Executive Director

Detroit Housing Commission
Job Location: 
Detroit, MI
Full Job Description: 

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is seeking a highly qualified candidate to lead and manage the agency’s budget of $71 million and portfolio that includes 6000 housing choice vouchers, 3700 public housing units, and 130 modernization rehabilitation units.  The DHC expects to become a national leader in new affordable housing development as a self-developer.

The successful candidate must have completed a Master’s degree preferably in business administration, public administration, public finance, urban planning, public policy, urban studies or a closely related field.  Additionally, candidates must have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience with a public housing authority, non-profit housing organization, or a private housing management firm.  DHC prefers that at least five (5) of those years having been experienced with a public housing authority.   Candidates should also document that at least five (5) of those years were in leadership or management positions in housing organizations that manage and administer public housing and housing choice voucher programs.  However, candidates with exceptional academic or experience backgrounds that compensate for an academic or experience deficiency may still be considered at the discretion of the DHC Board of Commissioners. 

Candidates must have, or commit to obtaining within one year, the NAHRO Certified Management Executive Certification; or within two years, the PHADA Executive Director Education Program.  Finalists will be required to provide academic, work history, and salary history verification.  The consultant will complete criminal and credit history background checks.

The DHC website contains additional information regarding the expected knowledge, skills and abilities, the position description, and community profile.  Compensation for the position is negotiable, depending on the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate.  It is required that the selected Executive Director will establish residency in the Detroit metropolitan area.  DHC is an equal opportunity employer.  Please submit a one-page cover letter, a two-page resume that includes salary history, and a listing of three professional references.  Please submit an email version of the application document to both Stan Quy, President / Principal of the Organizational Leadership Edge at Squy@cox.net and Helen Kipplen, Interim Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer at kipplenh@dhcmi.org

This position is open until filled.



Although marijuana has been legalized under Michigan law, it is a Schedule I controlled substance and is illegal under federal law.  As a federally funded agency DHC’s employees are NOT permitted to use or possess any form of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.  Any applicant for employment who tests positive for marijuana during a pre-employment drug screening shall be ineligible for employment with DHC.  Any applicant for employment who advises DHC that s/he uses any form of marijuana will be ineligible for employment with DHC.  DHC is unable to grant a request for a reasonable accommodation to use marijuana under any circumstance.

Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Posting Expiration Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019

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