Executive Director: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

The Client

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is an independent, Joint Powers Authority established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles Mayor and City Council. LAHSA’s mission is to support, create, and sustain solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles County by providing leadership, advocacy, planning, and management of program funding. LAHSA is the lead agency in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals in Los Angeles County. As greater numbers of people in the area began to experience homelessness, LAHSA has been positioned and increasingly seen as the ‘go to’ organization to drive solutions and lead the response.

LAHSA has recognized the need to assume leadership and is now shifting from a grant coordinating to a systems administration focused organization that will serve as the backbone of the region’s rehousing system. To accomplish this organizational evolution, LAHSA is undertaking a dynamic strategic planning effort. Elements of LAHSA’s new strategic approach include:

  • Increasing the speed and volume of exits from interim to permanent housing.
  • Equipping data-driven decision-making and establishing key performance metrics.
  • Achieving excellence in managing grants and contracts and growing its working
  • fund to ensure providers have necessary funding for services.
  • Informing and educating the public, aligning messaging among public and private partners.

The Position

Reporting to the LAHSA Board of Commissioners (the Commission), the Executive Director (ED) is primarily responsible for leading the region’s ecosystem to end homelessness. The position is unique and complex: The ED is a leader on homelessness and a tireless advocate within the political and policy communities that bridge the gaps in the system. The ED serves as the spokesperson to financial partners, political entities, representatives within the county, agencies serving people experiencing homelessness, the homeless advocacy community, the media, the affordable housing community, philanthropy, and academia.

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation will be dependent on qualifications and career accomplishments. The target salary for this position is $350,000, but specific salary placement will be based upon the evaluation of a candidate’s overall ability to provide exemplary leadership to LAHSA. Benefits offered include an employer-sponsored 401A pension plan with 5% of employee’s salary contributed by the employer after 6-months, employer-sponsored medical and dental plans (including dependent coverage), company paid long-term disability plan, company paid $50,000 basic life and AD&D insurance policy, and company paid car and parking.

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