Chicago, IL

President and Chief Executive Officer, Forefront

The Organization

Forefront, a 501(c)3 organization, is Illinois’ statewide association representing both grantmakers and operating nonprofits, as well as their advisors and allies. Its mission is to build a vibrant social sector for all people of Illinois, providing education, advocacy, and thought leadership, as well as facilitating networking and collective action.

Forefront has over 1,100 members, representing grantmakers – private and community foundations, public charities, corporations, donor advised funds, and individual philanthropists – operating nonprofits working in over 26 issue areas across the state, and social entrepreneurs, impact investors and B-Corps members committed to spurring collaboration and innovation.

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Position Overview

Forefront is seeking a visionary, passionate, and strategic leader as its next President and Chief Executive Officer.

In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President and CEO shapes the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. They are accountable for the achievement of those goals by providing leadership and overall management, and by developing and activating creative solutions to strengthen the organization’s operations, programs, and fiscal health.

The ideal new President and CEO will have an entrepreneurial spirit, attitude, and approach that actively seeks out change and innovation. The Board seeks candidates who actively pursue critical questioning, innovation, service, and continuous improvement. The President and CEO should have the ability to build strategic coalitions, participate in complex collaborations, and creatively envision opportunities for the organization to lead during this unique moment in time.

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How To Apply

Forefront has retained Morten Group, LLC to conduct this search.

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume in the PDF format to with the subject line “Forefront – President and CEO Search.” Cover letters will be evaluated as a writing sample and should include the applicant’s salary requirements. Application materials must be directed to the email above. No phone calls, please. For best consideration, applications should be received by Friday, July 10, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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