Job Posting

President and Chief Executive Officer, theVillage

March 13, 2018

The Organization

The mission of Presbyterian Children’s Village Corporation, Presbyterian Children’s Village Foundation and Presbyterian Children’s Village Services, referred to as theVillage, is to promote the healing of the spirits of children, families and communities broken by trauma including violence, neglect, addiction, poverty, mental illness, racism and other serious societal problems. Founded in 1877 as an orphanage in Philadelphia, the agency moved to its Rosemont campus in 1960, and for many years was known as Presbyterian Children’s Village.  theVillage provides a range of child welfare services, including a residential program, foster care, kinship care and adoption services, outpatient therapeutic services, and preventive services for children and families in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. theVillage has a rich history of service that has expanded both geographically, with sites in Rosemont and Southwest Philadelphia, and through diversification of the ways it serves children and families. In addition, theVillage has an approved private school on its Rosemont campus. theVillage embraces the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care, a model that promotes safety and recovery from adversity. With the full support of a dedicated Board of Directors and with the resources of a foundation, theVillage is uniquely positioned to adapt, transform and adjust to meet the current and future challenges and opportunities in the field of child welfare.

Position Overview

The President and Chief Executive Officer (the President and CEO) is the principal executive and administrative officer of theVillage.  The President and CEO, with governance from the Board and input from staff, determines and ensures the execution of the overall organizational vision, strategic direction, operating and fiscal policy to promote successful fulfillment of theVillage’s mission and vision.  S/he will strengthen theVillage’s established reputation by building and connecting a community of funding organizations, donors, volunteers, activists, and other organizations dedicated to the safety, permanency and well-being of children and young adults, and their families.  The President and CEO will report to the Board, will continue to develop the organization’s cohesion and visibility, and will have overall responsibility for leadership, policy development, program direction, fundraising, staff development, and the financial integrity of the organization.  S/he will also bring to this role the practical, organizational, and creative acumen to identify changing practices and priorities in the larger child welfare and behavioral health care environment, and successfully position theVillage to advance its mission in context of these opportunities.


Position Responsibilities

Leadership, Fiduciary Management, and Human Resources

  • Ensure high quality execution of operational plans and sound fulfillment of fiduciary responsibilities; oversee a planning and budgeting process for the enterprise; ensure the financial stability of the organization through achievement of budgeted revenue and expense goals.
  • Develop, implement and monitor compliance with all laws and regulations affecting services as well as departmental and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Determine operational priorities by evaluating the needs of theVillage’s populations, assessing available human and fiscal resources, and deploying them strategically to assure appropriate and adequate services.
  • Continue to develop and implement fundraising strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit financial contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to support theVillage’s mission. Identify and develop corporate partnerships, new sources of funding, specifically focusing on, but not limited to, grant applications, deepening and cultivating relationships with existing constituents, planned giving program, major donors and the annual appeal.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the staff responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising efforts to support theVillage’s mission.
  • Plan, organize and implement services to enhance residential and outpatient care, and improve fiscal and operational efficiency.
  • Provide oversight to theVillage Foundation in consultation with the Board, assuring prudent, management of invested assets and appropriate policies on all financial matters.
  • Provide leadership with respect to theVillage’s performance improvement/compliance-ethics programs and accreditations (including but not limited to JCAHO) and other regulatory compliance.
  • Develop appropriate accountability procedures to insure quality care for clients, and seek new approaches and knowledge that will enhance the overall program at theVillage.
  • Coordinate and oversee activities with professional advisors, including legal counsel, auditors, accountants, etc.
  • Maintain a clear organizational structure with well-defined authorities, responsibilities and delegation.
  • Assess staff performance and ensure appropriate alignment with theVillage’s strategic and operational goals.
  • Communicate with staff on a regular basis to interpret theVillage’s policies and to articulate strategic/long-term plans.


External Relations, Strategic Communications, and Advocacy

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with social service and behavioral health organizations, especially those with client referral authority.
  • Advocate for children and for theVillage, including encouraging adequate government funding and policies that promote the welfare of children.
  • Act as primary spokesperson and liaison, representing theVillage’s mission services and needs to various constituencies and the broader community, including related organizations, media, regulatory bodies, purchasers of services, and potential donors.
  • Actively promote theVillage’s mission through establishment of strong relationships with federal, state, and local governmental entities that regulate, fund, and oversee child welfare in our region and contiguous counties and states, as well as community leaders, government officials and other stakeholders.


Governance and Board Relations

  • Maintain a close and collaborative working relationship with the Board providing leadership and direction to the Board’s strategic/long-range planning, policy setting, program monitoring, and program evaluation activities.
  • Support the Board in its strategic planning and establishment of objectives based on goals and budget considerations agreed upon by the Board.
  • Provide regular updates to the Board on implementation of the organization’s strategic initiatives measured against the benchmarks determined by the Board, as well as developments in the child welfare arena and in applicable government legislation and regulations.


Critical Skills/Qualifications

  • Strong, visionary leader with high energy and the ability to motivate, lead and inspire the Board, staff, collaborating partners and donors.
  • Advanced degree with minimum 10 years of senior management experience, preferably in non-profit, child welfare, child and family behavioral health, or related field.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of the organization, high ethical standards and accountability.
  • Financially savvy leader with knowledge of and experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management.
  • Exemplary relationship-building and development experience, interpersonal skills, and political savvy.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and navigate an ever-changing landscape.
  • Ability to align organizational vision, set short- and long-term objectives, focus and prioritize resources, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated integrity for safe and effective service delivery, as well as accurate, timely and complete documentation.
  • Ability to develop and implement new initiatives and work independently under general direction.
  • Exceptional communicator, internally and externally, both orally and in writing; proven ability to respond clearly and effectively to sensitive public and media inquiries.
  • Ability to understand and work with diverse constituencies, respecting multiple viewpoints.


theVillage does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. theVillage is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of its staff, clients, residents, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.