Chief Executive Officer

Posted on 10 February 23 by Mat Peisert

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kpCompanies is leading the search for the next CEO for Perspectives. This candidate will be an inspiring leader with the vision to move Perspectives forward while building on its 40 years of success. The CEO will guide all aspects of the organization, supported by a talented staff and a committed Board. Key areas include strategy development, fundraising, recruiting and training candidates for public office, organizing community events, team development, and fiscal management.



After a lifetime of being exposed to these traumatic experiences, a mother’s chances of replicating that same cycle of trauma with her child(ren) are incredibly high. We have shown from our decades of work that we can disrupt that cycle through intervention and by removing barriers. Through a holistic approach that includes trauma-informed care, therapeutic services, supportive housing, and best-practice programming; mothers are empowered and able to begin again.


When a woman becomes a mother, a deep desire to change her life and provide a healthier environment for her child(ren) is often also born. Still, untreated trauma and barriers are too significant to overcome alone. 


Our mothers share that they and their children, “...just never had a chance”. The truth is, they didn’t until they arrived at Perspectives.




The President/CEO, in partnership with its Board of Directors, is responsible for determining and implementing the agency’s mission and vision, its relevance to the community, and its accountability to its diverse constituents.


As the chief executive officer and voting member on the board of directors, this individual demonstrates critical competencies in solid leadership skills, commitment to results, business savvy, leading change, program, and

financial development. The CEO is also responsible for implementing the Board of Directors’ approved Strategic Plan. Key to this implementation is “institutional knowledge” and the ability to integrate opportunism outlined in the Strategic Plan. As stated in the plan, the CEO is responsible for enabling Perspectives to take advantage of

opportunities strategically, thoughtfully, and transparently that better leverages Perspectives’ systemic model.


The Board delegates responsibility for the management and day-to-day operations to the President/CEO, and the position has the authority to carry out these responsibilities by the direction and policies established by the Board, which includes planning and implementing programs.


The President/CEO provides the board with direction, leadership, and timely reports, which provides the board with the information to carry out its governance functions and its fiduciary responsibility. President/CEO establishes strong and appropriate relationships with Board, committees, volunteers, staff, donors, and clients;

develops smooth and constructive relationships with executive colleagues, outside agencies, organizations, and individuals; and must have experience in building a team who executes annual business plans.



Strategic Thought-Leader. Visionary and collaborative leader with demonstrated knowledge of innovative program design and a deep understanding of achieving set outcomes through community building and leveraging the political process. This leader builds on the strength of current programming.


Fundraising Leader. Creates effective strategies rooted in the vision of Perspectives while considering social, cultural, and political factors that influence fundraising. This leader leverages and multiplies financial support by inspiring the community to become a part of its critical mission.


People Leader. Guide and inspire the team with a focus on training and development. This leader communicates with staff to foster effectiveness, belonging, and growth.


Community Leader. Upholds and advances Perspectives’ image and role in the community through partnering with current stakeholders through a variety of channels.  This leader works closely with partners as well as private, professional, and civic groups and the media.


Fiscal Leader. Sound fiscal management and a great fundraiser who understands the complexity of the 501(c)(3) designation. Develops and manages resources sufficient to ensure the ongoing health of the organization.



The CEO provides leadership to develop cohesive organizational, administrative, and financial plans, policies, and procedures with the Board of Directors and staff. This leader has the ability to lead change in a complex environment. The CEO oversees the design, delivery, and quality of new and existing programs and continually monitors for effectiveness and relevance.



  • Assists the Board in articulating its role and accountabilities and that of its committees and individual members to evaluate participation annually.
  • Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees, and individual Board members.
  • Manages the Board’s due diligence process to ensure timely attention to core issues, e.g., financial sustainability, effective programs, well-maintained property, and confidence that Perspectives’ maintains a diverse and culturally sensitive team.
  • Works with the Board officers and committee chairs to maximize the expertise of individual board members and the involvement of each Board member.
  • Helps to inspire each Board member to give their best.
  • Builds systems that help the Board monitor and evaluate Perspectives’ relevancy to the community, effectiveness, and outcomes.
  • Recommends policy positions and informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems, and activities to facilitate policy making.


On-Going Communication with the Board of Directors

  • Provides leadership to the Board in ensuring Perspectives’ values, mission, vision, and strategic plan are followed.
  • Keeps the Board fully informed on the effectiveness of Perspectives programs and all the essential factors influencing its success.
  • Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those appropriate to the Board and its committees; and facilitates discussion and deliberation.
  • Keeps informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management and governance, philanthropy, and fund development.



Accountabilities and Legal Compliance

  • Ensures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant laws and regulations.


Management and Administration

  • Provides general oversight of all agency activities, manages the day-to-day operations and ensures a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.
  • Maintains a strong physical presence within the agency and has an open-door policy for all team members.
  • Ensures program quality and organizational stability through development and
  • implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.
  • Ensures a healthy culture that recruits, retains, and supports quality team members, board members, and volunteers.
  • Ensures process for selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating team members and volunteers.
  • Recommends staffing and financing to the Board of Directors
  • By Board action, negotiates professional contracts and ensures appropriate salary structures are developed and maintained.
  • Specifies accountabilities for management personnel and evaluates performance regularly.


