Chief Executive Officer

The Baby Fold

Bloomington/Normal, IL

Founded in 1902, The Baby Fold (TBF) is a multi-faceted, 501(c)(3) agency located in and serving Central Illinois that specializes in the care of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities, or who are at risk for a variety of reasons. TBF focuses on improving the lives of children and families by building safe, loving, healthy environments through foster care, adoption services, special education, and family and community services. The Baby Fold currently serves children throughout Central Illinois through its offices in Normal, Urbana, and Springfield, by engaging in its twelve core programs.

The Baby Fold was born out of one woman’s desire to care for others. Through the generous donation of her home in 1902, Nancy Mason could not have imagined all the lives she would eventually touch. Nancy and Allen Mason were pioneers in Normal – moving here just after the Civil War. Nancy Mason – a faithful and generous woman – gave her home to further the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She opened her home to be used by the active and retired Methodist Deaconesses that operated Deaconess Hospital – now Carle BroMenn Medical Center.

The Baby Fold has been strategically focused on key aspects of its organization over the past several years to increase its impact on children and families throughout Central Illinois. The strategic framework that The Baby Fold is utilizing for these efforts is focused on three key objectives:

Building Talent for Today and Leaders for Tomorrow: Implement a strategy that will allow The Baby Fold to offer the best \“work experience\” for our staff, including competitive pay, the right tools and supports to do their work, and a robust professional development environment that will grow our pool of existing talent and cultivate future leaders at The Baby Fold.

Building Service Capacity and Reputation as Experts: Implement a strategy that will support The Baby Fold in maintaining a reputation of \“excellence\” and \“best practice\” in service delivery and agency operations.

Building Visibility and Partnerships for Delivery on Mission: Implement a strategy that will generate resources for sustainability of agency operations by increasing visibility and developing partnerships to broaden and deepen support for clients and community.
The next CEO of The Baby Fold will have the opportunity to develop creative strategies and activities to fulfill these important objectives, while also working with the Board of Directors and the leadership team to outline key areas of impact in which the organization can expand current offerings or expand its activities in new areas. This will include key discussions related to program and revenue growth, facility upgrades and talent development. The Board of Directors is excited to work with a creative leader to chart the next era of impact at this historic organization.

The candidate we seek will be a proven and effective leader who is passionate about improving the quality of life for children and families. The candidate must be able to lead in a way that aligns with the faith-based mission of the agency and its Christian principles. This entrepreneurial individual will bring leadership characterized by a visionary outlook; the ability to garner broad internal and external support; extraordinary success creating strong, effective, collaborative teams; strong business, financial and management acumen; the propensity to increase the visibility and philanthropic resources for the organization; and the fortitude to carry forward major new projects and initiatives.

A graduate degree and five or more years of experience in Social Work, Education, or an appropriate human services field are required. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state, or national professional associations and continuing education and professional development is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits
The target salary for this position is $160,000 – $215,000. Benefits include a robust health care package which include medical and dental benefits, paid time off for vacation, family care, mental and physical health, religious holidays, civic duties, and bereavement, as well as the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.

How to Apply
To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about The Baby Fold, please visit