Chief Executive Officer

Methodist Children's Homes

Jackson, MS

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the top executive at Methodist Children’s Homes (“MCH”).  As an officer of the non-profit, the CEO will advance MCH in terms of culture, capability, processes, and impact and ensure that the organization is continually well equipped to advance its mission. As the leader of a Christian, faith-based organization, the CEO should be serious about their faith and passionate about serving Jesus Christ and the hurting children of Mississippi through the healing ministry of MCH. The CEO develops the knowledge, infrastructure, and core competencies necessary to establish MCH as a respected leader in family and children services. The CEO is responsible for MCH programs and services and ensures its smooth and efficient operation is within the approved budget and aligned with the Board’s strategic priorities. The CEO is the official spokesperson for the organization.

Supervisory Responsibility: The CEO is responsible for the designation, managerial training, and direct supervision of the senior leadership team (SLT).

Essential Functions:

  1. Provide thoughtful and visionary executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Managers.
  2. Create an outcome driven organization with clear metrics of success for all organizational priorities.
  3. Responsible for the overall financial performance of the organization and for identifying and evaluating new funding sources to support program development and delivery of services.
  4. Lead the agency’s budget development process and oversight and allocation of staff and financial resources.
  5. Implement and monitor financial and risk management metrics to safeguard MCH assets.
  6. Provide coaching to leaders regarding building relationships with their employees and hold direct reports accountable for timely, consistent, and appropriate resolution to employee relations concerns.
  7. In consultation with the Board, SLT, and other parties as the CEO deems appropriate, develop goals, objectives, and operational plans which will inform the regular publication (or review) of the agency’s strategic plan and SMART goals.
  8. Liaison with the Board of Managers and board-led committees.
  9. Ensure compliance is maintained within the articles of incorporation and the by-laws of the organization.
  10. Ensure the organization’s continued status as 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
  11. Develop new initiatives as appropriate to continue MCH’s progress in becoming the national leader in therapeutic childcare.
  12. Assess trends and issues in social services and the child welfare system to provide innovative, broad ranged services to meet current and emerging needs.
  13. Expand and strengthen key strategic partnerships to advance the organization’s mission, vision and values.
  14. Market the organization through group presentations, one-on-one presentations, and professional written communications.
  15. Develop and maintain relationships with other organizations and entities for collaborative staff and service development and implementation.

Board Governance Functions:

  1. Maintain regular and ongoing communication to build strong relationships with the entire Board always providing leadership and support to members.
  2. Communicate effectively with the Board by providing members with all information necessary to function properly and make data-informed decisions in a timely manner.
  3. Work closely and openly with the Board and its committees, ensuring ongoing communication of risks issues, compliance matters as well as organizational successes.

Development, External Relations and Communication Functions:

  1. Drive business development and fundraising in collaboration with the Director of Development leveraging the Board as needed.
  2. Initiate, cultivate, and extend relationships with the organization’s portfolio of individual, foundation and corporate supporters.
  3. Represent the organization and serve as the official spokesperson publicly at events, conferences, and partnership meetings.
  4. Present and promote the organization and its mission, programs, partners, and members in a consistently positive manner.
  5. Create high visibility to prospects and the public and build interest in engaged philanthropy.
  6. Working in collaboration with the Director of Development manage all aspects of the organization’s marketing and public relations.

Financial Management and Administration Functions:

  1. Ensure the organization’s financial stability and sustainability by maintaining healthy cash flow and adequate reserves.
  2. Provide strategic leadership and hands-on management of all the administrative and operational functions of the organization in accordance with MCH’s mission, strategic objectives, and Board policies.
  3. Direct resources and manage all financials within budget guidelines and according to current laws and regulations.
  4. Assume responsibility of the fiscal integrity of the organization.
  5. Monitor the board-approved budget and financial operations to ensure maximum utilization of resources and optimum financial positioning for the organization.
  6. Work in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Accounting, to build and administer the annual budget.
  1. Master’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in public or business administration, hospital or health care administration, education or in a mental health or related field with a minimum of three (3) years administrative experience in services related to mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities or substance use services  or a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) for DMH/H Providers that only serve as agency providers of In-Home Nursing Respite Services, In-Home Respite Services, Home and Community Support Services and Supported Living.
  2. Proven experience executing organizational growth and leading a similar or larger size successful nonprofit and/or related entity.
  3. Must possess the ability to learn and adapt to program needs and changes.
  4. Must demonstrate strong organizational, management, and supervisory skills.
  5. Demonstrates excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator.
  6. Proven experience working with and leading a nonprofit Board and working with diverse groups of people.
  7. Proven experience and success in motivating, recruiting, developing, retaining, and mentoring high performance, mission driven and results oriented teams.
  8. Commitment to the mission and vision of the Methodist Children’s Homes.

To apply, please submit a resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to James Mason, CEO Search Committee Chair, at Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2023.