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Executive Director, FirstPerson Narratives

Start Date: March 1, 2021

Salary: This role will start as a contract position, with the potential to convert into a regular, full-time position as the Executive Director. Compensation based on experience, and a salary range of $45,000 to $55,000 per year. 

Location: Near-north suburb of Chicago. Staff will work remotely until the Covid-19 crisis is over, with occasional, socially-distanced planning meetings in the near-north suburbs and city of Chicago.


Job Overview:

The Executive Director must possess the unique ability to lead a start-up, manage the day-to-day, and integrate FirstPerson’s major functions: programming, fundraising, finance, communications, etc. 

This is a hands-on, collaborative position – working with the Founder to expand the founding board and advisory council; and hire a Program Director. Together, we will build the organization and its pilot programs brick-by-brick – and grow the organization towards the strategic expansion of accessible, trauma-informed, expressive-arts-based community programs. Core functions include:

  • Leading, managing, and accountability

  • Financial management and fundraising

  • Strategic planning and execution

  • Project management

  • Systems and processes


Responsibilities and Deliverables:

Leading, Managing & Accountability

  • Work with the Founder to recruit, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors and Advisory Council; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction.

  • Work with the President & Founder, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and consultants to spearhead the pilot program. Core deliverables include developing a theory of change, logic model, service delivery model, curriculum materials, and program evaluation tool.

  • Establish and maintain systems for finance and administration, fundraising, and communications.

  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components to refine the model and measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Financial Management, Fundraising & Marketing:

  • Work with stakeholders to finalize mission/vision statements, goals, and objectives that reflect FirstPerson’s solution to the defined problems. 

  • Work with the Founder and marketing experts to refine communications strategy and create the brand.

  • Work with the Board of Directors and fundraising experts to develop a development plan and execute sustainable fundraising activities that will drive revenue and support program operations and expansion.

  • Track and manage FirstPerson’s financial health and sustainability.


Strategic Planning & New Business:

  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop the strategic plan and annual budget; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve goals.

  • Work with the Founder to build strategic partnerships, engage stakeholders, and establish relationships with funders.


While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will fit many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Our ideal candidate has an advanced social work or psychology degree with nonprofit administration experience, and a passion for community-based expressive arts initiatives. 

  • Advanced degree in business management, nonprofit administration, social entrepreneurship; other equivalencies considered. 

  • A minimum of three (3) years of senior management and five (5) years of nonprofit administration experience.

  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven evaluation.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to lead, mentor and coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.

  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

  • An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.

  • Excellent partnership development skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

  • Compassion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

  • Previous experience in trauma-informed systems preferred.


How to Apply: 

If you’re interested in leading our organization and helping us build it brick-by-brick, please send your resume and a personal statement to Be sure to explain what excites you about this position and how your experience has prepared you to make an immediate impact in this role. No phone calls, please. 

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