POSITION DESCRIPTION – ALBERT PICK JR. FUND

Position: Executive Director

 

Reports to: Board of Directors

 

Status: Exempt, part-time (60%)

The Organization

The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund is a private, independent foundation established in 1947. While grantmaking interests and procedures have been updated over the years to reflect changing times, our mission remains faithful to the intent of the founders, Corinne and Albert Pick, Jr., to provide underserved and under-resourced Chicago residents with the tools they need to improve their lives.

 

Today, the Fund concentrates on funding nonprofits working in neighborhoods to support people who are economically or otherwise disadvantaged or who face discrimination. Chicago should be a city of hope, safety, and opportunities for those who live here. We believe that people should be empowered to identify and define the problems they confront and work towards solutions. Our role is to ensure that community residents have the resources and support they need to undertake this work. Going forward, the Fund will increase its support of the growing movement around social justice and racial equity.

The Opportunity and Position Summary

The new Executive Director replaces outgoing Executive Director, Iris Krieg. This transition comes at an exciting time for the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund (the Fund)--2022 will begin with a new leader at the helm. An enthusiastic individual will strengthen our grantmaking, deepen grantee and philanthropic partnerships, and build the brand identity. The Executive Director brings an equity mindset to the Fund’s work and implements grantmaking strategies to actively combat inequities. They work with the Board of Directors to develop and communicate the Fund’s vision and they lead with a willingness to take risks in service of impact.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has strategic and operational responsibility for all aspects of the Fund. They serve as the external face and voice of the Fund, initiating and maintaining strong ties with the grantees, other nonprofits, the philanthropic community, and other stakeholders. The Executive Director supervises the program and administrative staff and directs the work of the outside firm that provides program and back- office services. The Board is open to the new Executive Director evaluating this structure in 2022.

GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

 

Approximately 25% of the position

 

  • Facilitates the Board’s strategic planning and goal setting processes. Translates the vision and plans into goals and achievable steps.

  • Tracks national and local trends, research, and best practices that impact and inform the Fund’s strategic direction.

  • Serves as an articulate, passionate, visible, and prominent leader.

  • Partners with the President to provide leadership to the Board of Directors. Engages in strategies

    which will bring new and diverse Board members and further Board development and engagement.

  • Advances Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles, strategies, and actions.

  • In consultation with legal counsel, if necessary, interprets and applies laws, rules, and regulations

    applicable to the Fund. Promotes compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Oversees the keeping of critical corporate records. Reviews and ensures that operational policies and guidelines are maintained, presenting to the Board for approval when appropriate.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & OPERATION

 

Approximately 35% of the position

  • Implements the Fund’s philosophy and mission and grantmaking program and ensure annual

    grantmaking goals are met.

  • Provides overall direction to grantmaking initiatives and strategy. Provides guidance in selection of

    new areas of interest.

  • Administers the grantmaking program, including grant proposal reviews, site visits, monitoring

    progress of approved grants, and other matters requiring action.

  • Communicates clearly with successful grantees as well as those that do not receive support.

  • Develops and implements grant-making policies and procedures in conjunction with the Board.

  • Oversees data collection, analysis, and reporting to the Board.

     

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

 

Approximately 25% of the position

  • Ensures that the Fund and its mission are consistently presented in strong, positive images.

  • Initiates and supports innovative opportunities to promote the Fund’s institutional identity.

  • Represents the Fund as a thought leader and subject matter expert at convenings,

    strategic discussions, or other tables.

  • Maintains a high professional profile in the field of philanthropy; keeps abreast about the non-profit

    and philanthropic sector.

  • Ensures the Fund’s’ participation in partnerships/collaborative opportunities with other grant

    makers and nonprofit organizations. Seeks and maintains healthy relationships with new

    collaborations and partnerships.

  • Supervises the preparation of the content on the website.

     

ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCES

 

Approximately 15% of the position

  • Manages the day-to-day work of the Fund. Delegates responsibility for operational functions and

    seeks to enhance systems that allow for efficiency and impact.

  • Works effectively with the consulting firm that provides program support and back-office services.

    Investigates possible new options for staffing the Fund.

  • Retains and works effectively with other independent contractors.

  • Ensures the maintenance of financial records and reports according to accepted accounting standards.

  • Oversees the preparation of the annual budget and presents to the Board. Oversees grant payouts.

  • Engages with the Treasurer and the investment advisory team in the review of investment reports

    and the yearly Statement of Financial Position and Audit with the Auditor and Board.

     

OTHER

  • Ensures that confidential information relating to the Fund and our grantees is kept confidential.

  • Serves as an excellent steward of the Fund, modeling the core values that the Fund holds true.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This is a part-time position (approximately 60% time); evening work is occasionally required.

  • Primarily remote work, however, an office space is provided and meetings with the Board and other

    stakeholders will be required.

  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers,

    scanners, filing cabinets; while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk,

    hear, and use hands to operate office equipment.

  • The workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment.

  • Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-

    discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.

     

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

The ideal candidate attributes include:

  • Minimum of fifteen years of experience in a leadership role with a philanthropic or nonprofit.

  • A sophisticated understanding of social justice issues and of the non-­­profit and public

    sector delivery systems.

  • Experience seeking out and implementing innovative initiatives.

  • Experience at collaboration and partnership building.

  • Leading visioning and taking organizations to the next level.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the consequences of historical and systemic racism and discrimination.

  • Collaborating to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

  • Leading, and being accountable to, a governing board.

  • Experience managing staff.

  • Managing the financial resources of an organization.

  • Building an organization’s profile.

     

ATTRIBUTES

  • Commitment to the Fund’s mission and vision. Passion for creating positive social change.

  • An effective strategic, visionary, and innovative thinker.

  • Operates from a fundamental understanding of equity and of the importance of valuing diversity.

  • An ability to set priorities and deliver on them.

  • Strong and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently. High level of self-motivation.

  • Positive, solution-oriented professional.

  • Ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback.

  • Strongly supportive of social media and other efforts to further our brand identity.

     

COMPENSATION
  • Salary is in the $120,000 to $138,000 range, commensurate with experience, 7.5% of salary contributed to a health reimbursement account, employer contribution to retirement after one year of employment, and paid leave.

 

TO APPLY-DEADLINE JANUARY 3, 2022
  • Submit (1) cover letter (2) resume (3) where you learned of the position and (4) your salary range requirementto: careers@albertpickjrfund.org

  • Please write your name (Last, First) in the subject line of your e-mail.

  • Position begins ASAP in 2022.