Executive Director, The Compassionate Friends
Posted by: The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
Post Date: May 2017
Location: Oak Brook Illinois
When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
The Society of The Compassionate Friends was founded in England in 1969 by Rev. Simon Stephens whom as a young man suffered the loss of his entire family in an automobile accident. Rev. Stephens, while serving in the Royal Navy as a hospital chaplain brought together two sets of grieving parents, discovering that the parents communicating with each other provided far greater healing than either he or the hospital staff had accomplished. The Compassionate Friends was established in the United States in 1972.
Now, 45 years later The Compassionate Friends, Inc. (TCF) has over 4000 volunteers who operate more than 650 individual chapters across the United States, including chapters in Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, and Washington DC. TCF’s volunteers assist the bereaved who have suffered the death of one or more children, grandchildren and/or siblings, offering friendship, understanding and hope. TCF has a presence in over 30 countries across the globe.
The home office of TCF is Oak Brook, Illinois which houses offices for four full-time employees. Two additional employees work remotely from their homes. A part-time employee works from her home. A 13-member all volunteer Board of Directors oversees the organization. Volunteers include more than 650 Chapter Leadership teams and 64 Regional Coordinators.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OPPORTUNITY
TCF is seeking a highly skilled, nonprofit professional to serve as their EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (ED), providing leadership, direction, and guidance of the organization, coordinating major activities in concert with staff and volunteers. The ED leads the leadership team responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its philosophy, mission, strategic plan, vision and goals. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the ED works to maximize the performance of the organization.
This position represents TCF to the media and outside organizations, and writes columns and/or articles for TCF’s We Need Not Walk Alone magazine and other grief related publications to promote and insure TCF’s point of view is part of the national dialogue. The ED works on various projects, including the development of both a one and three year plan for the organization with a goal to make TCF a known grief-related organization throughout the country, an annual conference and Walk-To-Remember, and the development of a diverse funding base with an emphasis on corporate and foundation grants. The ED will also oversee the organization’s volunteer training efforts. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. The Compassionate Friends is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.
How To Apply
Glen Lord, President of TCF, Inc. Board of Directors is managing the search. To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to the attention of Glen Lord at email@example.com or mail to The Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696. Deadline for resume submission is June 8, 2017.
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1000 Jorie Blvd., Suite 140, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523