Nonprofit and Social Impact, Program Leadership, Social Services

Director of Programs

  • MYSI Corporation
  • Chicago, IL
About MYSI

MYSI Corporation helps youth, seniors, and families reach their greater potential by providing quality programs and services that focus on empowering youth, seniors, and families to achieve independence.

MYSI Corporation (“MYSI”) was founded by a group of Methodist Men with an initial focus to eradicate homelessness by providing shelter care, temporary housing, and community-based case management support for ‘at risk’ youth, adults, and families who had no or limited housing resources.

MYSI’s vision is to be recognized for enhancing the quality of life in Chicago inner cities and surrounding suburbs through responsive, efficient, and quality programs and services.

The programs offered by MYSI promote independence and the prosperity of individuals, families, and communities, by serving individuals from “infancy to the golden years” within and outside of Illinois.

  • Transitional Living Housing Programs provides supportive co-ed housing assistance, clinical case management support, therapeutic intervention services, educational/employment support, 24-hour advocacy assistance, group/individual counseling, community activities, and developmental disability services.
  • Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a juvenile intervention program that involves the coordination of services that reduce recidivism, enhances case management services, fosters independent education, facilitates prevention support to reduce gang/criminal activities, and provides mentoring/counseling opportunities.
  • Independent Living Option Program (ILO) offers parenting & non-parenting support, case management services, 24-hour crisis assistance, budgeting & housing guidance, postsecondary education support, and counseling & community services.
  • Bridges Supportive Group Home provides therapeutic residential care, family reunification counseling, stabilization case management services, and facilitates recreational activities & weekly support groups.
  • Community Mental Health Services (CMH) is a clinical psychology & psychiatry program that offers community-based supportive referrals, psychological/psychiatry management, assessments/evaluations, nursing support & medication monitoring, therapeutic Intervention & stabilization support, and Medicaid counseling/case management services.

For more information on MYSI, please visit its website.

The Opportunity

The Director of Programs (“DP”) will provide leadership and direction to fulfill MYSI’s programmatic mission, amplifying its services and reach. The DP will elevate the services MYSI provides in order to achieve even greater levels of impact, influence, and innovation – knowing that these external indicators derive from a healthy organization with talented staff, strong partnerships, and a solid reputation in the field.

The DP will promote MYSI’s mission and strives to ensure the delivery of high quality, client-focused, and culturally competent social services. The DP must possess the emotional competency and cultural sensitivity to effectively serve and advocate for these populations.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the DP is expected to provide leadership for the agency, so it may successfully achieve its vision and mission. The DP must possess the ability to build relationships with partner agencies, the Board of Directors, and the multi-disciplinary staff. The DP will also have primary responsibility for quality assurance and supervision of MYSI’s licensed child welfare personnel.

The DP will be a highly visible member of the community, representing MYSI among peer organizations, community leaders, and other key stakeholders in Chicago and beyond.

Candidate Profile

The Director of Programs at MYSI will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Program Leadership and Leading Through Influence

The Director of Programs will be both inspiring and inspired – quick to share vision and aspiration that galvanizes a team, and equally quick to share enthusiasm and celebration for what the team has itself created. The DP will work thoughtfully to delegate authority to staff to accomplish the mission of MYSI’s programmatic efforts. They will demonstrate foresight in recognizing problems and vision in identifying and implementing solutions. Similarly, they will ensure programs are effective in producing desired outcomes and program goals. The DP will foster an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership across the organization. To this end, the DP will be a catalyst for development and growth inspiring others to think entrepreneurially and inject new ideas. Possessing a strong sense of confidence and a style that will resonate with the MYSI team, they will help to develop and retain a talented staff. The DP will be responsible for overall compliance with program requirements, direct supervision of program supervisory staff, and for setting and achieving census targets for MYSI’s programs.

An Orientation for Results and Impact

The DP will be wired for impact and will ensure that the teams are optimized to deliver on each aspect of MYSI’s mission. The DP will have a proven record of converting strategy into effective execution. They will be capable of elevating operational excellence and will function well in a fast-paced environment. The DP will have experience affecting change in an organization, strong organizational and process management skills, and a strong ability to collaborate and create efficiencies across departments. Knowing that the organization’s models must continue to evolve to stay relevant to shifts in the market and in the community of people it serves, the DP will foster a culture that will result in improved performance across the organization. They will ensure that there are ongoing critical assessment systems in place to actively confirm that existing programs are meeting the needs of the community.

Ambassador & Relationship Builder

The DP must be able to build and sustain excellent relationships at multiple levels internally and with the various external constituencies including the Board of Directors, staff, community and a range of partner agencies and other institutions. The DP will be a proactive, transparent, and persuasive communicator who can deal effectively with people of different philosophies, backgrounds, and cultures. The DP will have demonstrated the ability to quickly build trust and credibility with people. They will have a natural inclination for developing strong relationships and networks. The DP will be inclusive, allowing for the building of consensus and recognition of teamwork. The DP will understand the need to learn the history and culture of MYSI and appreciate the complexities it faces today before making recommendations.

A Passion for the Mission

The DP will be energized by the mission of MYSI, will care deeply about the people it has the honor to serve and will derive energy from the hard and creative work that characterizes MYSI. This leader will have not only the ability, but a strong personal motivation, to work in service of carrying out the organization’s mission and vision. The successful candidate will have a collaborative spirit and will be a charismatic leader who treats others with respect. The DP will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation. On the most fundamental level, the DP will look for ways to enrich, empower and care for the youth, families, and communities that MYSI works with each day.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $100,000 – $110,000 per year. Actual starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

MYSI offers competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a voluntary vision plan, a 403 (b) plan, short term disability and long-term disability insurance, and life insurance.


A master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or other comparable acceptable field in human services in accordance with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Rule 401.

MYSI believes that equal opportunity for all staff members is critical for the continued success of our organization. In accordance with all Local, State and Federal laws.

MYSI will not discriminate against any employee or any applicant who seeks employment for any of the following: race, disability, color, gender, creed, religious, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, or non-job-related factors in hiring, promoting, demoting, training, benefits, transfers, layoffs, termination, recommendations, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. Opportunity is provided to all staff members based on qualifications and job requirements.


Koya Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. Marissa Delgado, George Theotokatos and Maureen Clancy are leading the engagement. To make recommendations or express interest in this opportunity, please submit your materials here or email All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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About Koya Partners

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