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Executive Director

Just-A-Start Corporation

Just-A-Start Corporation (JAS), a 42-year old nonprofit community development corporation, with a legacy of excellence in affordable housing, youth and adult education, workforce development and tenant/landlord services seeks a new Executive Director. This new leader will inspire and align the organization in refreshing its operations and strategic plan. JAS aspires to create a community where residents of limited economic means can live and thrive. JAS aims to increase the social and economic power of individuals and families in its community through education, economic development and resident programming that foster a safe, vibrant and culturally diverse community with affordable housing.

The Executive Director will report to a 10-member board of directors comprised of civic and corporate leaders from JAS’s service area. S/he will be expected to refine the organization’s strategic direction and lead the day–to-day functions of the organization. In addition, the new ED will build the systems and capacities required to support a variety of neighborhood programs and initiatives to improve the quality of life for residents in Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville and other nearby communities.

The Executive Director will be responsible for a yearly budget of more than $5 million and a 60 member staff of talented and committed professionals, including a four person leadership team that reports directly to the Executive Director. The leadership team consists of the Controller, the Director, Housing Development, the Director, Education & Training Services and the Director, Housing Stabilization Program.

This leadership position requires a person who combines a passionate commitment to social and economic justice, sensitivity to community needs and strong management skills to lead an organization that occupies a uniquely important position in the City of Cambridge and surrounding Metro North communities.

The Executive Director will be a seasoned, dynamic professional with over five years experience managing a complex organization that has developed and managed real estate and/or delivered social services/education in a fiscally sound manner.

To apply, please send resume with cover letter to: Donna Cramer, Senior Associate, Isaacson Miller, 263 Summer Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. Telephone: 617-262-6500; Fax: 617-986-7101; E-mail:

About Organization:
JAS provides services to homeowners and renters to help increase their quality of living; offers education and workforce training opportunities that enhance career prospects and earning power; and develops, rehabilitates and preserves sorely needed, affordable rental and ownership housing. Just-A-Start works with individuals, families and groups in addressing these needs and enables people to participate fully in the life of their community.



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