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President and Chief Executive Officer Chicago, IL

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center), one of the nation’s leading organizations advocating on behalf of and alongside people living in poverty to advance racial equity and economic and social justice, seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer (President). This individual will join the organization at a pivotal moment in its history. Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Shriver Center has consistently enjoyed an impressive set of successes. The next President will have the opportunity to further advance the organization’s core mission, extending its national impact at the intersection of poverty alleviation and racial justice.

The next President will inherit a stable and growing organization with many long-serving and dedicated staff who have steadily expanded the Shriver Center’s programs and stretched its reach within Illinois and to other states across the country. The next President will continue to expand the Shriver Center’s communications strategy to promote a stronger external presence; lead the development of the Shriver Center’s next strategic plan; ensure that the allocation of the organization’s resources align with its priorities; and maximize current revenue streams and attract new sources of support. In all of this work, the President must keep racial equity front and center and build the organization into an even greater national voice for social justice.

The Shriver Center is seeking a President who understands, is prepared for, and is motivated by the opportunity to engage in the work of improving the lives of low-income and at-risk people across the country. The successful candidate for this position will bring knowledge of the current issues that impact low-income populations and communities of color through policy expertise and through lived experiences; the capacity to build, direct, and motivate a team of experts in a highly collaborative environment; strong strategic skills that identify priorities and integrate resources toward achieving these objectives; and exceptional translation skills that connect evidence-based knowledge and policy with effective advocacy and leadership development. In addition, the President should be mission-driven, entrepreneurial, and experienced in successful fundraising.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a resume and letter of interest, should be submitted via this website.

Tim McFeeley is leading this search with Jeff Kessner.

The Shriver Center recognizes that a richly diverse mix of professionals makes organizations more effective. As such, the Shriver Center makes demographic and experiential diversity a hallmark and priority of all its work.


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