Job Description: Housing Development Director


Job Summary:

The Housing Development Director reports to the Executive Director and will provide leadership and direction for all operations of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s (AAHH) Housing Development Programs from project feasibility to closeout. The position represents AAHH on housing development issues, manages key relationships, and seeks opportunities that support the mission. The Director leads, manages, and creates accountability for department staff and professional service providers.

For you to thrive as our Housing Development Director you must be committed to racial and economic justice and must have experience working successfully with diverse stakeholders. Have five years of professional experience in community development, housing development, and residential construction management, as well as five years of experience in project management with a preference for experience in real estate development.

The Housing Development Director is a member of the AAHH Leadership Team and must collaborate with peers and the Executive Director on operational and strategic decisions for the success of the affiliate, not just the department. The salary pay range is $83,200 – 93,600

Essential Functions:


·       Use local housing data and stakeholder input to inform housing development strategy;

·       Develop long-range and annual housing development goals with the leadership team;

·       Prepare and manage the annual budget for land acquisition and housing development activities;

·       Build and maintain a strong housing development team;

·       Serve on the Senior Leadership Team and support assigned Board committees;
Land Development

·       Identify, evaluate, and recommend land purchases to support future construction needs;

·       Work with design and engineering partners to develop site design concepts;

·       Assess feasibility of potential developments including developing pro forma project budgets;

·       Coordinate with AAHH finance and fund development departments to secure funding and financing for acquisition and development activities;

·       Conduct the land purchase process and sale of any Habitat-owned properties in adherence to AAHH policies;

·       Work with local government to obtain site design approval and entitlements;

·       Negotiate contracts and manage performance of professional service firms in real estate, legal, site design, surveying and engineering.

·       Work with professional partners to bid, contract, and bond site development work;

·       Oversee performance on site development contracts. Track compliance to regulatory and funding requirements;

·       Complete subdivision close-out process before the beginning of house construction. Review final plats, easements and agreements.

Housing Development

·       Establish site constraints on housing type (e.g., lots suitable for barrier-free design);

·       Supervise the Homebuilding Manager or outside general contractor;

·       Inspect each active project weekly and update status. Provide Monthly Reports to Board/committee

·       Oversee AAHH goals, budget, schedule and regulatory agencies guidelines throughout all phases of a project.

·       Communicate with project team to anticipate and mitigate issues and risks

·       Collaborate with AAHH finance and resource development teams to draw funds and assist with reports to funders;



·       Commitment to the mission and values of AAHH.

·       Commitment to racial and economic justice and experience working successfully with diverse stakeholders.

·       Five years of professional experience in community development, housing development, residential construction management experience, or related field.

·       Five years of experience in project management with a preference for experience in real estate development.

·       Three years of experience supervising staff and contractors;

·       Demonstrated ability to prepare and present real estate development feasibility studies and pro forma budgets;

·       Demonstrated experience conducting real estate transactions.

·       Broad knowledge of regulatory issues related to developing affordable housing. Ability to quickly learn local zoning and development requirements.

·       Ability to manage multiple complex and time-critical processes, funding requirements and relationships to complete projects on time and on budget;

·       Ability to evaluate risk and develop risk management plans for projects.

·       Exceptional attention to detail.

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·       Excellent computer skills including proficiency with spreadsheets software, on-line research, and construction project management software programs.


·       Professional experience with Habitat for Humanity;

·       Knowledge of compliance and regulatory requirements of various affordable housing financing tools including NCHFA, HUD and Rural Development programs;

·       Strong team orientation with excellent coaching skills;

·       Demonstrated skills in managing external relations for an organization;

·       Demonstrated strategic thinking and business planning skills;

·       Ability to prepare competitive funding applications.

Work environment and physical demands:

Work will be done inside in an office environment as well as in the field and on a construction work site. Frequent exposure to dirt, dust, dampness, construction debris, extreme temperatures, construction noises, fumes and odors from construction materials will occur.

Must be able to:

  • Sit, stand or walk for the majority of a work day, including working on uneven surfaces
  • Apply extensive physical mobility, including reaching, lifting, holding, pushing and pulling, carrying, bending, climbing stairs and ladders, crawling, kneeling, arm and leg extension
  • Navigate uneven terrain that is frequently overgrown
  • Regularly lift 10 – 35 pounds; occasionally 50 pounds or more
  • See and judge distances and space relationships
  • Ability to travel to remote jobsites
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and own reliable transportation with current insurance.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Living Wage Certified, Family Forward Certified, Breastfeeding Friendly Employer, and a Drug-Free Workplace. We are committed to providing a safe workspace for all staff and volunteers. All candidates who have received an offer of employment will undergo testing for commonly abused controlled substances. All candidates also undergo sex offender screening and criminal background check. Criminal background is reviewed on a case-by-case basis considering the severity, timeframe of the offense, and applicability to the responsibilities of the open position.

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to No walks-ins or phone calls, please.