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President & CEO
Starved Rock Country Community Foundation in LaSalle, Illinois
Date Posted 03/29/2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Lead a philanthropic organization to support and benefit the communities which comprise Starved Rock Country.

Do you want to impact your community? Do you want to play a role in changing and improving people’s lives? Can you imagine living in beautiful Starved Rock Country, a vibrant resort area attracting visitors from all over the country and beyond? Comprised of Grundy, LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and surrounding counties, the entire Illinois River Valley offers a rich history that rivals any other region in the Midwest. Starved Rock Country boasts substantial historical significance dating back as far as 1858 when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas in Ottawa to earn a seat in the US Senate. The historic I & M Canal Trail still thrives today featuring more than sixty miles of trails for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling. The Illinois, Fox and Vermilion Rivers provide stunning scenery and great opportunities for an array of water sports. Why not lead an exciting organization in a beautiful place where you and your family can enjoy relaxation, recreation, adventure and an authentic lifestyle?

SRCCF’s mission is to connect people who care with causes that matter.

We are seeking a community-minded leader with significant fundraising success who is committed to continue the momentum to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families and businesses to support effective non-profit agencies and other local charitable initiatives; to create and manage scholarships for local students and to provide philanthropic leadership throughout the communities we serve.


The President reports to and at the will of the Board of Directors, works with its Executive Committee and other committees as assigned to carry out all duties and responsibilities on behalf of the Community Foundation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

It will be the President's fundamental responsibility to work with the Board to ensure that the Community Foundation fulfills its roles effectively and achieves the stature expected.

The President is responsible for both leadership and management of the organization subject to the wishes and direction of the Board. The President works with the Board to develop, monitor, modify and implement long-range strategies to benefit the Community Foundation, including budget and organizational development.


  • Ensure the proper administration of Community Foundation funds and commitments to meet all fiduciary and legal requirements
  • Develop with the Board both long-term strategic and short-term business plans to increase advancement of the Community Foundation and its endowment assets
  • Draft and maintain policies to ensure the Community Foundation's greatest benefit, best practices and National Standards requirements
  • Ensure service and support for all standing Committees of the Board
  • Supervise all staff, consultants and office-based volunteers to ensure effective use of resources and applied use of knowledge and skills essential to the organization.

Grants and Program Initiatives

  • Become familiar with the region's needs and nonprofit sector to shape the Community Foundation's grant-making programs and other specific projects in an effective and responsive manner.
  • Develop with the Board an overall philanthropic vision and areas of emphasis for the Community Foundation
  • Ensure maintenance of grant records, due diligence processes, site visits reports, and grant distribution procedures
  • Establish positive relationships with other area and national grant makers to create opportunities for collaboration and exchange
  • Oversee the publication and distribution of the Community Foundation's Annual Report, brochures, Website, news releases, and other media and outreach materials as appropriate
  • Pursue leadership programs and initiatives with support of the Board of Directors to advance action and awareness of issues of importance within the region.

Financial Development

  • Develop, present for approval, and report upon the annual budget in conjunction with the Treasurer and Finance Committee
  • Develop reports and systems to ensure ongoing asset management and investment review
  • Work with the Board and individual, corporate, and foundation donors to build relationships and create new funds
  • Oversee continuing relationships with existing donors to ensure proper management of the Community Foundation's programs and administration of its donor-directed funds
  • Maintain and develop giving alternatives for bequests and other forms of planned gifts.

External Representation

  • Assume a visible role in the community, serving as a sounding board for needs and proposals, and as an advocate for the Community Foundation's role and potential
  • Organize community meetings and conferences as appropriate
  • Support development and implementation of a public outreach and public relations plan, and revise it as appropriate
  • Pursue educational and capacity building programs to benefit and advance the nonprofit sector in the region.

Core Competencies
The following characteristics are required for this position:

  • 5+ years of proven executive leadership in a non-profit organization
  • Significant Fundraising Success
  • Accountability
  • Decision Making
  • Teamwork
  • Job Knowledge Public Advocacy Performing as a CEO
  • Fiscal Management
  • Passion for the SRCCF mission
  • Project Management Skills

Specific Skills and Knowledge

  • Minimum five years in-depth knowledge of and commitment to the nonprofit sector at a senior staff or executive level
  • Knowledge of the community foundation concept and structure, preferably through professional experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills particularly related to financial information and concepts
  • An ability to use computer software including, but not limited to word-processing, email, spreadsheets, databases, and integrated financial applications
  • Strong knowledge of accounting best practices and systems
  • Broad knowledge of the foundation and corporate giving fields and the use of grants to achieve charitable objectives
  • Experience in public presentation and representation including the ability to work effectively with well-connected individual, community, institutional, and governmental leaders
  • Experience working with volunteers and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with the Board, committees, and related resources
  • Leadership, drive, vision, and an inspirational commitment to the community foundation model


Job Type: Full-time


  • Flexible Schedule
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional Development Assistance


  • Day Shift
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • On Call
  • Weekends


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Leadership Experience: 5 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

This Job Is:

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply
  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma

Company's website:

  • www.srccf.org

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
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