Operations/Project Management, Program Management, Volunteer Management
4 Year Degree
JUST of DuPage Executive Director Search
JUST of DuPage is a Christian ministry that exists to share God’s love and provide a range of programs to the men and women incarcerated in the DuPage County Jail in order to empower them to make positive changes in their lives.
We are seeking a new Executive Director.
The Director reports to the JUST board and to the Jail administration, and fulfills three primary roles:
Spokesperson and representative
The Executive Director will be personally committed to JUST’s mission and able to express this mission in appealing and persuasive terms to the broad range of JUST stakeholders: staff, volunteers, donors, churches, jail administration, and community officials. The Director will be well-spoken, with a confident, poised, and professional demeanor. He/she will be able to form respectful and constructive relationships with Christians of various backgrounds and beliefs, members of other faiths, and persons of no religious faith. He/she will be comfortable working in the jail environment, and his/her interactions with inmates and their families will be characterized by a belief in the God-given dignity and worth of all persons.
JUST is an active organization with four staff and more than one hundred volunteers, working in partnership with jail administration, the county sheriff’s office, and other officials in the criminal justice system. The Executive Director will be a capable administrator, able to organize and lead JUST’s operations, keep accurate records, and make effective decisions with regard to personnel, time, and budget ($200,000). He/she will be able to select and clearly articulate priorities and ensure their timely completion. He/she will be an empathetic leader who values the contributions of each staff member and encourages their growth. The JUST workplace, under the Executive Director’s leadership, will be joyful, efficient, and purposeful.
JUST is a non-profit ministry that is supported by individual donors, churches, community organizations, and public funds. The Executive Director will devote considerable time and attention to cultivating donors, expanding JUST’s donor base, and organizing fundraising programs. He/she must be comfortable explicitly asking for donations and able to convert interested persons into active financial partners in JUST’s ministry.
Fundraising and promotion
Develop fundraising strategies and oversee planning and implementation of events.
Promote the agency at various off-site functions.
Oversee writing of grant proposals.
Meet requirements of funding agencies (tours, paperwork, etc.).
Plan for and oversee production of promotional material and newsletters, including website.
Establish budget for Board approval.
Take responsibility for handling of all funds.
Oversee keeping of records of all income, donations and disbursements.
Act as liaison between JUST/inmates and Jail administrators, judicial system and other social service agencies.
Negotiate agreements with County authorities.
Attend Jail staff meetings.
Advocate to meet the needs of inmates.
Interview, hire, train, supervise and evaluate all staff workers (counselors, chaplains, social workers, instructors and support staff).
Oversee recruitment, training, scheduling and supervision of all volunteers.
Prioritize use of agency resources (time, space, personnel).
Initiate, staff and manage special projects designed to serve inmates.
Establish and maintain good relations between volunteers, staff, Jail personnel and inmates.
Organize and set agendas for meetings with Board of Directors.
Desirable Knowledge and Skills:
Considerable skill in verbal and written communications.
Ability to meet people easily and establish relationships quickly, making a friendly, approachable impression.
Knowledge of nonprofit business practices, fundraising and funds management.
Skill in human resource management, including recruiting and hiring practices, training and development, motivational techniques, human relations, and interpersonal communication.
Ability to anticipate problems and offer creative and flexible solutions.
Knowledge of criminal justice system.
Suggested Training and Experience:
Completion of Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Business Administration, or related field. Experience with business administration, human resource management, employee training and supervision. Considerable experience with project initiation and implementation.
JUST of DuPage is a nonprofit Christian social service ministry working in the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton. JUST empowers inmates to pursue rehabilitation and make positive life changes by offering a broad range of services, including addiction recovery, education, spiritual enrichment and social services. This ministry has an operating budget of over $200,000, 4 full time staff members and more than 100 volunteers.