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Job Title: Executive Director
Reports To: Board of Directors
Organization: George Washington Carver Community Center
Job Location: Peoria, IL

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the George Washington Carver Community Center (GWCCC). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.
     • Responsible for leading GWCCC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
     • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
     • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support GWCCC’s mission.
     • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of GWCCC, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
     • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
     • Responsible for implementation of GWCCC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
     • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that GWCCC can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
     • Responsible for the enhancement of GWCCC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
4) Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
     • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
     • Responsible effective administration of GWCCC’s operations.
     • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Actual Job Responsibilities
1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
2. Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
3. Strategic planning and implementation.
4. Planning and operation of annual budget.
5. Serve as GWCCC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
6. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance GWCCC’s Mission.
7. Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.
8. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
9. Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
10. Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
11. Review and approve contracts for services.
12. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Preferred Qualifications
     • A bachelor’s degree.
     • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
     • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience.
     • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
     • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
     • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
     • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
     • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
     • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
     • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
     • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
     • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
     • Strong written and oral communication skills.
     • Strong public speaking ability.
     • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.


Job Title: Program Assistant

Reports To: Program Director

Organization: George Washington Carver Community Center

Job Location: Peoria, IL

The Program Assistant provides support to team members working on a project or program within the organization. Offers administrative support by processing paperwork and answering emails and phone calls. The Program Assistant may perform research, create training documents and perform data entry tasks along with a myriad of other jobs as assigned by program leaders.

Provides the front office and administrative staff with support (e.g. filing, emailing and data entry)
Relays client concerns to the appropriate senior staff
Reviews and submits documents for United Way, grants, donors and volunteers.

Schedules and organizes events for clients as requested.

Communicates with program participants about events, answers questions and relay issues to appropriate staff members
Maintains client files and adds new information as it becomes available
Helps clients fill out paperwork and attend to correspondence
Maintains inventory of office and caregiving supplies
Updates computer and hard copy file systems on a weekly basis

Preferred Qualifications
     • High school diploma/GED required
     • Minimum 1 year of clerical experience (Associate degree acceptable alternative)
     • Excellent typing and 10-key speed and accuracy
     • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
     • Polished written and verbal communication skills
     • Ability to handle confidential information
     • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy


Interested candidates should submit their resume and application via email to office@thecarvercenter.com or via mail to
710 West 3rd St, Peoria, IL 61605, Attn: Personnel Committee by December 27, 2019

George Washington Carver Center is an equal opportunity employer






710 West 3rd Street
710 West Percy Baker Ave.
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