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Controller, Community Land Trust

Beyond Housing

  • Location: St. Louis, MO

Grant Cooper, a St. Louis executive search firm, is seeking a leader to serve as the Controller for Beyond Housing's Community Land Trust.Founded in 1975, Beyond Housing is a not-for-profit, place-based community development organization that uses an innovative approach to help communities become a better place to live. In doing so, they engage stakeholders of the community, provide resources, convene partners, and ultimately improve the lives of individuals living in the community. Beyond Housing’s approach to community development is expressed through the 24:1 Initiative, a place-based community development effort led by residents and created to solve the serious challenges facing families in the Normandy Schools Collaborative footprint.

The Community Land Trust was established in 2011 and is a not-for-profit organization supporting the mission of Beyond Housing. The Community Land Trust is a community-based corporation committed to providing quality affordable housing in the 24 communities that make up the Normandy Schools Collaborative. The Community Land Trust buys properties within the Normandy Schools Collaborative and either completely renovates the existing home or builds a new home on that land. The Community Land Trust then makes the home available for purchase at an affordable price and leases the land the home is on to the home buyer under a 99-year lease. By leasing the land, a partnership is created between the home buyer and the Community Land Trust that helps keep homes in the area affordable and reduces or prevents the threat of foreclosure.

Position Overview

The Controller of the Community Land Trust is a new position, reflecting the rapid and continued growth of the organization. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller will be responsible for the coordination of all the accounting and budgeting activities of the Community Land Trust and its related entities (Pagedale Town Center I, 24:1 Construction Company, LLC, and the 24:1 Community Land Trust Development, LLC). The Controller will be responsible for the production of financial reports and statements, maintenance of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets, all done in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Controller will supervise a team of managers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minimum of ten years of successful management and leadership experience in all aspects of accounting. CPA and/or MBA is preferred.
  • Experience in real estate accounting preferred.
  • Hands-on orientation with demonstrated strengths in organizing workloads, motivating staff, decision making, problems solving and management.
  • Ability to be proactive, manage/balance the strategic and operational needs of a complex and growing organization.
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of the organization.