Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago, IL   |   October 8, 2019

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (“Catholic Charities”) serves anyone in need regardless of faith.

Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. Catholic Charities is guided by the core values: Respect, Compassion, Competence and Stewardship.

With a budget of nearly $200M and over $25M in annual fundraising, Catholic Charities is the largest social service provider in the state and one of the largest Catholic Charities in the nation. More than one million people receive assistance annually without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.

In the Chicagoland region, Catholic Charities’ broad spectrum of services include, but are not limited to:

  • Child, Youth and Family Services create and maintain strong families with a focus on the needs of young children and at-risk youth. Programs support children in some of their most difficult times after experiencing trauma such as abuse, neglect, or witnessing violence at home or in their communities;
  • Community Development and Outreach Services locations are hubs to connect people to nutrition and health resources and education, health prevention and promotion services, educational programs, youth employment, tax preparation assistance, and food;
  • Family and Parish Support Services provide emergency food and financial assistance, foreclosure prevention funds, mental health counseling, maternity and adoption services, immigration, and refugee support including legal assistance and housing, all to help stabilize and strengthen individuals and families. In addition, they connect parish partners with resources for their parishioners and work to expand partnerships with more than 240 parish partners in the Archdiocese;
  • Housing Services provide affordable housing options for low-income seniors and veterans as well as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. In addition, it provides emergency shelters for families, long-term family housing to support families on their paths to self-sufficiency, and shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence; and
  • Senior Support Services help seniors remain living in their community as independently as possible, providing in-home and community-based services like home-delivered meals, homecare services, adult day services, and case management. Programs also include investigating and intervening in elder abuse cases and supporting low-income individuals as they transition out of hospital stays.

Catholic Charities was led by Monsignor Michael M. Boland, who joined Catholic Charities in 1994 and has served as CEO since 1997. During Monsignor Boland’s tenure, Catholic Charities grew to operate 158 programs at 174 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, with a staff of nearly 3,000 and over 15,000 volunteers annually.

Now in its 101st year, Catholic Charities is at a critical and exciting point. Building on the foundation of Faith & Hope that was laid more than a century ago with a bold vision for the future, Catholic Charities is poised to set a new standard for extraordinary innovation, ability, effectiveness and compassion.

For more information on Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, please visit

The Opportunity

With the search for a new CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is at an important and exciting inflection point. Over the past several months, Catholic Charities, a separate corporation from the Archdiocese itself, has done extensive work aligning the organization around a common vision to become even more high-functioning and high-impact than it is today.

This is a remarkable opportunity for a visionary leader to invigorate the landscape of services and opportunities provided to individuals and families in need.

The CEO will provide refreshed strategic leadership to the organization, spearheading the development and implementation of long-term strategies. This will ensure the operational and financial health of Catholic Charities as it evolves to a scale enabling even greater impact. The CEO will report to and partner with the Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors. The members of the Board and the CEO are appointed by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich. The Cardinal relies on the Board to oversee Catholic Charities operations.

Inspired by a genuine passion for helping others and the Catholic mission of charity, the CEO will have a clear vision for Catholic Charities. In collaboration with the Board, strategic planning and implementation will be a major priority for the CEO.

This leader will embody Catholic Charities’ strong commitment to its work and will promote the organization, accelerating its impact, resource development and program excellence. The role provides leadership and oversight of the organization’s operations, culture, values, talent and financial performance, and owns and protects the mission.

The CEO will be a highly visible member of the community, representing Catholic Charities among peer social service organizations, civic leaders and other key stakeholders throughout Chicagoland and beyond.

The CEO will work proactively with the Board and development team to fundraise for Catholic Charities and strategically lead the organization into its next chapter, inspiring engagement among staff, donors, volunteers and constituents.

Keys for success include:

