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Chief Executive Officer
Incredible leadership opportunity in Watertown, NY! JK Executive Strategies is proud to partner with Children’s Home of Jefferson County (CHJC) in its search for the next Chief Executive Officer. The CEO is responsible for the strategic leadership and vision of CHJC. The CEO provides inspirational leadership and strategic vision for the key stakeholders of CHJC—families, staff, volunteers, health partners, community leaders, and donors.
The CEO is responsible for the operations and management of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and affiliates to ensure the delivery of services to clients are in accordance with national best practice standards and achieve quality outcomes. The CEO provides highly effective administrative leadership in visioning the organization’s future, strategic planning to achieve that future and develop policies, procedures, programs, personnel, fiscal resources and fundraising activities to support the achievement of the strategic plan and mission of the Agency.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall day-to-day operations of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and its affiliates (hereinafter referred to as the CHJC). The CEO carries out the policies as established by the Board of Directors. The CEO is responsible to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization. With the Board chair, the CEO enables the Board to fulfill its governance function; gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives.
Primary duties and responsibilities include:
Leadership and Management
• Communicate a clear vision that is compelling, widely supported, and effectively implemented.
• Develop and implement strategic and operational plans in alignment with CHJC’s mission.
• Evaluate the current services, offerings, and operations to ensure a sustainable model for the future.
• Create an entrepreneurial environment that empowers and leverages the strengths of the senior management team and program staff and develops rising talent for future leadership.
• Promote an internal culture that supports the mission, fosters innovation, and encourages synergy and unity across the enterprise.
• Encourage diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of employees, board members, and with the communities served.
• Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
• Ensure continuity of managerial and specialized personnel fully competent in achieving objectives through effective selection, development, training, evaluation and motivation of supervisees.
• Develop and administer salary scales and working conditions that support attracting and retaining staff who can achieve high result standards
• Implement strategies to recruit, train and retain frontline workers.
• Expand community partnerships to strengthen the organization’s image and brand.
• Promote CHJC as one of the best places to work in New York state.
• Serve as an engaged citizen in the Watertown community, as well as a thought leader and advocate at the local, state and national levels.
Board of Directors
• Maintain a transparent relationship with the Board and work collaboratively with Board members to set CHJC’s strategic direction and policies, enabling the organization to adapt to a constantly changing external environment.
• Keep the Board informed of progress, activities, and challenges.
• Work collaboratively with the Board Chair to set and implement the Board of Director’s governance, policies, and bylaws.
• Provide accurate monthly reports and annual budget to the Board.
• Maintain a well-functioning, efficient organization through strong management, fiscal responsibility, effective communications and team building. Develop measurable goals and objectives to enable CHJC to provide the highest quality of services.
• Oversee the formation of the annual budget of approximately $20 Million.
• Ensure services are of the highest level of quality and impact.
• Retain existing contracts/revenue and identify new revenue opportunities that support the mission and success of CHJC.
• Ensure strong relationships with State & Federal Agencies and adhere to compliance with all laws and regulations.
• Create business plans to address proposed program expansion or implementation.
• Oversee the ongoing planning, maintenance, security and updating of information systems and infrastructure, including hardware and software, and all facilities.
• Maximize environmental and sustainability efforts within the organization.
• Evaluate ongoing risk and security threats and ensure proper measures and plans are in place.
• Assures existing programs are relevant and achieve high quality outcomes for clients consistent with available evidence-based standards.
• Develops and implements new programs responsive to client needs and supported financially at a level that allows excellence and stability.
External Relations and Fundraising
• Serve as the public face and official spokesperson of CHJC; promote the mission and services to all constituencies, the general public, and the media.
• Strengthen relationships with local and national businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and officials. Forge strong relationships with the counties of New York State.
• As needed, serve as an advocate and work with local legislators, regulatory agencies, and other representatives of the social services industry to foster policies at local, state, and national levels that help facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of CHJC’s services.
• Serve as the organization’s chief fundraiser; create a strategy and engage potential individuals, nurture existing and new donor relationships and foundations. Develop unique revenue generating opportunities to grow and diversify CHJC’s funding sources.
• Oversee all marketing, communications, and branding initiatives for CHJC to ensure the organization is best positioned among key constituents at local, county, and state levels, and nationally within the sector.
The new President & CEO will be a servant leader with a demonstrated passion for the Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s mission. The executive will be highly motivated, a visionary, and an inspiring manager. Candidates should possess at least 10-15 years of successful leadership experience in a large human services or non-profit agency, preferably serving children and families.
Desired qualities and background include:
• Strong leadership abilities and strategic thinking to create, plan, share, and implement the organization’s vision. Ability to turn strategy into concrete action plans, and to influence and motivate others toward reaching organizational goals.
• Ability to maintain a nimble organization that can sustain changing external forces.
• Entrepreneurial orientation with a track record of innovation and thought leadership to recognize future trends and capitalize on new opportunities.
• A champion of change; has an ability to develop new and creative solutions to complex organizational challenges and the ability to drive change with finesse.
• Collaborative leader who fosters teamwork and who attracts, develops, recognizes,
and retains top talent.
• Charismatic; a commanding and credible public presence coupled with an unflappable demeanor under pressure.
• Experience in many, if not all, the chief executive officer functions, including interfacing with a board of directors, managing a major budgetary function, contract management, program delivery and participating in advocacy, resource development, and public relations.
• An ability to promote the brand and safeguard the reputation and mission of the organization.
• Politically savvy; experience building and sustaining relationships with many constituencies, both internal and external, including young people, families, social workers, government agencies (including local, state, and national), funding sources, and the media.
• An ability to listen and communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively at all levels of the organization, both orally and in writing.
• Decisiveness with keen analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities that support and enable sound decision-making.
• Knowledge of state laws and regulations pertaining to social services or an ability to become well versed quickly.
• Unquestionable ethics and integrity.
An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree (MBA, MS, MHA) and/or equivalent years of experience is strongly preferred.