Reporting to an engaged and forward-thinking Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will assume overall responsibility for the planning, coordination, and supervision of all services, programs, facilities, and staff for The Community House (the Organization). In addition, the Executive Director will give special attention to the vital areas of development, fundraising, and community relations.
Working with a talented staff and large and active group of community volunteers, the Executive Director will oversee the continued growth of a wide array of human services and community-based educational, civic, and recreational programs.
The Executive Director will implement the policies of the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Organization's mission and in order to achieve optimum results given its resources. Desired results include sustainable financial performance, effective delivery of programming within the service area, and impactful social services that measurably benefit served communities. In achieving these result, the Executive Director has responsibility for the planning, organization, and evaluation of all operations, including control responsibilities for expenditures, contracts, and personnel actions.
Oversight of Operations
The Executive Director will have up to five direct reports, including the following functions, and will be responsible for guiding the development of these direct reports and overseeing their work/programs:
Programs and Facility Management
Counseling and Mental Health Services
Financial Operations and Controls
Maintain and improve the Organization's relationship with all contributors, with a particular emphasis on cultivating long-term, high-capacity donor relationships.
Develop relationship management tools and processes to ensure timely and relevant targeting of contributors.
Working with the Development committee and the Board, formulate and approve an annual plan for development objectives and revenue targets.
Increase the yield and effectiveness of all development revenue channels, including:
Annual Giving Campaign
Grants from Foundations and other Donor Organizations
Supervise and evaluate all fundraising activities.
Annually identify objectives for the allocation of the Organization's resources in the form of a budgeting process approved by the Finance committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board.
Develop targets, plans, and contingencies for both capital and operating budget requirements.
Identify Organization and program budgeting needs through annual and long-range planning.
Board and Committee Development
Work with the Board Chair through the Governance Committee to develop an active, supportive, and effective Board.
Support and provide staffing for the Board Committees.
Work with the Board on Strategic Planning.
Apprise the Board of significant developments in the Organization and recommend appropriate policy changes.
Promote the Organization's reputation and acceptance in the community in order to cultivate support.
Ensure the Organization's professionals are constructively involved in the community, reflecting positively on the Organization.
Consult with interested community residents and social service providers.
Develop and support The Community House Volunteers.
Experience and Qualifications
The Organization seeks a leader with a creative vision and a strong commitment to public service, well-developed people-management talents, and excellent communications skills. Experience establishing and meeting budgetary goals is critical, as is demonstrable experience in the successful performance management of multifunctional teams. The ability, energy, and enthusiasm to work closely with volunteers, funding agencies, and private donors are other essential characteristics for success in this position. Previous Executive Director experience is desired, and the successful candidate will likely have a proven track record as a development officer with comprehensive fundraising experience.
Candidates from private sector management roles will be considered. However, it is important that such candidates can demonstrate both a passion for non-profit work and the transferability of their skills and experiences to the success of the Organization. Ideally, the successful candidate will have some knowledge of the geographic area served.
The successful candidate will likely have at least ten to fifteen years of work experience, including:
Leadership responsibility for multifunctional teams of more than 25 employees.
A measurable, successful track record in development and fundraising, incorporating both capital and individual giving campaign management.
Budget and control responsibility for organizations with multi-million-dollar asset, expenditure, and revenue levels.
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Experience with the functioning of a Board of Trustees and its committees.
Knowledge regarding community mental health systems.
The Community House considers applicants for all positions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Founded in 1941, The Community House is a well-established not-for-profit community organization delivering quality recreation programs, arts and culture, and affordable social services. Serving south-eastern DuPage County and located in Hinsdale, The Community House builds community by providing inspiring opportunities for learning, social support, and recreation. Over 100,000 people come throu...gh our doors each year, and we are sustained through program fees, private donations, events and foundation support.