Chief Executive Officer
West Suburban Community Food Pantry
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In 1970, Roger and Barbara Schmith transformed a small pantry in the closet of a local church into a community supported organization. As it gained support, grew in size and finally earned 501(c)(3) status as the Woodridge Community Pantry in 1992, so too did the recognition of the need across the surrounding counties. In 2010, the organization became the West Suburban Community Food Pantry (WSCP), serving all of DuPage County.
Today, the organization also provides food in Will County, delivers programs such as a school-based pantry that reach neighbors where they are and collaborates with community partners that provide resources to assist families in increasing their financial stability and improving their quality of life. Thanks to generous community outpouring and a nimble organizational response to COVID-19 supply and operational disruptions, the number of people the Pantry serves grew by 40% between 2019 and 2021.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) serves as the leader of WSCP and reports directly to the Board of Directors. In partnership with the Board and staff team, this leader is ultimately responsible for the success of the mission of WSCP and the fiscal health of the organization. The CEO will be the primary face of the organization to major constituents including donors, partners, media and the community in general. In addition, the CEO will work closely with the Board and support members in their roles.
The CEO will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the strategy and infrastructure needed to grow WSCP’s mission delivery and financial resources. This individual will lead the staff team to top level performance across all functions, while maintaining a strong, supportive culture. The person in this role must be able to balance analytics with action and be confident in driving the strategy of the organization.
It is expected that the CEO will lead the delivery of the vision of a community without hunger while embodying WSCP’s values of community, compassion, dignity, hope and service.
WSCP seeks a proven leader with a passion for addressing complex social issues. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in leading strategic and high-level decision-making, particularly in times of organizational growth. The candidate will be adept at using keen interpersonal skills to coalesce multiple external stakeholders around common goals. He/she/they must embody the highest ethical standards and demonstrate a balance of business savvy with a commitment to responsible, people-focused program delivery. A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain highly professional relationships with business, civic and nonprofit leaders is required.
A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required; a graduate degree is desired. Current or prior experience in the field or experiences that would result in a key understanding of the cause is advantageous. Successful candidates may come from the non-profit or for-profit sectors.
The salary range for this position is between $130,000 and 140,000 and will be commensurate with experience. The compensation package will be inclusive of a board-designated annual bonus of up to 20% of base salary. The Pantry offers a benefits package, including but not limited to paid holidays, paid time off and group health and dental.
West Suburban Community Pantry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. West Suburban Community Pantry’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs and general treatment during employment.
How to Apply
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