Executive Director

Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative (SBSHC)
Santa Barbara, CA

Now Hiring: Executive Director

The Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative (SBSHC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Santa Barbara, CA. Established in 1976 as a non-exploitative rental housing alternative for UCSB students, SBSHC now provides housing and community programs to over 100 co-op members across six properties. SBSHC is mission-driven and member-run, serving a diverse membership engaged in the daily practice of self-help and mutually supportive cooperative living.

The Executive Director (ED) is directly responsible for all areas of operation and development for SBSHC and is directly accountable to the Board of Directors (BoD) and membership. The ED will implement the co-op’s bylaws, policies, and decisions of the BoD, while advising the BoD and organizing the membership for the effective operation of the organization. The ED will pursue operational and governance improvements, manage financial operations, develop effective training programs, ensure timely and quality maintenance and capital improvements, and represent the vision of the co-op to members and the community.


Qualifications - Required
● Minimum two years relevant professional experience
● Strong understanding of finances and business operations
● Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and QuickBooks software
● Strong organizational skills and ability to balance competing priorities
● Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
● Ability to work independently
● Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
● Ability to work closely with and take direction from college students
● Knowledge of fair housing law

Qualifications - Preferred
● Professional experience with student and/or cooperative housing
● Understanding of cooperative systems and principles
● Knowledge of state/federal legislation affecting non-profit organizations and housing providers
● Experience with non-profit/grassroots work
● Bilingual (English/Spanish)


Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, overtime-exempt position starting at $45,760 annually, with potential increases depending on experience. Benefits include employer-paid health care, dental coverage, and vision insurance. Vacation/Holiday days include 8 paid holidays, 2 weeks vacation at Winter Break, and up to 15 days of paid time off per calendar year.


Job Description & Duties

- Maintain corporate records and filings
- Suggest, update, distribute, and implement bylaw and policy changes
- Maintain accessible office with posted regular hours
- Maintain a succession plan for all position responsibilities
- Ensure the cooperative operates in accordance with its policies
- Be present at BoD and committee meetings as required
- Work in conjunction with the Director of Member Services (DMS) to ensure all administrative duties are fulfilled

Financial and Asset Management:
- Maintain and administer all accounts and other assets
- Promptly pay all bills and loan payments
- Maintain bookkeeping and reporting systems
- Prepare and present financial reports for the BoD and advise them on funding and new proposals
- Answer inquiries about individual member accounts
- Prepare annual financial statements and tax returns
- Maintain adequate insurance coverage for property, liability, workers compensation
- Prepare budget with Finance Committee for BoD approval and implement approved budgets
- Oversee payroll and associated taxes and reporting
- Assist House Treasurers with administering house funds
- Maintain effective internal controls

Member Education:
- Coordinate and lead quarterly orientations for House Treasurers and provide additional finance trainings as needed
- Develop and coordinate training programs for member positions in conjunction with DMS
- Provide guidance to the Board or Directors

Part-Time Staff Oversight
- Support, oversee, and evaluate all part-time employees

Community Building & Development:
- Maintain valuable partnerships with allied organization in Santa Barbara County and the wider cooperative network
- Work with alumni to maximize the benefit of their resources within the cooperative
- As needed, represent SBSHC on the Board of Directors of key partner organizations


How to Apply

Applications are due no later than 5:00pm PST on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

To apply, please email the following to the SBSHC Hiring Committee at apply@sbcoop.org:

• Cover letter
• Resume
• References (3): Name, relationship, email, phone number
• Essay responses to the following questions (200 words max each):

1. How would you describe your professional philosophy or your approach to non-profit work? How does this inform your individual ethic and goals within an organization?

2. What kind of involvement, if any, have you had with marginalized communities? Do you have experience interacting with, and being cognizant of, the social inequalities that affect these communities?

3. In your opinion, how should living in a housing cooperative differ from living in a traditional rental property? How should working for a housing cooperative differ from working as a traditional rental property manager?

4. How have you built connections within a community you have lived or worked in? How can you help cultivate a cooperative community in Isla Vista/Santa Barbara?


Note: California law protects individuals from illegal discrimination by employers based on the following:

• Race, color
• Ancestry, national origin
• Religion, creed
• Age (over 40)
• Disability, mental and physical
• Sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions)

• Sexual orientation
• Gender identity, gender expression
• Medical condition
• Genetic information
• Marital status
• Military and veteran status

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