KEES has been exclusively retained by Youth Job Center,
in Evanston, Illinois in its search for its next Executive
YJC is seeking its next Executive Director who will inherit a
newly enhanced and strong leadership team, positive organizational
culture, and strong financial position. Operating on a $1.6 million
annual operating budget, YJC is led by an engaged 25-member Board
of Directors representing business, nonprofit, and community
leaders. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED is responsible
for providing overall executive leadership and management of YJC’s
day-to-day activities and partnering with the Board to ensure
ongoing strategic growth. The Executive Director will directly
supervise 3 managers indirectly 21 staff members.
In addition to general oversight, the Executive Director will be
charged with determining top organizational strategies and
developing a new strategic plan with the Board to guide the
organization in achieving top mission priorities. Noting that YJC’s
funding relies wholly on philanthropy, grants, government funding
and other contributed revenue, it is imperative that the ED focus
on overall philanthropic strategy and partner with the Board and
leadership team in actively fundraising and developing
relationships with donors and grant makers. Additionally, it will
be of the utmost importance for the ED to maintain and create new
partnerships to further YJC’s reach and services and develop
meaningful relationships with community leaders.
Some specific requirements include:
- Passion for YJC and its mission, augmented by demonstrated
experience in similar programmatic and nonprofit service areas.
Experience in the areas of workforce development or youth services
or programming preferred.
- 3+ years of experience at the Director or Executive level or in
a role with similar administrative responsibilities of a nonprofit
organization or in a related field.
- Accomplished background in building strong external
relationships with a variety of constituencies: staff, volunteers,
elected officials, business representatives, partner organizations,
and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrated passion for and understanding of EDI as a priority
in the workplace.
- Proven success in philanthropic strategy, fundraising and
financial stewardship; ability to identify, cultivate, steward, and
- Strong understanding of nonprofit finances and a track record
in financial management and developing strategies to successfully
increase revenue and manage expenses.
- Builder of strong and productive work teams with a focus on
mentoring and nurturing staff development.
- Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience.
This position offers a competitive salary with strong
Youth Job Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age,
sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital
status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant
COVID-19 considerations: All employees of YJC are required to be
vaccinated. We take additional precautions and follow the CDC and
City of Evanston/Chicago guidelines for safety. YJC is currently
operating in a hybrid work environment.
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Youth Job Center has
been a leading provider of employment-related and career-building
services for Evanston and Chicago youth experiencing barriers to
successful job placement and rewarding careers for nearly 38 years.
To equip young people with the skills and confidence they need to
secure a job and identify and pursue a chosen career, YJC partners
with area employers, nonprofits, and other stakeholders and
organizations to provide work-readiness training, personalized
career advising, job placement, and other services. During its
history, YJC has served more than 20,000 young people. For many of
those clients, YJC helped place them in their first job, an
exciting and meaningful step in a young person’s future! Whether
that first work experience guides their career path or is unrelated
to future career goals, YJC understands that a positive first job
experience leads to steadier employment and is reflected in the
positive economic impact on young people’s families, their lives,
and their communities.