This job is located in Indianapolis, IL and requires some local travel.


The Executive Director implements the various programs, policies and activities of the chapter. This position provides strategic leadership for the chapter by working with the Senior Management Team and the Chapter Advisory Board to establish, implement, and monitor long and short-range goals and objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements administrative policies and procedures and manages the chapter, establishing routine operational procedures. Supervises all personnel.
  • Together with the Chapter Advisory Board Chair, leads and manages the Chapter Advisory Board to include setting and monitoring expectations to meet organizational goals and objectives.
  • Works with the Development department to establish a fundraising plan which fulfills the anticipated financial needs of the chapter. Responsible for execution of the fundraising plan with the assistance of the Development department.
  • Works with the Finance department to exercise fiscal management and control of the chapter by presenting budget recommendations and regularly reporting on the fiscal performance of the chapter as it relates to the budget.
  • Collaborates with the Field Operations department to advance the mission of the Foundation and to implement and cultivate the Community Action Network. Assists in recruiting, training, and ongoing support of leaders and volunteers for the Community Action Network.
  • Collaborates with and engages appropriate community resources, organizations, and groups toward the advancement of the chapter's program objectives.
  • Develops and conducts an active public education program.
  • Works collaboratively with the Advocacy department as the state point of contact for advocacy and policy matters.
  • Working collaboratively with the Program department, evaluates program activities and develops program expansion projects.
  • Analyzes local program needs and recommends new services or changes in present program offerings.
  • Develops good working relationships with hospitals, medical societies, health departments, social service agencies, clubs, organizations, media, etc., keeping them informed about policy and programs. Attends meetings related to health issues and/or development of chapter programs.
  • Reports regularly on various phases of the chapter's operation.
  • Attends conferences and meetings as scheduled by the Epilepsy Foundation and other appropriate agencies.
  • Willingness to travel and work extended hours, including weekends and evenings, as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or Master's degree preferred.
  • Five to seven years of demonstrated successful experience in positions requiring a substantial amount of public contact in education, fundraising, public relations, and community services.
  • Must be able to accept responsibility, work with minimum direction and supervision, and obtain the support and cooperation of volunteers.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Licenses, Certifications, Etc.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Analytical — the individual synthesizes complex or diverse information.
  • Innovative fundraiser – the individual is creative and thinks outside the box in order to develop new sources of revenue.
  • Problem solving — the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Oral communication — the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts productive meetings.
  • Delegation — the individual delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities.
  • Leadership — the individual inspires and motivates others to perform well and accepts feedback from others.
  • Management skills — the individual includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; is accessible to staff; provides regular performance feedback; and develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth.
  • Quality management — the individual looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Judgment — the individual displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, and makes timely decisions.
  • Planning and organizing — the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in Word format to Please include salary requirement.