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Executive Director Position Announcement

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) is seeking an Executive Director to succeed our retiring leader, Eric Burmeister.

  • Position Location: Des Moines, Iowa

  • Position Start Date: No later than June 1, 2023

  • Competitive Compensation: $140,000-$170,000 annually.

  • The complete position description is available at

About the Polk County Housing Trust Fund

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) has earned a reputation as the “go to” non-profit for all things related to housing affordability in Polk County. Located in downtown Des Moines, the organization provides strategic leadership, expertise, and resources to strengthen area communities through affordable housing. It does this through three areas of actionable focus —comprehensive planning, advocacy, and funding.

About the role of Executive Director

High-profile community position leading critically important conversations to shape perceptions, increase collaboration and expand partnerships leading to more affordable housing.

Be part of a dynamic team improving housing access/opportunity for people in Polk County. If you believe everyone should have access to affordable, safe housing and the opportunity to thrive, we welcome your application for this leadership position.

Key priorities

  • Builds positive relationships, partnerships and high-level trust with elected and appointed officials, community organizations, funders, and providers to inspire systemic change and improve housing affordability options.

  • Supports sustainability of funded affordable housing providers and projects, while encouraging innovative solutions and new practices.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias to ensure equitable affordable housing experiences for all.

  • Leads a positive work culture with clarity around roles and a spirit of collaboration and shared purpose within the team and in the community.

  • Outstanding communication and persuasive skills backed by strong use of data, problem-solving and understanding of regulations related to housing/community planning.

  • Provides guidance and recommendations to the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan and serves as point for the adherence to financial and accounting policies, practices and budget.

Essential qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with experience in an executive or senior management level position. Advanced degree in a related field of study is preferred.

  • Experience in at least one of the following areas is required: public administration, housing development, public policy, or community development. Prior experience in non-profit agency administration is preferred.

  • Ability to lead, support and develop team members within their areas of fundraising, major gifts, grant procurement, marketing, research, planning and community partnerships.

How to apply

A full job description can be found at Please send your resume, a brief cover letter (up to 500 words) that conveys your beliefs around housing affordability and why you feel uniquely qualified to lead PCHTF, and 3 references to: Diana Deibler at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. The PCHTF is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees with a work environment free of discrimination, harassment and intimidation. All employment decisions at PCHTF are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected class by federal, state or local laws. The PCHTF encourages all applicants.


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