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Executive Director – NC Justice Center

The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s preeminent voice for economic and social justice with the mission of eliminating poverty. We work to ensure that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.

The Justice Center works to promote:

  • Jobs that are safe, pay a living wage and provide benefits
  • Access to quality and affordable health care;
  • Quality public education for every child
  • Consumer protections from abusive practices
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Public investments that expand opportunities for economic security
  • A state budget and revenue system that is fair and promotes economic security for low-income families
  • Access to quality legal services for victims of persecution, trafficking, and immigrants seeking legal status in the U.S.
  • Fair treatment for everyone in North Carolina, regardless of race, ethnicity or country of origin or immigration status   

To pursue these goals, the Justice Center employs five interconnected strategies:  litigation, research and analysis, public policy advocacy, community education and engagement, and communication.   

The Executive Director will provide overall leadership and management for the organization, by promoting the mission, working with the Board and staff to develop a guiding strategic plan, setting clear expectations, implementing best practices and managing the leadership team.  The individual will be an effective communicator who builds rapport within the NCJC team and fosters an organizational culture of trust and transparency.  The Executive Director will be able to fundraise and provide direction for grant seeking efforts.  It will be important for this individual to communicate effectively internally and externally while representing the organization publically. The Executive Director will need to maintain engagement of the Board and leverage Board relationships to seek advice and assist with making productive connections throughout the state of NC.  The leader of the NC Justice Center will need credible experience to represent the organization’s issues and strategies across a broad range of constituents and policy leaders.  It will be important for the Executive Director to understand how to lead a very passionate and well informed team of advocates and justice seeking professionals. The Executive Director will work with staff, the Board, funders and allies in creating and implementing a bold and broad strategic vision of change for North Carolina.  This decisive leader will create excitement and consensus around that vision across projects, among funders and in the larger progressive policy community. 


  • Experience with and understanding of the needs of low-income individuals and communities
  • Significant successful experience in management and leadership, preferably in non-profit organizations
  • Significant experience in legal or policy advocacy
  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of/experience in legislative and legal processes
  • Experience with financial management of organizations and the ability to manage an organization with multiple funding sources
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, including but not limited to foundations and private donors
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively with external audiences about the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and articulate a clear plan of work to achieve defined organizational goals
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups of people and facilitate discussions to increase positive impact on the under-represented
  • A deep commitment to economic and social justice

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

To apply for this position:

Submit your resume and cover letter via email to by December 5, 2014.  If you have additional questions about being considered for the position call Christie Fell at Elinvar, the executive search firm handling the search, at 919-280-1375.



ReStore Associate - Habitat for Humanity of Wake County (HFHWC)

Primary location: Fuquay-Varina ReStore


Under the general supervision of the Store Manager, the ReStore Associate will assist with day to day operations of the store sales floor and receiving and processing of donations in the back room.   The Associate will be expected to leverage available volunteers to accomplish daily tasks in an efficient manner.  In addition, the Associate will be responsible for store projects that will be assigned to her/him as needed within the store and must provide good customer service to donors in the back, customers on the sales floor, and to regular volunteers.

Responsibilities within the ReStore:

·         Coordinate the flow of donated materials to the store sales floor

·         Evaluate condition/price of incoming merchandise, including furniture, cabinets, and lawn equipment

·         Maintain proper merchandise placement throughout the store

·         Provide additional supervision for volunteers

·         Assist customers with purchasing merchandise

·         Operate the cash register

·         Assist customers with loading out purchases

·         Maintain clean, neat, and organized workspaces

·         Keep store free from safety hazards

·         Work closely with the Store Manager and Assistant Manager to determine individual projects that may be necessary for store improvements (these can include activities such as building new display equipment and improving overall store appearance)

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

·         A strong belief in the organization’s mission, goals and accomplishments

·         Clean driving record

·         Experience working in a retail environment (sales, receiving, or management)

·         Ability and experience working with and delegating tasks to volunteers

·         Strong knowledge of trades (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, woodworking)

·         General knowledge of the ReUse industry

·         Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both internally and externally

·         Excellent customer service etiquette and attitude

·         Ability to have grace and humor under pressure

·         Energized in an atmosphere that fosters sharing new ideas and initiatives


Machines, equipment and specialized tools appropriate to function include:

·         Power tools, hand tools, ladders

·         Price guns

·         Cash register and POS

·         Pallet jacks and other material handling equipment

·         PC running Windows 7 and printer/scanner

Supervisory controls:

The Associate will report directly to the Store manager.


