Archdiocese of New York/ New York Catholic Charities/ Association of New York Catholic Homes/ New York Institute for Human Development
Archdiocesan Housing Chief Executive Officer
The Archdiocese of New York has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner
Anne J. McCarthy, Senior Director
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 4605
New York, NY 10168
Please put “Housing CEO” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is seeking a recognized leader in the affordable housing community to direct and oversee the Archdiocese’s affordable housing programs as its first Archdiocesan Housing Chief Executive Officer.
The Archdiocese of New York:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is the second largest archdiocese in the country and offers a vast and complex array of programs across the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, as well as in seven other New York State counties. Through its extensive network of churches, schools, charitable programs, and pastoral, social and education ministries, the Archdiocese serves 2.6 million Catholics of different ethnicities, backgrounds and ages in roughly 300 parishes, and educates nearly 70,000 students from Pre-K to twelfth grade, including schools that serve some of the inner-city’s poorest children. Additionally, through its work with New York Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese of New York ministers to hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in need through emergency shelter, food banks and nutritional programs, mental health, crisis intervention, immigration and refugee services, adoption and foster care, youth enrichment, job readiness and placement, disaster response and recovery, early intervention and special education, as well as transitional and affordable housing provided by church-sponsored housing developments.
During the past 10 years, the housing enterprises of the Archdiocese have experienced substantial growth in the efforts to develop, build, and rehab its low-income housing projects These programs have been overseen by the Association of New York Catholic Homes (ANYCH) and the New York Institute for Human Development (NYIHD) which are not-for-profit corporations that oversee the low-income housing activities sponsored by the New York Archdiocese. The mission of ANYCH and the NYIHD, which is the operating arm of the ANYCH, is to preserve the more than 2,200 low income housing units that are owned by 12 Archdiocesan sponsored housing corporations and to build new low-income housing units on Archdiocesan and Parish-owned properties. Currently, some 1000 units of low income family and senior units are under construction or in the pipeline for development.
While the Archdiocese has had success in their housing endeavors, it is now looking to scale up those programs as the needs of the population in underserved communities to find affordable housing have increased. In order to meet these additional demands and grow the programs, the Archdiocese is looking for a recognized leader who has significant experience in and knowledge of the affordable housing community, including housing financing, in New York City and State to become the Archdiocesan Housing Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).
The CEO will oversee and manage the increasingly complex and growing effort of the Archdiocesan housing activities of the ANYCH and NYIHD. The CEO must have extensive experience that encompasses oversight of complex organizations and experience with managing fiscal, program, and compliance staff. He/she must possess the ability to instill confidence in both internal and external constituents and to lead and direct the Archdiocese’s housing initiatives. The CEO will also establish and maintain productive relationships with entities that fund affordable housing production in New York City and State, as well as with representatives of the Archdiocese, the Board of Directors for both ANYCH and NYIHD, Parishes, and public officials. The CEO will report to the Boards of the Association of New York Catholic Homes and the New York Institute for Human Development, and be accountable to the leaders in the Archdiocese.
The principal areas of responsibility are:
- to oversee and manage the staff and activities of the ANYCH and the NYIHD in the preservation of the current housing portfolio and in the development of new rehabilitation and building projects;
- to direct and manage the compliance staff and its work in assuring the fiscal, program, and governance integrity of the local housing entities;
- and, to be the principal liaison with the Boards and Executive Committees of the ANYCH and NYIHD.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage the assignment and work load of the ANYCH and NYIHD staff with respect to current and emerging housing projects.
- Review, monitor, and, where necessary, develop policies that ensure the integrity of the legal, compliance, and governance of the housing operation.
- Be responsible for the fiscal management of the ANYCH and NYIHD including development and monitoring of budgets, ensuring timely completion of audits and other required reports.
- Be responsible for overall risk management in the development of new housing entities including monitoring the adequacy of insurance protection, monitoring of guarantees, and insuring long term viability of the housing entities.
- Be responsible for direct staff supervision of the fiscal and program compliance unit staff who monitor affiliated housing entities.
Oversight of Housing Operations
- Oversee the implementation of the Archdiocese’s housing development and rehabilitation projects.
- Coordinate and direct NYIHD/ANYCH management group, which consists of ANYCH and NYIHD staff and consultants, the Director of Real Estate for the Archdiocese of New York, a representative from the ANYCH and NYIHD Boards, and Director of Archdiocesan Government Relations; ensure annual evaluations and hiring of new staff and consultants.
- Be responsible for overall relations with the ANYCH and NYIHD Boards including finalizing and developing agendas and materials for Board meetings.
- Assist in the securing of financing and government approvals as necessary for Archdiocesan housing projects.
- Establish and maintain productive relationships with and public and private entities that are engaged in the financing, preservation, and development of the Archdiocese’s affordable housing initiatives, as well as with other representatives of the Archdiocese, including Catholic Charities and housing involved parishes.
- Articulate a positive vision of the development of low income housing in the Archdiocese with local government, community organizations, public agencies, lending sources and other housing organizations.
- Bachelor’s Degree minimum requirement, but preference will be given to those candidates possessing an advanced degree in finance, public administration, architecture, engineering, law, or a related degree.
- A minimum of ten years management experience of complex organizations including experience in financing and implementing large-scale affordable housing development and rehabilitation initiatives.
- Experience managing fiscal, program, and governance compliance staff.
- Experience interacting with the public sector including Municipal, State, and Federal governments to address regulatory and programmatic issues affecting the ability of the Archdiocese to preserve and expand its supply of affordable housing.
- Knowledge of affordable housing public and private financing strategies and the demonstrated ability to apply such strategies to secure adequate funding for Archdiocesan housing redevelopment and new construction projects.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and proven commitment to addressing the housing and community needs of low- income individuals, families, seniors and special needs households.
- Ability to supervise and create a working housing team.
- Excellent written and verbal communication, negotiation, and presentation skills.
- An understanding of the administration and operation of the New York Archdiocese a plus, but not required.