Dream Big Education Executive Director

Submitted by DreamBig on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:47pm


Dream Big is a new non-profit, yet it’s been in operation for 13 years and serves more than 1000 students per week for drama camps, enrichment programs and residencies with a robust summer camp and annual professional summer production.   


Major Function

To provide leadership for an organization that provides educational theater arts programming for children through out of school time enrichment programming, curricular-based in-school residencies, summer camps and productions throughout the Chicagoland area.  Responsible for over-all administration, revenue generation, fiscal management, and program operations.



  • Works with the Board of Directors in setting policies and overseeing programs consistent with the mission of the organization.
  • Sets the tone for organizational leadership within the company in order to administer the organization’s services from a mission-based perspective. 
  • Oversees preparation of the annual organization budget.  Provides information and justifications for Board of Directors in its budgetary review and approval process.  Ensures proper fiscal accounting and controls in accordance with the guidelines of funding sources and with sound accounting practices.  Maintains fiscal solvency of the organization.
  • Actively seeks new revenue sources, government and private, to meet all program goals.  Monitors all grants, contracts, and sub-contracts, assuring that all service agreements are properly fulfilled and report deadlines met.  Advises Board on achievements and problem areas.
  • Nurtures and expands organization donor base.  Oversees development and implementation of organization's annual marketing and fund raising plan.
  • Provides for quality assurance monitoring of all organization programs, acknowledging well-rated services and assuring correction of any deficiencies in service provision.
  • Ascertains that the personnel policies of the Organization are adhered to in all hiring and employment practices.  Proposes changes in policies to the Board of Directors.  Provides for staff development activities that upgrade employee skills and motivate performance.
  • Promotes the organization with visibility and growth by developing and implementing marketing strategies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Accountable to:

  • Board of Directors



  • Education Director
  • Operations Director
  • Director, Western Suburbs
  • Administrative Assistant


Exempt, Full-Time Position

Salary Competitive

Flexible policy on work from home

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Familiarity with and passion for the value of performing arts in education. 
  • Three-years non-profit administrative experience required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accepted financial practices including accounting, budgeting, insurance and other sound business practices.
  • Demonstrated success in acquiring organization support via grant applications and general fund raising.
  • Supervisory experience and knowledge of basic personnel legal issues.
  • Diversity sensitivity.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, characterized by the ability to listen, speak and write well.
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritize, delegate and multi-task efficiently
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, Google and various office systems.
To Apply: 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover email, resume and salary requirement to Kelly@DreamBigEducation.org by September 21, 2018.  Please see our website, DreamBigPerformingArts.org, for more information.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Kelly Vaughn
Contact Phone Number: