Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $80,000



Application Deadline



1866 North Marcey Street
United States


Founded in 1982.


Revenues: Under $1 million.


North Branch Works (NBW) is the leading community development organization in the North River, Addison, and Kennedy/Kedzie Industrial Corridors. For over 30 years our local expertise and deep city and neighborhood relationships have helped promote environmentally sustainable economic development linked to workforce development and job creation. NBW emphasizes new growth, proper land use, and area revitalization through its business advocacy and support of enabling public policies. We further achieve our mission by supporting workforce development programs and the local recruitment of disadvantaged unemployed and underemployed workers.


For more information, please visit www.northbranchworks.org




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.


We provide health insurance, paid time off, and other benefits comparable to similar non-profit organizations.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Resume and cover letter please.