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Executive Director, National Playhouse

Company: Gigi's Playhouse Inc.- Down Syndrome Achievement C
Location: Hoffman Estates
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

About GiGis PlayhouseHeadquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, GiGis Playhouse was founded in 2003 by a mother who wanted a place where her daughter, GiGi, and other children with Down syndrome could realize their dreams. Almost 20 years later, the organization now has 55 locations and is growing - providing free, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. The flagship location located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, known as the National Playhouse, includes a career training program, a retail store/cafe, and the national headquarters. For more information, visit https://gigisplayhouse.org/.GiGis mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all.Position OverviewThe Executive Director is an externally minded professional with strong fundraising, operations, staff, and volunteer management experience. Responsible for fundraising and program outcomes, this role provides a unique opportunity to both manage operations, promote programming innovations, and endorse the GiGis model to communities both locally and nationally. In addition, the Executive Director supports his/her peer executive directors across the country in sharing best practices in organizational management, programming, strategies to deepen family engagement, and local marketing strategies. As the example of a Center of Excellence for all Playhouses, the Executive Director continually enhances the National Playhouse experience by demonstrating the effective platform and model to the GiGis Playhouse network, the Down syndrome community, and the world.Lead with PassionThe right candidate leads by example, setting and driving the strategies to run an effective Playhouse, meet its fundraising and community outreach goals, and set the bar for excellence across Gigis Playhouses 55 locations across the country. In this visible role, the Executive Director drives the Playhouses Standards of Execution. This high level, strategic role reports to the Chief Operating Officer with a close working partnership with both the Vice President of Development and Partnerships and the Vice President of Marketing. The Executive Director supervises and motivates a staff team of six along with hundreds of volunteers. The position requires strong collaboration with leadership, staff colleagues, and GiGis Playhouse partners around the globe. Primary Duties and ResponsibilitiesOperations and Management

  • Manage the Hoffman Estates Playhouse. Oversee programs, events, and activities ensuring a high-quality experience for program participants, their families, volunteers, donors, community partners, and visitors.
  • Manage and evaluate Playhouse staff and volunteers, coaching them to their highest capacity.
  • Create and manage expense and revenue budget that includes local community grants, individual gifts, third party events, sponsorships, and event income.
  • Drive the National Playhouses achievement in all Standards of Execution, striving to achieve the level of Center of Excellence in each of them.
  • Ensure program content and quality serves community needs and represents full fidelity of the Signature programming for GiGis.
  • Provide program and volunteer staffing, as necessary.
  • Reach out and engage with peers across the GiGis Network to share ideas, solve problems, increase efficiencies, and increase impact.
  • Lead as a pilot location for rollout of new programs and initiatives, leveraging all nationally developed tools and resources, playing a leadership role in implementations network wide.Fundraising
    • Create and implement the Playhouse fundraising plan to reach fundraising goal.
    • Create and manage a donor portfolio ensuring appropriate cultivation and timely solicitation.
    • Partner with Development team to support regional and national fundraising events, participating on committees, fundraising, solicitation of in-kind gifts, volunteer recruitment and management, and community engagement.
    • Create and staff a Family Committee to support fundraising, volunteerism, community outreach and event support, and provide program input.Marketing and Engagement
      • Leverage and utilize national marketing strategies and tools to:
      • Engage in the community to drive both families and community members to playhouse programs, activities, and events.
      • Identify local impact stories, photos, and content for organization publications.
      • Manage content for local website, newsletters, and social media platforms.
      • Identify and foster relationships with media sources.
      • Act as a front-facing active part of the local Playhouse community, building relationships, gathering stories, and gaining input.
      • Grow community awareness and engage proactively with local community organizations.
        Skills and Competencies of the Successful Candidate
        • Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for the mission of GiGis Playhouse.
        • Visionary leadership displaying passion and optimism while inspiring respect and trust
        • Achievement oriented with a track record of exceeding goals.
        • Enthusiasm and skill in motivating and evaluating staff and volunteers
        • Strategic and relationship-based approach towards building fundraising relationships, both internally and externally.
        • Ability to tell the stories of impact from an empowering and strengths-based lens that always respects and builds acceptance.
        • Aptitude as a self-directed leader, sound decision maker, innovative thinker, and detail-oriented project manager in a fast-paced environment.
        • Inclusive, creative, and positive approach to collaboration and team building across all levels of the organization.QualificationsRequires a bachelors degree in a job related major and a minimum of ten years of related professional management, supervisory fundraising, and marketing experience. Must have demonstrated success in creating plans and meeting goals.Must have excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work as part of a team and independently; ability to adapt, be flexible, and creative; ability to plan for and manage multiple projects while working in a fast-paced environment. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, with strong ability to prioritize; ability to use sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information; apply necessary research, data-collection, organizational, and time-management skills.
          GiGis Playhouse Core Values
          • GiGis challenges all staff and volunteers to embody the following core values:
          • Enthusiasm: Bringing positive, high energy to our work.
          • Best of All: Always looking to improve in all that we do. Challenge yourself every day.
          • Get It Done: Making things happen and blasting through barriers when needed. Figure it out.
          • Believe: Believe in ourselves, believe in our mission, believe we can achieve all that we set out to achieve.
          • Locally Concerned, Enterprise Minded: To best serve our local communities, we share our locations best practices and have the humility to leverage the collective learnings from across the GiGis network.Salary, Bonus Opportunity, and BenefitsGiGis Playhouse offers a competitive salary, bonus opportunity, and benefits. This is a full-time, exempt position eligible for health insurance, short- and long-term disability, 401(k) with match, and a generous paid time off policy that includes holidays, vacation, personal, and sick days.Compensation is commensurate with experience.by Jobble

Keywords: Gigi's Playhouse Inc.- Down Syndrome Achievement C, Hoffman Estates , Executive Director, National Playhouse, Executive , Hoffman Estates, Illinois

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