Date: August 2018
Open Communities Overview:
Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We seek to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income. We believe that fair, quality housing is a human right.
To further our goal of equal housing opportunities for all, Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices including landlord-tenant and foreclosure counseling services, community education, and advocacy to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.
The purpose of this position is to carry out the mission of the organization as governed by the Board of Directors.
Status: Reports directly to the Board of Directors.
1. Leadership and Vision
a. Oversee the mission strategy, including education and outreach, promoting collaboration and cooperation while producing high-impact outcomes in alignment with community needs and interests.
b. Ensure well-developed programs in alignment with community needs and interests.
c. Work closely with and support the Fair Housing Director and legal team.
d. Act as chief agency representative on housing and social justice to media, local communities, civic and religious organizations and other members of the public and private sectors.
2. Board Administration and Support
a. Work with an active Board of Directors to advance the mission and to ensure that the organization is in compliance with all laws and ethical standards.
b. Provide regular reports to the Board that highlight organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
c. Assist in the recruitment and orientation of new Board members
3. Financial Management
a. Oversee all financial management activities (including the annual budget, audit, monthly financial activity, bill paying and fee collection) in conjunction with appropriate Board and staff members.
b. Report high-level financial activities to the Board on a monthly basis with the support of the Board Treasurer.
a. Create an annual fundraising plan with the support of the development director.
b. Provide leadership in creating and growing an individual giving program
c. Supervise and participate in the grant writing process, both private and governmental, including producing appropriate narratives, budgets and financial reports; securing grant renewals; and analyzing program outcomes.
d. Build and maintain strong relationships with funders.
e. Solicit major gifts from individual donors.
f. Supervise the development director and volunteers, including Board members, in planning and producing fundraising events.
5. Personnel and Human Resources
Hire, supervise, evaluate and (when necessary) fire senior staff. Oversee staff management including creation and updating of job descriptions, grievance procedures, benefits and other human resources issues, and assure that all employees receive regular evaluations.
6. Community and Public Relations
Oversee a consistent communications and outreach strategy that maximizes the number of clients and donors.
· A strong commitment to fair housing, civil rights, and the defense of people being victimized by financial institutions and landlords. Experience working with a housing agency desirable but not required.
· A graduate degree or significant experience in a related field, including law, policy or social work. Law degree and legal experience desirable but not required.
· Excellent written and oral skills.
· Experience in raising money, especially individual gifts and grants.
· Experience in staff leadership.
· Enthusiasm for working with people of all races, ages, abilities, sexual orientations and ethnic or religious backgrounds.
· Experience in nonprofit management, including organizational development and financial management.
Familiarity with Chicago’s northern suburbs preferred.
Employer pays half of employer-provided health insurance
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish a big plus.
Minimum Education Required