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About the Position

Morten Group, LLC, a national consulting firm based in Chicago, was established in November 2001 to focus on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Services include diversity, racial equity, and inclusion assessments and trainings; executive searches; research; and organizational development. Our work is centered on a commitment to transformation through education, assessment, and action.

The Administrative Coordinator ensures the efficient day-to-day operation of the firm and supports the work of consultants. The Administrative Coordinator reports directly to the President, Project Director, and Project Manager.

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The Opportunity

Woods Fund Chicago, a bold grantmaking foundation, seeks candidates for the position of president. The president manages $65 million in assets and leads the foundation to support community organizing and public policy advocacy that advances racial equity and economic justice.

About the Organization

Woods Fund seeks to help create a society where people of all racial and ethnic groups across all levels of social and economic status are empowered and have a voice to influence policies that impact their lives and where all communities are free of poverty and racism. Woods Fund is a grantmaking foundation committed to the promotion of social, economic, and racial justice through the support of community organizing and public policy advocacy that engages people that are most impacted.

About the Position

The next president of Woods Fund is expected to be a leader of the highest personal and professional integrity and demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to the vision and mission of the foundation. The president will have demonstrated experience working and collaborating with disinvested communities and people of color, as well as a strong track record advancing racial equity and economic justice. The successful candidate will be experienced in working closely with a board of directors, staff, outside consultants and others, along with a proven ability to motivate and lead.

 

For best consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter to executivesearch@mortengroup.com by Wednesday, May 1Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

 

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About the Organization

The Ms. Foundation for Women strives to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The organization seeks to achieve this by investing in and strengthening the capacity of women-led movements, particularly by women and girls-of-color, to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of all women and girls. Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation has invested more than $70 million into building the power of women in social justice fields, serving as a conduit to the philanthropic sector as an intermediary funder investing in women and girls. Ms. Foundation believes that equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of a true democracy in which the worth and dignity of every person is valued. They have long held a unique position in the philanthropic world and have taken risks to invest in those who have systemically been left out. Through its partnerships, Ms. Foundation seeks to build a collective understanding and collaboration to advance gender, racial equity, and justice for all.

About the Position

The Vice President of Advancement will report to the President and CEO and serve as a visionary partner. They will be considered a member of the Executive Team. This newly created position will oversee the Development and Communications departments. The Vice President is responsible for cultivating and soliciting principal and major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, special events, and prospect research and tracking. They will work with the Board of Directors and Foundation staff to determine overall fundraising strategies and priorities, with the goal of significant expansion of the donor base and overall contributions. In addition, this position will work to develop and implement an organization-wide, communications plan to raise the visibility of the Ms. Foundation, its grantees, and partners to key external audiences.

 

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About TRHT Greater Chicago

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to “unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism.”

The mission of TRHT Greater Chicago is to proliferate healing and equity within individuals, neighborhoods, and communities to change the prevailing race narrative, fuel transformation, erase the belief in racial hierarchy, and drive towards racial equity. They have focused planning work in four key areas: narrative change, racial healing, law and policy, and youth, creating design teams for each. These four areas are closely interrelated; work done in on one often impacts the other. The design teams completed a planning process from August 2017-March 2018, resulting in the development of a strategic framework to guide the work ahead. Woods Fund is interested in identifying a Director to help lead the implementation, working closely with the existing strategic partners including Woods Fund, Metropolitan Family Services, Field Foundation of Illinois, Pierce Family Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, and new partners.

About the Opportunity

The Director will lead the TRHT Greater Chicago work during this important implementation phase. They are expected to provide strategic direction, manage TRHT staff, lead the implementation and a community-led grantmaking process, engage external stakeholders, raise funds, and develop a foundation and infrastructure for the work that will build upon existing work, propel the vision forward, and position TRHT Greater Chicago as a lead agent for transformation. The successful candidate must be a dynamic leader who can connect with diverse audiences, and who has a deep understanding and commitment to racial equity and anti-racist work in the community.

Woods Fund will serve as the administering and lead organization during the initial implementation period which may last for the next few years. The Director will be under contract to accommodate the mobility of the next phase of work, with the potential for a different organization to administer and lead the work in the future. The Director will be supervised, report to the President of Woods Fund, and will also be accountable to the advisory partners which includes foundations, community, and public and private sectors.

 

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Jessica Kadish-Hernandez, MFA (she/her/hers)

Jessica joined Morten Group in 2011 as the firm’s Project Coordinator and later as Project Manager for a wide array of client projects, including strategic planning, executive searches, organizational assessments, and board development. As a Consulting Associate, she works as a facilitator with Morten Group’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team. She has been a teaching artist for over ten years, leading sessions with participants ranging from kindergarteners to corporate professionals. She holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to develop and facilitate professional development curricula for elementary school teachers in the Urbana Public Schools. She is fluent in Spanish.

We asked Jessica, “If you could share a meal with any two individuals, living or dead, who would you choose and why?” She said, “Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin. For their transformation of the American literature and theatre. For their incisive insights (here). And for their wicked senses of humor. They were friends in life, and I bet their back-and-forth banter across the table would be hilarious.”

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