Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead I Grow Chicago (IGC) with bold, collective visioning and with a transformative justice and healing-centered framework. The Executive Director is responsible for advancing collective hope and healing and the mission of IGC to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill-building, and opportunity. Their primary responsibilities include board stewardship, fiscal and program management, and strategic planning and direction.
Strategic and Principled Leadership:
Organizational Values: Leading by example, embodies and advances IGC’s mission and values through compassionate, strategic, and principled leadership. Help create and uphold values reflecting a Brave Space for all and ensure a healthy organizational culture. Address, transform and resolve institutional conflicts effectively with a trauma-informed, healing-centered approach.
Board Stewardship and Governance: Work closely with the Board of Directors and committees, informing, assessing, and addressing issues that affect the organization. Support Board in accomplishing its primary functions of setting strategic direction, drawing financial and other resources, and serving as ambassadors for IGC. Works toward full coordination with Board leadership to ensure alignment at all levels.
Strategic Planning: Working closely with the Board, assures that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
Establish new and strengthen existing partnerships with mission-aligned organizations locally, regionally, and nationally in order to advance strategic goals.
Staff Management: Direct all aspects of human resource management — including, but not limited to, staff hiring, supervision, training, and recognition — with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organization
Works to maximize hiring from within the community
Supports leadership development across the organization (community members, staff, board).
Financial and Program Oversight
Financial Management: Directly or indirectly oversees all fiscal responsibilities including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis and implementation of internal controls. Ensure implementation of audit recommendations as indicated.
Legal Compliance: Ensures maintenance of official records and documents, and ensure that IGC is in compliance with relevant state and federal laws, regulations, and standard accounting procedures.
Program Management: Responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, providing executive direction of all program strategy, policy development and implementation, quality assurance, risk management, impact measurement and outcomes reporting, and program efficiency. Ensures that all programming is executed with efficiency, sustainability and impactfully.
Fundraising: Ensures an actionable plan for fundraising and managing monthly cash flow, in partnership with the Board of Directors and under the leadership of the Director of Development. Provides major donor stewardship.
Grant Compliance: Supports Director of Development and Director of Programs in ensuring compliance with the terms of grant agreements and the proper reporting of impact to donors in a timely manner.
Media and Public Relations: Act as a public speaker and public relations representative of IGC in ways that strengthen its profile and ability to carry out the mission. Actively participate in external events, increasing visibility and credibility.
Skills and Attributes:
The search committee seeks an Executive Director who will work with the board and staff and serve as a leader for an emerging Healing Justice organization with a dedicated community of supporters and stakeholders. The selected candidate will demonstrate success in:
Commitment to collective capacity building and community-led movements
Dedication to anti-racism and healing justice as embodied practices
Strong understanding of trauma, poverty, and oppression
Experience managing and mentoring staff and volunteers with collaborative visioning
Have a “get it done” attitude and be willing to roll up their sleeves and pitch in wherever needed
Have senior-level experience in a nonprofit organization, including effective team management and strong fiscal oversight
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in social justice work
Track record of working with community residents in neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago and especially in the West Englewood community
Comfortable working in partnership with the founding IGC executive director
Benefits and Compensation:
Salary commensurate with experience, plus health insurance benefits
Four weeks paid vacation and one-week sick time per year
Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Robbin Carroll, IGC Board Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org The cover letter should describe why you are interested in the position and what your experience is in building teams, working at the community level, advancing an anti-racism, restorative justice, and transformational healing framework. We would also like to know how you have maintained healthy personal and professional boundaries in the past and what your salary requirements are. For best consideration, applicants should apply by Monday, November 18, 2019. Please, no calls.
I Grow Chicago values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals of every race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.
About I Grow Chicago
The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. Cornel West said justice is what love looks like in public. Our vision is a world where love lives in public. We work to bring hope, healing, and justice to all. We’ve been removing barriers to wellness and addressing the root causes of trauma and violence for Englewood community members since 2013. Our Peace Campus provides 15 healing justice programs and supportive resource for more than 3,000 people a year. Our family of dedicated staff and volunteers continue to nurture a culture of hope, empowerment and opportunity within a truly judgment-free BRAVE SPACE.