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Chief Executive Officer

Lexington Habitat for Humanity
Kentucky, United States
$140,000.00 - $160,000.00
Closing date
Aug 30, 2022

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Introduction for Lexington Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has built and repaired homes in Lexington for over 35 years. An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Lexington Habitat for Humanity helps Fayette County residents achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Since 1986, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has served thousands of Lexington and Fayette County residents and built or repaired nearly 600 homes. Their programs counteract systemic inequalities in rates of homeownership and allow individuals and families to build generational wealth through homeownership, all while ensuring they have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.

The Opportunity

Lexington Habitat for Humanity seeks a visionary leader to oversee the growth and evolution of the organization’s work to provide equitable access to affordable housing for Lexington-area individuals and families. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be a thought partner to a committed board of community leaders, and a leader to an experienced, long-tenured staff who share an unwavering commitment to the organization’s mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

This is a time of extraordinary change and opportunity for the Lexington community and for Lexington Habitat for Humanity in particular. Long recognized as a leader in the effort to provide individuals and families safe, affordable housing, the organization has emerged in recent years as an innovator, developing programs to help residents remain in their homes and maintain their communities through critical home repairs. The incoming CEO will continue and expand this bold, innovative approach to addressing the critical lack of decent, affordable housing for individuals and families in Lexington and Fayette County.

The next CEO of Lexington Habitat for Humanity will bring a deep understanding of affordable housing, finance, government relations, and fundraising. The CEO will be highly collaborative and a strong motivator who will promote a culture of innovation among the board, staff, and volunteers. The new executive will have a passion for ensuring all people in our community have an affordable place to live. As a key leader in the Lexington nonprofit community, the CEO will take responsibility for representing the organization at the local, state, and national level to further the impact of Lexington Habitat for Humanity.

Key Position Functions

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) provides strategic leadership and day-to-day management of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, reporting to the organization’s Board of Directors. The CEO will

  • provide vision and articulate a strategy for Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s future; strengthen the organization’s position as a leader and innovator in the efforts to ensure everyone has a decent place to live.
  • collaborate with local and regional leaders to identify pathways for continued growth of Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s reach through innovative building and redevelopment efforts, partnerships, and/or mergers.
  • demonstrate a passion for and knowledge of the organization’s mission and provide strong leadership to staff and volunteers; understand and implement best practices of nonprofit board governance.
Qualifications Technical Expertise and Knowledge:
  • Nonprofit management and governance
  • Low-income housing and/or real estate development
  • Construction
Competencies and Attributes for Success in the Position:
  • Builds networks
  • Business insight
  • Communicates effectively
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Develops talent
  • Drives vision and purpose
  • Financial acumen
  • Global perspective
  • Instills trust
  • Manages ambiguity
  • Organizational savvy
  • Persuades
  • Resourcefulness
  • Strategic mindset
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ten or more years in leadership or management roles
  • Prior to being hired, applicants are required to pass a driver’s license and criminal background and sex offender registry check, submit a credit history report, and complete a pre-employment physical which includes a drug/alcohol screening
Desired Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in construction, government, real estate, retail, or nonprofit sectors


Salary range: $140,000-$160,000, commensurate with experience

Application Process

Benefactor Group is pleased to be assisting Lexington Habitat for Humanity with this executive search. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications are considered highly confidential. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Benefactor Group Recruitment Team


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