vernon, IL
January 14, 2022 2022-03-15
Job Description

Housing Authority of Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, IL (pop. 37,117).  The Housing Authority of Jefferson County (Mt. Vernon), Illinois (HAJC) is seeking an open minded and accountable professional that values open communication, team building, and public engagement to become its next Executive Director. 

Jefferson County, Illinois is located at the intersection of I-64 and I-57. The primary administrative office for the HAJC is in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Jefferson County is one hour east of St. Louis, Missouri, one hour west of Evansville, Indiana and one and a half hour north of Paducah, Kentucky. Given its convenient location at the intersection of two major interstates, Jefferson County serves as a regional draw for occupational opportunities, education, shopping, casual dining, entertainment, and lodging.

Jefferson County is home to several large employers that contribute to the quality of life in the community. Continental Tire serves as the community’s largest employer followed closely by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Center and a Walgreens Distribution Center.

The HAJC serves 712 residents within 425 housing units that are spread out through the County in five (5) different communities that include Mt. Vernon, Dix, Ina, Waltonville, and Woodlawn. The current occupancy rate for the HAJC tenant footprint of 273,787 square feet is 96.4%. The HAJC is governed by a five (5) member Board of Commissioners that are appointed by the Jefferson County Board. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Commissioners to oversee three (3) operating departments consisting of administration, tenant services, and maintenance. The Executive Director plans, directs, and coordinates the fiscal business and service operations of the HAJC.

Other major duties of the Executive Director include:

  • Supervises property maintenance and upkeep
  • Oversees all contract work and payment
  • Acts as the official representative for the HAJC in governmental affairs
  • Personnel hiring and termination with review of the Board of Commissioners
  • Develops and maintains good community relations
  • Oversight of major capital projects and tenant programs

The Executive Director has an experienced team to assist him/her accomplish these duties.  The HAJC currently has a total of 11 full-time, 1 regular part-time, and 2 seasonal part-time team members. The HAJC is currently in the process of adding to its team with the hiring of two additional full-time team members. The HAJC  is in sound financial condition with an annual operating budget that totals $2.1 million and an additional $844,722 capital budget. The HAJC has 9.3 months of operating reserve or 77.51% of annual budgeted expenditures.

The Board of Commissioners is seeking a trustworthy professional with excellent communication and public engagement skills to be the next Executive Director. The ability to develop an effective team and create an open, fair, and inclusive environment is essential. Experience working with and reporting to a governing body is important. The Board of Commissioners is also particularly interested in candidates that understand and appreciate the importance of creating and maintaining positive community relations and are responsive to the tenants.

Viable candidates should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university.
  • At least five (5) years of executive level management experience.
  • A good working knowledge of sound fiscal management.

The starting annual salary range for this position is $80,000 to $95,000 DOQ/E. The HAJC also provides a comprehensive and generous package of fringe benefits. 

Please apply online at www.govHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. Applications will be accepted until February 18, 2022. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to James W. Arndt, Vice President, GovHR USA at 217-500-0770. The Housing Authority of Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.