Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Job Opening: MCIC President

Chicago, IL

The Metropolitan Chicago Information Center (MCIC) was founded in 1990 by a consortium of business and philanthropic leaders at the Commercial Club of Chicago. As an independent, nonprofit research and consulting resource, it provides information and insight to enhance program and planning decisions made by civic, social service, and philanthropic organizations and individuals working to improve social conditions and quality of life.

The President will be the visible leader in the organization’s research endeavors. S/he will be the external/public face of MCIC and will report to the Board of Directors and work cooperatively with MCIC’s Executive Director who also reports to the Board. Skills and experience including leadership, superior analytical skills, enthusiasm, mentoring, marketing, charisma, market presence and organization building will characterize the successful candidate. The candidate needs to be a thought leader who has an expansive vision of the range of issues impacting the quality of life in the Metropolitan Chicago area, individual communities and neighborhoods. S/he will need the capability to sell, develop and implement research that illuminates discussion, aids in the formulation of social policy and provides insights not previously or intuitively obvious. As a mentor, the candidate will regularly provide knowledge and skills transfer to the MCIC staff.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in research or a social science field and 10 years of research experience. S/he will have knowledge of the Chicago area’s significant social, economic and political issues. Evidence of an ability in new business development/grant acquisition and relationship management which demonstrates a platform for successful client development at MCIC will be expected. Previous documented project management, consulting, and supervisory skills are required as are excellent communication skills. S/he will have an enthusiasm to teach and several years of experience doing so. Mastery of PC-based statistical, analytical, database, spreadsheet, financial, and other software is a necessity. All candidates will need to have the ability to combine their experience with a desire to learn about and become immersed in the culture of MCIC in a timely fashion. MCIC recognizes that each applicant for the President position will bring a varied portfolio of these skills and experience and that they will be differently weighted in each case.

To apply for this position please see the Position Guide at, then e-mail your resume with your references and a brief letter focusing on your previous relevant experience to Kittleman & Associates at

For additional information, please contact Nick Goodban at 312-265-5444.


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