Your resource for early childhood information in Oak Park and
River Forest, Illinois.
Founded in 2002 by all six of Oak Park’s governing bodies, the
Collaboration for Early Childhood is a public/private partnership
that leverages the resources of more than 70 local agencies to
promote the development of a comprehensive, community-wide system
of high-quality programs and services to foster physical, cognitive
and social-emotional development during the critical first five
years of life. All Oak Park jurisdictions participate in the
Collaboration for Early Childhood: the Village of Oak Park,
District 97 (the elementary school district), District 200 (the
high school), Oak Park Township, Oak Park Public Library and Park
District of Oak Park. In addition to the jurisdictions, the
Collaboration’s partners include a wide range of early childhood
service providers and stakeholders.
The next Executive Director will be an experienced, visionary
leader with progressive leadership experience and a passion for the
unique mission and vision of the Collaboration for Early Childhood.
The new leader will have the ability to guide the organization
through periods of growth and change and will have demonstrated the
ability to increase an organization’s regional public visibility,
footprint and scale. He or she will have experience building
collaboration among an array of external organizations and
stakeholders to improve programming and policy outcomes for the
early childhood learning sector. Experience in the field of early
childhood and education is highly desired.
The successful candidate will have prior management experience,
preferably in nonprofit management and/or collective impact
leadership, and will have analytical, organizational and
problem-solving skills that support sound decision making. Strong
business, financial and political savvy will be evidenced by a
proven ability to set clear priorities, delegate and guide the
investment of human and other resources to help achieve goals.
The next leader will serve as the primary external
representative of the Collaboration and will possess strong
networking skills to help foster the fundraising program for the
organization. He or she will have demonstrated skills in
development, including cultivating and soliciting major gifts,
corporate and foundation grants, and nurturing a culture of giving.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of building and
supporting a diverse team.
The minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required, though a
master’s or advanced degree is preferred. Evidence of continuing
education, certification and executive level training is
For more information on the Collaboration for Early Childhood,
please visit www.collab4kids.org .
Collaboration for Early Childhood
123 Madison, Room 209
Oak Park, IL 60302
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with young children. Ready4K is free (text messaging rates apply).
If you have multiple children 5 or younger, you need to submit the
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