Organization: Women’s Development Corporation

Location: Providence, RI

Express Interest


Women’s Development Corporation (WDC) was founded in 1979 by women with professions in architecture and design, community planning, and historic preservation. Currently one of the largest nonprofit housing developers in Rhode Island, WDC is an innovator in the design, development, construction, and management of housing for low to moderate-income families, the elderly, and persons with special needs. WDC reclaims and restores historic buildings, constructs new, energy-efficient housing, and revitalizes neighborhoods with a combination of federal, state, and private financing. WDC also provides rental and home ownership opportunities. WDC owns or controls nearly 30 affiliated entities that play a vital role in fostering and carrying out WDCs mission. WDC and its affiliates provide consulting services and technical assistance to other organizations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, guiding projects from site selection, zoning and permitting, and development through construction and operation.

Housing Opportunities Corporation (HOC) is a separate, but affiliated non-profit that manages WDC properties as well as properties owned by other organizations. From the initial planning stages of a project throughout the property’s life, HOC provides hands-on management and maintenance to ensure quality permanent housing for families, the elderly, and persons with special needs. HOC’s responsive 24-hour services are much appreciated by residents. At this time, HOC manages over 800 apartments across Rhode Island. HOCs staff includes a team of approximately 35 people, charged with all aspects of property management and maintenance.

WDC is currently seeking a thoughtful and experienced Executive Director to lead, manage, and oversee all aspects of WDC, HOC and all affiliated organizations. Guided by the mission, values and history of WDC, the Executive Director will promote and actively contribute to a respectful, high-performing, team-based working environment and will seek to increase the impact of the organization through real estate development, property management, related consulting contracts, and collaboration with others who are equally committed to neighborhood revitalization. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of highly energized and active participants in the affairs of WDC and its affiliates, and will manage a senior team of department leaders. This is an exciting opportunity for a mission-driven individual to have a tremendous impact on Rhode Island and the surrounding region and the people who live there.

This is a full-time position located in Providence, RI. For more information on Women’s Development Corporation, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Executive Director of Women’s Development Corporation will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for the Mission

The Executive Director will have a demonstrated passion for the mission of WDC and its affiliates and a demonstrated commitment to neighborhood revitalization. S/he will believe strongly in the ability of safe, high-quality, and affordable housing to positively impact the lives of underserved populations and will be comfortable serving as an evangelist for that mission. S/he will have a deep respect for the history of WDC while staying focused on the future opportunities that present for the organization.

Strategic Leadership and Management

The Executive Director will be a strategic leader that will work with the Board, who is charged with setting policy and direction for the organization, to help set a strategic vision for the organization’s next chapter. S/he will build and retain a talented team that will work with him/her to implement the course of action for achieving the vision. S/he will have a demonstrated understanding of how to run a financially sound organization and will be a mature and approachable leader who builds a culture of collaboration among the staff, Board of Directors, clients, residents and the community.

Housing Expertise

The Executive Director will have exposure to the real estate development/property management world and will demonstrate a clear understanding of the process of neighborhood revitalization. Ideally, s/he will bring knowledge of the various government and private funding sources such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD programs and other similar sources that WDC relies on for their development work, as well as an understanding of asset management responsibilities and compliance obligations. In addition, she will have exposure to identifying and applying for grants and other local and regional programmatic sources to fund operations..

Innovation/Entrepreneurial Mindset

The Executive Director will have a willingness to think creatively about how to achieve goals and an excitement for innovative approaches. S/he will be a thoughtful risk-taker that is always looking for new opportunities and win/win partnerships. With a focus on outcomes and impact, s/he will be excited about the ability to creatively and strategically envision the future and then move the organization in that direction. However, s/he will possess the necessary leadership skills to approach innovation and change after thoughtful investigation, at a careful pace and through an articulate plan.

Communication/Partnership Building

An exceptional communicator, the Executive Director will have the ability to serve as a compelling yet practical spokesperson for the organization and inspire funders, staff, and partners alike. S/he will be fully transparent and actively and strategically seek partnerships and build coalitions with other partners and leaders in order to further the strategic goals of the organization.


  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of WDC
  • 5+ years of senior leadership experience in a nonprofit or business environment
  • Strong, responsible leadership skills demonstrating vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, along with demonstrated experience leading teams to excellent results
  • Experience in real estate development and neighborhood revitalization efforts with knowledge of affordable housing programs and compliance matters a plus
  • Strong financial management skills, excellent budgeting and business planning skills and a demonstrated commitment to financial responsibility
  • Demonstrated organizational and managerial experience, including knowledge of staff training opportunities, motivational leadership skills, and exposure to human resources and employment matters
  • Experience working with a responsive and engaged Board of Directors and knowledge of Board governance best practices
  • Highly developed relationship-building skills and an ability to positively represent the organization before varied audiences including government agencies, public officials, clients, investors, lenders and other community development participants
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, reserves of energy, a good sense of humor, a calm and mature demeanor and a contagious enthusiasm
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presenting to groups, along with an ability to inspire audiences around a common mission
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience required; Master’s preferred

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Women’s Development Corporation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.

Women’s Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit