President & CEO


Position Summary (For extended profile information, click here for the PDF)

The President & CEO is the executive officer of the agency and if so designated by the Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and other designated committees of the Board. The President & CEO is chiefly responsible for leading the agency toward fulfillment of its mission and goals. Drawing together the abilities and energies of the Board of Directors, the Staff, and the community, the President & CEO provides leadership, direction, administration, and management to govern the operations and ensure the long-range success of the organization.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities ("Must Haves"):

•10-15+ years of progressively responsible visionary and strategic executive leadership experience in a non-profit, affordable housing and/or community development-focused organization of comparable size; passion for mission and commitment to serving low-income people

•Demonstrated track record in and thorough understanding of real estate development, development finance, property and asset management best practices, home repair and rehabilitation, HUD programs, and/or resident/supportive services, and resource development and philanthropy

•Strong business acumen and excellent financial and organizational risk management capabilities coupled with well-development community engagement, advocacy, networking, and outreach capabilities

•DEI-centered large group/team leadership and supervisory management skills; possess a servant leader as well as a mentoring, coaching, and development spirit and disposition; decisive, able to resolve and de-escalate conflict and foster a culture of results and accountability

•Superior communication, presentation, public speaking, interpersonal, relationship management, persuasiveness, negotiation, diplomacy, influencing, and listening skills; strong dispute resolution and de-escalation capabilities

•Demonstrated track record of success in strategic planning, operational excellence, financial analysis, KPI and metrics development, process improvement, change leadership, and management accountability

Organizational Overview

Who We Are

Founded in 1988 by volunteers, Mountain Housing Opportunities is western North Carolina’s non-profit leader in preserving and creating safe, stable, and affordable housing in the Asheville region and beyond. Mountain Housing Opportunities serves over 2,000 households each year through affordable rental homes, essential home repair, construction and sale of new affordable homes, and down payment assistance. MHO’s mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities, and lives, and build hope and dignity in the people we serve.

MHO has financed and developed 1,346 affordable apartments, helped more than 500 families and individuals achieve homeownership, and provided safety-related home repairs to over 4,000 homeowners. MHO maintains an active development pipeline that includes 420 new apartments across five sites. We are actively developing affordable for-sale housing at three sites.

MHO operates as a CDC/CDFI. MHO and MHO Loan Fund together own approximately $50M in assets, plus an additional $130M in multifamily assets for which MHO is managing member of investor properties developed by MHO through LLCs. MHO is a part of the national NeighborWorks Network of Excellence, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico ( MHO is rated an Exemplary NeighborWorks organization by the Organizational Assessment Division of NWA. MHO is one of only 4 NeighborWorks organizations in North Carolina.

What We Do

MHO’s lines of business are:

Affordable multi-family rental housing development

Affordable for-sale housing development, including

Self-Help Housing

Downpayment Assistance

Essential Home Repair

MHO is an award-winning affordable housing non-profit with a reputation for beautifully designed, well-constructed, and carefully managed communities. MHO is a growing, financially sound organization that manages complex development projects and financial transactions through highly professional staff, an engaged Board, and strong professional and community partnerships. MHO is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace and strongly supports work-life balance.

Seniority level

Employment type

Job function
Business Development, Management, and Strategy/Planning

Non-profit Organizations