Director of Finance

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Of Habitat, screenwriter and director Randall Wallace, who wrote “Braveheart,” said, "Habitat for Humanity is a perpetual motion miracle.  Everyone who receives, gives - and everyone who gives, receives. If you want to stay complacent and uninspired, stay away from Habitat!  Come close to Habitat and it will change you and make you a part of something that changes the world." 

We are Habitat for Humanity of Durham (Durham Habitat), a non-profit which builds strong partnerships between home-buying partner families, donors, and volunteers to build, rehab, and repair homes in Durham, NC.  Founded in 1985, Durham Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).

Over the years, Durham Habitat has built and sold more than 400 homes, and repaired more than 500 homes in partnership with hard-working, low-income neighbors in Durham.  And for every home we build in Durham, we help fund one internationally, especially in our partner countries Honduras, Guatemala, Malawi and Nepal. 

We are passionate advocates for affordable housing through community engagement and partnerships and invite those for whom our mission, values and work resonate to consider joining the team. Join Durham Habitat and you’ll be joining many heroes who want to change our world.

We seek a Director of Finance who is a rock star and a compassionate servant leader. They are a strategic thinker and a team player, with a high sense of integrity. The successful candidate will have excellent analytical, communication, and leadership skills. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance is a key member of our senior leadership team. 



  • Provide monthly current and forecasted organization’s financial position, including combined financial statements and budget to actual variance report, to the Executive Director, Finance Committee, and Executive Committee
  • Create monthly and quarterly cash flow reports for Executive Leadership, Finance Committee, and Executive Committee
  • Coordinate with the Board Treasurer and report financial activities and needs to the Finance Committee
  • Prepare monthly house construction cost analysis for Director of Construction
  • Provide all supporting financial information for grant writing
  • Complete/administer all financial questionnaires received by HFHD


  • Ensure that reasonable internal controls are in place to safeguard corporate assets and confidential data; including financial data
  • Ascertain if organization financial policies require creation, implementation or updating
  • Lead the annual budget process
  • Direct the annual financial audit and 990 Informational Tax Return preparation
  • Manage annual workers compensation audit by preparing necessary vendor documentation and working with external auditor
  • Negotiate workers comp and other business insurance coverages annually
  • Prepare and administer annual 1099s
  • Collaborate with Family Services, Fund Development, Volunteer and Construction regarding implementation of best practices; staying within established budgets and guidelines and streamlining processes
  • Meet with Homeowners for credit counseling/repayment options
  • Prepare or approve monthly cash transfers between various operating and savings accounts
  • Review monthly journal entries
  • Prepare or review monthly account reconciliations prepared by Accounting Manager, including mortgage receipts and construction in progress
  • Monitor the monthly and annual financials of Habitat Durham ReStore and create adjusting journal entries as needed
  • Manage Accounts Payable/Receivable

 Office Management: 

  • Order supplies for each department
  • Monitor and provide cell phones for employees
  • Keep office machines current and in working order
  • Manage cleaning company
  • Supervise temporary employees and volunteers as needed
  • Procure furniture, arrange meetings/office space requirements
  • Handle computer system issues 

Human Resources: 

  • Negotiate and manage all health care insurances, including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability and life insurance
  • Administer/prepare biweekly payroll for up to 25 employees.
  • On board all new employees, including e-verify process
  • Administer 401 K plan.  Provide all necessary reporting to prepare the 5500 for IRS.  Complete all necessary compliance questionnaires



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  • 5-10 years of relevant finance/management experience.

Notice: The job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Management has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. Durham Habitat is an “at-will” employer.

Compensation:  Salary is commensurate with the experience and background of the successful applicant.  This is a full-time role located in Durham, NC.

To apply: Submit your cover letter and resume to Blake Strayhorn at

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More about Durham Habitat

Durham Habitat is part of a part of a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. We believe that all Durham neighbors should have access to safe, stable, secure and affordable housing. We know that as a result of structural racism, poverty, and other systemic injustices, housing has not been accessible to all and many face significant personal and institutional obstacles. This situation prevents our community from reaching its full potential. In order to make the dream of all having access to stable housing a reality, Durham Habitat constructs, rehabilitates and preserves homes, advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat has been building partnerships in Durham since 1985.

Our Faith. Founded on Christian values in 1985, Durham Habitat partners with those who share our ideals of love, respect, compassion and justice for all. We welcome those of any faith - or no faith - to join us building homes, hope and community in Durham.

We build and repair homes. Habitat builds new homes and rehabs existing homes in partnership with hard-working families in Durham who pay monthly, interest free mortgages. We repair homes for low-income veterans and elderly or disabled neighbors, engaging them in volunteer work and repayment programs when possible. 

We build hope. Habitat homes are not given away, but are SOLD to low-income neighbors who do not qualify for traditional home loans. Lower construction costs with volunteers and donated materials, zero-interest mortgages, and green building principles keep our homes affordable for our partner families.

We build community. As the lives of the families who buy our homes are transformed, Durham neighborhoods are transformed by the stability that homeowners bring to the community. We work in partnership with the communities in which we build, and we embrace asset- based community development. Our volunteer programs bring Durham neighbors together across racial, class, and socioeconomic divisions to make Durham a stronger community.

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Habitat Success Stories

Barbara is an elderly neighbor who suffers from COPD. Durham Habitat partnered with the Fuqua School of Business to replace Barbara’s roof and HVAC system. Barbara said,"I thank God that Habitat was able to fix my home because I was unable to do it for myself."