Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

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Selfhelp Home | Chicago, IL

Permanent Position


The Selfhelp Home has a history unlike that of any other senior living community. It was founded in 1938, in the shadow of the Holocaust, as a purely volunteer mutual aid society where refugees and survivors could find community and rebuild their lives. It became a priority of the founders to provide a caring and comfortable home where aging members of the community could live with compassion, dignity, and a high quality of life in an environment suffused with Jewish cultural and dietary traditions.


The Selfhelp Home (Selfhelp) is a Jewish comprehensive care facility in Illinois which seeks a high-energy leader to serve as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (ED/CEO). With strategic vision and skill, the ED/CEO will build on Selfhelp’s legacy of empathy and state of the art care, to position the organization to thrive amid ongoing demographic transitions and market challenges. As the leader of an independent, free-standing community without a corporate parent, the ideal ED/CEO must be creative, resourceful, and highly collaborative with the Board of Directors. Together, they will set a strategic direction to ensure that Selfhelp as an institution is sustainable and that current and future generations of residents enjoy consummate care in a culturally rich and familiar environment. The ED/CEO will oversee the day-to-day operations of Selfhelp and represent Selfhelp to external partners, such as hospitals and healthcare systems, synagogue communities, the Jewish Federation, peer organizations, agencies and the community in general. The next ED/CEO will be an excellent communicator and relationship builder with a sophisticated understanding of senior care organizations, financing, regulations, reform and trends.


Reporting to the Board of The Selfhelp Home, the ED/CEO serves as the leader of the organization and its primary public representative. The ED/CEO is an ex-officio non-voting member of the Selfhelp Board and works in partnership with the Board to ensure that the organization perpetuates and fulfills its mission by creating strategies for its current and future success. The ED/CEO gives direction and provides leadership toward the achievement of Selfhelp’s mission, strategy, and annual goals and objectives, as well as to all 190 employees. Direct reports to the ED/CEO include: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief People Officer, Director of Nursing, Director of Health Care Admissions, Director of Assisted Living, Director of Environmental Services, and the Administrator of the Skilled Nursing Facility.

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

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For additional questions please contact Lida Junghans. PhD at ljunghans@zurickdavis.com or Jeffrey Zegas at 781.938.1975. All contact with ZurickDavis will remain confidential

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We welcome nominations and referrals of prospective candidates. Interested parties, please send resume and cover letter to Selfhelp-ED-CEO-2414@ZurickDavis.com.