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
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
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
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 https://bit.ly/3Gy8MQ4 (click on
the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information
about Bridge Communities, visit