Emerald South will be led by a President, Chief Executive Officer who will provide strategic thinking as well as day-to-day management of the organization. The Board of Directors, which includes a diverse set of civic and business leaders as well as community representatives, will collaboratively provide direction and guidance to ensure that the organization demonstrates progress towards executing its priorities. Emerald South is committed to creating and implementing an inclusive economic development plan that further supports Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore, and the new President, Chief Executive Officer will be critical to the success of this important initiative.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President, Chief Executive Officer will have overall strategic, operational, and managerial responsibility for the organization. The President, Chief Executive Officer will work to cultivate and galvanize a cultural bond between the Emerald Communities; develop and drive a local inclusive economic development plan; ensure appropriate City and State resources are available to support Emerald South’s mission; work proactively with the Board and staff to identify and expand funding streams; raise the organization’s brand; cultivate relationships with organizations, leaders, business owners and residents in the Emerald Communities as well as the city as a whole; hire staff; lead and manage teams; create operational policies, procedures, and processes; evaluate programs; and understand, prepare, and manage budgets.
The President, Chief Executive Officer will work to achieve the organization’s mission in many ways, including but not limited to:
Vision and Direction: Articulating and implementing the organization’s strategic vision and mission to develop an effective, inclusive economic development plan for the Emerald Communities in partnership with the Board of Directors; setting and advancing a positive, results-oriented culture in order to achieve the organization’s vision.
Community Engagement: Listening and responding to the needs and views of the community and community organizations; actively participating in community engagement events, meetings, and planned outreach coordinated by the organization or by partner organizations; building acceptance and trust with community stakeholders.
Board Engagement: Working with the Board Chair(s) to set objectives for the Board and its committees, including the planning of the Board and Executive Committee meetings and agendas and partnering with the Board to identify, cultivate, recruit, and engage new Board members, as needed.
Financial Management: Ensuring responsible and effective financial management; achieving the annual financial budget as well as long-term financial goals.
Staff Management: Recruiting and leading a team; overseeing training and management; ensuring an inclusive, equitable, and effective work place environment.
Program Management: Ensuring that programs are aligned to the organization’s mission and vision as well as community priorities and providing the strategic thinking required to ensure that the programs the organization supports and develops evolve to meet the needs of the residents and business in the Emerald Communities.
This position will report to the Board of Directors.
Minimum ExperienceTen years of experience leading diverse teams of residents, businesses, and or partner organizations to drive community/cross-neighborhood efforts.
The successful candidate will be a highly intelligent and self-confident leader with a proven track record of success in a collaborative, open, and participative management structure. The ideal candidate will have a diverse mix of experience working with community organizations, government agencies, elected officials, as well as a Board of Directors. Fundraising will be a critical element of the role. Intimate familiarity with Chicago’s South Side and the three Emerald Communities served is an important qualifying factor. The President, Chief Executive Officer’s personal characteristics will include charismatic leadership skills, a focused and pragmatic, but open management style, and superior communication skills (both written and oral). The President, Chief Executive Officer must also have capacity to field harsh criticism while being neither combative nor submissive.
The President, Chief Executive Officer must possess the sophistication, communication, and interpersonal relationship skills to make things happen through the power of influence and persuasion, often in the absence of direct authority. The successful candidate will have a track record of success in all facets of their career including:
Unquestionable integrity, credibility, and character, who has demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.
Proven success working with a Board against specified milestones or deliverables.
Experience as a liaison to community organizations, residents, businesses, elected officials, and or government bodies.
Humility and openness to learn from community organizations, leaders, business owners, and residents.
Proven record of fundraising and leading campaigns to raise funds (preferably $500,000 annually or greater).
Experience mentoring and guiding the professional development of staff members.
The successful candidate will have a track record of success in all facets of their career including:
Strategic/Senior Management Perspective - Ability to develop the strategic plan, organizational goals, and staffing plan for a non-profit in the creation stage.
Community Engagement - Proven success leading a diverse team of residents, businesses, and partner organizations to drive cross-neighborhood efforts. Residence or familiarity with one of the three Chicago neighborhoods is preferred.
Marketing/PR Experience - Has the ability and interest in building eminence and notoriety for Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative through interviews, public speaking, blogging, or social media.
Culture Fit - Possesses the passion to advocate for the three neighborhoods and drive forward the mission of Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative.
Board Experience - Has worked with a Board and understands the benefits and challenges of having executive oversight.
Chicago Government Experience - Has direct experience working with (or deep knowledge of) governmental institutions and processes in Chicago.
Financial and Project Management Experience - Proven success creating and managing a budget/program that supports the current and future operations of a business.
Fundraising Experience - Experience managing an organizational fundraising process (preferably $500,000 annually or greater).
Growth-Stage Experience - Ability to inspire and manage growth in situations where funding and infrastructure are limited.
Hands-On Approach - Providing strategic direction and oversight while personally working to deliver results with a lean team.
Bias for Action - Demonstrates an indomitable drive to succeed by working to push the organization forward every day.
Mentoring/Team Building - Would be a nurturing leader with experience hiring, mentoring, and developing staff.
About Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative (Emerald South)
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