Summary: The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, located in Wheaton, IL, is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead our organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this position requires high-level skills in staff leadership and development, strategy development and implementation, fund raising and donor/community engagement, in addition to a passion for helping veterans in need.
Organization Mission and Strategy
Responsible for implementation of MSHV’s programs that carry out the agency’s mission.
Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that MSHV can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
Responsible for the enhancement of MSHV’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with professional, civic, and private organizations.
Responsible for the oversight of approximately 20 employees, consultants, and contractors.
Direct reports are: Director of Finance & Administration, Director of Programs, Director of Development, and Administrative Assistant.
Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed governance decisions.
Assists in the Board’s process of recruiting and developing new Board members.
Attends MSHV Board and committee meetings.
Fundraising and Development
Responsible for spearheading the overall fundraising efforts of the organization laid out by the Board.
Supervise and directly assist the development staff to successfully execute the organization’s fundraising plan.
Develop connections and identify potential additional funding sources —private and public.
Lead the development of new grant applications for government and private funding sources by organizing all required tasks, and delegating where appropriate. Determine the most cost-effective internal staff/outside consultant combination necessary to produce successful grant/contract applications. Work closely with the fundraising committee of the Board.
Financial planning and management
Responsible to prepare with finance staff a budget that reflects the most effective program execution according to the agency’s mission.
Administer budgets to allocate funds, control costs, and maintain operations consistent with strategic plan and various funding source guidelines to ensure programs are carried out in the best interests of the client/consumer.
Review and approve all expenditures. Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
Review monthly financial statements and cash flow reports of the agency.
Responsible to see that resources are used properly for the client/consumer and that programs are carried out for the success of the client/consumer while being responsive to the funding sources’ requirements.
Program planning and management
Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the agency’s programs and services.
Ensure that the programs and services offered contribute to the agency's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
Operational planning and management
Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the agency.
Foster effective team work among the Board, the Executive Director and staff.
Review policies for the approval of the Board and prepare necessary procedures to implement the agency policies; review existing policies and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.
Review overall staffing needs within the context of client/consumer needs and funding resources. Responsible for hiring all staff.
Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the appropriate job descriptions, staff training, external staff development and performance evaluation for all staff.
Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the agency and to identify changes in the community served by the organization.
Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, elected officials, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the agency.
The next Executive Director of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans will bring the following professional and personal qualifications to the position:
Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
Five or more years of progressive, non-profit management experience including time either as an Executive Director or at one level below, with the appropriate experience to step up to Executive Director responsibilities.
A track record as a confident leader who has inspired a motivated staff and built a positive culture of trust, cooperation and teamwork. Able to delegate. Is a good listener who fosters an environment of inclusion.
Demonstrated capability to weigh options and actions at a strategic level, based on trends and conditions in the environment, with constant orientation to the organization’s mission, values and strategic plan.
Outstanding communications and relationship-building skills, including the ability to cultivate positive community relations, represent MSHV with prospective and current donors, ensure timely, clear and accurate messaging to the Board of Directors and act as liaison between Board and staff.
A proven self-starter who operates at a high energy level without oversight.
Strong decision-making ability.
Possesses a sound understanding of the development and implementation of fund development strategies, including grant writing and cultivation of private donations.
An ethical leader who champions ethical behavior and business practices.
Solid operational experience including strategy development, budgeting and program management.
Previous experience working with a Board of Directors desirable.
Social Services agency experience preferred.
Previous personal or family involvement in the military and/or veteran support organizations a plus, but not required.
Proficiency in technology and social media.
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Please include a cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified, your resume, and salary requirement.
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
About Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is a non-profit agency that provides housing, supportive services and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency. MSHV was founded in 2007 by Vietnam War veteran Bob Adams and Gulf War veteran Dirk Enger and operates on a vision of no veteran left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental health issues.
Our services to veterans include transitional housing, affordable housing to low income single male and female veterans, permanent supportive housing, support services and counseling, a veterans’ employment program and a voucher-based commisary to meet basic needs of low-income veterans and their families.