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Executive Director

R&R Human Resources Solutions
Chicago, IL
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Do you want the opportunity to directly impact the lives of Breast Cancer survivors? Is having the chance to take a leadership role in a worthy non-profit organization that does amazing work a goal for you? If so, read on!

Recovery on Water (ROW) is seeking an Executive Director who is thoroughly committed to, and passionate about ROW’s mission of transforming the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer. ROW’s well-established team and community culture places a high priority on communication, transparency, and collaboration. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with strong interpersonal communication skills.

About Recovery on Water

Recovery on Water is a rowing team for women diagnosed with breast cancer, providing a unique opportunity for participants to interact, become active in their recovery, and gain support from other survivors. Founded in 2007, ROW offers a variety of wellness and exercise programs including on the water rowing, and indoor and virtual land-based programs, to breast cancer patients and survivors. Research shows that regular exercise can reduce recurrence in patients treated for breast cancer by up to 50%.

The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for ROW’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission. ROW desires an experienced leader with a track record of generating diverse financial support for impactful, innovative rowing programming.

Our Executive Director must have a strong entrepreneurial drive, outstanding communication skills, and strong leadership qualities. This person will report directly to the Board of Directors and manage staff, contractors, and team members. As the face of ROW, the Executive Director will also represent the organization with donors, city officials, and the public.


Leadership and Management

  • Develop, along with the Board of Directors, ROW’s long- and short-term strategic plan to advance ROW’s mission, and provide leadership to ensure consistent and timely progress on execution.
  • Develop and execute programmatic, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff.
  • Maintain and enhance an effective relationship with the Board of Directors; contribute to Board recruitment and development efforts.
  • Attract, manage, develop and retain talented staff members.
  • Manages current partnerships and seeks out potential partners to advance the mission of ROW.

Fundraising & Communications

  • Ensure that multi-channel (grants, major gifts, corporate donors, etc.) fundraising goals are met and/or exceeded sustainably and ethically; bringing innovative ideas to the development process. 

  • Evaluate all development programs and regularly communicate results to the Board, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Expand and refine all internal and external communications with the goal of creating a strong brand and increased visibility.
  • Communicate the work of ROW accurately and consistently to the public. Ensure ROW programs maintain relevance, reputation, integrity to mission, and positive community engagement.
  • Ongoing communication and development within our current donor database.


  • Safeguard the mission of ROW through oversight of high quality program offerings (both in-person and virtual) and relevant service to women impacted by breast cancer.
  • Build a broad coalition of highly engaged stakeholders to work together to design and implement programs and solutions that expand the number and diversity of women we serve.
  • Ensure quality and effectiveness of programs via ongoing qualitative and quantitative metrics.
  • Foster outreach to the Chicago community via targeted programming in the ROW space


  • Maintain and enhance sound financial integrity.
  • Consult with experts and specialists to create policies, procedures, and training programs that ensure the safety of our members at all times, both indoors and on the water.
  • Understand applicable safety and security measures and maintain compliance with all material federal, state and local regulations. Make certain that all policies, procedures and training promote ongoing safety and security of our people and assets (both on and off the water).

Who You Are:

  • Passionate about improving the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Deeply committed to the value of exercise and community, with a particular focus on the skill and sport of rowing.
  • Five or more years of nonprofit management; three or more years management or supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful strategic plans.
  • Strong aptitude for oral and written communication, presentation, and relationship development.
  • Skilled at reading and responding to the needs of people around you, while engaging with authenticity, humility, and transparency.
  • A resourceful leader and creative problem-solver.
  • Knowledgeable while simultaneously being willing to learn from others including community partners, fellow staff, program participants and other key stakeholders.
  • Strategic and detail oriented, able to dream big and anticipate the many steps necessary to execute ideas.
  • Willing to make tough calls, have difficult conversations, and try new ideas.
  • Deep understanding of financial strategies and finance-related performance metrics.
  • In-depth knowledge of best practices in nonprofit management, regulations, and governance.
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal oversight.
  • Experience with rowing a definite plus.
  • Experience with grant writing a plus.


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