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President and CEO

Chicago Foundation for Women
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 21, 2024

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President and CEO
Chicago, IL

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) focuses on the issues that affect all women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people and envisions a world in which all people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just and healthy communities.

CFW works with a community of socially minded investors who share our passion for improving the lives of women and girls, ensuring that every dollar they give achieves maximum impact. CFW supports the future of emerging organizations through both leadership development and financial support to build sustainable nonprofit infrastructure. As a result, two-thirds of nonprofits for which CFW was the first institutional or ‘seed' funder are still thriving 10 years after receiving their first CFW grant.

Since 1985, CFW has invested more than $45 million through over 4,500 grants, annually benefitting more than 226,000 women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary individuals across the Chicago region, to help them become and remain healthy, safe, and economically secure. Nearly four decades later, CFW continues to be the only organization in the region - and among the first in the nation - to take a comprehensive approach to understand and address the issues affecting women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary individuals.

There are few opportunities equal to the potential impact, scale, and level of engagement afforded by the President & CEO role at Chicago Foundation for Women. At 38 years old, CFW's spirit, intentionality, creativity, and inclusivity have been instrumental in shaping women's philanthropy through Chicago and our nation. Decisively and determinately moving forward, CFW needs a leader whose commitment to the mission allows them to create a stronger, larger, even more influential foundation, to fundraise fearlessly, and to have the skills to steward donors and investments. Together with the staff, Board, and volunteer base of Chicago Foundation for Women, the next President & CEO will have ability to make a difference in the lives of countless women in the Chicago area and, in doing so, to make a difference in the lives of their families and entire communities.

The President & CEO role represents the opportunity to engage the hearts and minds of staff, to knit together a cohesive and motivated staff team, and to build a culture aligned with the mission and values of CFW. The CEO will also have the opportunity to connect at both the intellectual and emotional levels with motivated donors to create change for women and girls throughout the community.

In addition to engaging with and investing in communities, the next leader will have the opportunity and responsibility of building a culture and discipline of long-term financial sustainability and health. With recent gifts, CFW will craft a new investment policy and assess how to make CFW's $22 million endowment grow and thrive.

Salary will be based on qualifications, in the $225K - $250K range. Compensation will include a base salary and benefits competitive with philanthropic institutions of a similar size and scope, taking into consideration the successful candidate's unique skills, accomplishments, experience, and expected immediate and long-term impact to CFW.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction, as soon as possible, to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For best consideration, kindly apply by Friday, February 23rd.

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