The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) was formed in 1971. With the mission to “provide a unified voice and support to the poverty fighting network of CAA”, this organization advocates for all of Illinois’ 102 Community Action Agencies on both the federal and state levels. This membership organization is funded primarily through dues and state and federal grants. In addition to legislative advocacy, IACAA provides training to local boards and CAA staff and assistance in service delivery. The IACAA Board of Directors is elected from among the Directors of member Community Action Agencies. The organization has a staff of 13 based in Springfield, IL and a budget of $5 million.
The President & CEO is the official spokesperson and primary advocate for the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies. The President & CEO is responsible to the Board of Directors for the effective management of all Association affairs, including the overall performance and development of all programs and matters pertaining to personnel. The President & CEO is also responsible for the protection of the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with board directives and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements. The President & CEO will lead the Association through strategic planning and thinking.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Develops a strategic direction for the organization and increases the visibility of the Community Action network through the development and implementation of a public relations plan.
Works with the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of the Association’s strategic planning process. Develops, for the approval of the Board of Directors, relevant and achievable goals and objectives dealing with external relations.
Prepares for board approval efficient operating policies designed to achieve these goals and objectives by optimum allocation of staff effort.
Researches and obtains revenue, beyond grants, from foundations and development procedures to establish unrestricted funds.
Ensures execution of decisions made by the Board of Directors and provides needed administrative support to the Board and its committees as requested.
Maintains negotiations and mediations between legislative and policy issues or concerns for funding opportunities.
Directly supervises the activities of staff in the following positions: Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Fiscal Operations, Executive Vice President, Director of Professional Development and Manager of Energy Assistance Programs.
Provides necessary assistance to managers regarding supervision of Association staff.
Authorizes employment, suspension, discharge, promotion or changes in compensation for all staff.
Works with managers and other staff on developing funding initiatives and programs.
Represents the IACAA in its dealings with all state and federal government agencies.
Relationship-building and collaboration with like-minded organizations and funding sources.
Frequent interaction with CAA Directors, governmental bodies, and other funding sources.
Along with the Chair of the Board, serves as the formal spokesperson for the Association with the news media, government and other individuals and corporations.
Develops new concepts to address poverty related issues and/or membership needs.
Initiates and maintains contact with active and non-participating member agencies of the Association.
Represents the Association on such boards, committees and commissions that will benefit the Association and its membership.
Confidence, discernment and ability to speak to media effectively. Developing media strategies to raise awareness of the plight of poverty.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as the President & CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation.
Serves as the Agent for the Illinois Community Action Fund.
Represents the Association, as required.
Quality, accuracy, thoroughness, reliability and timeliness of work performed. Responsiveness to CAA members and outside contacts and their satisfaction with service received. Positive promotion of services provided by the agency where possible and appropriate. Effectiveness of communications and development of good working relationships with the Board, membership and outside resources. Clarity, courtesy and tact in interpersonal contacts. Maintenance of confidential business information and ethical conduct.
Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience in human services or related field. Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration Public Policy or Political Science preferred.
At least 5 years of Executive Leadership experience at a not-for-profit. Ten or more years of Executive Leadership experience preferred.
A thorough understanding of poverty, its root causes and conditions and its impact on individuals and communities is essential.
Strong ability to advocate successfully.
Strong social entrepreneurial skills.
Knowledge and ability to work with diverse populations.
An innovative visionary who is mission-driven.
An understanding of the foundation and history of Community Action Agencies.
Ability to think strategically and proven track record of developing effective strategies.
Ability to problem-solve and think critically.
Must have certification or be willing to obtain the Certified Community Action Professional Certification within two years of hire.
Ability to work effectively with persons at all levels of the organization (fellow employees, member agency executives and staff, partners, policy makers, state and federal agency officials, etc.).
Experience developing, implementing, and maintaining budgets.
Detail-oriented and excellent ability to analyze data.
Human Resources skills including experience in supervision and interviewing.
Strong research, organizational, and writing skills required.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
Proficient in document creation software, presentation software, spreadsheet software, virtual meeting software and social media.
Strong oral presentation skills; facilitate meetings and provide direction in leadership meetings.
Knowledge of government grants requirements and of compliance of grants received.
Previous grant writer experience preferred.
Understanding of creative funding sources (e.g. foundation funding, corporate funding, fee for service, donations, sponsorships) and proven track record of generating diverse revenue streams.
Stable temperament and responsiveness required.
A safe driving record and current driver’s license.
Ability to travel throughout Illinois extensively and some out-of-state travel.
Occasional evening and weekend hours, as necessary.
About Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies
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