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Job Title: 

Executive Director

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority
Job Location: 
Canton, OH
Salary Range: 
Full Job Description: 

Who We Are 

The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) is a political subdivision of the state of Ohio and funded in part by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development to provide subsidized housing and self-sufficiency opportunities for eligible citizens of Stark County. SMHA operates in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law. It is the policy of SMHA to house persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, family status, handicap, or national origin. 

SMHA operates in accordance with policies established by it five-member Board of Commissioner, the Ohio Revise Code, and regulations and statutes administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/ As an agency, SMHA provides decent, safe, and sanitary housing and residents programs to eligible low-and moderate-income families of Stark County.  SMHA was founded in 1929 and assists over 4,000 families in Stark County. 


Where We Are Located     https://www.cantonchamber.org/visitors 

We are located at the heart of the Football Hall Of Fame and a short distance form major ball clubs such as the Brown, Steelers, Cavs, and the Guardians.  The Stark County area has many neighboring schools of higher learning not mention some of the country’s top Universities and Colleges such as The University of Akron, Kent State and “The” Ohio State.  The Canton, Stark County area boasts many attractions including museums, art, indoor and outdoor recreation, concerts and other special events.  The SMHA is within walking distance from many eateries and restaurants, “First Friday” festivals, the Hall of Fame festivities, and public transportation.  Being close to shopping, hospitals and major highway arteries makes getting to and from all of your destinations a snap.  Only a minutes away from the Canton-Akron Regional Airport, travelers are sure to appreciate the luxury and ease of getting to and from your favorite get-away spot. 



Will lead one of the state’s largest public housing authorities.  The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) in Stark County (OH) SMHA manages 2,435 family, high rise and scattered site public housing units and 1,779 tenant based, VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing), FUP (Family Unification Program), Mainstream and Emergency housing vouchers.  This position offers the successful candidate day-to-day operational oversight and community involvement in meeting the agency’s commitment to its residents, employees and partners.  Our executive director will work closely with the seven directors leading each of their departments in keeping with our mission, goals and core values.  The executive director will report to a five-member Board of Commissioners. 



  • Serves as Chief Executive Officer; supervises and evaluates department directors; maintains  oversight  on  regular/annual  books  of  accounts, showing receipts and expenditures, and rendering to the Board of Commissioners at each regular meeting, or more often if requested, an account of transactions and information related to the financial condition of the Authority; provides direct or indirect supervision to all staff (e.g. recommends hiring, discipline, and terminations; evaluates performance ; interviews applicants; trains employees; has access to personnel files; develops policy; etc.); submits budget to the Board. 


  • Develops Authority-wide policy; makes final decisions on operational strategy; makes final decisions on personnel decisions as delegated by the Board; conducts staff meetings; maintains oversight of all projects; has signature authority as delegated by the Board of Commissioners. 


  • Serves as Ex-Officio Secretary and maintains all records of SMHA; serves as Secretary of official Board meetings and records all votes and keeps the records of the proceedings; prepares agendas for the Board meetings a keeps the seal of the Authority in safe custody. 


  • Must possess knowledge of financials, budgeting; safety practices and procedures;  agency  goals  and  objectives; agency policies and procedures; government structure and process; government grant programs; bid requirements; personnel rules and regulations; office practices and procedures;  community resources and services; public relations; social services policies, programs, rules, and regulations; HUD regulations; supervisory principles and practices; staff planning; human resources; project management; business administration ; public administration. 


  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written and form; exercise independent judgement  and  discretion; understand, interpret, and  apply laws, rules, or regulations to specific situations; compile and prepare reports; conduct effective interviews; train or instruct others; communicate effectively; understand a variety of written and/or verbal communications; maintain records according to established procedures; read , copy, and record figures accurately; answer routine telephone inquiries; develop and maintain effective working relationships; handle sensitive inquiries from other officials or the public; and resolve complaints 


  • Serves as a liaison to the Community; develops strategy to maximize the public image of the Authority; attends community events/meetings. 


  • Maintains required licensures and certification, if any. 


  • Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable OSHA safety standards that pertain to essential functions. 


  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance. 



Bachelor’ s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, or a related field, and ten (10) years of experience in administration, management, and operation of a PHA with additional experience in planning, funding, and implementation of public sector programs; any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Must be able to work beyond the normal working day. 



Must possess the ability to obtain a Public Housing Management Certification within one (1) year of employment and must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and maintain a driving record that meets the insurability requirements of the Authority’s insurance provider. 



To provide eligible residents of Stark County with decent, safe and affordable housing and contribute to nourishing neighborhoods by working in partnership with the public and private sectors. 



SMHA is a subdivision of the state of Ohio and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to provide subsidized housing opportunities for eligible citizens of Stark County.

To Apply: 

Email cover letter, resume and three professional references directly to Kelley Foster-Lever, Executive Services Administrator at klever@starkmha.org

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 16, 2022
Posting Expiration Date: 
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Job Location Details: 
Canton, Ohio

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