The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (“EFGC”) leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
That is our mission. A community-based, non-profit organization founded in 1946, we give support, inspiration, and hope to the more than 130,000 people with epilepsy, as well as their families and friends, in Chicagoland and the surrounding 43 counties in North and Central Illinois. We are the only organization in this region that provides the full range of resources for individuals affected by epilepsy to achieve their life goals and not lose another moment to seizures.
Serving over 17,600 children and adults in 2016 alone, EFGC has extensive experience in delivering programs and services to its clients and the general public including case management, advocacy, individual and family counseling, support groups, information and referral services, educational programs in schools and other local institutions, employment services, summer camps for kids, adult retreats, art and writing therapy, professional and lay seminars, client emergency financial funding, and outreach programs with specialized medical evaluations for underserved populations.
The President is the Foundation's Chief Executive Officer who implements the various programs, policies and activities required to carry forward the EFGC’s goals as interpreted though Board policy, the By-Laws and Charter.
Reports to: Board of Directors through its Chairperson.
Implements and fulfills the mission of EFGC and the vision and policies of the Board of Directors.
Develops and oversees all programs and services of EFGC.
Attends and participates in Board and committee meetings. Handles arrangements for Board and committee meetings. Notifies members, prepares agendas, correspondence, and official papers for action. Maintains minutes of meetings. Distributes copies to members.
Works with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to exercise fiscal management and control, including:
Preparation of a budget of both income and expense
Presentation of budget recommendations to the Finance Committee
Reports regularly to the Finance Committee and Board on the fiscal condition of EFGC as it relates to the budget
Employs, supervises and dismisses staff.
Works with the Development staff to develop a fundraising plan, which fulfills the anticipated financial needs of EFGC.
Implements the fundraising plan with the direct participation and assistance of the Board of Directors.
Develops and implements administrative policies and procedures and manages EFGC’s purchasing and finances.
Works with staff leaders and the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) to evaluate current program activities and develop program expansion projects.
Works with Education staff to develop and conduct an active public education program.
Reports regularly to the Board of Directors and its committees on various phases of EFGC’s operation so that the Board can approach policy-making duties with a firm, objective information base.
Performs all necessary activities to assure the effective and responsible administration of EFGC.
Oversees management of all the services rendered to clients.
Oversees the records of any financial assistance rendered to clients.
Keeps Officers and the Board of Directors fully informed on national programs, objectives, policies and philosophy. Carefully analyzes local program needs and recommends new services or changes in present services.
Assists committees in the recruitment and training of volunteers and in utilizing appropriate community resources, organizations and groups toward the advancement of EFGC program objectives.
Oversees the maintenance of an adequate supply of EFGC/Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA) publications and materials.
Attends meetings related to health issues and/or development of EFGC programs.
Participates in coalitions as advocate on issues in the public sector concerning people with epilepsy.
Perform such other duties as may from time to time, be assigned by the Chairperson and/or the Board of Directors.
Advanced degree in business, education, or human service administration or the equivalent.
7-10 years of successful experience in positions requiring a substantial amount of personnel management, management in finance, fundraising, program development, marketing and public education.
Must possess emotional maturity and stability, personal integrity, initiative and
Must demonstrate advanced leadership capabilities and obtain the support and cooperation of staff and volunteers.
The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago if to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.