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Executive Director

Hillcrest Transitional Housing
Executive Director



Founded in 1976, Hillcrest Transitional Housing exists to offer homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the families they serve. The mission statement of Hillcrest is “To be a transitional housing program providing a Christian environment that helps homeless families become self-supportive, self-reliant contributors to society.”  The mission is addressed through these programs:

  • A 90-day transitional housing program for homeless households in furnished apartments owned by the organization.
  • A program for homeless youth ages 16-21 (up to 24 months).
  • An After-Care program to eligible clients who have successfully completed the transitional housing program. Clients rent a Hillcrest owned apartment unit for a period of up to 18 months.

Hillcrest owns and operates properties in Jackson County Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas. Rapid Rehousing program management is provided at all locations where programs operate. The Hillcrest model for services is also provided to families in Buchanan County through an affiliation agreement. Hillcrest Transitional Housing has an operating budget of approximately $3 million and employs a staff of 30. 

The Board of Directors is seeking a replacement for their current executive director, who has been with the organization for 22 years.

Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and oversees all operations of Hillcrest Transitional Housing and its affiliates, focusing on priorities that serve the organization's mission. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the vision and executing the policies established by the Board of Directors, assuming full accountability for operational issues and all management decisions. The Executive Director acts as the Chief Executive Officer, primary fundraiser, and liaison to the Hillcrest communities.

In addition to the qualifications detailed below, ideal candidates for this position possess:

  •  A demonstrated ability to envision an organization’s strategic future including funding and service needs, and communicate the vision to and gain alignment with all stakeholders.
  • A record of success in fundraising through cultivation and solicitation of donors, fundraising events, and grants.
  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning and program direction, and excellent relationship-building skills to benefit the organization through ties with civic leaders, church leaders, other service providers / partner agencies.

Representative Duties


  1. Manages the daily operations of the organization in accordance with adopted strategic plans and policies established by the Board of Directors; maintains a current Policies and Procedures Manual to ensure sound practices and legal compliance.
  2. Provides direct supervision to managerial level employees including hiring, coaching, recognition, evaluations and termination, and oversees Human Resources functions.
  3. Supports activities of the Board of Directors and ensures that each standing board committee has a designated staff support member.
  4. Monitors income and expenditures, ensures that monthly financial reports are provided to the Board of Directors, prepares analyses of income and expenditures and oversees the preparation of budgets.
  5. Maintains and utilized substantial knowledge of retail operations (thrift stores), real estate, construction and governmental regulations.

Public and Interpersonal Relations

  1. Establishes and maintains good communications and working relationships through professional interaction with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.
  2. Serves as the spokesperson for Hillcrest in relationships with corporate and foundation donors; event coordinators; city, state and federal government agencies; and the media.
  3. Oversees public relations and marketing efforts, including cultivation of interfaith partners.
  4. Champions the importance of volunteers throughout all operations.
  5. Regularly interfaces with prospects and donors.

Fund Development and Sustainability

  1. Participates in creation and implementation of fund development activities, including grant writing and grant submissions and reporting, and ensures sound fiscal management and transparency.
  2. Cultivates financial supporters including individuals, corporate partners, foundations, places of worship and planned gift donors.
  3. Oversees fund development efforts including mission funding, return of net operating income from thrift stores and attainment of campaign goals.
  4. Develops short- and long-range planning for organizational growth and continuity and directs the long-range planning effort and vision development.
  5. Plans his or her own professional development.

Support for the Board of Directors

  1. Prepares agendas, supporting documentation and an Executive Director’s report for all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  2. Ensures that minutes of each Board of Directors meeting are approved and maintained for reference.
  3. Attends all meetings of the Board of Directors and completes all needed follow-up from meetings of the Board of Directors.
  4. Recruits, trains, and motivates Board members, with the assistance of the current Board of Directors.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Successful administrative experience, preferably in non-profit organizations, with progressively increasing responsibility; affordable housing experience preferred.
  • Ability to successfully manage people, multiple tasks and shifting priorities.
  • Track record of successful team building, staff development and evaluation of employees.
  • Successful track record of working with boards, committees and volunteers.
  • A history of interacting with others in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility with experience in budget development, management and analysis.
  • Successful fund development experience including monitoring and evaluation of grant submissions and relationships with foundations, corporations, places of worship, and individual donors.
  • Substantial knowledge of retail operations (thrift stores), real estate and construction industries, and government agencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Willingness to work extended hours as needed for meetings, presentations, and events.
  • Computer proficiency including Word, Excel, and Google Drive.
  • Ability to focus on the big picture while attending to and following up on details.

Application Process

To apply for this position submit resume and cover letter to Bruce Scott, The Moran Company.  


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