Responsibilities involve a variety of tasks that may or may not be related.  Therefore, strong organizational skills will be required.  The ability to independently prioritize tasks in a fast-paced and dynamic environment is essential, as is the ability to manage volunteers and keep them engaged with those tasks.

Physical demands:

Ability to lift over 50 lbs.

Work environment:

The Fuquay-Varina ReStore is a 12,500 sq ft suite within the Tractor Supply Plaza.  It contains a large retail space and a small warehouse area in the back.

Minimum education and experience requirements:

Candidate must have a college degree or equivalent four years of experience working in customer service, retail, reuse and/or construction.

If interested, please email a cover letter and resume to

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.



Part-time Donation Pickup Driver - Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is a non-profit organization that partners with families to build safe, decent affordable housing.

Reports to: Donation Procurement Manager

Summary Description: The Donation Pickup Driver manages the collection of off-site donations, transporting them to the ReStore.

General duties include but are not limited to:

·         Ability to drive and operate a manual box truck safely

·         Document correspondence with donors

·         Perform excellent customer/donor service

·         Load and pack materials to minimize damage

·         Screen and examine each donation on site

·         Coordinate donation receipts with Donation Procurement Manager

·         Lead in proper unloading of donated materials

·         Price the material that comes off the truck

·         Act as a representative of Habitat for Humanity, a community leader.


·         Clean criminal background check

·         Excellent driving record

·         Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs., continuously

·         Ability to work independently and follow instructions

·         Team player with a good attitude; intent on helping others and the community

·         Part time position of 20 hours a week

·         Must work every Monday and Saturday, with an additional half day during the week

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Please mail or e-mail your resume and cover letter to

No phone calls please!

Natalie Chesson

2420 Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604



Housing Counselor - Fayetteville

Job Description: Minimum education and Experience Requirements; Requires a Bachelor's degree in business administration, or related field. Three to five years of previous experience in community development and/or economic development. and/or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Must possess good budgetary and communication skills-both oral and written, and organizational skills. Knowledge of affordable housing and the ability to work with diverse client base required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Report to the Housing Director to assist in the implementation of the system of operations of Kingdom CDC and the system of providing quality services to low-income and minority people in Cumberland County.

* Interview applicants to obtain personal and financial data and fills out application. Corresponds to credit bureaus, employers, and personal references to check credit and personal references. Analyzes client financial status, credit, and property evaluation to determine feasibility of meeting bank-underwriting requirements.

* Confers with client to ascertain available monthly income after living expenses to meet credit obligations. Calculates amount of debt and funds available to plan method of credit repair. Establishes payment priorities, arranges payment adjustments.

* Counsels clients on personal and family financial problems. Provide an approved home buying education program to include financial literacy, teaching money management skills.

* Travel may be required to attend work related training events and annual conferences.

* Motivates the community residents to become involved in the revitalization of their community.

For more information and to apply, please contact Elsie Gilmore.



Development Project Manager- Virginia and North Carolina markets  

The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) is one of the leading nonprofit developers of mixed-income housing in the United States. Our mission is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. We realize our mission by developing, financing and operating high-quality housing and implementing neighborhood self-help initiatives to drive economic opportunity for our residents. Since 1964, we have constructed or preserved over 320 affordable and mixed-income housing developments and secured over $2.5 billion in project financing from public and private sources. Today, we own or manage more than 10,000 apartments in 14 states and Washington, D.C. We are headquartered in Boston with regional hubs in Chicago and Washington.

Position Description:

The Project Manager leads the day-to-day progression of all aspects of the development process, including leasing, design, entitlements, financing, and construction while delivering quality projects on schedule and within budget with a focus in the Virginia and North Carolina markets.

Must demonstrate an ability to delegate effectively and set appropriate deadlines, while maintaining rapport with internal and external resources. Must accurately identify and communicate risks in advance and recommend strategies to avoid, rather than react. Must demonstrate creative problem solving, resourcefulness, tenacity, and the ability to negotiate and persuade effectively.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and maintain financial models, projections, and schedules
  • Project initiation (site analysis & selection, financial feasibility, schedule & budget, & securing political support)
  • Project determination (financial structure, funding commitments, cost estimates, establishment of project pro forma, due diligence)
  • Prepare RFQ/RFP responses.  Show the ability to thoroughly convey TCB’s ideas to potential clients
  • Secure Public approvals, including zoning
  • Work with Finance staff to secure equity, debt and public resources. Take lead in representing organization with local and state funding sources
  • Project design (architect selection & management, plans & specs, set-up of requisition system)
  • Lead the structuring, assembly, review of funding applications and managing the closing
  • Coordinate design/entitlement/permitting process with project team members
  • Track & report project issues
  • Communicate with Property Management department of requirements met and Human Services planning is continuous throughout the project
  • Process and track development expenses with accounting staff
  • Attend on-site meetings, public and community meetings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong financial and analytical skills required, with a passion for real estate development
  • Handle multiple projects through the consistent completion of tasks with established deadlines

Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills and must possess advanced knowledge of:

  • Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Familiarity with Virginia and North Carolina affordable housing markets.