  • Managing and directing the business operations of Catholic Charities including a wide array of social services in 150 different sites and the oversight of 20 residential buildings;
  • Growing revenues and ensuring sound fiscal management within the Agency including the design, implementation, promotion and organization of systems and infrastructure to maximize income, reduce expenses, create efficiencies and increase productivity in service provision as well as developing donors and enhancing fundraising opportunities to increase revenue;
  • Championing a spirit of collaboration across all departments to advance organizational goals; inspiring staff through transformational leadership; effectively managing the efforts of over 15,000 volunteers;
  • Maintaining direct communications with the Cardinal and his operating directors, providing information regarding Catholic Charities’ operations;
  • Sharing a clear, inspiring, and future-oriented vision and translating those strategies into effectively executed plans;
  • Establishing systems and leveraging technology to ensure an efficient and effective execution of strategy which fosters innovation across the organization;
  • Communicating as necessary to keep leadership and staff apprised of the activities and conditions of Catholic Charities, ensuring the overall effectiveness and outcomes for actions and strategies;
  • Cultivating relationships with current and prospective donors and Board Members, and actively engaging and energizing Catholic Charities’ external stakeholders to garner new opportunities for generating revenue, strengthening partnerships and creating new opportunities for innovation and impact;
  • Ensuring program effectiveness through rigorous evaluation of quantitative and qualitative program analytics to articulate a comprehensive impact story that connects with people’s heads and hearts;
  • Providing leadership and innovation in all Service Areas in conjunction with the Service Area Vice Presidents and Senior Administration in designing programming and maintaining the mission and vision of Catholic Charities throughout all responsibilities;
  • Providing guidance and support to the Archdiocesan leadership in the areas of social services, finance, property and other related areas as needed and requested by the Cardinal.
  • Providing leadership to Senior Administration in hiring, coaching, supervising, training, evaluating and professional development ensuring equity in all areas as it relates to agency policies, staff and volunteers;
  • Ensuring regular communication with priests regarding their parish and community needs and the services provided by Catholic Charities; and
  • Ensuring conformance with Catholic Church values, traditions and teachings and ensuring that Catholic Charities’ Mission Statement, Respect for Life Statement and other polices are understood and applied in all areas of responsibility including affiliated partnerships.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following personal and professional qualities, skills and characteristics:

A Strategic and Visionary Leader

The CEO will be a strategic leader who will set and articulate a vision for the organization. The successful candidate will have the ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability and allocate resources to ensure results. The CEO will be an intelligent self-starter and finisher who is resourceful and entrepreneurial, yet team oriented. This leader will have a strong data and analysis orientation and a proven ability to use metrics to drive decisions and achieves strategic objectives. An engaging and supportive leader, the CEO will have a track record of motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through creativity and teamwork and of leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals.

Business Acumen, Operational and Change Management

The CEO will be a confident leader with a track record of success in organizational management, including deep managerial and operational expertise with a deftness to guide an organization through change. This leader will bring experience retaining, building and leading teams of the highest degree of professionalism and guiding team members’ growth and development. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop a robust partnership with the Board and ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management practices and accountability while remaining creative and innovative. The CEO will be a catalyst for the organization, implementing best practices for nonprofit management and ensuring that overall day-to-day operations are aligned with strategic goals. Fundamentally, this leader will be capable of pulling the strategic levers to drive the organization with the right focus in the right areas.

An ‘Ambassador’ for Catholic Charities

The CEO will be a high-energy, charismatic leader who will serve as an ‘Ambassador’ for Catholic Charities. The CEO will have an executive and mission-driven presence. The CEO be able to effectively articulate and convey Catholic Charities’ mission and priorities to a range of constituents including donors, partner organizations, public officials, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. This leader will have familiarity with a wide range of fundraising channels, including individual giving, corporate and foundation support. The CEO will have an inspirational approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support for the organization, continually innovating to help expand brand and reach. The CEO will be able to work effectively with diverse populations. As the external voice of the organization, this leader will possess excellent oral and written communication skills and must be a confident public speaker.

A Relationship Builder and Collaborator

The CEO will possess the ability to promote among all stakeholders a powerful sense of shared purpose and engagement in the future of Catholic Charities. This leader will have a high level of emotional intelligence with a demonstrated ability to quickly build trust and credibility with others. The CEO must be able to build and sustain relationships at multiple levels internally and with various external constituencies. The CEO will have a strong working relationship with key leaders and be a proactive, transparent and persuasive communicator at all times. An inclusive and consultative leader by nature, the CEO will be adept in collaboratively guiding this multi-dimensional, complex organization to serve the varied voices and needs those in need. This leader will understand the importance of a strong partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago.

A Passion for the Mission of the Catholic Church

The CEO will be a faithful and practicing Catholic who will have a true passion for the mission of the Catholic Church.  Energized by Cardinal Cupich’s leadership and the future of Catholic Church in Chicago, the CEO will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation. The CEO will have a strong work ethic, emotional intelligence, a sense of humor and evidence of a commitment to strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. The CEO will also offer leadership to find ways for parishioners to live out their faith by engaging with Catholic Charities in meaningful ways.


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