Acting Director, Community Development Corporation

The Legacy Foundation is seeking an Acting Director who will start up and manage a newly-formed Community Development Corporation (CDC). This CDC will take a creative neighborhood based approach to community engagement, planning, and place-making projects. A successful candidate will have demonstrated success in establishing systems and policies and procedures. The candidate will ensure that the organization has a long range strategy which achieves its mission, and that it makes consistent and timely progress; will act as a catalyst for organizational change; will build a shared vision with others and influence others to translate vision into action; will provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans; will promote active and broad participation by volunteers; will provide grant writing, the ability to research new funding sources, knowledge of current federal, state and locally funded programs; and will create financial analyses of development projects, understanding of combining different funding sources, their rules, and regulations. This Community Development Corporation will be managed by and located within the Legacy Foundation during an initial incubation period until it can become an independent organization. At that point, pending on the job success, the Acting Director will transition to becoming Executive Director of an independent 501c3 CDC.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and three (3) professional references to References will not be contacted unless a candidate is a finalist for the position.

About CDCs
Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are nonprofit, community-based organizations focused on revitalizing the areas in which they are located. They are usually involved in a range of initiatives critical to community health such as economic development, streetscape design, and neighborhood planning projects, and oftentimes even provide education, engagement opportunities, creative place-making, and social services to neighborhood residents.

Acting Director, Lake County Community Development Corporation

Position Overview:
The Acting Director reports to the Legacy Foundation Leadership Team and is responsible for establishing policies, objectives, and a business plan to create a sustainable independent Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Lake County, Indiana. This position will be responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Acting Director will be a strategic thinker responsible for the day-to-day operations, regulatory compliance, liaison with governmental bodies, management of development projects, and creation/implementation of long term plans of the CDC. The Acting Director examines policy issues and facilitates strategic planning with a long-term perspective; determines objectives and sets priorities. In program development and administration, this position will be responsible for the following:


Specific Administrative Responsibilities:
  1. Ensure that the CDC has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and ensures that it makes consistent and timely progress.
  2. Acts as a catalyst for change; builds and implements a shared vision with others and influences others to translate vision into action.
  3. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans. Formulates and carries out plans and policies authorized by the board/advisory committee.
  4. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers.
  5. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, local and/or other regulations.
  6. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
  7. Provide grant writing, the ability to research new funding sources, knowledge of current federal, state and locally funded programs.
  8. Create financial analyses of development projects, understanding of combining different funding sources, their rules, and regulations.
  9. Be responsible for overseeing consultants and volunteers.
  1. Ensure board/advisory committee have sufficient and up-to-date information.
  2. Discuss and make recommendations to the board/advisory committee of any internal/external issues that affect or may affect operations.
  3. Publicize activities, programs and goals.
  4. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  5. Assure the CDC and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to stakeholders.
  6. Jointly, with the Legacy Foundation, conduct official correspondence of the organization.
Budget and Finance:
  1. Demonstrate broad understanding of principles of financial management using cost-benefit thinking to set priorities; monitor expenditures in support of programs and policies.
  2. Responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices in accordance with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations.
  3. Ensure that the CDC operates within budget guidelines.
  4. With the Legacy Foundation, ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the CDC to carry out its goals and objectives.
  1. Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management, urban studies or related field from an accredited College or University as recognized by CHEA. Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Urban Planning or related field preferred. Exceptions could be made for candidates with a record of success at a CDC or in a relevant field.
  2. Proven experience in representing an organization to the media and public, including public speaking and marketing.
  3. Understanding of nonprofit financial statements.
  4. Ability to exercise sound judgment and decisive decision making.
  5. High level of personal and professional ethics.
  6. Excellent written, oral communication and listening skills.
  7. Ability to delegate tasks.
  8. Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office.
  9. Understanding of applicable web-based applications and software. Ability to utilize new technologies as they develop.

Physical Requirements:
The regular and recurring work performed includes sitting at a desk, sitting in conferences and meetings or riding in an automobile or public transportation, etc. Language skills are required for presentations and dialogue sessions.

Equal Opportunity
Legacy Foundation is an EO/EA/AA employer.

Background Investigations:
Legacy completes background investigations and credit history reviews on all persons selected for employment.

This position description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the position holder might differ from those outlined in this description.