Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall responsibility for NBW’s staff, programs, and execution of mission. S/he will be equipped with a substantial knowledge of community development, economic development, and urban planning as well as non-profit organization management.
Leadership & Management:
Ensure ongoing program excellence, rigorous program evaluation, high quality financial management and administration: fundraising, managing organizational communications, outreach, and relationships; overseeing timelines and identifying resources needed to achieve strategic goals;
Actively engage and energize North Branch Work’s board members, area businesses, members, volunteers, partnering organizations, local officials, and funders;
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serving ex-officio on each committee, seeking and building board and volunteer involvement with the strategic direction of ongoing operations;
Lead, coach, develop, and retain NBW’s staff: developing effective systems to track progress of programs, so as to measure performance which will be communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
Lead revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and prospective geographic expansion of services;
Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to other external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand;
Use external presence and relationships to garner new organizational opportunities.
Planning & New Business:
Bring new members to the organization;
Address the problems that arise from the impending transition of the NBW service area from a primarily industrial area to a mixed-use corridor as set forth in the City of Chicago North Branch Framework Plan;
Design the expansion of services into current and new industrial corridors and complete the strategic business planning process for program expansion into new markets;
Begin to build relationships and partnerships in new and existing markets: establishing relationships with businesses, funders, and political and community leaders in order to renew in-house workforce development activities;
Function as an external presence who publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.
The ED will be thoroughly committed to NBW’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
Advanced degree, ideally in the fields of planning, public policy, or business, with at least five years of management experience; track record of effectively leading a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth;
Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation;
Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, develop and manage high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget;
Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships;
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
Strong written and verbal communication skills; an experienced communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills;
Action-oriented with an entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning;
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse populations.
About North Branch Works
Founded in 1982 as an affiliate of the New City YMCA, and established as the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Council, our organization became an independent not-for-profit community development corporation in 2001. As a delegate agency of the Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development, we serve businesses in the North River and Addison Industrial Corridors, roughly following Clybourn Avenue, the Chicago River and the Kennedy Expressway from Kinzie Street (south) to Berteau Avenue (north).
We have worked with hundreds of companies in our area to identify solutions to problems that impact their operations, such as balanced land use and development, and better access to city services and programs. Our organization was instrumental in creating Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs) to maintain affordable industrial land to retain Chicago’s employment base. The Clybourn Corridor was Chicago’s first PMD in 1988. The Elston Corridor and Goose Island PMDs followed in 1991; the Chicago-Halsted PMD begin in 1998.
We integrate economic and employment development by proactively negotiating hiring agreements with companies (such as Federal Express, Jetro Carry &... Cash, and Costco) relocating into the industrial corridor, and with local residents.
We provide skills training and job placement through our computer skills, construction, and green sector training programs. In 2011, we expanded our capacity to help people find jobs by launching WorkLocal.Org, a job placement website.
Since 2003, we have been pursuing sustainable development objectives and have assisted businesses to voluntarily reduce their pollution emissions through strategies such as purchasing energy-efficient equipment and lighting, using low-VOC paints and cleaners, and promoting public transit for employees. We encourage firms to address energy efficiency, waste-to-profit and other “sustainable initiatives” as bottom line strategies that save money.
In 2012 at our 30th Anniversary Event, we unveiled our new name, “North Branch Works“- a name that better reflects the region that we serve.