The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors of Good News Partners. The Director is responsible for the overall day to day operations and works with the staff and leadership to executive the strategic vision and mission of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for the management, administration, day to day operations needed for the success of the organization.
In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:
Assure that the organization’s long-range strategy is achieved in a timely manner.
Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.
Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulations.
Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of community development, housing, and fund-raising.
In communications, the Executive Director will:
See that the board is kept fully informed on the financial and programmatic condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
Publicize to appropriate donors, users, and churches the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, churches, and organizations.
Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to private and public agencies, organizations, churches, and the general public.
In relations with staff, the Executive Director will:
Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization in conjunction with GNP core values.
Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:
Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
Be responsible for creation of a development staff and plan to meet our growing financial requirements including being responsible for meeting with current and prospective major donors.
Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
Jointly, with the chair and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
In building the community and nurturing a faith community, the Executive Director will:
Be a witness of the faithful vision of God’s call, inviting, challenging and supporting individuals, organizations, and churches in the GNP area and all its stakeholders to share in that vision.
Nurture the spiritual and personal growth of individual members of the North of Howard community.
Will ensure an environment of honor and respect for all members of the North of Howard community, recognizing God in each person.
Works to glorify God and serve the people in the community
Mission driven and goal focused about serving the need of a diverse population regardless of age or socio-economic status.
Strong management skills and has a solid understanding of metrics and goals.Possess strong relationship, communication, presentation, and listening skills.
Problem solver who is also a visionary and strategic leader working in a collaborative, inclusive, and flexible environment.
Experience leading a group of people in an organization, business, or church setting.
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff and leadership team.
Experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector in the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.
Housing experience preferred.
Asset Based Community Development experience preferred.
Good News Partners (GNP) is a faith-based community organization that strives to bring about conditions in which hope, justice, responsibility, and reconciliation flourish in Chicago’s East Rogers Park North of Howard neighborhood. GNP provides affordable housing for otherwise homeless families with a step-by-step transition from interim housing to independent living. Our housing options include... (1) New Life Interim Housing, a 32-bed shelter for otherwise homeless women and their children; (2) a large SRO, the Jonquil, accommodating 58 families; (3) 2nd stage and GNP subsidized rental housing; and (4) 60 units of co-operative housing affordable for families with low and very low income. In addition Good News Partners has created programs to support our children and our youth to grow in their social, academic and personal capability.