Education & Experience:

  • Master's degree preferred
  • Experience with affordable housing strongly preferred

Requires a minimum of 3-5 years of proven experience and skills in the following:

  • Residential real estate development
  • Development team management
  • Transaction structuring
  • Public/private financing
  • Financial modeling and developing budgets
  • Regulatory issues related to development work

The Community Builders, Inc. is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates may send resumes to:



Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Construction Superintendent

Department: Construction

Location: Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Administrative Office

Supervisor: Director of Construction


The Construction Superintendent (CS) reports directly to the Director of Construction and is responsible for managing the construction and/or rehabilitation of safe, decent, affordable housing in accordance with applicable building codes and to the technical and quality requirements of HFHWC.

The CS is responsible for engaging and managing on-site skilled and unskilled volunteers (groups range from 5-150) and subcontractors to construct or rehabilitate dwellings in a safe work environment, on schedule and within established budgets. This position is responsible for leading the construction process from foundation through warranty and is typically responsible for the construction or rehabilitation of at least six homes per year. Habitat for Humanity's mission to is bring communities together to build houses for qualified candidates. This is accomplished through a variety of ways, none more important than inviting volunteers onto the worksite multiple days each week to form part of the workforce that enables Habitat to frame houses, install siding, install interior doors and other mill work, paint, and a variety of other interior and exterior finishes.

Regular work week is from Tuesday through Saturday.


·         Supervise and coordinate all aspects of construction on assigned homes including preparing build schedules, ordering materials, scheduling inspections, daily on-site work, advance preparation for work day activities, maintaining a safe and clean work site environment, and overall quality control.

·         Meet or exceed all schedule deadlines.

·         Meet or exceed all house budget expectations.

·         Manage the worksites such that they meet all organizational safety and housekeeping requirements, and all applicable OSHA requirements.

·         Supervise and coordinate all work of paid subcontractors, including: scheduling, adherence to building codes and inspections, and overall quality control.

·         Train and supervise all on-site volunteers and AmeriCorps members in construction practices, safety, and adherence to Habitat’s guidelines and policies.

·         Serve as the main staff representative of HFHWC and its mission to volunteers and the local community. Responsible for ensuring a positive volunteer experience and increasing the retention rate of volunteers.

·         Order materials and supplies for each house under construction, including coordination of deliveries and verification of correct purchasing and invoicing.

·         Communicate and coordinate as needed with other HFHWC departments such as resource development, finance, volunteer services, and family services.

·         Attend related functions as requested such as house dedications, internal planning meetings, regional and national trainings, etc.


·         The qualified candidate for this position will possess strong communication skills, ability to teach and lead both small and large groups of volunteers, and have a strong grasp of residential construction industry best practices.

·         Successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail and will thrive keeping their job site and material in good order.

·         Residential construction knowledge and skill involving all aspects (carpentry, foundations, siding, roofing, skilled trades, finishing, painting, landscaping, etc.) of residential construction both rehabilitation and new construction.

·         Knowledge and understanding of NC Building Code, and all other relevant Wake County municipalities’ building codes with ability to interpret and explain to unskilled volunteers.

·         Knowledge and understanding of green building concepts, practices and requirements. Familiarity with Advanced Energy/System Vision program and NAHB Green Building Standards.

·         Leadership in supervisory role and willingness to take initiative.

·         Strong decision making abilities to accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently.

·         General business and financial skills to manage projects efficiently within established budgets.

·         Excellent oral, written, and illustrative communications skills.

·         Awareness of social/community issues (e.g. poverty, affordable housing, etc.)

·         Diversity training/experience. Working in an environment with people of varying ethnicities, religions, etc.

·         Safety/First Aid training for emergencies on-site.

·         Basic technology skills with computers and smartphones.

·         Current NC driver’s license.

·         Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours as needed for projects and meetings.

·         Desire and ability to work with volunteers unskilled in construction to create a rewarding volunteer experience that translates into repeated volunteer activity and increased involvement with Habitat.

