President & CEO

President & CEO

Illinois Action for Children

Chicago, IL   |   November 4, 2020

About Illinois Action for Children

As a state and national leader in early childhood care and education, Illinois Action for Children’s (“IAFC”) programs, services, and advocacy improve learning and life outcomes for children and families, including reducing the effects of poverty. IAFC works to ensure that every child in Illinois — particularly those in need — have access to the necessary resources to succeed in school and in life.

Since its founding in 1969, IAFC has worked to create systems of early care and education that help strengthen families and communities. As a state and national leader in the early care and education community, IAFC stands distinguished by its “Strong Families, Powerful Communities” approach to child development, Pre-K and Head Start education and other family and community supports. Those supports aim to make all American families self-sufficient, with access to high‐quality opportunities that provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning, prosperity, health and happiness.

Yet, more children live in poverty today than since the Great Recession. Whether in working families or mired in deep poverty, their numbers continue to increase. During this time of crisis and uncertainty, the tens of thousands of families with children, as well as the early childhood professionals who care for them, rely on IAFC’s programs and services.

The Opportunity

Recently celebrating over 50 years of operation, IAFC is entering an exciting chapter in its history. The President & CEO (“CEO”) will provide leadership and direction inspired by a genuine passion for empowering, and improving the lives of, children and families. The CEO will have a clear vision for IAFC’s future and will continue its current work. The CEO will uphold IAFC’s legacy as a trailblazing organization with talented staff, strong partnerships and a solid reputation in the field.

The CEO will be a highly visible member of the social services community, representing IAFC locally, throughout Illinois and nationally. This leader will embody a strong commitment to Illinois’ children and families and will promote the organization, accelerating its impact, resource development and brand recognition. The role leads and oversees the organization’s operations, culture, values, talent and financial performance, and owns and protects the mission.

Reporting to and partnering with the Board of Directors, the CEO will provide strategic leadership and will work proactively to inspire engagement among legislators, donors, partners and communities. With the Board and development team, the CEO will fundraise for IAFC to strategically innovate into its next chapter.

Expressing Interest

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Marissa Delgado and Chartise Clark are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here or email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

To view the Position Profile, click HERE.