The Howard Area Community Center (HACC) is focused on the demands of the Rogers Park community and working to address the issues of those most in need. Over the past 50 years HACC has evolved to offer more than 40 programs a wide range of needs such as affordable housing, after-school tutoring and one of the few low-cost dental clinics in Chicago that serves patients who are HIV positive. HACC serves over 8,000 low-income individuals annually; clients speak more than 32 languages. HACC helps community members of all ages stabilize their lives and become productive community members.
The ideal Executive Director must have the ability to understand and speak to a broad array of programs, and to engage with audiences ranging from newly-arrived immigrant clients to wealthy donors. The successful candidate will bring a participatory management style, encouraging input from staff while also having the ability to make sound decisions. The Executive Director will work to support a collaborative culture across the various programs offered by the Howard Area Community Center. They must have a commitment to the mission of the organization as well as the diversity of clients served.
The Executive Director will be responsible for leading a diverse and committed staff and variety of programs for the Howard Area Community Center. The Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for the administration of all programs and business units at HACC, including oversight of government contracts, fundraising, and community outreach. They will directly manage an eight-member Senior Leadership Team, and report directly to the Board of Directors. Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead the strategic planning process for HACC, including the creation of a long-range plan for organizational sustainability and growth.
The Executive Director will have the following primary responsibilities:
Manage the Senior Leadership team and oversee all HACC program and administrative operations, including the development of new programs in alignment with the community-driven strategic plan.
Ensure financial integrity of the agency through solid management decisions and active oversight of the external financial services firm. Ensure preparation of the annual budget and accurate monthly financial statements for review and approval by the Finance Committee Board of Directors.
Promote an effective and transparent administrative infrastructure supported by regular communication with the Senior Leadership team and broader program staff.
Maintain and seek out appropriate governmental contracts (local, state and federal) for services within the scope of the strategic plan. Assess existing grants for mission alignment and sustainability; ensure accurate and timely reporting to funders.
Collaborate with the Director of Development and Board to develop and execute a multi-year private fundraising strategy, measure its accomplishments, and engage appropriate staff; actively participate in fundraising events and the cultivation of private donors.
Develop and maintain productive relationships with community partners, civic leaders, government agencies, private funders and people who are able to further HACC’s mission through cooperative efforts.
Serve as a liaison to funders, along with the relevant members of the Senior Leadership team, and monitor the agency's compliance with all funding sources, licensing agencies, etc., and Board-approved agency budgets.
Support the Board's decision-making by communicating effectively and providing timely and accurate information; recommend appropriate activity, policy, and program changes as needed.
Recruit, engage and retain a qualified, committed and diverse staff; ensure that all personnel practices are consistent with the policies and philosophies of HACC; work with the Human Resources Manager to regularly communicate and implement policies and procedures as well as ongoing professional development opportunities for staff.
Develop and monitor progress of the agency's Long Range Plan in collaboration with the Board, staff and key community partners, to ensure a sustainable future for HACC.
Improve HACC’s visibility and nurture broad external support for the organization and its programs; be aware of trends in the non-profit sector to ensure that HACC remains responsive to changing community needs.
Assist in the identification and recruitment of Board Members.
The ideal Executive Director will bring most of the following experiences and characteristics to the role:
Ten or more years of experience in human services, with a minimum of five years in a leadership role.
Prior experience managing programs, as well as involvement in fundraising, finance and external relations.
Significant experience in organizational financial management and budgeting.
Understanding of government funding priorities and processes.
Ability to align staff across a variety of programs toward a shared organizational goal, fostering a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Commitment to community-driven service and the values of HACC, including equity, diversity and inclusion.
Proven leadership and management of a highly-committed team.
High level of comfort engaging with diverse, underserved and largely immigrant communities, and be supportive of encouraging that diversity in a client base and community. Ability to promote the organization’s services to a diverse community.
Proven ability and history of leading an organization through change.
An advanced degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
About Howard Area Community Center
The Howard Area Community Center (HACC) was founded in 1967 as a food pantry operating at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Since its beginning, HACC has been focused on the demands of the community and working to address the issues of those most in need. Over the past 50 years HACC has evolved to offer more than 40 programs a wide range of needs such as affordable housing, after-school tutoring and one of the few low-cost dental clinics in Chicago that serves patients who are HIV positive.
The Howard Area Community Center serves over 8,000 low-income individuals annually in the greater Rogers Park community. Clients speak more than 32 languages. HACC helps community members of all ages stabilize their lives and become productive community members.