Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters

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The Chief Executive Officer of Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters (HOIBBBS) helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with caring adult volunteers.  The CEO is responsible for the viability, quality and growth of the agency. This position is a public ambassador for developing, growing and achieving the organization’s social service mission, purpose, goals and objectives while effectively uplifting the community’s youth.

Board Governance

  • Cultivates strong relationship with Board of Directors designed to lead and contribute to the agency’s success.
  • Formulates and recommends programmatic, administrative and fiscal objectives to the Board.
  • Communicates information to Board and Board committees as needed.

Fund/Financial Development

  • Maximizes agency financial strength without adversely affecting other criteria of success (e.g., customer satisfaction, quality of service).
  • Generates and maintains valuable, new revenue streams.
  • Develops and maintains long-term relationships with large-scale individual, foundation and corporate donors/funders. 
  • Anticipates stakeholder needs; aligns systems and processes to ensure responsiveness.

Program Development

  • Ensures programmatic excellence and maximum program impact is achieved by establishing operational benchmarks, setting timelines and making child safety a priority.
  • Ensures comprehensive marketing strategies are developed to attract, engage and mobilize significant volunteer mentors.
  • Designs and directs a safe, quality client service with determined professional and community standards of care.

Agency Operations

  • Attracts, retains, develops and leverages staff talent. 
  • Creates an engaged environment where staff productivity and performance is high.
  • Institutes and utilize an effective performance management system for all employees that include annual objective setting and evaluation.
  • Travel within Central Illinois is required; some out-of-area travel may be expected.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ proven results in building an organization and achieving results.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ proven experience in social service agency administration and/or fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience having effectively motivated, developed and managed work of others in a dynamic, complex and fast-paced work environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to Not-For-Profit organizations.
  • Previous experience interfacing, influencing and engaging diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead complex, multi-component projects with successful outcomes. 
  • Strong program development experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Working knowledge of personnel management (Human Resources, Compensation, Employee Leaves, etc.)


  • Bachelor’s Degree required from an accredited college or university.


  • Master’s Degree in Human Services or Business Administration preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in a Not-For-Profit work environment.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in a Fundraising capacity.


  • Salary range:  $55,000-$75,000 commensurate with experience

To ensure full consideration, please apply by no later than August 5, 2017.  Applicants may be interviewed before August 5, 2017; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible following the close date.  For further information regarding the position contact: PeoriaBBBS@gmail.com. To apply, please click here to view the posting.

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Heart of Illinois
Big Brothers Big Sisters
3618 North Sterling Avenue
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 637-1771

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Heart of Illinois
Big Brothers Big Sisters