President & CEO
Better Community Neighborhoods, Inc.
Better Community Neighborhoods, Inc. (BCN) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization recently created as the result of a merger between two well-established not-for-profits based in the City of Schenectady, Better Neighborhoods Inc. and the Community Land Trust of Schenectady. BCN has a critical role in Schenectady’s citywide and comprehensive smart growth plan as the lead organization focused on neighborhood renewal, capital development and related services including housing counseling and financial literacy.
BCN originated in response to expanding opportunities arising from the rapid economic resurgence of the downtown Schenectady’s central business district. In 2017, community leaders from existing development organizations, government, and philanthropy convened to design strategies to bolster and leverage the existing strengths of neighborhood based development efforts. A merger was carefully planned and executed resulting in the formation of a single stronger, strategically positioned organization serving the entire City of Schenectady, a rejuvenated Board of Directors, and financial commitments from local foundations.
The newly created organization, BCN, Inc. seeks a President & CEO who will be an entrepreneurial leader to create affordable housing, provide strong financial literacy, and housing counseling programs for the residents of Schenectady. S/he will work with partner organizations, community stakeholders, city, county, state, and federal governments and private developers to generate and build affordable housing in Schenectady. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of developing and executing complex affordable housing development projects.
The President & CEO will be an energetic representative, adept at conveying the vital importance of BCN’s work to funders, grassroots organizations, government partners, media, and philanthropic constituencies. The ideal candidate will understand the full array of housing, policy and economic development issues. S/he must possess superior communication and relationship management skills and the stature and ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
The successful candidate will have a profound impact on the neighborhoods of Schenectady. The ideal candidate will create a housing environment that sustains safe and thriving neighborhoods while supporting the continued economic growth of Schenectady. The President & CEO will report to the Chairman of the Board and be accountable to the Board of Directors. S/he will build, foster and supervise a strong team dedicated to the organization’s mission and vision.