President/Chief Executive Officer

Final Stages
Posted 4 months ago

The Organization

LeadingAge Illinois is one of the largest and most respected trade associations of providers serving older adults in Illinois. Committed to advancing excellence, LeadingAge Illinois advocates for quality services, promotes innovative practices, and fosters collaboration. LeadingAge Illinois serves the full spectrum of providers, including home and community based services (HCBS), senior housing, life plan communities (LPC)/continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), assisted living, supportive living, and skilled nursing/rehabilitation centers. Headquartered in Lisle, LeadingAge Illinois is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors, has a staff of 17, a $2.5 million operating budget, and is associated with its related Foundation (LeadingAge Illinois Foundation) and Political Action Committee (LeadingAge Illinois PAC i.e., SpiritPAC). Collectively, these related entities are referred to as the Organization or Organizations.

LeadingAge Illinois Mission:

Advancing excellence and innovation in adult life services.


LeadingAge Illinois enjoys an exceptionally effective, member-driven governance structure, which is comprised of a Board of Directors, committees, cabinets and a variety of member task forces. Likewise, the PAC and Foundation enjoy committed governance teams.

Cabinets represent each LeadingAge Illinois member type and set program and public policy goals, provide support and guidance to meet these goals and achieve results in their specialty areas. Five industry cabinets represent the following member types:

  • Assisted Living
  • LPC (Life Plan Community)/CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Housing
  • Nursing Facilities


LeadingAge: LeadingAge Illinois’ national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, they advance policies, promote best practices and conduct research that supports, enables, and empowers people to live fully as they age.

Argentum: LeadingAge Illinois is also the Illinois affiliate of Argentum, the leading national trade association serving companies that own, operate, and support professionally managed senior living communities in the United States. As an Argentum partner, LeadingAge Illinois influences public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans seeking assistance with senior living.  

Illinois Aging Services Network (ILASN): All LeadingAge Illinois non-profit, long-term care provider members are encouraged to join  Illinois Aging Services Network (ILASN), a network of non-profit, post-acute, long-term care providers working to navigate the changes to reimbursement. Not-for-profit, post-acute long-term care providers have joined together to create a specialized network, ILASN, whose mission is to maximize the health and well-being of seniors through innovative, cost-effective care management practices; quality improvement activities, and contracting relationships with health plans and health delivery systems. In order to join the ILASN network, providers must be a member of LeadingAge Illinois.

The Opportunity

Since its inception in 1953, LeadingAge Illinois has represented the leading providers of adult life services across the state. With a diverse membership of nearly 400 organizations, LeadingAge Illinois is one of the largest and most respected trade associations providing education, networking, grassroots advocacy, and innovative programs to help its members remain at the forefront of the aging services field.

Going forward, the Board of Directors seeks a qualified successor to the retiring President/CEO. A seamless leadership transition in all organizational aspects, including its related Foundation, PAC, and partner relationships is envisioned.

A strategic and visionary leader is sought who will lead the development and expansion of relationships which support growth with constituents throughout the state; value by ensuring regulatory matters are effectively managed; expansion of member benefits (including social media) to increase value and engagement; and, development of resources which provide operational value to members.

The LeadingAge Illinois staff and committed volunteer Board leaders will provide the new President/CEO with a strong foundation to move forward. A leading challenge is to ensure financial stability, especially given the impact of COVID-19 on the senior living industry, and the association. Also, the organization must understand and meet the competing needs of a diverse membership on a full continuum of aging services. The new President/CEO will need to address opportunities for non-dues revenue, increased member engagement, and distinguishing LeadingAge Illinois member value from other organizations.

Priorities for the President/CEO:

  • Identify and adapt post-COVID opportunities and challenges to define and accomplish a recovery strategy for both the association at large, while supporting individual member recovery
  • Work with organizational leadership to develop the next comprehensive strategic plan
  • Build financial stability and sustainability through non-dues revenue development
  • Develop a recruitment/retention plan to strengthen member engagement based on current profile and needs assessment data
  • Evaluate and develop a management plan to address key operating functions (e.g., governance structure, volunteer/committee system, operating plan, budget, advocacy, programs and services, membership, etc.)
  • Ensure all corporate relationships are understood and followed, including the LeadingAge National alignment agreement, LeadingAge Illinois’ partner entities, and external partners (i.e., Argentum, ILASN)

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President/Chief Executive Officer is responsible for collaboratively achieving LeadingAge Illinois’ mission and for oversight of the governance, administration, programs and strategic plan for the organization.

Essential Duties

Management/Staff Administration

  • Directly supervises senior staff team (current: Executive Vice President; Vice President of Public Policy; Vice President of Health Services; Director of Finance & Administration; Director of Membership, and Executive Assistant). Additional reports include Finance (contractor) and Human Resources (contractor).
  • Designs, implements, and monitors an efficient and effective staff structure to accomplish the organization’s goals consistent within budget.
  • Provides for efficient operation of association office, including safeguarding of records, databases, and property; ensures compliance with personnel policies and performance standards.
  • Executes contracts and other instruments necessary to further established policies; secures adequate risk management through appropriate insurance coverage.
  • Provides opportunities for staff to receive training and coaching relevant to their job duties; establishes compensation and benefits that attract and retain quality staff.
  • Oversees performance appraisals, including any necessary disciplinary actions and/or terminations; recommends changes to personnel policy and procedures.
  • Engages legal counsel as appropriate to ensure compliance with FLSA, OSHA, and any other relevant Federal or Illinois law or regulation in carrying out personnel and office actions.
  • Evaluates the need for, and selects qualified, consultants to accomplish association goals.


