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St. Catherine’s Center for Children is seeking a dynamic and progressive chief executive who will lead the agency’s purpose, mission, and high values.
ABOUT OUR AGENCY
First opening its doors in 1886 as a home for sick orphans, St. Catherine’s Center for Children has grown and evolved throughout its 130-plus years serving the Capital Region. We now offer a wide range of services and programs serving children, families, and individuals in need. As a regional human services provider, St. Catherine’s proudly provides services in more than 20 counties in New York State. We remain a haven for hope in the Capital Region and beyond, aiding the most vulnerable among us.
As a leading non-profit human service provider, St. Catherine’s employs more than 300 full and part-time staff. Our spectrum of services for children, families and individuals suffering from the lasting effects of abuse and neglect, family instability, mental illness, homelessness, and other ongoing traumas, continues to grow.
St. Catherine’s comprehensive range of human services reach more than 1,000 children, 600 families, and hundreds of adults across Upstate New York each year. Our multi-faceted programs are designed to offer hope, foster growth, and improve the lives of the children, families, and adults we serve. We offer residential and therapeutic foster care programs for children and youth, Kinship support, homeless and community-based services for adults and families, a special education elementary school for ages 5-13, and so much more.
Salary Range: $160,000 to $200,000 annually
The leader we seek will help guide the work of the agency into the future with passion and purpose. This individual will also have courage, knowledge, understanding and a deep regard for the people we serve and those who do so. St. Catherine’s willingness to embrace change and seek continuous improvement are guiding philosophies for which our new chief executive will embody each day.
Under supervision of the agency’s Board of Directors (Board), and in collaboration with members of the Executive Management Team (EMT), the Executive Director (ED) oversees all aspects of agency functioning. The ED ensures an equitable work culture that is collaborative, productive, and represents a unified community.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Planning & Development
• The ED provides leadership in establishing and implementing the agency's philosophy, goals and objectives in accordance with State regulatory bodies and the agency Board.
• Oversees the development and formulation of policies and programs. In the case of major developments or changes, the ED must inform and involve the Board.
• Responsible for recruiting, developing, and supervising the members of the EMT; Participates with the appropriate department heads in the decision to hire and/or dismiss staff as necessary. The ED is responsible for ensuring that adequate training and professional development opportunities are provided for staff at all levels.
• In conjunction with appropriate staff, the ED is responsible for the development and administration of the agency budget.
• Directs, evaluates, and coordinates all aspects of the agency programming and functioning.
• Responsible for the development and maintenance of a competent, well-balanced organization with respect to structure and personnel, in order to ensure the effective administration of all programs.
• Encourages and assists Program Management Teams to develop programs and services that meet regulatory requirements for quality and best practice.
• Facilitates the integration of all services and departments.
• Delegates authority and responsibility to the EMT, and subsequently encourages them, in turn, to delegate to their staff, thus ensuring participation, decision making, and succession planning activity are being shared on all levels of the organization.
Personnel Management & Guidance
• Responsible for seeing that all personnel are provided with suitable job descriptions, and that performance is supervised on the appropriate level.
• Provides appropriate guidelines for fiscal management in each department.
• Facilitates and directs agency meetings, especially the EMT, the Strategies Group, the Leadership group, and has the responsibility to do the same for any other agency committees as necessary.
• Together with the administrative staff, the ED sets in motion methods to evaluate program goals and objectives in order to assess and assure stability and quality of agency progression.
• Reviews programs, plans, appropriations and reports of major importance, and arranges for their transmission and interpretations to the Board and to regulatory and funding sources.
• Provides for the development within the agency a standard of performance, as well as systems for the measurement of such performance through annual evaluations.
• Responsible to oversee that proper auditing procedures are followed and that annual audits are submitted to appropriate authorities within the requested timeframe.
• The ED has the responsibility to see that all programs are effectively implemented according to the established policies and procedures.
• Through delegation to appropriate staff, the ED must ensure all expenditures for the acquisition and care of supplies and equipment for all departments have been authorized.
• Consults with legal personnel when necessary.
• Ensures that requests from the legal system and courts are honored within the required timeframe.
• Additional position-related duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Board.
Board of Directors
• The ED is the liaison between the Membership Corporation, the Board, and agency personnel. The ED is responsible for interpreting directives of the Board to the agency staff and of transmitting the needs and requests of staff to the Board.
• It is the ED’s responsibility to keep the Board informed of the effectiveness, progress, and important factors influencing the agency. The ED helps to keep the Board abreast of trends in the field of education, child welfare, and homelessness, and provides direction to the future planning of agency programs and policy.
• Serve as an ex officio member of the Board and committees.
• Responsible for all personnel, and can delegates direct supervision to the EMT and other supervisory staff as necessary.
• Supervises the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Executive Director for CQI, Director of Marketing and Communications, and the Senior Executive Assistant.
• Responsible for the development and implementation of a planning system which ensures adequate staffing in all program areas, both as to quantity and quality.
• Responsible for setting the tone of the agency, assuring that a high level of morale is maintained in all departments. To accomplish this, the ED makes provision for adequate and equitable personnel practices as well as providing opportunities for staff participation in decision making.
• Ensures that the spirit and principals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are exemplified throughout all aspects of the agency.
• As a representative of the agency, the ED attends appropriate meetings in the local community. The ED is responsible for building and maintaining positive relationships with community groups, private and public agencies, governmental agencies, children and their families, and the public in general.
• Oversees the storage of and requests for archived records.
• The ED will ensure that the Memorandum of Understanding and the Shared Services Agreement with the Foundation of St. Catherine’s Center for Children are being implemented and followed as outlined in said documents.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare or closely related field, required
• Master’s in Social Work Administration or equivalent, preferred
• A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in non-profit human service management, including contracting, budget management, CQI, program planning and development
• Competence in planning, initiating and executing social service programs
• Understanding & alignment with agency mission & philosophy
• A commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion integrity and the advocacy for justice if necessary
• The ability to initiate, plan and execute multiple programs
• Leadership ability to motivate & direct staff in implementing agency philosophy, goals & policies.
WHAT WE OFFER
• Competitive Pay & Excellent Benefits package
• Health Insurance options: medical, dental, and vision
• Generous Paid Time Off and Holiday Pay
• Employee Referral Bonus*
• On-going Professional Development & Career Opportunities
• Pension Plan with Aggressive Agency contribution
• Life Insurance
• Paid Training & Tuition Reimbursement*
• Fast-paced, business casual work environment.
*some conditions may apply
We run a thorough pre-employment background check on all candidates selected for a position, this includes fingerprinting. All candidates must successfully clear the pre-employment background check process, which follows NYS/DOJ requirements.
Interested Candidates may submit a resume and letter of interest in confidence to the St. Catherine’s Center for Children Executive Director Search Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by close of business on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.