Executive Director – Better Boys Foundation – Chicago

Better Boys Foundation’s Board of Directors is looking for an extraordinary leader to take the helm of this 54-year old Chicago institution. The next BBF Executive Director will be a fierce advocate for children capable of communicating the urgency of BBF’s mission, the success of its programs and the promise of its future. Founded in 1961, BBF serves the children and families of Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood by providing academic, artistic and vocational programming designed to broaden students’ experience while building the personal discipline and work ethic necessary for academic and career success. BBF has a demonstrated track record of helping to break the cycle of generational poverty by providing children and youth with the confidence, sense of responsibility and personal pride necessary to achieve their goals. BBF’s three primary programs are:

kidLAB@1512—kidLAB is a year-round program that provides academic support, and recreational activities to children ages five through 12. kidLAB sets the bar well above what standard “child care” programs deliver and strives to provide a unique and learning-enhanced experience to every child enrolled.

YouthLAB@1512—YouthLAB provides meaningful prevocational experiences and individualized academic support to youth ages 13-18. The program offers a set of eight (8) skill-specific and expert-led apprenticeships as well as one-to-one tutoring, school liaison services, and preparation for post-secondary schooling.

Scholars@1512—BBF’s post-secondary programming provides to youth who have been active members of BBF’s community throughout their high school careers with tuition scholarships to attend accredited colleges and universities and well as vocational school/training programs.

Job Functions

The Executive Director reports directly to the President of BBF and its Board of Directors. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of successfully managing a business, inspiring a dedicated team and building a strategy for growth. She or he will be equally skilled at leading strategic planning, evaluating financial reports, determining program effectiveness, and asking donors for support. His/her duties will include (but are not limited to):

Building a long-term strategic plan to ensure that BBF meets its financial, operational, and programmatic goals in relation to its mission.
Responsibility for all financial functions of the agency, including budget, payroll, cash flow, and ensuring that all agency funds are administered appropriately and that BBF is in compliance with all agency policies and procedures, including City and State licensing regulations and public funding requirements.
Management and development of BBF’s leadership team, including written performance goals and annual performance reviews of all executive and managerial staff.
Creating a development, advocacy, and public relations strategy to expand revenue, including private philanthropy and government grants.
Building and serving the Board of Directors as ex-officio of each committee and securing board involvement with strategic planning and philanthropic goals.
Serving as the principal representative of the agency among service constituencies, the community, public and private donors, government liaisons, and the media.

Education and Experience

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience.

A minimum of 5 years of senior non-profit management experience and specific examples of having developed and implemented successful strategies to take an organization to the next stage of growth.
Proven management excellence and the ability to recruit, develop and lead a high-performance team
Demonstrated success in fundraising, meeting development goals and stewarding donors.
Effective program oversight and a commitment to data driven evaluation.
Experience working with a Board of Directors and the ability to cultivate new board members and strengthen existing board relationships.
Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with a variety of constituencies including community, government, political, and religious organizations.
A bachelor’s degree along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
A commitment to the mission of the BBF and an unwavering belief in the ability of all children to succeed.

In accordance with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services requirements, all BBF personnel are required to be fingerprinted, to undergo a State criminal background check, and to have a TB test.
How to apply

BBF is committed to its community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in its workplace. Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and a minimum of three references to the attention of maria.medina@betterboys.org.