Winnetka Community House

Executive Nonprofit Opportunity: Details





Winnetka Community House

Winnetka, IL

Executive Director

Founded in 1911, the Winnetka Community House was a gift from the Winnetka Congregational Church to the entire village as a nondenominational center for wholesome recreation, social opportunity, cultural experiences and civic engagement. Providing the village’s first gym and numerous meeting rooms, it became the gathering place for the entire village and beyond. Thousands of people of all ages flocked to classes, scout meetings, lectures, musical performances, theater, art exhibits and sports competitions. More than a century later, the pace has not slowed; more than 100,000 visits to WCH take place each year. The Winnetka Community House is a 100,000-square-foot building situated on a three-acre campus in the heart of Winnetka.

Unlike a local park district, the WCH does not receive tax dollars from the community for support but is instead supported by fees, rentals, and individual contributions, corporate underwriting and various other fundraising initiatives. The Woman’s Board of the WCH, comprised of over 100 active and sustaining members, is the primary fundraising arm. The Woman’s Board hosts three primary fundraising events throughout the year: the Antiques + Modernism show, Breakfast with Santa and a Wine & Beer Tasting Event which has become a major social event in the Winnetka Community. Additional support comes from WCH’s Board of Governors, a dynamic and engaged group of 26 professionals devoted to the long term welfare of WCH.

WCH’s dedicated staff consists of 14 full-time and 40 part-time employees. The WCH annual budget is $3.7 million dollars. In addition, the WCH has a $3 million dollar Board Designated Fund, prudently managed by a volunteer committee of investment professionals. The WCH is in the planning stages of a new capital campaign which will be vitally important to update and maintain the oldest section of the building. The Executive Director’s leadership will be crucial to the success of this effort.

As the WCH enters the next chapter in its history, the Executive Director (ED) will provide the strategic leadership and direction to evaluate, broaden and fulfill the organization’s mission. In partnership with the Board of Governors and the WCH staff, the ED will be the agent of change responsible for ensuring the successful future direction of the organization.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization to ensure delivery of the highest quality services while safeguarding its financial stability. As the leader of the organization, the Executive Director reports to the Board of Governors and is responsible for: creating and executing the strategic plan to address the growing needs of WCH and its clients; demonstrating passion for the mission of WCH; actively engaging in sophisticated fundraising and development activities; developing and managing the organization’s overall finances; managing and leading the staff and fostering an organizational climate to develop and build staff competencies; collaborating with other leaders and decision makers in the broader community; providing the vision to address future challenges and opportunities; and representing the organization as its key spokesperson and fundraiser.

We seek a visionary and proven leader who embodies a culture of excellence and service and will share a passion for the mission of the WCH. The ideal candidate will have the following qualities and characteristics: dynamic leadership and management skills, strong and disciplined financial acumen, experience with fundraising and capital campaigns, strong communication skills and the utmost levels of integrity and professionalism. Career experience in a top or assistant leadership position in a community organization is desired. An understanding of the Winnetka and surrounding North Shore communities is desired. A high level of participation in the life of the community in which he or she works by virtue of civic involvement, public service, volunteerism and club or social activities is expected and desired.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a Master’s degree is desired.

Applications for the position are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please click on the Apply Now link below; then select Executive Director, Winnetka Community House.

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