Financial Development

  • Ensures the financial department is accountable, transparent, and compliant with government funders and donors and that Perspectives’ grant guidelines are honored.
  • Ensure independent audits are performed annually and result in unqualified opinions rendered.
  • Interfaces with Perspectives’ CFO to ensure programs and services are produced cost-effectively, balancing finances while maintaining quality programming.
  • Ensure that the financial activities of the organization, including budgeting, reporting, and audit, are accomplished on time.
  • Works with the Board to ensure financing structure to support short- and long-term goals.
  • Ensures an effective development office serving as the chief development officer or hiring and supervising individuals responsible for these activities, e.g., development director, grant writer, special events coordinator, etc.
  • Guides and enables the Board members to participate actively in the fund development process.
  • Helps the Board and its development committee design, implement and monitor a viable fundraising plan, policies, and procedures.
  • Participates actively in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donor prospects.


Community Relations

  • Facilitates the integration of Perspectives into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities.
  • Acts as an advocate, and a positive “face of the agency” within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to Perspectives, its services, and constituencies.
  • Listens to clients, volunteers, donors, and the community to improve services
  • and generate community involvement. Ensures community awareness of Perspectives’ response to community needs.
  • Serves as chief spokesperson for Perspectives, assuring proper representation of the agency to the community and at the state and federal level.
  • Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key constituencies.
  • Works with funders, regulatory agencies, volunteers, and representatives of the not for-profit sector to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community and address the issues of Perspectives’ constituencies.



Program Development

  • Continually seek opportunities to expand services that address our mission while always focusing on our mission of serving recovering mothers and their children. This includes seeking additional dollars to expand our services as outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Maximize the expected new space within the new building by expanding programs, e.g., increasing the number of young children in our Early Childhood Development program to approximately 60 children.
  • Increase the number of children in Kids Connection and Teen Connection
  • Explore options for underserved community women to access our clinical programs



Property and Assets

  • Ensure that Perspectives’ property is adequately maintained and that property replacement reserves are sufficient.
  • Ensure that all of the property has adequate insurance protection and that issues involving safety and liabilities have top priority.
  • Take a lead role in any significant capital campaign.



Physical Demands/Working Conditions

This is a high intensity position. Ultimately the position is responsible for the safety of over 120 women and children who live at Perspectives campus 24-7, leads a team of 45, a board of 18-22 members, and is responsible for millions of dollars of property. The position has full responsibility for Perspectives’ operations, including

client issues. Must handle detailed, complex concepts and problems, balance multiple tasks simultaneously and make rapid decisions regarding administrative matters. Must plan and meet deadlines. Maintains a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management and be assessable at all times when significant

issues arise. President/CEO conveys a professional and positive image and attitude regarding Perspectives, Inc to the community, staff, and board of directors.






Below are some typical requirements for a CEO. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. If your background does not precisely match these requirements, but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you, and we recognize the value of transferable skills.

  • A minimum of 8 to 10 years of experience in a senior management position, an advanced degree or equivalent.
  • Superior leadership skills with the ability to work with diverse populations, from clients to the board of directors.
  • Visionary, a developer with extensive fundraising and program development experience.
  • Commitment to results: The President/CEO is a strategic thinker who is client-focused and mission-driven. This individual identifies relevant information and helps transform this information into individual and organizational knowledge and learning.
  • The chief executive is action-oriented and innovative. The position translates broad goals into achievable outcomes. The CEO anticipates and solves problems while taking advantage of opportunities and is a self-starter, team builder, and team player.
  • Business savvy: As Perspectives’ leader, this position requires an individual with knowledge of and experience in management and administration. The position requires demonstrated experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management.
  • Knowledge in the following areas is required: human services, finance, and personnel; oral and written communications, planning and evaluation, and governance.
  • Extensive experience in program development, not-for-profit management, fund development and governance, and community relations.
  • A high level of personal skills is required to make formal, persuasive presentations to groups and to deal effectively with people from all segments of the community.
  • The individual must be comfortable with diversity and respectful of a wide range of faiths, beliefs and experiences.
  • Leadership: The chief executive possesses the skills and implements the functions of a leader. They share Perspectives’ values, mission, and vision. They consistently display integrity, model behavior, develop people, and build teams. This individual deals effectively with demanding situations and designs and implements interventions.
  • Motivating: The chief executive manages continuity, change, and transition. This individual knows how to influence and enable others. They address the impact of attitude and action on Perspectives and its participants.



Perspectives has partnered with kpCompanies in this search.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2023. All submissions are received in the strictest confidence. 


You can apply by submitting your application online here:


Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity. We freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggest. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases, the total compensation, including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc. may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role and salary and compensation - just give us a call, and we’d be happy to discuss.

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