The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society (“IWS”), founded 118 years ago, is a diverse member-driven organization with an abiding commitment to assuring the health and well-being of children. It is a volunteer-driven organization committed to unlocking the potential of every child, with the continued generous support of the community, volunteers, and donors. IWS provides a safety net to more than 3,500 children (ages birth to 21) served each year with more than 10,000 visits to the IWS Children’s Clinic. Services provided include pediatric, dental, behavioral health and other programs such as Portable Dental program providing limited preventative services in a school setting, Giving Library gifting new or gently used books, Pet Therapy and Seasonal activities, health education programming and additional services to support patients and families. Patients come from 26 different communities with the largest number coming from the contiguous Austin community. Most patients (91%) are enrolled in Illinois’ All Kids Assist Medicaid or Medicaid Managed Care and the rest pay for services on a modest sliding fee scale, but care is always provided regardless of ability to pay. On March 2, 2022, the IWS moved all operations to a new building which brings the opportunity to serve greater numbers of children and expand programming.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide strategic, creative, collaborative leadership to achieve the organization’s mission and will have leadership over IWS and its future. This will include oversight of programs, staff, members, volunteers, financial operations, institutional development, and human resources. It is of utmost importance to create a culture that embraces change and openness to strategies that will support attracting a broader base of supporters and volunteers. The new leader will spearhead membership activities, communications, program development and will manage and grow strategic partnerships.
The Executive Director currently has nine direct reports and is ultimately responsible for approximately 30 full and part-time employees. The Executive Director may alter the leadership structure to better serve the organization.
Experience in a senior leadership role where they have either reported directly to or worked closely with a Board of Directors or equivalent governing body is expected. Experience with volunteer, or member-driven organizations would be ideal. We seek individuals with knowledge of business and financial principles applicable to nonprofit organizations, including development, fundraising and budget management. The ideal candidate is bilingual. Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) required, with a focus in a health-related field such as nursing, public health, health administration, etc.