SAHMA Executive Director

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Executive Director
5/26/2021 | SAHMA | Decatur, GA

The Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual for their next Executive Director. SAHMA is looking for an individual who is enthusiastic and possesses the required skills and ability to lead the association beginning in January of 2022. If you are a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who enjoys being hands-on in a small staff environment, this is a great opportunity for you.

General Description:
Serves as SAHMA’s senior executive for all internal and external business operations including financial management, office operations, human resources, and contract administration. Serves on a team with the executive committee to define and implement strategies and innovations for increasing value to members. Ensures that internal infrastructures and resources are sufficient to support SAHMA’s programs and strategies through adequate staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies. Executes sound business practices for SAHMA’s operations and establishes performance benchmarks to gain economy and efficiency. Fosters productive relationships with staff, members, volunteers, regulatory partners, clients and suppliers through effective customer relations management. Serves as the primary spokesperson and point of contact for SAHMA. Assists the board president in developing the board of directors’ meeting agenda. Reports to the board at its regular meetings, to the executive committee on a regular basis and at other times on association activities. Monitors operations for compliance with board policy. The ED staffs Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and standing committee meetings in person or virtually.

Financial Management
Develops, directs and manages all aspects of financial management including budgeting, accounting, payroll, auditing, assets, inventory, investments, and risk.
Defines expectations and manages the results of the bookkeeper and related personnel assigned to the financial management, accounting functions and membership management.
Ensures that all of the company’s ledgers, accounts, property and inventory, operating expenses, and insurance records are maintained properly and consistent with accepted business practices.
Maintains the fiscal integrity of the Association, to include submission to the board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
Fiscal compliance with federal, state and local laws, and generally accepted accounting principles and in accordance with practices established by SAHMA’s board of directors.
Manages relationship and outcomes with external suppliers, which support SAHMA’s financial management functions including external auditors and banking institutions.
Monitors cash flow on a monthly basis and takes necessary action to ensure that cash requirements are met.

Operations Management
Develops, directs, and/or manages all aspects of office operations, equipment, services, and all association membership programs, services and communications.
Manages external suppliers for required services and assesses business processes that relate to office management and implements strategic and tactical enhancements.
Supervision of establishing terms, conditions and performance expectations embodied in event contracts.
Coordinates goals, policies, priorities and practices relating to all aspects of human resources management in collaboration with the executive committee including personnel policies, salary and benefits, administration, recruitment, payroll, records retention, performance bonuses, employee evaluation, disciplinary actions, terminations, and separations.

Supervisory Relationship:
Reports to: Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
Supervision of: All staff and contract employees


Demonstrated Skills
Knowledge, ability, and success in the following areas:

  • Fiscal compliance and standards
  • Business operations involving contract management.
  • Budget development, preparation, analysis, and forecasting
  • Customer relations and interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communications
  • Human resources, set priorities, schedule staff assignments, and manage multiple deadlines
  • Leadership, team building and facilitation, collaboration, and empowerment
  • Short- and long-term project management
  • Analytical and critical decision making
  • Business Technology
  • Develop, write, and implement operational policies and practices
  • Member services, events, education, and/or member programs
Requisite Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University or College or above.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of senior and/or executive management experience in a public or private business, organization, or membership association.
  • Creative approach to problem-solving with a proven track record of implementing innovative initiatives in complex organizations.
  • Proven record of navigating, negotiating, marketing and implementing programs including education, events, etc.
  • Proven ability to deliver information quickly and effectively and increase efficiencies.
  • CAE designation desired but not required.
Background Check Requirement
All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check.

Job Details

This career opportunity offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience.

Travel within North America to attend single or multi-day SAHMA sponsored events 8-12+ per year, Industry associated events 2+ per year, professional development or other industry/association events 2+ per year.


Application and Selection Process To be considered, our search committee requests a cover letter reflecting upon past successes and experience outlining key skills and values that you would bring to SAHMA. Your cover letter should include salary expectations and please provide a current resume, and at least three professional references to:

Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications may include but are not limited to evaluation of the application, education, training, and experience; virtual and/or in-person interview; reference and background checks. SAHMA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.