Position Description

Executive Director, Community Based Organization Collective (CBOC)
Location Chicago, IL
Job Code 1671
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The CBO Collective is a partnership of 16 community-based organizations with shared focus on amplifying workforce development collaboration across Chicago. In 2019, this group self-organized themselves ahead of corporate demand for talent to:

  • Support more inclusive hiring efforts,
  • Develop a more equitable and competent talent matching process,
  • Drive efficiencies in connecting trained and job-ready talent to opportunity,  
  • Align pre- and post-employment services and efforts, and
  • Create new pathways for candidate referrals between organizations.

The intended impact of the Collective is to support jobseekers that present with a cluster of barriers to employment, as well as create a central access point for employers to access untapped talent pools from Chicago’s South and West sides. Our long-term vision is to springboard 5,000 Black and Brown job seekers on the South and West sides of Chicago into gainful employment. 



The Community Based Organization Collective (CBOC) is seeking its inaugural Executive Director (ED). The Executive Director will report to the Chair of the CBOC Executive Board.  The CBOC Executive Board is composed of the Chair and Vice-chair of the CBOC along with the 16 CEOs that comprise the senior most executive leadership team. At the onset, the ED will have the support and guidance of embedded executives from the 2021 tri-lead organizations including Instituto del Progresso Latino, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, and the Chicago Urban League.

The CBOC’s goals in the coming year include:

  1. Serving as a one-stop shop for employers, elected officials, government representatives, and other stakeholders to access Chicago’s workforce development sector.
  2. Sharing, implementing, and amplifying best practices in workforce service delivery among CBOC members.
  3. Advocating for system-wide workforce development policy and practice investments and improvements across the City.
  4. Connecting Black and Brown job seekers from the South and West sides of Chicago into quality, sustaining-wage employment.


The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for building and driving the CBOC’s vision by providing leadership and oversight on all programmatic, administrative and operational matters, including programmatic strategies, annual planning, funded initiatives, member engagement, marketing, and promotion.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a motivated self-starter who exhibits a deep commitment to and advancement of the CBOC mission;
  • Be a visionary and entrepreneurial leader who is agile and comfortable with change and ambiguity;
  • Possess strong administrative and program management experience in the social sector;
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to cultivate relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Have a demonstrated, proven track record of working with partners and colleagues in a consultative way;
  • Keep current about the state of the workforce development field and the overall labor market in Chicago in order to serve as a conduit of information to CBOC leadership, membership, employers and community stakeholders; 
  • Be professionally flexible with a keen ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities; and
  • Promote a culture of collaboration, equity, and inclusion

Collective Leadership Relationship Management

  • Lead the Collective in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic direction.
  • Communicate effectively with CBOC leadership by providing timely and accurate information to support the Collective’s operations and decision-making.
  • Work closely with CBOC Chair and Vice-Chair and CBOC membership to inform meeting agendas, minutes, reports, and materials in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with leadership on the development and management of policy, programming, budgets, and financial forecasting.
  • Co-create strategic goals to guide the Collective’s efforts.
  • Work collaboratively to implement strategy and provide progress updates.

Fundraising and Fiscal Management

  • Secure funding to implement organizational goals and spearhead growth;
  • Oversee strategic fundraising initiatives;
  • Develop revenue enhancement strategies;
  • Create partnerships and alliances with the philanthropic community, private, corporate and individual donors;
  • Work closely with the fiscal agent to assure sound management of financial contracts and/or agreements, including reviewing and monitoring funding agreements; and
  • Work collaboratively with the fiscal agent and staff to assure timely submission of proposals and reports to funders.

Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations

  • Create and implement a marketing/communications plan to maximize the Collective’s leadership visibility, outreach and communication to constituents;
  • Assist with the dissemination of CBOC messaging to maintain an internal and external digital footprint;
  • Assure that the CBOC website portal and social media resources are consistently updated and maintained to create a dynamic communication platform;
  • Work with CBOC membership to promote activities with other organizations, interested parties, and partners;
  • Work with the fiscal agent and leadership to support the development and dissemination of media releases to promote events, announce accomplishments and build timely public awareness; and
  • Represent and promote CBOC work at selected forums, conferences, and meetings, etc.

Organizational Growth and Capacity Building

  • Oversee and drive membership recruitment, onboarding, and ongoing logistical considerations;
  • Aggregate best practices across CBOC members and develop strategies and tools to promote adoption across the full CBOC;
  • Coordinate professional development trainings for CBO staff around the CBOC model, process, and standards;
  • Oversee the rollout of a virtual, interorganizational referral platform;
  • Oversee the implementation and roll-out of a technology solution to house applicant and employer data; and
  • Provide ongoing analysis, tracking, reporting and course correction as needed to facilitate execution of project goals and deliverables



  • Minimum 7 years of leadership experience in workforce development (or related field) building relationships among a wide variety of stakeholders and working collaboratively to implement significant organizational priorities 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing corporate partnerships and interacting with human service programs in a nonprofit or public sector to develop successful partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage complex systems with superior technical and project management skills
  • Exceptional critical thinking and analytical ability; demonstrated ability to balance creativity and logic when making decisions after adequately contemplating various courses of action and collection of facts
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills that allow for the handling of multiple and competing priorities while meeting short- and long-term deadlines.
  • Experience convening and bringing together diverse groups while balancing competing priorities to consistently drive outcomes
  • Strong creative problem-solving skills including adaptability and flexibility in identifying new strategies to achieve a goal
  • Demonstrated, advanced meeting and group facilitation skills
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive communication skills (written, verbal, listening).
  • Ability to interpret complex data/information and explain it to multiple audiences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in Excel and utilizing PowerPoint for presentations to non-profits, private sector leaders and philanthropy
  • Strong detail orientation and organizational skills required
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Proficient Microsoft 365 skills, advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills preferred
  • Ability to work hybrid on-site at the fiscal agent location or at tri-lead offices is preferred



Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is currently the fiscal agent for the CBOC.  The ED will be hired and receive benefits through Skills. For more information on Skills’ impact on the local business and economic landscape, and national thought leadership, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.

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