Now celebrating 35+ years of service, Chicago House provides individuals and families affected by HIV with services to help lead their lives with safety and dignity. Founded in 1985 by a passionate group of activists during the height of the AIDS crisis, Chicago House initially served as a housing resource, and in most cases a hospice, for those living with HIV/AIDS. Today, the organization empowers people living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS through four mission-critical pillars, of housing, health, employment support and the Translife Care program. Chicago House serves more than 2,000 individuals in Chicago with the central purpose to help them lead healthy, dignified lives. Chicago House’s ultimate goal, notably through its “Getting to Zero” campaign, is to help achieve the end of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago and the rest of Illinois.
Chicago House employs client-centric services to find best answers for each client’s specific needs. In its housing work, Chicago House provides places to live with wraparound resources to support those who are living with or vulnerable to HIV and are low-income individuals and families who have experienced chronic homelessness or unstable housing. Known for its excellent comprehensive services, the agency ensures that each client has access to health and employment assistance as well as housing.
The CEO and Board of Chicago House are excited to announce the creation of a new and influential role at the agency. The newly-created role of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) will serve as a key partner of the CEO by providing leadership and oversight of the agency’s strategy as well as management of the resource development and program innovation teams. In this partnership, the CSO will serve a central role in further diversifying resources and in setting strategy to grow the agency’s visibility, footprint and impact in the City of Chicago and beyond. This CSO will advance Chicago House by overseeing fundraising strategy; assertively expanding the organization’s client-centered work, especially in communities of color; and building key collaborative networks and partnerships.
Chicago House seeks a professional who will collaborate with the CEO to create and implement strategy, help set programmatic priorities and goals and has the ability to execute ideas with specific, goal-driven objectives and procedures.
The ideal candidate has experience and success in increasing an organization’s growth through fundraising and development and deploying resources efficiently and effectively toward meeting organizational goals. The successful candidate will bring fresh perspectives and experience in funding-raising campaigns, and a proven track record in obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation support and government grants. Board management experience with a highly engaged board would be most helpful.
Chicago House seeks a proven leader who will know how to garner broad community support and increase the visibility of the organization. She/he/they will be enthusiastic about the work of Chicago House, able to communicate that enthusiasm and can relate to a wide variety of community members, including clients, elected officials, governmental agency officials, businesses, civic groups, and neighbors.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Alternatives to a traditional educational background will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state or national professional trade associations related to human services is a plus.