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Executive Director Position Description

The Organization  

The Hatchery Chicago (THC) was launched as a joint venture between two of Chicago’s most prominent nonprofits—Accion Chicago and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). The Hatchery meets major areas of need for food and beverage entrepreneurs: access to production and networking space, financing, expertise and networks—all under one roof.

From pre-concept to business acquisition, The Hatchery provides a full suite of customized services for Chicagoland food and beverage production entrepreneurs.  It does this in collaboration with a variety of public/private partners, each of which is invested in the goal of growing entrepreneurial activity in Chicago.  It seeks to be a one-stop shop for emerging consumer packaged goods (CPG) producers and other food and beverage related products and services.

The Hatchery anticipates more than 150 paying members including: more than 50 private tenants, more than 25 shared kitchen users and more than 50 at-large members.  Already operating as a “virtual” incubator, The Hatchery Chicago expects to open the doors on its new facility in late fall of 2018.  

The Position  

Executive Director – The Hatchery Chicago Executive Director (ED) reports to The Hatchery Chicago board of directors.  The ED is responsible for executing the initial board approved business plan, further defining and executing the mission, and the goals for all stakeholders of the organization. The ED is responsible for building on the initial plan to establish and maintain where and how the organization will direct its mission; ensuring programs are developed and executed that best meet mission and financial goals; and gaining alignment among core constituents, especially the board of directors, around vision, mission, program, and financial direction of the organization. The ED ensures the necessary resources required by the organization are obtained so that its mission and goals are achieved.


The following program and staff functions report directly or indirectly to the ED:

  • Tenant acquisition, retention, and graduation
  • Community partnerships
  • Entrepreneur support programming and services
  • Finance and risk management
  • Public relations, fundraising, and marketing
  • Compliance
  • Impact assessment
  • Human resources management
  • Technology and infrastructure management


The ED is responsible for working with the board of directors to establish and execute the vision, mission, financial goals, and program goals of the Hatchery. The ED establishes plans and performance objectives for each person and functional area, manages and measures performance versus objectives and ensures all areas work collectively toward the organization’s goals. The ED ensures:

  • Program functions and personnel provide quality services and support to partners, tenants, members, & customers
  • Effective delivery of high value programing for tenants, shared kitchen users, and members
  • Tenant acquisition, retention, and graduation is sufficient to meet the financial and mission goals of the Hatchery
  • Staff personnel provide quality support to external programs and proactively work to meet program needs
  • Fundraising is sufficient to meet financial and program delivery obligations as determined by the board of directors
  • Effective management of all financial and outcome related reporting to all stakeholders.  

Performance Measurement

The ED ensures the needs of all constituents are serviced in an innovative and professional manner with accurate, timely and relevant deliverables.  The ED ensures the following outcomes:

  • Program customers receive the programming and support services necessary to help them succeed
  • Membership and tenant target quantitative goals are met with high levels of satisfaction.  
  • External funders receive accurate and timely information on mission outcomes and financial results
  • External funders are motivated to provide increasingly higher levels of support
  • East Garfield Park community is cognizant of the favorable impact of the Hatchery on the community and continues their partnership
  • Organization obtains the resources to meet established goals
  • Organization employees are proud to work for the organization and believe the organization treats them honestly and fairly in all employment aspects
  • Programs are developed effectively, outcomes clearly documented, and results to plan tracked and reported in a manner that ensures community confidence.

The ED convenes staff periodically to ensure customer needs are understood and satisfied. The ED promotes an environment that fosters continual improvement and innovation to meet mission and financial goals.

Working with each functional area, the ED ensures that following services and outcomes are delivered in professional, timely and cost-efficient manner.

Program Management

  • Design and execute programs aligned with the mission, outcome, and financial objectives of the organization and ensure good decisions at every point in the process.
  • Communicate mission outcomes and financial results to funders, creditors, business partners, Board of Directors and employees
  • Develop and execute marketing plans to meet goals
  • Secure sufficient funding to meet short-term and long-term operating needs

Finance and Risk Management

  • Establish and maintain the proper capital structure and ensure adequate level of funding is achieved
  • Develop and execute a risk management plan and internal control program
  • Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting conducted and communicated, including clean audit and single audit reports (as necessary) from external auditor.  
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory, tax and external covenant reporting
  • Manage liquidity
  • Ensure adequacy of fiduciary, directors and corporate insurance.

Public Relations, Fundraising and Marketing Management

  • Develop and execute public relations campaign to promote the organization
  • Establish and communicate a compelling vision to funders, creditors, business community and employees
  • Support programs with marketing materials, research, advice
  • Establish and execute innovative ways to support members and tenants and promote the Hatchery brand
  • Satisfy information requests from funders, creditor and other constituents
  • Raise general purpose grant funding as needed

Human Resources Management

  • Establish and maintain employment policy handbook
  • Ensure employment polices comply with local, state and federal regulations
  • Establish and maintain policies and procedures for staff retention, training and development
  • Establish plan for cross-training of critical functions and succession planning

Board of Directors Management

  • Plans and manages for the operations of the board of directors, supporting board member recruitment, training, development and engagement in the work of the Hatchery. 
  • Ensures smooth operation of all board and committee meetings and all board events.
  • Reviews with board the by-laws, policies, and all other documents related to the oversight of the Hatchery, and makes timely and appropriate recommendations to the board on necessary changes, to ensure the stability of the Hatchery.

Public Policy

  • Leads organization’s efforts to effect change in policy that will provide a hospitable environment for low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds and experience levels to flourish.  
  • Promotes the value and impact of entrepreneurship with local, regional, and national policy makers.
  • Works collaboratively with a variety of organizations to further entrepreneurship in low-to-moderate income communities.

Technology and Infrastructure Management

  • Ensure adequacy and reliability of systems and procedures to conduct business
  • Provide proper level of office equipment and supplies
  • Ensure integrity and security of corporate and client data
  • Ensures a safe and secure work environment for employees
  • Establish and maintain disaster recovery plan
  • Establish and maintain purchasing process to ensure timely and cost-effective procurement of supplies


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or related field required (postgraduate degree preferred)
  • Seven to ten plus years in food production, finance, or another related field in a corporate or nonprofit environment with increasing supervisory/management roles.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and lead a broad spectrum of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage financial and operational functions, including fundraising.
  • Experience working with nonprofit Board of Directors
  • Experience with launching and building a nonprofit or for-profit business
  • Real estate management experience ideal
  • Passion for mission and objectives of the Hatchery
  • Travel within Chicago metropolitan area
  • Good oral, written and presentation communication skills
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Bilingual language skills in English and Spanish (beneficial but not required)

CompensationTotal compensation for the position will be up to $100,000 plus benefits.  Given the start-up nature of the organization, the benefits package is to be determined.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter declaring their interest and qualifications to jobs@accionchicago.org.

Minorities are encouraged to apply.  The Hatchery Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information please visit our website at:  www.thehatcherychicago.org