The mission of Beacon Place, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community center founded in 2012, is to empower children and families through programs and resources that enable them to grow as stronger individuals, families, and communities. Located in southeast Waukegan, Beacon Place programs serve children and adults, and focus on academic growth, improved health, and skills that allow individuals and families see a path to a brighter tomorrow. In 2017 Beacon Place served nearly 600 children and family members and delivered more than 15,000 program hours. Two full time and four part time staff members, several volunteer program managers, and nearly 350 volunteers staff the organization. Currently expanding physical space to support growing interest in programs, the budget is approximately $500,000. For more information visit https://beacon-place.org/
Role of the Executive Director
The Executive Director (ED) has the lead management role of Beacon Place. The ED has overall operational responsibility including fund raising, people management, communication, budget/financial management, facilities management, and program execution. Other key duties include community outreach and marketing. The ED reports directly to the Board of Directors (BOD) through the President of the Board, and currently manages the staff.
People Management – Responsible for recruitment, selection, training, performance planning, monitoring and ongoing daily management of all staff, both paid and volunteer. Provides the key communication link between the agency staff, volunteers, clients, other stakeholders and the board.
Fundraising –Responsible for developing fundraising strategies, private and corporate donor cultivation/development, and planning and execution of fundraising activities and events (with assistance as required from the BOD). Supervises a Development Manager and is accountable for achievement of fundraising targets.
Budget/Financial Management – Responsible for development and management of the budget and assisting the Treasurer with budget forecasting, financial planning and regulatory reporting for the agency. Works with external accountant/bookkeeper to ensure accurate and timely reports.
Facility and Programming Management – Responsible for the ongoing operations of the Beacon Place facility and the delivery of all Beacon Place programs. Program management includes needs assessment, planning, implementation/delivery, analysis, and reporting. Ensures all programs are consistent with the goals, objectives and specific standards relevant for each program, ensuring consistency with mission and vision of the agency. Establishes processes to maintain physical plant as required.
Community Outreach and Marketing – In collaboration with the BOD, responsible for ensuring that the organization and its mission, vision, and specific programs and events are communicated effectively and consistently to all stakeholders: clients, volunteers, donors (and potential donors), partners, and the broader community at large.
Governance – Provides timely, accurate and complete information that allows the BOD to function effectively as the agency’s governing body. Provides informed guidance and direction to the agency through the ED role. Supports the approved mission, vision and strategic plan of the agency.
The ideal candidate for the position has demonstrated not-for-profit management experience, with a proven ability to work successfully with similar program constituencies and their families, as well as with staff, volunteers, and the BOD. In the lead development role (and in collaboration with BOD members), the ED will support an organizational culture of quality, collaboration and mutual respect through open, direct communication. Strong organizational skills and an ability to identify, evaluate and resolve issues and opportunities that are important to operational success are critical success factors. This includes the ability to act proactively and react nimbly in the face of unpredictable events.
Bachelor’s degree required, with major in Human/Social Services or Business preferred.
Demonstrated success and track record in fundraising including donor (corporate and individual) research, engagement and cultivation, face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone and direct mail solicitation, and development office functions and fundraising reporting.
Minimum of five years’ not-for-profit, social service experience (preferably serving children and families), which includes a track record of effective people management including both paid and volunteer staff.Hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
Marketing and public relations experience, with demonstrated results.
Strong interpersonal skills that demonstrate organizational values in a variety of capacities; the ability to clearly communicate both orally and in written form.
Ability to effectively and passionately represent the organization to donors, potential donors, community leaders, and other community organizations.
A management style based on listening, coaching, and effective feedback; able to confront issues in an open, future-focused way. Strong organizational abilities including planning and prioritizing, program planning, project management, time management and facilitation/delegation of tasks.
Willingness to get involved, should the need arise, in all aspects of daily operations to ensure the continued delivery of programming to our clients.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a Board of Directors, founding members, paid staff and other volunteer managers.
Must be able to work at least a 40-hour work week with majority of hours on site; days and times are flexible, but the ED must be on-site for all programming, registration, special events, and fundraisers whenever possible. If the ED cannot be on-site during all programming hours or events, arrangements must be made with other staff to be available.
To ensure proper staffing expense allocations, time/hours spent will be logged by program, community outreach or agency work.
The Search Process:
Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter indicating qualifications and scope of experience by March 16 to: