Oak Park, IL
Executive Director

Founded in 2002 by all six of Oak Park’s governing bodies, the Collaboration for Early Childhood is a public/private partnership that leverages the resources of more than 70 local agencies to promote the development of a comprehensive, community-wide system of high-quality programs and services to foster physical, cognitive and social-emotional development during the critical first five years of life. All Oak Park jurisdictions participate in the Collaboration for Early Childhood: the Village of Oak Park, District 97 (the elementary school district), District 200 (the high school), Oak Park Township, Oak Park Public Library and Park District of Oak Park. In addition to the jurisdictions, the Collaboration’s partners include a wide range of early childhood service providers and stakeholders.

The next Executive Director will be an experienced, visionary leader with progressive leadership experience and a passion for the unique mission and vision of the Collaboration for Early Childhood. The new leader will have the ability to guide the organization through periods of growth and change and will have demonstrated the ability to increase an organization’s regional public visibility, footprint and scale. He or she will have experience building collaboration among an array of external organizations and stakeholders to improve programming and policy outcomes for the early childhood learning sector. Experience in the field of early childhood and education is highly desired.

The successful candidate will have prior management experience, preferably in nonprofit management and/or collective impact leadership, and will have analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills that support sound decision making. Strong business, financial and political savvy will be evidenced by a proven ability to set clear priorities, delegate and guide the investment of human and other resources to help achieve goals.

The next leader will serve as the primary external representative of the Collaboration and will possess strong networking skills to help foster the fundraising program for the organization. He or she will have demonstrated skills in development, including cultivating and soliciting major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, and nurturing a culture of giving. The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of building and supporting a diverse team.

The minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required, though a master’s or advanced degree is preferred. Evidence of continuing education, certification and executive level training is desirable.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to https://www.kittlemansearch.com/collaboration-for-early-childhood/

For more information on the Collaboration for Early Childhood, please visit www.collab4kids.org.

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