Chief Executive Officer

Prosper Waco
November 3, 2022
Waco, TX, Illinois
Job Type


Prosper Waco is an innovative approach to community work that consolidates and builds upon the efforts of existing nonprofits and community leaders. Their vision is a Greater Waco in which all people and institutions work together for the common good. To do this, they use the Collective Impact model, which brings together key leaders and organizations in the areas of education, health, and financial security.

The strategy is to raise awareness among all members of the community, focus alignment of mutually reinforcing activities for more effective outcomes, and increase levels of engagement of individuals and organizations to bring about measurable and sustainable change in residents’ health, education, and financial security.

At the core of Prosper Waco’s work is the Collective Impact model. This model has allowed Prosper Waco to play a leading role in convening community leaders to develop creative solutions and incubate innovative programs that address the root causes of community problems, lead to changes in societal conditions, and improve the lives of individuals.

Prosper Waco seeks a Chief Executive Officer who is a proven and visionary executive-level leader who demonstrates a strong ability to work collaboratively at all levels in the community, including government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sector leadership. The ability to inspire confidence and trust, along with exceptional communications skills, are a must. Understanding of, and commitment to, the Collective Impact model is essential.

A demonstrated capacity to lead the organization and community by articulating a clear, collective vision and to act decisively on behalf of the organization in pursuit of its mission and goals, is required. The next leader of Prosper Waco will successfully help the organization navigate the line between convener, incubator, and direct service provider. Successful experience exploring, developing, and implementing strategies for community impact is needed. Experience engaging and supporting an active Board in its role as fundraising, fiduciary, steward, and strategic institutional asset is important.

The successful candidate will likely be naturally creative, entrepreneurial, and eager to find innovative ways to pursue, cultivate, and build strong relationships in the community. This person must be able to engender trust and empathy and relate to community members and donors in a highly professional, honest, and caring manner. Their career has been noted by their ability to chart a path forward with exceptional interpersonal skills and a servant leadership style. Extensive experience in community or nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, and fundraising is strongly preferred.

The candidate will have a professional and personal commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and must be able to lead the organization with a core commitment to these values, including leading organizational change processes to embed equity into the work of Prosper Waco. The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out to the community, participating with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. High integrity, commitment, fortitude, and sensitivity are essential to success in this role.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated financial management acumen utilizing sound business principles. The preferred candidate will understand and be knowledgeable of current and possible future policies, practices, and trends affecting the organization. Given the diversity of revenue streams at the organization, the ideal candidate will have a high degree of financial sophistication and a strong understanding of accounting and forecasting principles. Experience negotiating complex, mutli-partner agreements is a plus.

The ability to communicate exceptionally well in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position. This leader is an active listener and a creative problem solver who is politically savvy, patient, collaborative, and builds consensus to reconcile different points of view. As the key spokesperson for Prosper Waco, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and appropriately on any number of subjects in a clear and transparent fashion to build trust and support.

Leading, growing, and empowering the staff and a dedicated, committed Board are needed skills. While familiarity with the Waco community is not a requirement, the ideal candidate must have the ability and desire to know, fully engage, and invest in the vibrant diversity that is Waco, Texas.

The ideal candidate will show a high level of participation in the life of the community in which they work by virtue of civic involvement, public service, volunteerism, and club or social activities. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced degree and continuing education/certification preferred.

The salary range for this position is between $125,000 and $175,000 and will be commensurate with experience. Prosper Waco offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Prosper Waco is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle and policy of equal employment opportunity. Prosper Waco will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to, veteran status, military status, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, creed, national origin, genetic predisposition, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other protected class recognized by federal, state, or local law. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or applicable state regulations Prosper Waco will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with Prosper Waco.

To apply, submit a resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

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To apply, submit a resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

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