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Executive Director - Youth Workforce Development

Youth Job Center
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 8, 2022

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Position Type
Advocacy, Other Fields, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time

KEES has been exclusively retained by Youth Job Center, in Evanston, Illinois in its search for its next Executive Director.


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 solicit donors.
  • 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 benefits.


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 criteria.


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.



To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


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.

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