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Chief Executive Officer
Newland Associates Executive Search
Job Location: Orlando, FL

Our client, Children's Home Society of Florida, has retained Newland Associates to conduct the search for their next Chief Executive Officer.


For more than a century, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has been the leader in serving children and families throughout the state of Florida. While we’re well known for our determination to help children who have suffered abuse or neglect, our purpose is much greater: we’re working to end the need for foster care as we know it by keeping more families safe, strong and together.

In pursuit of our mission, building bridges to success for children, we’re reshaping the future for children by empowering more families to succeed – together. We’re addressing complex challenges – from poverty and violence to untreated mental health conditions – before they threaten children’s safety and family stability.

We’re expanding our footprint in early childhood education and in proven child abuse prevention programs. We’re growing our behavioral health programs – and we’re the first statewide nonprofit organization to offer virtual counseling via telehealth.

We were instrumental in creating legislation to protect children’s rights, playing an integral role in enacting child labor laws and in creating the agency that would later become the Department of Children and Families. More recently, we assumed a lead role in the launch of community-based care as Florida underwent a dramatic shift with the privatization of child welfare. Florida remains one of the few states with a privatized system.

Today, we’re changing the way we work with families involved in the child welfare system; in partnership with leading tech giants, CHS created an innovative solution that brings a “people-process-technology” solution into the business – and we’re the first in the industry to do this.

Plus, we’re leading Florida’s effort to develop successful community partnership schools to transform the role of the school in the state’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

We serve more than 60,000 families each year with a team of 1,850 members and 6,000+ volunteers. Each day we become one step closer to fulfilling our vision: a world where children realize their full potential.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, we have 14 primary locations and 90+ offices, reaching children in all 67 counties. Today, CHS has nearly $120M in annual revenue.

The Search

In a careful and orderly search process, the Board of Directors is seeking a new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to build upon the incredible foundation put in place by its leader, Mike Shaver, who is relocating back to Illinois to be with family, and his predecessor, David Bundy who served on the senior leadership team for more than 16 years.

The new CEO will be charged with leading this important and pivotal organization during a time of expanding opportunities and rapid change as external forces continue to challenge the quality of services and resources available for children and families in need in Florida.

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The Role

The CEO reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the organization. He/she will work closely with the Executive Committee and the Board on the continual refinement and execution of strategic vision and plan, and the policies, programs and services needed to advance the CHS focus from simply child welfare to child and family well-being.

The successful candidate will effectively oversee CHS’s resources, both personnel and fiscal, in an efficient and responsible manner, thereby protecting the organization and ensuring its long-term vitality and success. The Board seeks an outstanding leader who will embrace and motivate, develop, leverage and retain an outstanding staff.

The successful candidate will be called upon to travel and serve as the primary external spokesperson and ambassador for the mission and will be expected to be actively engaged in and lead advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels. This individual will be expected to enhance and further develop CHS’s relationships with all its key constituencies and stakeholders, including legislators and policymakers, opinion leaders, other business interests (e.g., healthcare and education), community-based care organizations, the media, and the general public. He/she will be a passionate advocate for children and families and will continue to raise awareness and fight on behalf of the important work being done to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. Such an image is reflective of the genuine commitment of CHS to significant improvement in the quality of child well-being services.

Primary responsibilities include:

Strategic Planning/Fiscal Management: To remain effective and respond to the needs of the community, it is imperative the CEO continually review programming and confirm that resources are deployed in the most important areas that build on the organization’s core competencies and strengths. He/she must understand the economic complexities associated with the company deliverables, given revenue variability, and ensure sound financial management for long-term sustainability.

Fundraising and Revenue Development: Fundraising and stakeholder engagement is a priority. Nearly 75% of CHS’s revenue is provided by government sources (local, state and federal), with the remainder coming from private and foundation support. The CEO must be proactive in relationship development in this regard and embrace digital and technology applications. Additionally, the CEO must think innovatively about other areas for potential revenue development, (e.g., building out additional competencies around broader health care, employability and/or education, etc.) with the goal of diversifying revenue streams and ensuring long-term financial sustainability.

Operations Management: The CEO must set goals and metrics, with a strong understanding of the many programs and services offered to Florida’s children and families. He/she must conduct careful monitoring of these programs and services, providing guidance and oversight, as well as managing risk. The CEO must also be accountable for Quality and Compliance on behalf of the organization, while identifying opportunities for strategic growth.

External Relations: Leading the company in promoting strong and effective relationships with partners such as the Department of Children and Families, Community-based Care Organizations and the Legislature, the CEO must have a genuine commitment and passion for the values that fuel the CHS mission. In addition, the CEO will play a lead role in representing the organization in the communities CHS serves, as well as in the political and media environments. It is critical he/she be recognized as a statewide leader and earn the trust and credibility of partners to meet the emerging needs and ensure strong support from its many constituencies.

The Candidate

The successful candidate for the CEO role will be a person with a high level of both energy and compassion for children and families in need and impeccable personal and professional integrity. He/she must possess the right balance of self-confidence and humility. The individual will have proven leadership in the corporate, academic, non-profit or public sectors. He/she will have direct management experience within a complex organizational structure of similar size and scale and be able to show effective results working in highly challenging situations. The candidate must exhibit a record of success in operations, government and community relations and fundraising.

The right person for this role will have outstanding judgment and be a critical thinker, able to help the Board make strategic decisions about organizational direction. This individual will be a force for constructive dialogue and for a constituency in need of a strong voice. The new CEO will understand the intersection of child welfare, business and policy, and how to integrate the components of each for the betterment of children and families and the organization overall. He/she will have demonstrated organizational abilities and be skilled at leading a team to execute and deliver results in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

With outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, the individual will be a servant-minded listener who engages all constituencies in a meaningful and respectful manner. The individual must also be skilled in building bridges and in developing relationships with diverse constituencies in a variety of settings. A strong emphasis will be placed upon the proven ability to deal with a broad range of individuals, backgrounds and perspectives in a collaborative, strategic and consensus-driven manner.

While emphasis is placed on the externally focused competencies, this is not at the expense of strong leadership skills that will enable the individual to oversee the management of the internal team. The successful candidate must be able to set strategic direction for the organization, prioritize and define clear goals for team members, and manage performance toward achievement of those goals. Further, he/she must have the executive skills to work with and support the Board and Executive Committee in a highly effective manner.

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