Chief Executive Officer

Bridge Communities
Illinois, United States
$140,000.00 - $165,000.00
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

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Position Type
Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Bridge Communities is a dynamic, grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families through partnering with talented, resourceful individuals and groups in our community. Its unique program of housing, mentoring and empowerment focuses on helping families move towards a goal of self-sufficiency. Bridge Communities’ vision is a community where all families are healthy, financially stable, and living in affordable housing. The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. Each of the core values - Partnership, Empowerment, Integrity, Respect, Hope - apply to everyone involved in Bridge Communities - clients, mentors, Program Partners, volunteers, donors, board members, staff and community.

Through the help of its Program Partners and supporters, each year Bridge Communities provides transitional housing to more than 100 DuPage County families who are experiencing homelessness. During the two years each family spends with Bridge Communities, they build budgeting skills to increase savings and pay down debt, and enter more secure career tracks with higher earnings, so they can sustain housing stability and financial security after program exit and thrive as a family unit.


Passion for the Mission: Bridge seeks a CEO who successfully translates vision into strategy and implementable goals and who maintains a daily focus on engaging individual and organizational partners into the mission. 

Skill in Managing Organizations of Similar Complexity:  Bridge Communities seeks a leader with experience in managing an organization of comparable size and complexity, ideally in affordable housing or the human services space, with exposure to other types of business entities. 

Business and Analytical Acumen: He or she will have demonstrated competency in financial oversight, technology and management information systems, and he or she will bring a data-informed perspective to decision-making and continuous improvement. Experience in real estate or asset management would be a plus.

Relationship Building and Communications Skills:  The successful candidate will be a strong communicator, with excellent listening, public speaking, presentation and writing skills that tell a story and inspire action

Fundraising skills: Candidates will have the demonstrated ability to establish and cultivate strong collaborative relationships with public and private funders and to advocate for policy and funding developments that benefit Bridge Communities’ clients and advance its mission.

Board relations:  The next CEO will have demonstrated strong experience and ability in setting goals, implementing a strategic plan, and openly sharing issues and opportunities with a board of directors. Bridge Communities seeks a leader who sees the Board as an ally and partner; who will communicate openly and transparently; and who will feel comfortable seeking support when needed.

Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Candidates must be accustomed to working in racially and ethnically diverse communities. They must value the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), and be prepared to help guide Bridge Communities forward in the path toward increased racial understanding, representation and empathy.  Candidates also must be attuned to the needs of a client base that is predominately female head of household and where trauma is prevalent in the family history.

Applicants from a diverse group of communities and with lived experience in affordable housing and in driving equity are encouraged to apply. 

A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is strongly recommended. 

The anticipated salary for this position is $140,000 to $165,000, depending on qualifications.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about Bridge Communities, visit    

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