·         Desire and ability to create, sustain, and grow relationships with Habitat homeowners to instill the skills, knowledge, and pride required for successful homeownership.

·         Desire and ability to interpret and support Habitat’s Christian mission to the public.


·         High school graduate or GED; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Two or more years of experience in the residential construction industry particularly in project management and coordination of multiple sites/projects,. Experience in leading and supervising unskilled volunteers is a must.


·         If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to



Director, Property and Asset Management

The Organization:

Self-Help is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending.  It has provided over $6 billion in financing to help more than 75,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, start and build businesses, and strengthen community resources across the country.  Self-Help’s affiliate, the Center for Responsible Lending, researches and advocates for state and national legislation to address predatory lending practices and policies. 

Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending are national organizations based out of Durham, North Carolina with regional offices in North Carolina, Washington DC, Chicago, and California. Nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in community development lending, Self-Help is one of twelve nonprofits featured in Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits.

Position Description:

Under the direction of the Real Estate Team Leader, directly oversee all aspects of property and asset management including operational, financial and administrative duties for Self-Help’s portfolio of 20 properties in North Carolina and one in Washington DC. 

Supervise and manage two team members including the Maintenance Supervisor and Commercial Property Administrator.  Work in partnership with the Director of Leasing and Marketing for lease management, tenant relations, build outs and move in/outs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, manage and ensure upkeep and maintenance of Self-Help’s commercial real estate buildings, located throughout North Carolina and Washington, DC including hiring and supervision of staff employees, maintenance contractors, third-party property managers and leasing brokers. 
  • Manage budgets and reporting including but not limited to operating, capital expenditures, cash flow and cost-benefit analysis, performance and forecasting to ensure targeted yields and other performance goals are met.
  • Solicit, review and analyze proposals for capital improvement projects for commercial real estate assets; negotiate and approve proposals and agreements; and project manage large capital improvement projects.
  • Direct the collection of property related income and payment of operations related invoices; maintain records of sales, rental or usage activity, special permits issued, maintenance and operating costs, and property availability.
  • Conduct routine inspection of grounds, facilities, and equipment to determine necessity of repairs or maintenance and coordinate general maintenance, major repairs, and remodeling or construction projects for commercial properties.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date tenant records.
  • Participate in the predevelopment process to make recommendations on design and impact of ongoing operations - post construction or new acquisition.
  • Review energy and water efficiency trends regularly and adopt practices and projects that improve efficiency of our portfolio.
  • Must be able to travel as needed, travel estimated at 20%.


·                 Bachelor’s degree required; a degree in Business, Real Estate, Finance or Engineering is a plus.

·                 Prior supervisory/management experience required.

·                 Minimum of four (4) years property management or management experience in a related field required; construction experience and/or familiarity with essential building systems preferred.

·                 Knowledge of business and management principles.

·                 Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, especially those typically related to commercial real estate.

·                 Familiarity with reading and negotiating legal documents, including leases and contracts with vendors.

·                 Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and leasing commercial office and retail space.

  • Proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Experience with MAS/PM2000 or similar accounting system, or propensity to quickly learn new systems.
  • CCIM, FMP or ACoM certifications a plus.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Required to regularly walk through the properties (including the roof) and climb stairs. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 20 pounds.


Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter describing why you are a fit for this position to  Please include position title as subject of email.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.



Fair Housing Tester

Help Fight Housing Discrimination

Do you have a flexible schedule, a commitment to civil rights, and interested in playing a vital role in assuring equal housing opportunities are provided to all?  If so, you may be interested in becoming a tester for The Fair Housing Project of The Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC).

What is fair housing testing?

Testing is the process for and method of ascertaining and measuring the difference in quality, content, and quantity of information and service given to home seekers by housing providers.

How do you test housing discrimination?

Fair housing testers typically pretend to be looking for an apartment or buying a house. They may call and/or go in person to see about a vacancy.  Then they fill out a detailed report on exactly how they were treated.  For many years now, fair housing programs around the country have used testers to investigate cases of discrimination.

The Fair Housing Project needs your help!

A successful testing program requires diversity. We need people comprising the full spectrum of humanity including: race, color, national origin, ability, age and gender. 

Why You Should Be a Tester?

You will get to help fight housing discrimination. You will be helping people to live wherever they so choose, free from discrimination and hatred.  We are also able to pay a stipend and mileage roundtrip.

How to get Involved:

Testers only need to attend one training class and registration is required. If you are interested in becoming a tester or would like more information, please call Carol Comrie, Testing Coordinator, at 919.861.1885 or e-mail


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