Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website St. Leonard’s Ministries

General Summary:   The Executive Director is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of the agency’s various programs, funding base and all components which support program delivery and overall well-being of the Agency. Although components of these responsibilities may be delegate, the ultimate responsibility is that of the Executive Director.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

Maintains and nurtures the mission of the Agency through effective management by:

  • Being aware of what is happening within the agency;
  • Communicating productively with Agency staff and the Board of Directors;
  • Being aware of broad external trends and movements that might affect the Agency;
  • Being aware of re-entry trends and issues related to community based corrections;
  • Ensuring the agency’s commitment to zero-tolerance of negative behavior.

Ensures the Agency’s fiscal viability by:

  • Managing the financial resources of St. Leonard’s Ministries in cooperation with the Finance Director and the Board of Directors;
  • Approving and monitoring the agency budget in cooperation with the Finance Director and the Board of Directors;
  • Monitoring the agency’s cash flow;
  • Participating in the annual audit, accompanying interchange with the auditing firm and reviewing the agency tax returns;
  • Acting as a liaison of the Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Cook County’s Justice Advisory Council, City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, City of Chicago’s Department of Housing, City of Chicago’s Department of Health, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and Episcopal Charities and Community Services;
  • Developing new funding streams in both the public and private sector:
  • Regularly meeting with and maintaining relationships with individuals, foundations, churches and other funding sources;
  • Attending gatherings that support the development of not-for-profit organizations.
  • Managing external communication of information regarding the agency including when an emergency or negative occurrence takes place;
  • Approving and monitoring all major expenditures for the agency in cooperation with the Finance Director.

Enables the Board of Directors to effectively oversee the Agency by:

  • Working with the administrative team to provide regular and specific information;
  • Initiating discussion of policy and program changes;
  • Implementing board approved policy and programs;
  • Communicating board policy and programs to staff.
  • Working with the administrative team to coordinate and direct short and long term planning for the agency in cooperation with the Board of Directors.

Functions as the public presence of the Agency with various constituencies including:

  • The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago;
  • Episcopal Charities and Community Services;
  • The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago;
  • The Illinois Department of Corrections;
  • Various City of Chicago Departments;
  • The Chicago Continuum of Care and Re-Entry Partnership;
  • Neighborhood organizations.

Supervises and provides support, challenge, affirmation and performance reviews for the following positions:

  • Human Resource Director;
  • Finance Director;
  • Development Director;
  • Grants Manager;
  • Contracts/Grants Manager;
  • Volunteer Coordinator;
  • Leonard’s House, Grace House and Barlow Center Program Directors;
  • Andrew’s Court and Harvest Commons Site Administrators;
  • Facilities Director.

Maintains and supervises appropriately qualified staff members in coordination with the Human Resources Director by:

  • Approving new hires and terminations;
  • Monitoring the process of staff reviews for the entire agency;
  • Encouraging staff development and training;
  • Implementing personnel policies and salary structure as approved by the board.

Manage Major Contracts

  • Serve as the point of contact for major vendor contracts.
  • Manage liability insurance and directors/officers insurance contracts.
  • Evaluate vendor contracts and renegotiate as appropriate.
  • Communicate with vendors in a timely manner to address issues as they arise on a day-to-day basis.
  • Approve invoices for each program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Master’s degree in social work / related field or substantial demonstrated experience with the management of a non-profit organization or work with formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Ability to make thoughtful, productive decisions employing an inclusive process.
  • Ability to adapt to change and the evolving nature of a position;
  • Ability to approach people in a manner which creates harmony and cooperation.
  • Ability to reformulate priorities and develop long range plans in the context of a growing societal, ecclesial and program needs.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills including conflict management and problem solving.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver written and oral reports and presentations in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to move around the city and state for meetings and conferences.

Working Conditions: This is a full time position that requires at least 40 hours a week. Variance from regular hours may often be necessary to meet agency needs. The office area is very busy with, at times, numerous interruptions.

Accountability: The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors of St. Leonard’s Ministries and its President.

St. Leonard’s Ministries is a longstanding housing and social services nonprofit in Chicago serving people after incarceration.
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