Chicago, Illinois

President, Woods Fund Chicago
The Organization

Woods Fund Chicago seeks to help create a society where people of all racial and ethnic groups across all levels of social and economic status are empowered and have a voice to influence policies that impact their lives and where all communities are free of poverty and racism.

Woods Fund is a grantmaking foundation committed to the promotion of social, economic, and racial justice through the support of community organizing and public policy that engages people that are most impacted.

Position Overview

The next president of Woods Fund will be a proven leader of the highest personal and professional integrity and demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to the vision and mission of the foundation. The position demands exceptional written and verbal communication skills, seasonal political instincts, and superior leadership and management skills. The president will be thoughtful, visionary and confident, with authentic empathy and humility.

The next president will have demonstrated experience working and collaborating with disinvested (or communities most impacted by structural racism and economic justice) communities and peoople of color, as well as a strong track record advancing racial equity and economic justice.

The successful candidate will be experienced in working closely with a board of directors, staff, outside consultants and others, along with a proven ability to motivate and lead. Knowledge of the Chicago metropolitan region is highly desirable as is an in-depth understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. A demonstrated track record in budgeting, financial and investment management, along with a working knowledge of related laws and regulations, is required. A creative, organized, focused and goal-oriented personality, coupled with a high level of initiative and energy, is preferred.

A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. The next president must have at least 8-10 years of professional management experience.

How To Apply

Woods Fund has retained Morten Group, LLC to conduct this search. Applicants should email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to with the subject line “Woods Fund Chicago – President 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 address above. No phone calls, please. Due to the anticipated number of applications, Morten Group will respond only to those applicants selected for interviews.

Woods Fund is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factors.

For best consideration, please submit application materials by May 1st. Applicants from historically underrepresented communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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