Since its inception in 2008, Illinois Partners for Human Service has established itself as a recognized voice for human services by advocating for legislation and adequate funding and by serving as the go-to resource for opinion-makers, policy leaders, civic groups, media, foundations, trade associations and key stakeholders throughout Illinois.
The next Executive Director of Illinois Partners will be an established leader who has served in an executive director or other significant management role and who possesses a deep-seated commitment to advocacy. Illinois Partners’ purpose and impact should drive and excite this individual. Candidates will bring a sense of creativity, innovation and care for communities to the role as well as a strong understanding of the state of Illinois and the issues affecting the well-being of both urban and rural communities. The successful candidate will have strong public policy and analytical abilities and demonstrated skills in advocacy, government relations, and building support for a legislative/policy agenda. A history of viewing policy from a justice perspective will be helpful.
Candidates must bring passion along with the desire, willingness and ability to travel throughout the state. Although Illinois Partners employs two community organizers, the executive director serves as the face and key presence of the organization to partners throughout the state. Candidates should be personable, comfortable with networking and have a history of cultivating and nurturing relationships. Authenticity, approachability and a sense of humor will serve candidates well. Experience developing or working with coalitions and collaborations is strongly preferred.
The successful candidate will have the ability to wear many hats and to thrive in a small team environment. He or she will have proven leadership qualities to bring vision, direction, a collaborative atmosphere and inspiration to an organization. This person is a strategic thinker and problem-solver who does not seek or desire to solve every problem themselves; a healthy and intentional reliance on staff and volunteers (including board members) is required. She or he can effectively build partners, utilize the skills and knowledge of others, synthesize input and build consensus. The candidate uses a data-driven approach to make and implement policy recommendations as well as benchmark the success of the organization and its partners.
The ideal candidate understands the benefit of research and can absorb and analyze statistics and research quickly. This individual’s background will be highlighted by a track record of high-level program administration, business acumen, exceptional communication skills, comfort and facility with public speaking, and a demonstrated presence within human service and philanthropic communities. The candidate has experience in driving the sustainability of an organization, including developing and leading a fundraising plan and vision. He or she has the ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with funders, potential donors and other sources of financial support.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. A graduate degree in a human service or business related field is preferred.