Learn More ad

cfc ad

Career Center 

To Apply:

President & Chief Executive Officer (Avenues to Independence)

Company: Avenues to Independence
Location: Park Ridge, IL


Park Ridge, IL

Avenues to Independence provides homes, jobs and community living opportunities in the Chicago area for adults with physical, intellectual, and other developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Its goal is to provide work and living opportunities enabling those with disabilities to be as independent as possible.

Avenues to Independence seeks a proven leader with a passion for its mission, as well as deep appreciation and respect for the people served.  Candidates must have five or more years of senior administrative and program management experience, as well as extensive experience and knowledge of best practices in the community disability support or related field.

The next President/CEO will bring vision and a passion for helping people live their fullest and most independent lives possible. They will ideally possess knowledge of relevant services and funding mechanisms, including Medicaid and other sources of government and private funding.

The next leader will be one who recognizes and values the wealth of experience held by the staff.  Candidates should have the temperament and skills to continue the development of talented staff as well as a demonstrated ability to bring passion, vision, direction, business discipline and inspiration into the agency.  The successful candidate will be a relationship builder and will be skilled at guiding the team towards shared success and positive client experiences.  Having the humility to delegate is important, as is the ability to listen and lead with respect and consistency for staff, clients and community members alike.

Important personal qualities include approachability and the ability to relate to people from all walks of life.  A collaborative nature is a must.  The next leader will have the ability to build and nurture a strong organizational culture while supporting internal policies and procedures consistent with the culture and values of Avenues to Independence.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to articulate a compelling vision and to keep people focused during challenging times as well as to invite new partners into the mission.  This person will possess the highest level of oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to effectively work with a broad range of individuals and organizations including Board members, families, funders, professional colleagues, public officials and community partners, as well as the media. The President/CEO will be a major part of the visual identity of Avenues, providing leadership in fundraising, program development, and advocacy.  Experience and innovation in recruiting and motivating volunteers will be a plus.

A big picture thinker and ambitious leader, the next President/CEO must also be a knowledgeable manager with excellent administrative and operational skills and an understanding of best administrative practices. The successful candidate will possess strong business acumen to oversee all aspects of the business operation including but not limited to human capital, fiscal solvency, change management and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.  He or she will have demonstrated expertise in finance and financial oversight and will be comfortable with technology and management information systems. This person must be organized, goal-oriented and decisive.   Avenues to Independence seeks a proven, accomplished leader with at least five years of demonstrated success in a comparably sized organization.

A bachelor’s degree in social services, or other bachelor’s degree program with social services experience, is required. An advanced degree is a plus.

To apply, send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://ww2.kittlemansearch.com/Jobs

For more information about Avenues to Independence, visit https://avenuestoindependence.org/.