The Houston Land Bank was created recently by the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (“LARA”), a local government corporation for the City of Houston to stimulate and facilitate the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, and/or tax foreclosed properties through strategic partnerships with developers, builders, community organizations, lenders, and others. LARA recently reorganized as the Houston Land Bank to reflect an expanded scope of services that directly support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Over the years, LARA has operated through City of Houston staff, largely drawn from within the Department of Housing. However, in its new form, the Land Bank will be able to hire its own staff and secure its own office space as its level of activity increases. As part of the reorganization process, new policies and procedures have been developed over the past 6 months to facilitate the broader scope of services. The Land Bank currently manages over 500 properties in Houston, a number that is expected to increase substantially over the next two years. The President/CEO is the chief executive officer of HLB and is responsible for its day-to-day operations, with responsibility for management and oversight of all HLB functions, as well as supervision of all HLB employees. The President/CEO oversees the strategic redevelopment of vacant land and structures and is responsible for managing HLB’s multimillion dollar budget, reporting to and working closely with the Board Chair to achieve HLB’s strategic objectives and mission. The position represents a great opportunity to play a key role in shaping the redevelopment of major portions of the 4th largest city in the US.
The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (MA or JD is preferred) in business or public administration, planning, law, real estate, finance, or a related field. 7 years’ related professional experience, including >3 in a supervisory role and 3 years in an executive management role with responsibility for complex budgets, ideally including public sector experience. Proven track record developing and executing public-private partnerships. Proven ability to navigate the acquisition and disposition of real property and the logistical and financial issues arising therefrom. Extensive real estate project management experience. Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task and meeting facilitation. Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, public speaking) with the ability to work with diverse stakeholders. Ability to navigate government programs and processes, including procurement and contract ompliance. Entrepreneurial orientation regarding opportunities and lines of business. Demonstrated record of progressively responsible advancement in one’s professional field through ongoing education, training, participation on conferences and related activities.