Executive Director

DuPage Federation | Chicago (Suburbs), Illinois


The DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform (The Federation), founded in 1995, is a nonprofit planning and change management organization that has been intimately involved in the development of the health care safety net and has helped expand the health and human services system to better meet the needs of the county’s changing population.  The Federation is a key convener of diverse human services agencies serving the population of DuPage County and leverages the power of that community to address human services systems issues in the County. The Federation’s current programs include: Community Planning (to identify emerging issues and establish coalitions to address issues), Language Access Resource Center (LARC – interpreter/translation services, among others.), Public Benefits (training programs to help advocates better understand public benefits), and a variety of training programs.

Job Summary

The Federation is seeking an accomplished and innovative Executive Director to steer the organization into the next level of community leadership and pursue a new strategic plan to ensure that the programs remain vibrant, relevant, and that the core value of collaboration continues to meet the community need. The next Executive Director of the Federation will partner with the Board of Directors, Council of Community Leaders, local civic and community leaders, funders and other external stakeholders to develop a clear vision and mission for the organization’s next decade. The breadth and depth of the service geography, program scope, public advocacy, and funding strategy are just a sample of the key questions awaiting the next Executive Director and their team.  This is an opportunity for a passionate, dedicated professional to have a direct, deep impact on the human services sector in DuPage County and to serve as a key resource and thought leader.


Specific Requirements Include:

  • A minimum of eight years of progressive experience in leadership and management, with documented ability to manage staff and lead teams.
  • Strong experience working directly with an engaged Board of Directors and advisory groups. Ability to assist Board members in understanding and appreciating their roles and responsibilities.
  • Proven success developing and growing revenues from diverse funding sources, including social enterprise/earned income, grants, and government contracts.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with a variety of community stakeholders including local and state government officials, donors, public leadership, partner organizations, and other external parties.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; advanced degree and/or credentialing highly preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of human service resources available both locally and at the state-level. Professional background in human services is beneficial.
  • Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.
  • Knowledge of DuPage County and the diverse aspects of the community would be helpful but is not required. Candidates who are deeply engaged in their local communities are encouraged to apply.


This position offers a competitive salary with solid benefits. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

It is the policy of the Federation to select, train, and promote employees based on their ability and job performance and to provide equal opportunities in all aspects of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. It is the Federation’s policy to maintain a work environment free of harassment and intimidation and to comply with the letter and spirit of all local, state, and federal laws concerning equal employment opportunity.

As part of its commitment to equal employment opportunity, it is the policy of the Federation to make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with known disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the job with or without such accommodations. Applicants and employees requiring a reasonable accommodation should notify the Operations Manager.

How to Apply


To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email.

This search is being managed by Heather A. Eddy, President and CEO, Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant, and Alison Lewin, Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to Alison Lewin.

KEES is a retained search and consulting firm dedicated to building transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors.

DuPage Federation


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations