APPLY: Executive Director

Executive Director Job Description

Charm City Land Trusts, Inc. (CCLT) seeks an executive director. CCLT is a nonprofit affordable housing and environmental nonprofit organization. CCLT creates permanently-affordable housing, stewards greenspace, and seeks to accomplish community-driven equitable development. We pursue an executive director who is versatile, community-focused, and committed to the ideals of the community land trust (CLT) model. The ED will work closely with the Board of Directors to coordinate ongoing housing development projects, develop a pipeline of low-income buyers, advance and maintain collaborative relationships across the affordable housing sector, and preserve the operational and financial integrity of the organization.

The executive director is a full-time role which reports to the Board of Directors. The role comes with a competitive compensation package based on role requirements and the candidate’s experience.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a full application to Please include the following:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest detailing qualifications and why you would like to work with CCLT
  • Three references with phone numbers

The Board will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2022. Applications will be continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.

About Charm City Land Trusts, Inc.

Charm City Land Trusts, Inc. (CCLT) is Baltimore’s longest-tenured community land trust (CLT). Established in 2000, CCLT has undertaken several land and housing justice efforts over the course of its 20-year history, including the stewarding of the Amazing Port Street Commons, a community garden located behind Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, and the development of affordable housing, including the recent completion of a CLT home in the heart of McElderry Park. CCLT is committed to community-driven and equitable development that centralizes democratic participation, racial equity, and collective decision-making in all facets of urban development. With the completion of CCLT’s first two homes, the organization is looking to expand its capacity to develop and execute multi-unit development and maintain its other assets, particularly the Amazing Port Street Commons.

Primary Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

  • Continue to develop and execute a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Foster an effective and collaborative relationship with board members and committees.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization and represent the organization in the community to promote its mission and enhance its community profile.
  • Provide visionary and collaborative facilitation, community planning, and decision-making

Operational Management

  • Develop an annual operational plan which incorporates strategic goals and objectives.
  • Execute and track achievement against operational plans; report on results to board and staff.
  • Ensure the operations of the organization are carried out with the highest quality, ethics, and integrity.

Staff & Team Development

  • Continue to build and develop organizational staff and board capacity in a sustainable manner.
  • Maintain a positive, healthy, and safe work environment that attracts, keeps, and motivates team members.
  • Oversee continued work of building a collaborative, transparent organizational culture.
  • Oversee human resource policies, procedures, and practices for all personnel.

Financial Management & Fundraising

  • Oversee all operational and financial reporting activities of the organization.
  • Work with staff and the board to prepare a comprehensive budget, administer the funds according to the approved budget, monitor the monthly cash flow, and provide regular reports to the Board on the revenues and expenditure of the organization.
  • Refine and implement CCLT’s long-term business plan.
  • Guide and lead fundraising activities.
  • Oversee the submission of grant proposals and prepare progress reports for the Board.

Real Estate Development

  • Facilitate multi-unit housing development projects in partnership with lenders, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and contractors.
  • Ensure adherence to programmatic commitments and project requirements.
  • Identify and provide guidance to potential CCLT homebuyers.
  • Work with listing agent to close on renovated CCLT homes.
  • Provide post-purchase stewardship, including collecting AHLTA fees from CCLT homeowners.

Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passionate about affordable housing and community-driven development
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Adept at grant-writing and nonprofit administration
  • Familiar with community land trusts—what they are and how they work
  • Knowledgeable about ongoing CLT activism in the city
  • Aware of East Baltimore’s unique developmental trajectory
  • Skilled in developing advertising/marketing materials
  • Self-motivated and adept at multitasking
  • Knowledgeable and interested in construction and residential development

CCLT is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQIA+ people must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.