Glen Ellyn, IL
Bridge Communities is committed to transforming the lives of homeless families through partnering with talented, resourceful individuals and groups in our community. Its unique program of housing, mentoring and empowerment focuses on helping more than 100 families move towards a goal of self-sufficiency each year.
This dynamic, grassroots organization seeks a proven leader with a minimum of 5-10 years of senior management experience and a passion for fighting homelessness and supporting families in their journey towards self-sufficiency. Bridge seeks a leader with demonstrated success in fundraising and a daily focus on engaging individual and organizational partners into the mission.
Successful applicants will have demonstrated the ability to sustain the successful culture of caring for staff, clients and volunteers that has been developed over Bridge’s 30-year history. This acknowledgment of culture must be balanced with the strategic goal to continuously improve the impact of Bridge Communities based on evidenced-based practices.
A big picture thinker and ambitious leader, the next CEO must also be a knowledgeable manager with excellent administrative and operational skills and an understanding of best practices. He or she will have demonstrated competency in financial oversight, technology and management information systems. The next CEO will have demonstrated strong experience and ability in setting goals, implementing a strategic plan, and openly sharing issues and opportunities with a board of directors. He or she will demonstrate strong adherence to ethics and governance issues, including leading the effort to update policies and procedures as necessary for a leading-edge nonprofit.
A compelling presence and excellent speaking and communication skills are a must, as is a proven history of building relationships with community and funding partners. Candidates must be prepared to serve as a true ambassador and key external representative for Bridge Communities, and to build support for the mission through collaboration, advocacy and leadership. The successful candidate will be viewed broadly as “a leader amongst leaders,” with proven fundraising skills and mindset, especially with large individual donors, foundations and the business community. Important personal qualities include kindness, compassion, friendliness, an easy sense of humor, high integrity, and reliability. The next CEO will help to inspire and motivate a community of mission-focused partners and staff; a collaborative nature is a must.
Candidates also must be attuned to the needs of a diverse client base that is predominately female head of household and where trauma is prevalent may be present in the family history. Although deep expertise in housing management and development is not required, a willingness and inclination to learn will be needed both for program effectiveness and for identifying cost efficiencies. The ability to embrace and expand our Program Partner model is essential.
Candidates should have a record of leading data driven initiatives as well as an intuitive ability to weave data into compelling stories of changed lives. Experience with family support disciplines and/or trauma-informed care environments would be beneficial, although not mandatory, for this role.
A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; a master’s degree is strongly recommended.