CEO – Saint John’s Program

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CEO - Saint John's Program
As part of our philanthropic and charitable search activities, Sequence Staffing has been exclusively retained and is currently seeking a CEO (Executive Director) for Saint John’s Program for Real Change in Sacramento, CA.

This is currently the most high-profile position of its like within the niche non-profit sector in Northern California.

We are specifically search for a dynamic professional with a demonstrated commitment to excellence to lead the organization and support its mission of empowering women and children to permanently exit the generational cycle of homelessness, poverty, addiction, and abuse.

Saint John’s - History
It was a humble beginning. Twenty homeless women and children arrived on the steps of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Midtown Sacramento in 1985 seeking shelter and food. They were welcomed.

Thirty-four years later, the independent nonprofit, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, is a transformative, up-to-18-month residential program providing women and children with a doorway to permanently exit the generational cycle of poverty, addiction, and abuse. Saint John’s highly structured and education-rich environment includes mental health therapy, substance abuse counseling, parental and healthy relationships, education, budgeting, hands-on employment training, a path to a high school diploma, childcare, and transportation. Change begins immediately. It is rewarded enthusiastically. Soon, the hope of becoming the primary provider for her family is a clear and achievable focus.

Women and children at Saint John’s spend up to 18 months on this journey of transformation, with thousands of lives changed. Entry into Saint John’s is limited, and each step is extremely rigorous, but those who see it through are rewarded with productive lives and a freedom they have never known before.

All services are on-site and designed to centralize support, ensuring the much-needed accountability, efficiency, and coordination.

The Program
Saint John’s Program for Real Change (https://saintjohnsprogram.org/) operates the largest residential program for formerly homeless women and children in Sacramento County, and is now able to serve up to 700 women and children annually with an operating budget of $7.2 million. That represents a significant portion of the local in-need populace, e.g., Sacramento County’s point-in-time count in June 2019 was 5,570 people living without permanent shelter, representing a 19% increase over the 2017 count.

Funded through a combination of private and public funders, Saint John’s is a true public-private partnership. For every $1 in county funding received, Saint John’s raises approximately $15 to serve more women and children with full programming.

Saint John’s is designed to support women and children in becoming permanently independent from “the system,” thereby making room for others in need. The average woman who comes to Saint John’s is 34 years old with two children. The challenges they face vary. However, 100 percent of the women lack stable work history/current employment. Other challenges include substance abuse (77 percent), domestic violence (69 percent), criminal history (52 percent), mental illness (58 percent), and lack of education (50 percent do not have a high school diploma or GED).

Originally founded as an emergency shelter, Saint John’s has transitioned into an up-to-18-month residential program that provides women with the education, tools, and habits needed to work and live independently.

With 85 full-time and 34 part-time employees, Saint John’s program provides housing and meals in coordination with on-site intensive, structured and individualized support including mental health therapy, alcohol and drug counseling, budgeting classes, basic education and hands-on employment training for up to 130 women per day, and provides age appropriate, gender-specific and trauma-informed services to up to 138 children per day. Over the course of a year, each program participant receives an average of 675 hours of service each month. The program model also supports reunification of women and children through Child Protection Services (CPS) processes, facilitating CPS-required education, appointments and supervised visits.

The success of Saint John’s model was documented in a yearlong study conducted on behalf of the County Supervisors Association of California (CSAC) and the League of California Cities, concluding that Saint John’s program is a best practice for homeless families.

Saint John’s annual cost to move one person to sustainability is $16,300. That is $33,700 less than taxpayers spend to support that same individual in the public system. The long-term, generational, and financial impact of Saint John’s “teaching them to fish” approach is immeasurable.

The Position
Under the authority of the organization’s board of directors, the chief executive officer has overall administrative responsibility for the implementation and leadership of Saint John’s programs, financial management, fundraising activities, operations, board relations, and human resources management. The chief executive officer reports directly to the board president and bears overall accountability to the board of directors as a whole.

