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Find meaning and purpose in your career. CAC supports over 1,000 children who have been impacted by abuse annually. We focus on keeping kids in the north & northwest suburbs of Chicago safe and healthy with our free, life-changing services.

Open Positions

Chief Operating Officer (CEO)

The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead one of the largest and most respected Children’s Advocacy Centers in the state of Illinois with a catchment area of the northern and northwestern Cook County, Illinois. The role of the CAC CEO is to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for assuring that the organization's accomplishments and financial stability are aligned with its mission, vision and strategic plan. The CEO maintains positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, designs and directs strategies to achieve positive outcomes, ensures sound financial practices, and leads the organization towards favorable growth. The CEO reports to the Board Chair.




⦁ Providing strategic leadership to the organization by working with the board of directors to promote the organization’s philosophical framework.

⦁ Guiding the strategic planning, growth and development of the organization's mission, values and goals for overall success.

⦁ Participating in all Board of Director meetings and serving on the Executive Committee.

⦁ Establishing credibility and fostering a success-oriented environment throughout the organization.

⦁ Ensuring fiscal stability and financial accountability including adherence to the Center’s Fiscal Policies and Procedures; preparing the annual budget in conjunction with the Board Treasurer; managing ongoing expenditures and monthly financial reports.

⦁ Directing, supervising, and evaluating the job performance of direct service and prevention staff.

⦁ Presenting the organization's overall mission and goals to stakeholders and interested parties of all types.

⦁ Serving as the primary spokesperson and public face of the organization through strong networking relationships.

⦁ Ensuring that accreditation standards of the National Children’s Alliance are met and at times exceeded throughout all aspects of the organization’s services.

⦁ Supervising leadership staff positions and evaluating job performance annually, or more often as needed.

⦁ Tracking professional development of all direct service staff and generating opportunities for training.

⦁ Maintaining up-to-date memoranda of understanding and linkage agreements with multidisciplinary team partners.


⦁ Writing and/or supervising of writing and submitting annual grant applications to VOCA, DCFS, AG and other grantors; completing grant reporting requirements in a timely manner and attending grant training as needed.

⦁ Submitting regular reports to the Board of Directors.

⦁ Maintaining emergency management policies and training staff accordingly.

⦁ Conducting regular audits of the client database to manage correct input of information.

⦁ Reviewing OMS survey data to ensure that clients and multidisciplinary team partners are satisfied with the services received.

⦁ Facilitating leadership and staff meetings and participating in all staff functions.

⦁ Maintaining active membership in Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI).

⦁ Approving/declining all interns and direct service volunteers.

⦁ Ensuring that direct service staff have adequate resources to succeed.

⦁ With program directors, approving and tracking earned time off for all direct service staff.


Educational Requirements

⦁ Master's degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience

⦁ Five or more years of experience in a leadership position

Five or more years of industry-specific experience, preferably in the organization's area of service (or a related area of service)


Competency Requirements

⦁ Excellent leadership and communication skills

⦁ Designs and implements effective management and organizational structures and systems, as required.

⦁ Understands the technical skills staff need and is able to develop and strengthen human capital through coaching, mentoring and ongoing professional development.

⦁ Proven fundraising knowledge and experience

⦁ Excellent financial management skills

⦁ Adept at collaboration and nonconfrontational conflict resolution

⦁ Computer proficiency, including Google Suite, Word, Excel, and other

⦁ Personal effectiveness and credibility, including composure under stress

⦁ Inspires loyalty and trust. Integrates principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the role.

⦁ Must complete a criminal and CPS background check and sign a confidentiality agreement prior to starting work



⦁ Competitive salary

⦁ Individual healthcare coverage, life insurance

⦁ Fidelity’s 403 (b)

⦁ Earned Time Off

⦁ Paid Holidays


The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County was established in 1989 to help meet the needs of children in our community who have been abused. With a 1.8-million-dollar budget, 24 staff members and multiple locations, the CAC serves as a leading resource to empower children and families who have experienced abuse and violence.


The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is seeking applications for the position of agency CEO. Resume, cover letter, and three professional references should be emailed to Board Chair, Herb Horn ( no later than March 31st for full consideration. The CAC embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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