Job Opening: Executive Director, Better Community Neighborhoods, Schenectady, NY

Better Community Neighborhoods, Inc. (BCN) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created as the result of a merger between two previously existing, well-established not-for-profits based in the City of Schenectady, New York, Better Neighborhoods Inc. and the Community Land Trust of Schenectady. BCN is focused on neighborhood renewal, capital development and related services including housing counseling and financial literacy. The organization is a member of New York State’s Neighborhood Preservation Program.  The merger was carefully planned and executed by the leadership of previously existing organizations, local elected officials and local foundations.  The result is a stronger, strategically positioned organization with the entire City of Schenectady as its service area, a rejuvenated Board of Directors and financial commitments from local foundations.   

Schenectady is undergoing major redevelopment, including growth in new industry, the expansion of arts and entertainment venues, the rebirth of downtown, start-up of new hotels and restaurants, and the development of Mohawk Harbor.  The objective of the merger is to create an organization strong enough to be a full partner to Schenectady’s Metroplex Authority with its economic development mandate to have a positive impact in Schenectady’s neighborhoods.  

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):


  • Lead the organization, its partners and the community in the creation of more affordable housing and stronger financial literacy and housing counseling programs

  • Lead effort to plan strategically and cohesively align programs and projects related to the organization’s mission throughout the community

  • Secure new funding to execute mission

  • Develop, prepare and execute complex affordable housing development projects such as (but not limited to) 4% and 9% tax credit deals

  • Coordinating the organization’s plans and activities with key community constituencies including neighborhood/grass roots organizations, local elected officials and other relevant civic leaders

  • Foster an environment of innovation

  • Cultivate strong working relationships with Federal, State and local governments, foundation leaders and other potential funding sources

Management and Administration

  • Facilitate strong governance and work well with a Board of Directors and Advisory Board comprised of community leaders

  • Direct the day to day operations of the organization

  • Recruit, foster, manage and supervise a strong staff dedicated to the organization’s mission and vision

  • Assure the organization has a well-conceived budget and strong fiscal management

  • Assure the organization is in compliance on all grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, and is run at best practice accounting standards

  • Develop, manage and deliver programs and strategies



  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience in affordable housing

  • Development background with a successful track record of project execution strongly preferred

  • Degree in a related field with high academic achievement; graduate degree preferred

  • Demonstrated achievement as a leader

  • Successful experience managing and organization and staff

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and experience

  • Experience with housing counseling and financial literacy programming

  • Experience with grant/proposal planning and writing

  • Experience with long term project management

  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of current affordable housing policy and related program issues

  • Proven ability to work effectively and proactively in a fast-paced team environment

  • Candidates must have the ability and willingness to work flexible hours when necessary

Salary and benefits will be competitive.  This organization is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to  Please do not contact or submit materials via the existing staff or websites of Better Neighborhoods Inc. or the Community Land Trust of Schenectady.