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Chief Executive Officer
Childrens Center Of Hamden Inc in Hamden, Connecticut
Date Posted 03/16/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Chief Executive Officer


This is a highly skilled executive position with accountability to the Board of Directors. The CEO is responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of the agency’s operation, including programmatic, clinical, administrative, financial, marketing/public relations, human resources, fundraising/development, risk management, legal compliance, and physical plant management.

The CEO helps the Board articulate the vision and mission for the agency and develops a strategic plan. This position recommends policy to the Board and implements approved policies. Develops and submits an annual budget and monitors the organization’s fiscal operation, ensuring that an independent audit is done annually. The CEO ensures the agency remains in compliance with regulatory requirements, oversees employee relations, and ensures the organization’s adherence to employment laws. They will also oversee the agency’s marketing, fundraising and development activities, and the maintenance and repair of the physical plant and vehicles.

The CEO is responsible for representing the agency in the community, to the legislature, and to various commissions and organizations. They will monitor external factors affecting the agency and make recommendations as needed. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining a good working relationship with referral sources, funding sources and organizations involved in the delivery of and/or influencing services to children. The CEO supervises the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), and the Director of Development and Community Engagement.

The CEO formulates long and short-term goals for the agency along with the Board of Directors and works with the COO and CFO in ensuring that the internal functioning of the agency complies with stated policies, procedures, and licensing requirements. They will demonstrate sensitivity and awareness regarding cultural diversity as it relates to the client population. This position will also direct fundraising activities.

The CEO hires the C-suite and supervises their performance in carrying out the mission of the organization. They will work with the Management Team on program development, implementation and evaluation, quality assurance, and improvement monitoring. They will also provide timely and accurate reporting data as required both internally and externally as required. This position models in behavior the principles of human dignity and respect for the children at the agency and the staff.

By the authority delegated by the Board of Directors, the CEO has full discretionary power to execute and effect the by-laws, policies, and directives of the Board of Directors subject to the oversight of the Board of Directors.

Board Accountability and Development

  • Helps the Board frame and articulate the vision and mission for the organization.
  • Researches and makes policy recommendations to the Board.
  • Implements Board – approved policy and Board – approved strategic plan.
  • Works with Board leadership on organizational operation, planning and development, promptly identifying emergency issues.
  • Works with CFO and COO to develop and submit an annual budget for Board approval.
  • Oversees fiscal operation within budget and communicates variances to the Board.
  • Communicates appropriate, adequate, and important information to the Board in a timely manner, including Board minutes and financial reports.
  • Is accountable for the organization’s financial position, regulatory and legal compliance.
  • Is responsible with the Board Chair for meeting agendas, planning sessions, and annual fundraising efforts. Provides support for all Board committees.
  • Oversees building renovation and major repairs of physical plant with the Board.

Program Delivery and Development

  • Hires and manages C-suite and Directors to ensure integrity of work, quality resident care and resident safety.
  • Available 24/7 for emergent situations.
  • Promotes program development.
  • Oversees program evaluation, quality management, and improvement activities.
  • Develops policies for Board approval.
  • Ensures management remains in compliance with all program regulations.

Financial Management & Operations Management

  • Manages CFO and COO.
  • Approves budget as prepared by the CFO.
  • Oversees management and accounting of funds according to sound financial practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Oversees annual audits and required federal and state reporting.
  • Ensures compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Ensures the implementation of safety policies and procedures, including monitoring and corrective action responses.

Employee Relations and Employment Law Compliance

  • Ensures, with Human Resources, that employee policies remain in compliance with employment law.
  • Oversees the COO in ensuring that employee practices are carried out per policy.
  • With the COO and CFO, oversees the organization’s compliance with state and federal requirements including OSHA.
  • Participates in the selection of all employee benefit coverages.

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Works with the Director of Development and Community Engagement to develop and approve programs to target audiences and venues.
  • Approves plans for events and builds relationships to increase the organization’s exposure.
  • Develops and maintains good working relationships with referral and funding sources, and with organizations delivering or influencing services to children.

Risk Management and Legal Compliance

  • Ensures compliance with statutory and regulatory compliance.
  • Protects the organization from undue risk and manages legal issues with outside counsel.
  • Is available to management staff for risk issues.

Fundraising and Development Activities

  • With the Board Development Committee, participates in fundraising activities.

Minimal Competencies:

Master’s Degree in Administration, Psychology or Social Work. License preferred. 10 + years of Executive operational management experience in a non-profit, behavioral health, congregate care facility is required, including program management, program development, financial management, marketing/public relations, strategic planning, employee relations, employment law, fundraising/development, board development, risk management, legal compliance, and physical plant management. Experience managing behavioral health systems and clinical care for youth and families in a nonprofit organization is expected. Experience partnering with State of Connecticut agencies is implied. Computer skill fluency necessary. A valid Driver’s license is required.

Cognitive Requirements:

Excellent interpersonal skills necessary. Excellent comprehension, communication, and writing skills. Requires the ability to assess, synthesize and/or interpret complex information and make good decisions. Financial and budgetary skills. Excellent judgement. High level of emotional stability and maturity required.

Special Requirements:

Non-Profit business management. Organization and program development capability. High degree of flexibility and accountability. Ability to manage multiple priorities with maximum follow through and meets all deadlines. Initiative and creativity in problem solving. Proven experience f managing staff under stressful or crisis situations. Clinical experience is strongly preferred.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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