General Management / Strategic Planning
IL - Chicago metropolitan area
About the Organization

Founded in Houston in 2002, Genesys Works is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Genesys Works Chicago ("GWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Genesys Works National, and a representative of Genesys Works National sits on the GWC Board of Directors.

Genesys Works' four interlocking program components are:

  1. Skills Training

    • Genesys Works provides youth with eight weeks of training during the summer before senior year of high school, including technical skills in information technology and business operations, as well as the professional skills required to succeed in today's corporate workplace.
  2. Meaningful Internships

    • Youth can earn paid, year-long internships at partner companies. Working 20 hours per week, Genesys Works students further develop and refine high-demand work skills while providing valued services to corporate partners.
  3. College and Career Coaching

    • Throughout the year, students receive more than 60 hours of coaching with respect to college and career pathways, including guidance and counseling around college selection, applications, and financial aid assistance.
  4. Alumni Support

    • After completing the program, Genesys Works continues to offer guidance to its alumni in navigating the complex world of post-secondary institutions and supporting students when they face academic, social, and financial challenges that may impede their college and career success.

Employing nearly 20 full time professional staff with a program enrollment of over 200 students, in partnership with over 50 major corporations. GWC's 2019 program budget is approximately $4 million. Approximately 70% of this current budget is generated through earned income from GWC's corporate hiring partners; the organization raises just over $1 million in charitable donations to cover the rest.

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About the Position

GWC is seeking an experienced leader capable of leading the organization and developing the resources necessary to enhance, refine and execute the five-year strategic growth plan recently approved by the Board of Directors, with the ultimate goal of doubling the number of high school student internships, broadening alumni services, and positioning GWC as a key talent pipeline partner to corporate partners.

Reporting to GWC's Board of Directors and working collaboratively with the National Office of Genesys Works, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for implementing the Genesys Works business model in Chicago. Specifically, the Executive Director is responsible for growing and executing the program; developing, coaching, and managing the professional staff; and establishing authentic, genuine, and commercially relevant relationships with donors and corporate partners.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Vision and Organizational Leadership

  • Refine and enhance the five-year strategic growth plan
  • Create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment that attracts, inspires, and retains staff
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain GWC's high-performance leadership team
  • Ensure ongoing program excellence while executing strategic growth plan
  • Build a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors representative of the community that GWC serves, that is highly engaged and willing to leverage and secure resources
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and National Office, ensuring open communication of financial, program, and community impact performance against agreed-upon milestones and goals

Resource Development

  • Be the primary face of GWC to the market, advocating for the students served in the community
  • Develop relationships with senior leaders of local schools and school districts to align the Genesys Works program with incumbent career readiness initiatives
  • Grow the organization's sustainable business model by increasing both annual giving and long-term philanthropic funding
  • Develop and commercialize existing and new relationships with executives and decision makers at Fortune 500 companies to secure work placements for students

Collaboration with National Office

  • Ensure that GWC complies with and effectively leverages the National Shared Standards across all functional areas including program execution; finance, planning, and accounting; corporate partnerships; philanthropic development; human resources; marketing and communications; and legal and compliance
Candidate Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes and qualifications:

  • Passion for the mission of Genesys Works and opening up opportunities for students from underserved communities
  • Proven leadership and relationship management experience
  • BA degree, advanced degree preferred, with seven to ten years of senior management experience in either the private sector or not-for-profit space (preferably both)
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop/change culture of high-performing teams; set and achieve strategic objectives; and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing and new board member relationships, strongly preferred
  • Strong marketing, sales, and fundraising experience with the ability to effectively engage a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and adaptable, with an innovative approach to business planning and execution
  • High level of integrity, a positive attitude, and self-direction
Compensation and benefits:

Genesys Works Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. GWC celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees.