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President and CEO
Children's Square USA in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Date Posted 01/17/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description

2022 President & CEO Job Posting

Children’s Square is a private, non-profit, non-denominational organization with a history of caring for children and families for 138 years. Every day we provide programs and services to over 1,000 children, youth and families in Iowa and Nebraska. With an annual operating budget of $10 million and 150 employees, we offer programs and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our main campus is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa and an office in Omaha, Nebraska offers counseling and foster care programs.

Top President & CEO candidates will have extraordinary interpersonal skills, the ability to create a vision and lead a team to meet the community’s needs. The successful candidate will be optimistic and versatile in a position that requires frequent change and flexibility. If you are passionate about Children’s Square’s mission, are results-oriented, enjoy frequent interaction with others and like to lead change then this would be a great opportunity for you.

Job Summary

The President & CEO is broad‑gauged human services leader equally experienced with the management of a children’s residential facility as with the provision of educational, early childhood, behavioral health and community/home-based services for children and their families. The President & CEO works closely with the Board of Directors to communicate and achieve the mission and vision, advance strategic priorities, promote a positive organizational workplace culture and provide the necessary administrative oversight for Christian Home Association - Children’s Square U.S.A. and affiliate corporations.

This position has overall authority and responsibility for the leadership and management of the organization, its staff, programs and services provided. The President & CEO is responsible for the implementation of policies developed in consultation with the Board of Directors with respect to ethics, governance, financials, human resources, fund development, risk management, client rights, programs and services and performance and quality improvement. The President & CEO is also responsible for being the face and voice of the organization and for working with the Board to secure adequate resources to meet current and strategic needs.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for carrying out the mission, vision, strategic priorities, policies, procedures and programs established in consultation with the Boards of Directors of all corporations.
  • Partner with all stakeholders including Board(s), staff, partner organizations and supporters to create and implement a strategic plan.
  • Responsible to the Boards of Directors for the overall operations of the organization(s) including control, use and conservation of physical and financial assets, staff recruitment and direction, program operations, planning processes/plan implementation and fundraising.
  • Plan, prepare, direct, monitor and report on the organizational budget(s) and financial matters in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer, Resources Committee of the Board and affiliate corporations.
  • Responsible for staff management including interviewing, hiring, training associates for continued growth and development; planning, assigning and directing work; performance evaluations; recognizing and celebrating employee success and addressing performance issues in a timely manner; addressing concerns and resolving problems.
  • Maintain executive responsibility for compliance with state licensing and national accreditation activities, applicable regulatory requirements, Nonprofit of the Midlands Principles, Practices and Infrastructure, risk management and performance/quality improvement.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships with community organizations and leaders; represent the agency at the local, state and national levels.
  • Maintain executive responsibility for the negotiation, preparation and renewal of service contracts and agreements.
  • Provide appropriate direction to the Boards of Directors regarding Board roles, responsibilities, orientation, program development or modifications, reporting functions, future plan and strategic goals.
  • Attend or be represented by a designee at all meetings of the Boards of Directors and Board Committees.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Boards of Directors and staff.
  • Serve as a first or second signature on checks. In addition, sign any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, documents acknowledging gifts to the organization or other instruments which the Boards of Directors have authorized to be executed.
  • Work with the legal advisor(s) to anticipate and address legal affairs of the organization.
  • Perform all duties of the office of the President & CEO and other duties as prescribed by the Boards of Directors from time to time.
  • Serve in accordance with Board policies governing conflict of interest, accountability and delegation of authority.
  • Maintain active involvement with targeted professional, civic and charitable organizations to develop and nurture Company’s image.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required; preferably in non-profit management, social/public services human services or related discipline.
  • An advanced degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the organization’s mission and services preferred.
  • Ten years of experience managing a large child and/or family human services agency preferred.
  • At least five years of related leadership experience.
  • The skills to oversee human resources and financial management matters.
  • Competence in administering services to families, adults, youth and/or children preferred.
  • The ability to work effectively and proactively with other providers and local, state and federal entities.
  • Experience raising substantial funds from private sources, foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • A valid driver's license and automobile insurance that meets agency policy is required.
  • The ability to move around the campus and community in all weather conditions.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties and responsibilities.

Job Requirements

  • Understanding of the economic, cultural and social environment of the human services sector.
  • A working knowledge of practices, procedures, terminology and systems relating to the human services field.
  • Self-confident person who is comfortable establishing collaborative relationships with a strong staff, Board members and community.
  • Have a commitment to excellence and the highest quality of service, and the ability to infuse that commitment to others.
  • Professional written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be a self-starter who can initiate projects and move them forward.
  • A record of success in transitional management of a relatively large, complicated program or institution.
  • A creative and flexible person who is willing to try new approaches.
  • A charismatic leader with vision who fosters experimentation with new ideas and approaches, creates a sense of mission and motivates people at all levels of an organization.
  • An excellent communicator who can listen to and talk comfortably with people at all levels ‑ children and their families, Board members, staff, community leaders, donors, referring sources and the media.
  • Experience working closely and collaboratively with Boards of Directors.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekend work.


Compensation package commensurate with candidate qualifications and the labor market for this role.

Please use this link to apply.

Children’s Square is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Company Description

Children’s Square U.S.A. is a private, not-for profit organization. Founded in 1882, Children’s Square U.S.A. has a rich history of caring for children from birth to 23 and their families, instilling hope and helping to restore lives.

Our mission: Building a bright future for children and families.

Our vision: To be a center of excellence empowering over 2,000 children daily to have a bright future through social and emotional wellness by December 31, 2031

Our employees are the heart of who we are. If you have an interest in truly making a difference in the life of a child, Children’s Square U.S.A. may just be what you are looking for. Our mission-focused programming impacts the lives of over 1000 children and their families each and every day. Be a part of team that cares and comes to work each day with the desire to build a better tomorrow for a child.

Children’s Square U.S.A. is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application!

Children’s Square U.S.A. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Cancer and Intensive Care Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • New Child Leave
  • Unpaid Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Retirement Program
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity
  • Nursing Services on Campus
  • Employee Assistance Program
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