Executive Director – Kinston, NC


JOB TITLE: Executive Director
MINIMUM SALARY: $96,945 based on education and experience
REPORTS TO: Board of Commissioners
CLOSING DATE: October 20, 2023

Kinston Housing Authority (KHA) was established pursuant to the provisions of the “Housing Authority Law” of the State of North Carolina by the City of Kinston on December 4, 1939. The KHA provides quality, affordable housing to the City of Kinston and Lenoir County, North Carolina residents. KHA administers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). KHA is committed to providing affordable housing throughout Kinston and Lenoir County and to being good stewards of the public monies entrusted to us.

Position Summary
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the KHA and works directly with the Board in implementing policies and is primarily responsible for the overall administration, leadership, direction, and management of the day-to-day activities of the KHA. KHA has a budget of $12 million and consists of 641 public housing units, 889 housing choice vouchers, 298 multifamily units, and 6 market-rate units. The KHA also administers a Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

To successfully perform as an Executive Director of the KHA, the ideal candidate must possess the education and experience, licenses, and certifications listed below. He or she must pass a criminal background and drug screening. Additionally, satisfactory performance of the Primary Duties and Responsibilities is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs, plans, and administers KHA operations.
  2. Develops and administers administrative policies, procedures, and practices for all KHA activities and functions in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances and policies and procedures established by the Board.
  3. Complies with and follows the Bylaws of KHA and all other corporate governing documents.
  4. Supervises and directs KHA personnel. Supervisory duties include instructing, assigning and reviewing work, planning the work of others, maintaining standards, coordinating activities, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees, and making final decisions regarding discipline. Makes final hiring and termination decisions within the KHA.
  5. Ensures that the KHA meets standard performer standards as required by HUD, SEMAP, PHAS, etc.
  6. Establishes priorities and monitors implementation of objectives for the various departments within the KHA.
  7. Serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the KHA. Directs the care and custody of funds of the KHA.
  8. Attends Board meetings and serves as an advisor in developing and recommending KHA policies and procedures.
  9. Keep the Board apprised of all relevant activities, programs, accomplishments, and areas of concern in KHA operations. Ensures proper and timely action on all matters requiring Board action. Provides recommendations to the Board on all applicable items. Communicates Board decisions to KHA employees.
  10. Acts as contracting officer and signs all contracts and other materials requiring immediate action.
  11. Acts as liaison between KHA and federal, state, and local governments and with local and national organizations.
  12. Administers KHA personnel functions, including employee policy implementation, employee development plans, compensation schedules, etc.
  13. Coordinates and executes all public relations activities, ensuring a favorable image of the programs is projected on national, state, and local levels.
  14. Develop and implement both short-term and long-range strategic plans for the KHA.
  15. Conducts regular staff meetings.
  16. Oversees KHA financial and programmatic plans and evaluates their effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
  17. Coordinates funding activities and functions.
  18. Authorizes payment of KHA bills. Prepares and executes budgets, requisitions and other financial statements as required.
  19. Ensures that required HUD reporting (PIC, SEMAP, PHAS, etc) is completed on time and with supporting documentation.
  20. Ensures all employees receive and understand all laws, regulations, policies, and special instructions as applicable.
  21. Reviews and evaluates the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy. Offers advice and assistance as necessary.
  22. Carries out special projects for the Board as assigned.
  23. Ensures KHA representation at selected meetings, community events, etc., sponsored by human service agencies. Ensures a strong alliance with all social service agencies on behalf of the KHA.
  24. Provides input in the preparation for funding proposals and grants to support special programs.
  25. Keeps abreast of federal, state, and local laws and policies, procedures, requirements, and philosophies of housing.
  26. Provides prompt, courteous customer service; responds to resident’s inquiries and complaints. Maintains knowledge of activities and programs available to residents through other social service agencies; provides referral assistance as needed. Intervenes in crisis situations as necessary and appropriate.
  27. Represents the KHA at informal/formal hearings and court hearings; provides court testimony as required.
  28. Exercises an acceptable level of judgment, independence and problem-solving skills in addressing and completing assignments.
  29. Maintains a level of teamwork and working relationships with peers and supervisors conducive to productive work. Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, subordinate staff, co-workers, volunteers, law enforcement personnel, court personnel, other government agency personnel, residents, community organizations, and the general public.
  30. Operates a variety of equipment such as a telephone, calculator, computer, printer, copier, fax machine, typewriter, two-way radio, alarm systems, etc.
  31. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.


  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • Five years of experience in public or assisted housing, three years in executive management or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrated successful staff supervision and development are required.
  • General knowledge of computer skills, Internet, and familiarity of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and Software.
  • Public Housing Manager Certification is preferred or must be obtained within one year of hire
  • Must possess a valid NC driver’s license.


  • 100% paid employee medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Enrollment in Local Government Retirement System. KHA matches 3.5% of gross salary of the NC 401 (k) and NC 457 Plans
  • Vision and Long-Term Disability are also available at the employee’s expense

Mission Statement
KHA provides affordable housing to eligible people within our community while creating and promoting opportunities for independence, self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references via email to jpurnell@whiteandallen.com.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Updated: October 23, 2023 — 2:40 pm