Development/Fundraising, Marketing/Outreach/PR, Program Management
The Lilac Tree helps women and their families who have been touched by divorce to develop the strength and coping skills needed to heal and rebuild their lives as quickly as possible. To do that, The Lilac Tree provides programming about the important pieces of a divorce such as separation, the division of the family’s assets, maintenance and child support, parenting time and decision-making. Equally important, The Lilac Tree provides wellness and support based programming to help women and their families develop the strength and coping skills necessary to transition through this life changing event. The Lilac Tree has served thousands of women in Cook, Lake and the collar counties for over 25 years.
The Lilac Tree is now seeking a new Executive Director to join our dedicated staff, extensive volunteer and participant base.
Based in Evanston, the Lilac Tree is 501(c)(3) tax exempt Illinois Not-For Profit Corporation.
The Executive Director position
We are seeking leadership and management skills to guide our strategic long-term planning, expand our donor and funding base, manage the day-to-day operations, assist in the development and delivery of programming, and inspire The Lilac Tree staff and its participants. The ED will be the primary public voice for the Lilac Tree.
Executive Director Duties and Responsibilities
Actively engage and energize LT volunteers, Board members, committee members, clients and former clients (Blossoms), partnering organizations, and funders.
Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and organizational expansion/growth.
Promote and advance all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand and messaging, building community awareness, engaging LT constituents (clients and professionals), and working relationships with community groups and other nonprofits.
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of the Board, seek and build Board involvement with focus on strategic direction, ongoing governance and expansion of LT.
Be responsible for all recruitment, employment, management, development, evaluation, and release of all LT personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices. Work with staff and Board in preparing the annual budget. With Board Treasurer monitor actual vs. projected/budget financial activity and keep Board informed of differences and make recommendations of any changes needed throughout the year.
Executive Director Requirements and Qualifications
Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Experience: Five years executive director or comparable experience
Skill Set: Exceptional oral and written communication abilities and public speaking skills
Since 1990, The Lilac Tree has been a safe haven and a resource for women facing separation and divorce in Illinois. We support, educate, and empower women to overcome these obstacles and move towards a better future.