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Director of Supportive Housing
Commonwealth Land Trust
Program Management

Organization Overview

Established in 1985, Commonwealth Land Trust (CLT) is dedicated to preserving neighborhoods and preventing homelessness. CLT owns and manages properties in Boston, Chelsea, and Lawrence, providing housing and supportive services to over 650 of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents. Many of our residents come to CLT having experienced chronic homelessness and may also struggle with mental illness, addiction, physical disabilities, and HIV/AIDS. CLT’s holistic model of complete self-management of our portfolio and on-site case management provision ensures that our residents receive the support necessary to maintain their health and rebuild their lives. Using housing as a vehicle to provide the services that individuals need to stabilize their lives, CLT has achieved a 98% success rate in ensuring our residents maintain permanent housing. Our staff team is highly diverse, collaborative, and mission-focused, and our organization offers a friendly, flexible, and energetic culture.  To learn more, please visit

Position Summary 

The Director of Supportive Housing will oversee all business operations aspects of CLT’s housing portfolio, which represents approximately 90% of the organization’s gross revenue. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director will supervise a team of Supportive Housing Managers, who support residents through the housing application process, address tenancy issues and individual needs with current residents (in collaboration with CLT’s in-house Case Management Team), and assist thriving clients in their transition to independent housing. The Director will also supervise CLT’s compliance staff in order to ensure that all services meet quality standards, funding and regulatory requirements. This is a highly collaborative, senior management team role, and the Director will partner closely with leaders of the case management, maintenance, and finance teams. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with strong management skills and business acumen to join a mission-driven and transformative organization. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead all business activities related to CLT’s supportive housing program, ensuring effective processes and services related to the housing application process and resolution of landlord/tenant issues, and managing the departmental business plan and budget
  • Act as a positive, solutions-oriented leader, working in collaboration with other functional area leads to address opportunities to improve services 
  • Manage risk across CLT’s housing sites, working with site-based staff to address liability issues and with compliance staff to ensure adherence to service quality standards and regulatory requirements
  • Participate as a key member of the senior management team, with responsibility for collaboratively setting agency-wide policies and procedures 
  • Supervise CLT’s Supportive Housing Managers and Compliance Manager, providing ongoing support, training, and performance management
  • Take a leadership role with all reporting activities for current funders and renewal applications for funding associated with supportive housing and case management services


  • Well-rounded management skills, with at least 5 years of experience in leadership roles involving responsibility for staff management, program or business operations, and compliance
  • Strategic leadership skills, with the ability to identify and support opportunities for cross-functional collaboration
  • Strong foundational understanding of housing management, ideally drawing on past experience in property management and/or related fields such as real estate law
  • Familiarity with affordable housing funding programs considered a plus
  • High level of cultural competence, with the ability to forge strong relationships among a highly diverse group of staff and residents, and comfort in an organizational culture that values direct communication 
  • An understanding of the principles of Harm Reduction and Housing First models and/or the desire to work in an agency that adheres to these models 
  • Excellent professional judgement and high level of personal accountability
  • Effective business writing skills and computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, and the confidence/resourcefulness to learn new systems
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to an operational and insured vehicle

To Apply  

Using the link below, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Ellen Tan. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Commonwealth Land Trust offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  

At Commonwealth Land Trust, we are committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities at Commonwealth Land Trust without fear or concern of discrimination/harassment.

About Commongood Careers

Commonwealth Land Trust has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Supportive Housing. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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