1808 East Locust Street, Decatur, Illinois


Executive Director

The Decatur Housing Authority, (DHA) is seeking an experienced professional to lead its diverse, dynamic organization and instrumentalities. The Executive director is responsible for the operation and performance of the agency and the engagement of the constituent communities, government officials, politicians and leaders, business partners, trade groups, and service providers. The Executive Director  reports to and provides policy advise to a five member Board Of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval.

Agency Overview
Decatur Housing Authority staff of 29 deliver multiple programs to serve needs of low and moderate income families and individuals.  DHA owns and operates 478 conventional public housing units, funds and oversees 203 units of public housing units at Wabash Crossing a mixed finance LIHTC property managed by East Lake Management, administers 1249 (HCV) Housing Choice Vouchers, provides resident service programs in house and in coordination with local service providers, and plans and implements approx. $1.3 M of Capital Improvements annually.  DHA is currently applying for RAD conversion of Wabash Crossing ACC units.

Community Overview
DHA is located in Decatur, Illinois, a community of approx.70,500 in a county of 104,000 and is home to Millikin University, Richland Community College , two hospitals , Archer Daniels Midland’s  North American Headquarters,  numerous other manufacturing and service industries , including Caterpillar Tractor Co. and Mueller Company.   Decatur boasts an array of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities such as LPGA golf courses, indoor and outdoor soccer facilities, an extensive park system,  a water park, children’s museum ,a zoo, Decatur Symphony, live theater, and touring musicians. Centrally located less than a 1 hour drive from the state capital, the University of Illinois, and Illinois state University, Decatur offers the ease of small town life with big city amenities.     

A bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, architecture, urban studies, real-estate development, or a closely related field is desired, a master’s degree is preferred.  Candidates should have at least five (5) years of work experience in management and administration of public housing, community development, public administration, non-profit administration, similar HUD funded program administration, or related fields requiring strong management and organization skills.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, statutes and regulations pertaining to state and federal public and LIHTC housing programs and finances.

 Salary and Benefits
Compensation for the position is negotiable depending on the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate. Benefits include: health, dental and eye insurance, term life insurance, paid time off, and a no match required retirement program. DHA is an equal opportunity employer.

DHA will accept candidates’ letters of interest until January 18, 2024.  To apply, please submit a resume, and a cover letter  listing  three professional references, and salary expectations to:, Chairperson of the DHA Board, or via mail to Jim Jankowicz, Esq. at 101 S. Main Ste 505, Decatur IL  62523, no later than January 18, 2024.

DHA reserves the right to immediately interview and select highly qualified candidates.