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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 Commissioners, 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

Stark County has a high quality of life and low cost of living.  Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  There are many fine schools systems, colleges, and universities in the area, such as The University of Akron, Kent State University, The University of Mount Union, and “The” Ohio State.  We have a number of wonderful museums, art facilities and a myriad of park and recreational opportunities.  The SMHA is within walking distance of many eateries and restaurants, “First Friday” festivals, the Football Hall of Fame festivities, and public transportation.  Close proximity to major highway arteries makes it easy to reach all of your destinations such as shopping and family entertainment.  We are also near highly rated health care facilities and drug store pharmacies.  Only minutes away from the Canton-Akron Regional Airport, travelers are sure to appreciate the luxury and ease of getting to and from favorite get-away spots.  Canton is located an hour south of Cleveland and two hours from both Columbus and Pittsburgh.  For more information, please view the SMHA website:  www.starkmha.org or our Facebook page.


The Executive Director will lead one of the state’s largest public housing authorities with over 130 employees and manage an annual budget of $34 million dollars.  The Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) oversees 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.  As the Executive Director you will execute oversight of day-to-day operational and community involvement in meeting the agency’s commitment to its residents, employees, and partners.  You will work closely with eight directors leading each of their departments while 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 and 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/or verbal format; 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(s), 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.

Mission Statement

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: 

Please submit  a conver letter and resume to Kelley Foster-Lever at klever@starkmha.org. 

Date Posted: 
Monday, June 13, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 29, 2022
Posting Expiration Date: 
Friday, August 12, 2022
Job Location Details: 
400 Tuscarawas St. E, Canton, OH 44702

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