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Sr. Director of Program Services Job Description

Title: Sr. Director of Program Services
Department: Program Services
Reports to: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

The Community Foundation for McHenry County is dedicated to advancing McHenry County and improving the lives of the people who call it home. The Foundation serves as a philanthropic partner, connecting the generosity of donors with community needs. Our unwavering mission is to mobilize resources, people, organizations, and ideas in support of this vision for a truly equitable, connected, and thriving community.

The Foundation Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of donors, grantees, residents, and community leaders that continue to work tirelessly to make the County one where all have the opportunity to realize their dreams.

Position Summary:

In partnership with the Executive Director and staff, the Sr. Director of Program Services will drive activities that raise the visibility and stature of The Foundation through written and personal contact with donors, nonprofit partners, corporations, civic groups, and elected officials. This person will advance the mission of The Foundation through strategic grant making and community connectivity in support of McHenry County’s charitable organizations. This individual will provide oversight and guidance on The Foundation’s programs, grants and scholarship efforts, ultimately elevating The Foundation’s position as a key community leader in McHenry County. The Sr. Director contributes to and informs strategy development and organizational knowledge building, and actively guides the initiatives, relationships, and partnerships to execute the grants, scholarships, and community programs.


  • Develops and manages the growth plan as it relates to strategic goals, leading efforts in managing the success of the program.

  • Drive The Foundation’s grant and scholarship making in collaboration with The Foundation’s Board committees and the community.

  • Manages budget and resources related to grants and scholarships.

  • Identify and steward opportunities for networking, collaboration, promotion and partnerships among key charity stakeholders.

  • Develop and maintain files on financial information related to grants.

  • Conduct annual site visits on all funded charities.

  • Serve on external committees as a voice for the charitable community and stay abreast of the issues affecting McHenry County.

  • Secure and lead implementation of Foundant, the grants management system.

  • Establish The Foundation as a trusted leader for charitable organizations and engage donors in  McHenry County.

  • Promotes value-based decision making techniques.

Program Collaboration and Oversight:

  • Collaborate on program design and implementation related to charitable organizations in the community.

  • Provide support and guidance to ensure that program goals and strategies are created and met.

  • Work with the Executive Director and staff to ensure that The Foundation’s programs and organizational activities are fully aligned with The Foundation’s mission, vision, and values.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, 7 years preferred.

  • Expert level data management skills, knowledge of Foundant software a plus.

  • Prominence and demonstrated thought leadership in the social services and social justice sectors, particularly in the network of local actors, donors, agencies, and organizations dedicated to mitigating challenges to equitable opportunity.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with residents, local leaders, and all non-profits to strengthen and advance multiple aspects of social services and social justice programs.

  • Experience working with racially and ethnically diverse and low-income communities on social services and social justice programs.

  • Experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to affect change and in promoting and contributing to a strong learning culture.

  • Experience in project development and management with non-profit emphasis.

  • Strong communication skills, including writing, listening, public speaking, and social media.

  • Demonstrated skills in facilitation, relationship building, and collaborative planning.

  • Expert level technical skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google Suite). Experience with Foundant software a plus.