The Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network is responsible for the achievement of the mission, goals, and objectives and oversees the entire operations of the Network and its programs- the Illinois Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline, Centralized Training Institute, Court Watch Program, Public Policy/Advocacy, and all Membership programs. The director is also responsible for sound fiscal and administrative management, fundraising, and public policy and membership initiatives. The Network’s mission is to educate, organize, and advocate as a collaborative membership organization to end domestic violence.
Management (Approximately 15% of the position)
Leads the Board in developing and maintaining a strategic planning process with long-range and short-range objectives. Ensures that the strategic plan aligns with the overall mission.
Oversees the implementation of adopted plans, policies, and programs.
Ensures that human resources policies are updated, reviewed, and followed as appropriate. Ensures that legal HR requirements are followed.
Develops staff, ensuring that talent is identified, groomed and made ready for leadership and succession opportunities.
Writes position descriptions and hires assigned staff. Conducts supervision, prepares evaluations for all direct reports.
Conducts necessary disciplinary, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies
Provides ongoing mentoring including strategic growth for assigned staff and the development and monitoring of individual work plans.
Program (Approximately 30% of the position)
Oversees the delivery of all program activities. Ensures that program effectiveness is evaluated. Analyzes evaluation data that measures the success of program efforts; refine or change programs in response to that information.
Oversees services to more than 50 member organizations plus individual members.
Leads membership meetings, and task forces or/and ad hoc working groups. Recruits new members, addresses member satisfaction and responds to member needs.
Advises and monitors government agencies and officials regarding gender-based violence.
Participates in statewide projects impacting survivors of gender-based violence and/or Network members.
Builds and maintains coalitions in order to move the organization forward.
Manages the Medical Response Collaborative program and the Domestic Violence Outcome Measures research project.
Provides training as needed.
Leads the agency in the development, or expansion of services to meet the identified needs of program participants and their families.
Development and External Affairs (Approximately 30% of the position)
Supports the Director of Development in meeting the organization’s fundraising goals, including corporate, foundation and government support, special events fundraisers, individual giving, Board-related giving and in-kind contributions.
Ensures that income is comprehensive and diversified. Actively seeks new opportunities for funding.
Works with the board and designated staff to cultivate and solicit individual donors and funders.
Develops collaborative relationships with funders, other voluntary organizations, government agencies, and donors who can assist in fundraising efforts.
Ensures submission of and compliance with grant commitments, including timely submission of progress reports.
Elevates the visibility of the organization by exerting leadership in efforts with intermediaries and partners. Represents The Network to the public, other social services and government agencies.
Provides a framework for development of a communications and public relations strategy to help support and achieve The Network’s strategic goals.
Acts as spokesperson to the media and perform public relations duties.
Board Partnership (Approximately 15% of the position)
With the Board Co-Chairs, ensures that the board is effectively organized and that a system of board development is established.
With the Board Co-Chairs, develops board members, ensuring that talent is identified, groomed and made ready for leadership and succession opportunities.
Facilitates the Board’s decision-making by providing accurate and timely information, recommending appropriate agency action and ensuring policy and program implementation.
Coordinates and directs all short and long term planning with the Board of Directors.
Participates on Board committees.
Ensures stewardship of official documents and records.
Financial Management (Approximately 10% of the position)
Provides leadership to the annual budget process of approximately $1.9 million, tracks results, implements any required revisions. Reports financial position and maintains financial controls and ensures timely and accurate reporting of key financial indicators and trends to the board.
Assumes overall responsibility for all aspects of fiscal management, including assuring adequate financing for current operating needs and long-term goals.
Monitors cash flow. Ensure a constant revenue stream and build a reserve for a strong financial future.
Ensures compliance with all applicable IRS, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations.
Ensures accountability by fostering an organization that supports customer service and responsive communication but also cost-effective decision-making at all levels.
Ensures adequate telecommunications and IT infrastructure to support daily operations, marketing, financial controls, security and documentation requirements.
Oversees the work of the finance staff.
Attends and actively participate in departmental and staff meetings.
Protects The Network’s value by keeping information confidential.
Updates knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; maintaining networks; participating in professional organizations.
A minimum of 7 years of experience working on gender based violence issues and/or its impact on broader social justice issues
Knowledge of domestic violence and/or women’s issues and strong commitment to social justice and ability to create and manage social change efforts
Excellent communication skills (including verbal, written and presentation)
Proven fundraising success, including individual donor cultivation and increased giving
Policy related experience
Strong project management, community organization, and program development skills
Strong writing and platform skills for both online and traditional media
Strong negotiating, presentation and networking skills
Practice in appropriate conflict resolution methods leading to positive solutions
40-Hour Domestic Violence Training certificate (must have within 3 months of hire).
Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional certification within 1 year of employment
Computer and software knowledge
PC literate with strong skills in experience in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
Proficiency desired in all social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a compensation package that includes employer paid health, dental insurance, and a 403B retirement account. We offer generous leave, a flexible work schedule, and professional development opportunities.
About Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
Since 1980, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (The Network) has been dedicated to serving the needs of domestic violence survivors throughout metropolitan Chicago. Over the years, The Network’s membership has grown into a chain of nearly 50 organizations and individuals whose shared expertise has strengthened our collective voice. Through centralized resources, such as advocacy, e...ducation, and community outreach, every link in The Network’s chain plays a vital role in bringing an end to society’s tolerance of domestic violence in metropolitan Chicago.
The Network's mission as a collaborative membership organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and the connection of community members to direct service providers.