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Area Executive Director, Upper Mid-West (Chicago)

Company: Autism Speaks
Location: Chicago
Posted on: May 13, 2024

Job Description:

Area Executive Director, Upper Mid-West (Chicago) Come join Autism Speaks as the Executive Director of our Upper Mid-West Area! We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious leader who shares our vision of a world where all people with autism can achieve their full potential. With a territory that covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, this role leads a hardworking team that cultivates corporate and foundation relationships, executes our inaugural two-day Summit Challenge and special events, and builds awareness, acceptance, and inclusion. The position is home-based with preference for the greater Chicago Metro area.

PURPOSE : Drive the growth and development of the Upper Mid-West Area initiatives to further the mission of Autism Speaks by providing visionary and strategic leadership to staff, volunteers and other key constituents. This seasoned leader will personally own the acquisition and growth of high-level relationships and corporate partnerships in the Area. While responsible for leading the fundraising team and supporting their portfolio of events, the primary focus of the role is to maximize diverse, top-tier revenue-generation.


  • Develop and execute area fundraising plans to ensure the achievement of financial goals; e valuate fundraising strategies and effectiveness on an ongoing basis
  • Develop and champion fundraising best practices with staff and volunteers
  • Cultivate and acquire new corporate partnerships, yielding event sponsorships and other revenue streams
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of high-priority constituents across the Area portfolio
  • Develop and manage the Upper Mid-West Executive Leadership Council and serve as the lead staff partner, working with the group to achieve programmatic and fundraising goals
  • Work in partnership with other revenue departments to develop a pipeline and cultivate prospects for the Area
  • Explore and develop diverse revenue opportunities that support the organization's initiatives and align with the strategic plan
  • Implement a sustainable volunteer structure that utilizes existing relationships and recruits new volunteers to Autism Speaks
  • Work with outreach staff to integrate and execute mission programs and initiatives
  • Lead Area staff in strategic planning, hold them responsible for accountability metrics and provide ongoing leadership, mentorship, training and development
  • Manage, mentor and lead Area staff in obtaining their goals and advancing their individual development
  • Develop and manage budgets, maintain fiscal records and submit financial forecasts in a timely and accurate manner (The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s. As outlined in your performance goal setting forms, you will be responsible for achieving the goals provided by and agreed upon with your manager.)

    Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
    • 10+ years of demonstrated leadership with recruitment and management of volunteers (board recruitment experience and peer-to-peer fundraising preferred), managing/coaching staff (preferably in a field-based organization), relationship building, networking, budget management, and volunteer mobilization.
    • Proven track record of multi-functional, fundraising experience (special events, multiple walk events, corporate campaigns.) Specialized Skills and Knowledge:
      • Well-organized, detail-oriented
      • Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
      • Strong analytical skills
      • Adaptable
      • Intermediate proficiency with MS Office 365 including Excel and Outlook required
      • Database knowledge (Stratus Live and/or Luminate preferred)
      • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
      • Ability to travel within Area and occasionally for overnight meetings and conferences outside the Area Hold a valid driver's license, insurance and have access to reliable transportation.

        • Building Collaborative Relationships
        • Professional Behavior
        • Results-Driven
        • Customer Orientation
        • Flexibility You are responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all Autism Speaks data and information to which you have access.

          Autism Speaks is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive workplace. We recruit, evaluate, employ, and promote candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, protected veteran or military status, disability or other legally protected status. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for job openings. Reasonable accommodations will be provided. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

          About Autism Speaks:
          At Autism Speaks, our mission is to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Together with our broad and diverse community, we strive every day to achieve our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. This mission and vision drive every member of our staff; our employees are inspired, energized and motivated by the impact we can collectively have on behalf of the autism community.

          Autism Speaks celebrates every success achieved to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism, and we work collaboratively across departments to find solutions that will do the most good for the most people.

          Just as we strive to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for people on the spectrum, we also aim to enhance the lives of our dedicated employees, through thick and thin.

          Salary & Benefits:
          Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation, benefit and vacation package. We also provide flex work hours, weekly training sessions, tuition reimbursement and summer bonus Fridays in addition to a creative, innovative, collaborative, inclusive, kind and fun work environment.

          Autism Speaks is an employer that participates in E-Verify

          Salary range is $96,600 - $125,000, depending on candidate's relevant years of experience.
          Do you have 10+ years of demonstrated leadership with recruitment and management of volunteers (board recruitment experience and peer-to-peer fundraising preferred) experience?* What are your salary expectations?* Race/Ethnicity
          (1) Hispanic or Latino
          (2) White
          (3) Black or African American
          (4) Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
          (5) Asian
          (6) Native American or Alaska Native
          (7) Two or More Races
          (8) Decline to Answer* At Autism Speaks, we strive to foster a culture that is safe, supportive, and embraces all of our team members. Therefore, we are committed to holding ourselves accountable to living our values and effectively serving people in ways consistent with those values.

          To get a better comprehensive understanding of our pipeline, and to ensure we are accountable to our Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, we invite you to fill out the questions below.

          Please note that the completion of these questions is entirely voluntary and anonymous. We recognize the information requested is sensitive. The information will not affect your consideration for any role and is not tied to your individual application in any way. In addition, whenever this data is used, we only report on it cumulatively, not individually. This information form will be kept in a confidential file separate from your application.

          Are you living with a disability?
          (1) Currently living with a disability/disabilities
          (2) I don't wish to answer* The following questions are entirely optional. Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
          • A "disabled veteran" is one of the following:
            • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
            • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
            • A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
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              I DON'T WISH TO ANSWER

Keywords: Autism Speaks, Chicago , Area Executive Director, Upper Mid-West (Chicago), Executive , Chicago, Illinois

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