Director, Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness
Michael Reese’s Health and Housing Program Officer
Executive Committee of CFTEH
Exempt – Salaried, 32-hour work week
About Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness
Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness (CFTEH) is a local chapter of an independent 501(c)(3) organization, Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH). FTEH mobilizes its members to utilize the voice, influence, and expertise of philanthropy in ways that will advance lasting solutions to ending homelessness, including addressing its underlying causes like structural and racial inequities, and helping create policies and systems that center people with lived expertise.
Through the National FTEH, our local chapter benefits from key resources and best practices and is connected to members doing critical work across the United States. We are organized around available opportunities for funders to be part of policy change and bring the collective philanthropy voice to advocacy at both the local and national level.
Chicago is at a pivotal point in addressing homelessness. New administrations at both the City and State understand the urgency of this challenge. Increased dedicated staff and dollars are allocated to addressing homelessness. CFTEH, inspired and informed by funder-catalyzed initiatives in Los Angeles and Seattle, seeks to strengthen our local ability to engage a more coordinated public/private partnership to end homelessness. The CFTEH effort will enable increased visibility for the issue and build bridges between affordable housing and stakeholders from other sectors who work with people experiencing homelessness. Our collective success will unlock new revenue streams for housing units and help end homelessness in the Chicago area.
About the Director Position
The Director position for CFTEH is a new role, designed to leverage the collective impact of funders invested in preventing and ending homelessness. This position is 0.8 FTE (32 hours/week). CFTEH is in the process of raising two years of funding to support this role. As housing is a cross-cutting health issue, Michael Reese Health Trust will leverage its incubation function to support the development of greater partnership between public and private entities working to end homelessness. The Director will be an employee of Michael Reese, entitled to Michael Reese benefits. They will also be accountable to the homeless services funding community at large, to nonprofit partners, and to individuals with lived expertise who both contribute to and benefit from related services. Expected start is end of March/April 2020.
The key duties of the Director include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic Leadership (approximately 20% of the position)
- Aligned with the Chicago Continuum of Care Action Agenda, the Director will be responsible for leading a planning process in collaboration with CFTEH members to create a mission, vision, values, and action steps for CFTEH. The strategic approach will be developed using a racial equity and social justice lens and will engage and activate the perspectives of all key stakeholders. Progress toward collective aims will be monitored, tracked, and shared with CFTEH on a regular basis.
Resource Coordination (approximately 25% of the position)
- The Director will lead efforts to encourage greater coordination between public and private funding resources at the city, county and State levels. They will help generate a coordinated funding agenda that is aligned with the region’s strategy to prevent and end homelessness and is based on CFTEH members’ capacity and unique priorities. In doing so, the funder community will be more accessible and informed for more transparent grantmaking.
Advocacy and Influence (approximately 25% of the position)
- Leveraging existing roles with key decision makers in the public, private, and business spheres, the Director will work closely at the city, county, and state levels with leaders who are working to prevent and end homelessness and who understand that resource growth needs to be a central pillar of a collective impact plan. The Director will serve as an advocate for expanding funding opportunities at the federal, state, and city levels to increase the services available for preventing and ending homelessness. Alongside CFTEH members, the Director will help create an advocacy agenda that takes member missions and constraints into consideration, while enabling greater coordination and impact in funder grantmaking and programming.
- The Director will serve as a hub for CFTEH and play a liaison role to the national Funders Together to End Homelessness body. They will actively seek counsel and collaborative opportunities with other cities leading national efforts to end homelessness. The Director will work to increase integration and coordination with the efforts of other key players in Chicago and Cook County’s homeless services space, such as the Continuum of Care in Chicago and Suburban Cook, government agencies, and the justice system. They will work to grow the CFTEH membership and work with communications professionals housed at participating foundations to generate a media plan for CFTEH’s efforts.
Fundraising and Finances (approximately 15% of the position)
- The Director will plan and execute fundraising efforts from public and private funders to secure the annual budget. They will develop and monitor the initiative’s budget and produce financial reports.
They will work with Michael Reese operations staff to process, acknowledge, track, and account for the revenue and expenses of this initiative.
General Administration (approximately 15% of the position)
- The Director will be responsible for organizing CFTEH meetings, including maintaining mailing lists, securing space, drafting and distributing agendas, and other materials, and providing summary notes as appropriate to participants. They will attend and actively participate in required meetingsand will protect the organization by keeping information confidential. They will take on other tasks pertaining to supporting CFTEH as requested by the Collaborative as needed and appropriate.
- This position operates at times in a professional office environment. It is expected the employee will be working remotely most of the time, however a space is available at Michael Reese
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, cabinets. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to operate office equipment
- Evening and weekend work are occasionally required. Some out-of-town travel to conferences required
- Travel to other sites in the area is required. Some of those sites may not be wheelchair accessible
- Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment
- Equal Opportunity Employer. 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 or expression, 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.
The inaugural Director will bring a demonstrated and sustained commitment to social justice, most likely through a diverse career in nonprofit or philanthropic leadership
- Passion and demonstrated expertise in identifying levers to end homelessness at a systems level
- Knowledge of and experience in the field of philanthropy. Understanding of the role of the philanthropic community in driving systemic change
- A successful track record in fundraising from funders and in developing relationships with funders
- Understanding of the national and local landscape of funding streams for homelessness services
- Understanding of systemic racism’s contributions to and impact on homelessness
- A strong grasp of public policy
- Experience working on systems change in Chicago
- Strong skills in administration, financial management, budgeting, and planning
- Demonstrated ability to lead a Board and to work with varied stakeholders and constituents and build and sustain collaborative alliances
- Prior experience leading strategic planning processes helpful
- Previous work experience in the field of ending homelessness and its causes is preferred
- Experience managing member-based organizations preferred
- Track record of strategic leadership and effective management of a mission-driven organization and shepherding its growth.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and drive. The ability to be innovative and creative while staying true to the mission and goals of the organization. Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills, including being an effective, engaged, and interested listener
- Must be a skillful public speaker and group facilitator with a variety of stakeholders
- Experience working across sectors and disciplines preferred
- An outgoing personality with strong interpersonal skills. Tenacity, energy, patience, and good humor
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience using social media platforms professionally. Ability to utilize teleconferencing and webinar services.
- Salary is in the $85,000 to $100,000 range for this 32 hour a week position, commensurate with experience
- Competitive benefits are available, including health insurance (medical/dental/vision), life insurance, earned paid time off (PTO) and retirement savings.
- Submit cover letter, resume, where you heard of the position opening, and desired salary range requirement to: FundersSearch@piercefamilyfoundation.org
- Please write your name (Last, First) in the re: line of the e-mail. Incomplete applications won’t be accepted
- No phone calls please
- Deadline is early February. Position begins as soon as possible.