  • Attends all Board, Executive Committee, Cabinet and District meetings for LeadingAge Illinois and Spirit-PAC. Manages agendas as appropriate.
  • Regularly updates the Board on policy and internal matters; provides background material to the Board to establish well-informed policies; advises and counsels the Board on policy and ethical matters; recommends and assists in describing policy positions.
  • Communicates Board decisions and policies to staff, committees, and others, as appropriate, and ensures implementation of decisions and policies; ensures staff compliance with governance procedures, policies and confidentiality standards.
  • Ensures maintenance of accurate and appropriate records, as required by Federal and Illinois statute, as well as to meet association needs.
  • Keeps current on issues and trends affecting the membership, the association, its affiliates and related organizations.
  • Develops, evaluates, and communicates potential strategies to improve association governance and effectiveness.
  • Works with the Board to develop/revise LeadingAge Illinois’ strategic mission, business model, goals, objectives, and policy to meet or exceed member expectations.


  • Guides LeadingAge Illinois’ government and regulatory affairs program, consistent with the association’s strategic plan.
  • Serves as LeadingAge Illinois’ chief spokesperson for the media and projects a positive image.
  • Participates in key government affairs and activities and promotes and advances Spirit-PAC initiatives among the LeadingAge Illinois membership and broader community.
  • Ensures that members and other key constituencies are informed of public policy matters affecting the profession and LeadingAge Illinois’ position.
  • Ensures that members are provided timely and effective technical consultation and support, problem-solving, and specific-issue advocacy, including legislative and regulatory matters of interest to LeadingAge Illinois’ constituencies.

Member Services

  • Oversees membership recruitment and retention; ensures that adequate systems are in place to maintain member records; provides regular reports to the Board regarding membership levels and trends, and/or issues with specific members.
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant records management standards (e.g., confidentiality, accuracy, etc.).
  • Oversees research and related projects on subjects of importance to the membership.
  • Identifies data requirements to maintain awareness of current and emerging member needs and trends. Ensures regular assessment of member satisfaction.
  • Provides effective programs to assist members in operating their businesses and in offering high-quality services.

Education Services

  • Ensures standards for LeadingAge Illinois educational programs are established and followed; ensures regular evaluation of educational programs and responds to evolving member needs.
  • Ensures frequent, timely and relevant educational programming and resources to members throughout the year in an accessible format and at an affordable price.
  • Ensures an annual meeting and trade show offering that is beneficial to the members, sponsors and vendors.
  • Develops and implements other conferences/training and educational programs, in a variety of formats, delivery mechanisms, and schedules.

Financial Administration

  • Develops and recommends an annual budget to the Finance Committee and Board; revises or adjusts the annual budget if necessary.
  • Monitors the association’s financial status and takes appropriate action to meet budgetary requirements.
  • Provides the Finance Committee and Board with regular financial statements.
  • Ensures the legal integrity of the organization and its related entities including adherence to generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP).
  • Provides all required information to an independent auditor each year to support an audit of the association and its related entities’ financial records; reports results of the audit to the Finance Committee and Board.

Alliances/Business Development

  • Maintains and enhances effective relationships with the business community serving the LeadingAge Illinois membership; provides opportunities to participate in LeadingAge Illinois that benefit members, business members and the association.
  • Oversees LeadingAge Illinois’ involvement in affiliate business relationships such as a GPO, RRG, or other programs.
  • Explores and develops new revenue programs that benefit members as well as provide financial support to the association.
  • Ensures communication of partner entities’ activities and positions to members; establishes and maintains such relationships with other appropriate organizations as desirable or necessary to protect and advance the best interest of the association’s strategic objectives and policies.
  • Evaluates and pursues opportunities for beneficial strategic alliances.
  • Upholds, defends and advances the image of LeadingAge Illinois and its related entities as a professional, ethical, and credible organization.

Other duties as assigned

  • Carries out other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Executive-level experience and a proven track record in senior/aging services, healthcare trade association, and/or public sector
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing health care and senior living providers
  • Demonstrated ability to set and implement a strategic vision and achieve goals
  • Strong financial acumen and well-developed business skills
  • Able to develop/lead program innovation and development efforts demonstrated by member engagement and revenue growth
  • Track record of staff leadership, development and coaching
  • Experience with public policy advocacy programs at the state and/or federal level
  • Comfortable serving as advocate and spokesperson to various audiences, including legislators, regulators, media, the general public, peers and members
  • Demonstrated ability to support and work collaboratively with a Board of Directors and other related governance bodies
  • Ability to develop consensus among diverse stakeholders
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including public speaking

Personal Characteristics and Behaviors

  • Visionary leader and “big picture” thinker
  • Honest and transparent professional with the highest degree of integrity
  • Relational, effective communicator and public speaker
  • Innovative and creative individual skilled in problem solving
  • Strong organizational skills and high degree of flexibility

Success Indicators

  • Demonstrated financial health and stability of overall Organization
  • Established strong rapport and working relationship with staff and leadership teams
  • Continued execution of strong programs and services
  • Demonstrated solid relationship with the Board and productive engagement with LeadingAge Illinois and its related entities and external partners
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of LeadingAge Illinois’ current and future circumstances

LeadingAge Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

Job Features

Job CategoryFinal Stages
LocationLisle, IL
CategoryFinal Stages