Executive Director Job Description

July, 2017

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is seeking an Executive Director with proven leadership skills to direct the activities and operations of the organization, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a private, non-government, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Please respond to the Search Committee, c/o Board President Kerry Keller:  Kerry-Keller@sbcglobal.net

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and reports directly to the Board of Directors, works in partnership with the Board of Directors and the staff to provide leadership, vision and direction for the organization and to develop organizational strategy. Implements policies approved by the Board, manages the organization’s staff, programs and operations, and represents the organization in the community.

The Executive Director acts as the development and events manager. Works with staff to determine fund development opportunities. Identifies, organizes and manages the fundraising and recycling activities of the affiliate with a focus on expanding opportunities to obtain sustainable support from corporations, public and private organizations, faith communities and individuals.

Acting as a Facilities Manager, the Executive Director provides leadership in directing production and distribution operations for the nonprofit material recycling center, which includes coordinating production and warehousing in accordance with policies and procedures.

HOURS:  The Executive Director is a full time, exempt, salaried position.


  • Maintain good-standing status with Keep America Beautiful.
  • Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services that support the mission of the organization.
  • Lead the staff and Board in developing a realistic annual budget, and making financial decisions consistent with the budget as approved by the Board.
  • Supervise staff, including hiring, motivating, communicating and evaluating.
  • Manage the day-to-day operation of the organization and recycling facility.
  • Lead fundraising efforts, including supporting the Board ‘s involvement in fundraising, personally cultivating and soliciting donors, and supervising implementation of fundraising plans and policies.
  • Direct accounting procedures and preparation of materials for audit and provide regular, timely internal financial statements to the Board of Directors in keeping with benchmarks established by the Board.
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Keep Board of Directors informed of progress and challenges in policy development, financial management, community relations and organizational management.
  • Encourage, coach and build board involvement in fundraising efforts utilizing the Benevon Raising More Money Fundraising Model.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state and federal legal requirements.
  • Facilitate the development of a comprehensive strategic plan approved by the Board.
  • Build positive relationships with partner organizations, policymakers, media and others.
  • Represent the organization by participating in key associations and organizations, serving on committees and advisory groups and speaking in public settings.
  • Cultivate donor relationships to maximize growth and become long term supportors.
  • Facilitate and encourage Board development.
  • Ensure effective use of organizational resources.
  • Recruit, schedule, supervise, train and maintain an extensive network of volunteers.
  • Oversee and encourage continuous improvement efforts for operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively with staff and volunteers.


  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience in Business or Communications, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • Minimum of 5 years management experience.
  • Demonstrated writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated history with fundraising in a nonprofit environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience in budgeting and planning.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, fundraising software.
  • Motivated, self-starter.
  • Creative and flexible.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Ability to work with a diverse audience and volunteers.