Executive Director Position Description


The Housing Council is one of New York State’s largest HUD-approved comprehensive housing counseling agencies.  We are a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1971, in Rochester, New York. The Housing Council provides landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling, emergency housing services and fair housing education. The Housing Council provides property management tools and strategies to landlords in order to enhance their business skills and familiarize them with their rights and responsibilities.

Last year, The Housing Council served over 8,000 households throughout the region.



  • To strengthen our community one home at a time.
  • To assist homeowners, tenants, landlords and municipalities through education, counseling and research.
  • To promote fair housing awareness.
  • To be the comprehensive resource for all housing issues.


 TITLE:  Executive Director

FUNCTION:  The Executive Director provides the vision and leadership to guide the daily management of the agency towards the goals of ensuring financial stability in order to deliver valuable services to its clients and the Greater Rochester community.

SUPERVISION:  The Executive Director with staff executes funder contracts and policies established by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is accountable to the Board.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:  At least six years of solid experience in a senior management position for a not-for-profit organization; housing-related experience preferred.  Must have knowledge of and experience working with state, federal and private foundation grant requirements. Demonstrated ability to manage and work effectively with diverse groups of individuals.  Able to structure tasks into work process to accomplish agency goals and objectives.  Has highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with funders and potential donors.  Bachelors degree required with concentration in urban studies, public administration, social work or similar major preferred.


  • Implement processes and procedures to strictly adhere to grant and contract deliverables and program requirements.


  • Identify new grant and funding opportunities related to the agency’s mission and strategic plan.  Present well researched recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding programs, revenue opportunities, strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships.


  • Develop and implement annual strategic plan to guide the fulfillment of Board approved objectives and ensure the financial stability of the agency.


  • Provide sound management over the annual budget and all financial resources.


  • Direct the day-to-day management of the agency and provide guidance and leadership to the staff.


  • Cultivate an empowered environment and create institutional values that inspire a culture committed to quality, integrity and mutual respect.


  • Undertake special projects or other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.



  • FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION:  Accounting, billing, budgeting, monthly financial statement preparation, insurance, human resource management and facilities management.


  • COMMUNICATIONS, BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Agency relations, business development, education and training for constituencies, staff development, event coordination, maintenance of online and print materials and publications, social media outlets and public website.


  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT):  Administration of system network, office software and devices and program data collection systems.


  • CONTRACT MANAGEMENT:  Prepare, submit and adhere to all grant application and contract deadlines and related contract maintenance.


  • PROGRAMS:  Deliver programs to targeted audiences in fulfillment of contract and funder requirements.  Strive to exceed expectations and provide a high-quality level in the administration and delivery of all programs and services.
Interested parties should send a letter of interest along with a resume to posting@thehousingcouncil.org.