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LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The foundation is seeking its first Executive Director to lead the
organization forward with an ambitious goal to expand our impact on students. The Executive Director
will establish and manage day-to-day operations and implement the mission and vision. The Executive
Director will create and implement strategy, specifically and most importantly, for increasing the
fundraising capacity of the Foundation.


? Work collegially, responsibly, and responsively with the Board and staff of the foundation to carry
out the mission while recommending grants and projects for Board approval. Create and submit
regular reports.
? Hire staff to support the mission of the new and expanding Foundation; collaborate with the
Board for staffing recommendations; provide daily supervision of Foundation staff
? Plan, direct, implement, and evaluate the organization’s day-to-day operations and ensure that
all operations of the foundation are carried out in accordance with applicable laws governing
private foundations.
? Develop an aggressive plan to increase the Foundation’s annual fundraising and endowment
funding levels. Serve as lead gifts officer for the organization.
? Create and implement a strategic plan for board development.
? Establish, manage, and expand a portfolio of gift prospects.
? Cultivate and steward relationships with high-capacity donors to create opportunities for major
gifts to the Foundation.
? Set and meet annual fundraising goals, including a broad range of donors and types of gifts.
? Oversee strategic communications.
? Communicate clearly, compellingly, and consistently the foundation’s mission and goals.
? Act as a liaison between the foundation and school district, related boards, community, and
philanthropic community.
? Strong writing skills
? Excellent verbal communication skills

? Proficient computer skills including Google Apps
? Work effectively with data and research to develop and assess strategies

? Commitment to the values and beliefs that embody the mission and philosophy of the
? A sense of stewardship and a developed perspective on the role of nonprofits and philanthropy
in society, including sensitivity to the issues of trusteeship and the public interest.
? An individual of unquestioned personal and professional integrity that will reflect favorably on
the foundation both internally and throughout all of its external arenas.
? Keen intelligence; a fast learner with a quick mind.
? A high-impact, low-ego executive who thrives in a small setting.
? A mature adult who possesses good self-confidence and is fulfilled by helping others achieve
their philanthropic objectives.

The following competencies are deemed to be important for success in this position:
? Strategic Vision - Able to step back from day-to-day activities to view the community’s needs
from a different perspective, sees the bigger picture, trends, opportunities, etc.
? Communication/Personal Impact - Projects to others through actions and manners a favorable
impression of personal credibility, professionalism, and integrity.
? Conflict Resolution - Recognizes potential areas of conflict and intervenes quickly to diffuse the
situation, works with the parties concerned to reach a consensus or compromise in which no
one feels as if they have lost, and does so to benefit the organization as a whole.
? Teamwork - Seeks opportunities to work with others together on projects and uses teams to
address relevant issues. Solicits the opinions of others and modifies the outcome based on
information gathered from multiple sources.



a. Required – Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Business Administration, or
related field
b. Preferred - Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Business Administration or
related field

a. Required – Five (5) years of successful leadership experience in related not-for-profit
b. Required - Evidence of successful fundraising through grant writing and direct appeal.
c. Preferred - Experience in an entrepreneurial start-up environment, including board


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a 12-month, 260-day, exempt position.
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with education and experience, including benefits package
This description has been prepared to assist in properly evaluating various classes of responsibilities, skills, working
conditions, etc. It is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and characteristic levels of work difficulty that will be required of
positions that will be given this title. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities. Nor is it intended
to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision.
Scheduling flexibility is required to accommodate changing school/district needs. The use of a particular expression or
illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of

The North Chicago Community Unit School District #187 and the North Chicago Public Education Foundation are Equal
Opportunity Employers with established policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, marital status, arrest record, military status, the order of protection status,
unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status provided the individual is authorized to work in the United States, use of
lawful products while not at work, being a victim of domestic or sexual violence, genetic information, physical or mental
handicap or disability, if otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, credit
history unless a satisfactory credit history is an established bona fide occupational requirement of a particular position or other
legally protected categories. The Superintendent of Schools/designee (847-689-8150) addresses questions regarding student
discrimination, and the Director of Human Resources (847-689-8150) answers questions concerning staff discrimination.

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