Priorities:

Operations Management - Direct the daily administration of Saint John’s internal operations and facilities (corporate, housing, site, clinical, catering operations); ensure operations are efficient/effective and that there is proper management of resources, efficient utilization of goods and services, and extensive improvement of processes and procedures

Finance - Develop strategies that ensure adequate funds and resources are consistently available for continuous and satisfactory organizational operations.

Fundraising – Working with the vice president and chief development officer, overall development and implementation of donor relations as well as the design and execution of the organization's fundraising strategy, including capital campaigns, solicitation, and cultivation of major individual, foundation, government, grants, and corporate support.

Community/Public Relations – Serve as representative for the organization with external stakeholders and groups, such as with agency, media, community, government, and the general public. Provide a professional presence accurately reflecting the high level of integrity and progressive practices of Saint John’s Program for Real Change.

Essential Duties
The role is responsible for determining and providing leadership in executing strategy, operations, and services in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. As the key member of the leadership team, and ex-officio (non-voting) member of the board of directors, the position provides strategic leadership by conceptualizing, formulating and articulating needs/plans as well as functioning as a catalyst to achieve all goals and objectives.

General Duties and Responsibilities, include:
  • Work effectively with the board chair, executive committee and officers.
  • Provide leadership to organization operations, including oversight of staff, budgets, and capital assets.
  • Maintain a sound organizational structure for operations. Ensure that an effective management team is in place with appropriate leadership responsibility.
  • Manage on-site and remote physical facilities, including housing, corporate, and business operations. Hold final responsibility for all management and maintenance of buildings, equipment, and resources, overseeing the day-to-day management by the director of operations.
  • Plan, organize, and execute the organization’s goals, objectives, and strategic plans. Establish policies and procedures in keeping with the overall objectives of the organization.
  • Provide guidance and oversight regarding fund development and capital campaign activities designed to meet or exceed revenue goals.
  • Seek outside funding in the form of grants and contracts from public and private sources, and ensure grants are managed in accordance with funding requirements.
  • Ensure that program data is reported to grantors in a timely manner and complies with funding requirements.
  • Ensure that organization finances are adequate, managed appropriately, and reflect sound financial practices.
  • Ensure that organization programs achieve grant objectives and promote optimum service delivery to clients.
  • Ensure that human resources policies and programs promote employee and volunteer retention, training, and continuing development.
  • Ensure that all files, including legal documents, client and personnel records, financial data, donor information, business licenses, etc. are properly maintained and secure.
  • Provide guidance on matters of programs, publications, budget, and legal responsibility.
  Details
This is a full-time, exempt position based in Sacramento, California. Salary and bonus are commensurate with experience. We are striving to find the most qualified and dynamic candidate available to fill the position, so anything of reason can be structured for the right individual. Our benefits package additionally includes paid vacation and holidays, health and dental insurance, 401k with employer contribution, commuter benefits, and more.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

Desired Qualifications
  • Commitment to Saint John’s vision and mission.
  • A record of successful and innovative fundraising with proven experience with grant writing, individual donors, and major gifts.
  • A proven track record of visionary leadership with progressive management experience with increasing responsibility - including administration, staff supervision, strategic planning, evaluation, budgeting, and organizational innovation.
  • Extraordinary communicator and relationship builder with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Professional and personal style consistent with the supportive, collaborative, team-oriented culture of Saint John’s.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency and the ability to prioritize and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage organizational operations effectively and efficiently.
  • Strong financial skills and experience- including budget management, fiscal management, and analysis.
  • High level of emotional intelligence – i.e., accurately perceive and express yourself, personal humility, develop and maintain social relationships, cope and adapt to challenges, and use emotions in an effective way.
  • Knowledge of the homelessness issues in the state of California

Application Instructions:

To Apply
For immediate consideration, apply here, through our corporate website at: www.sequencestaffing.com, or apply visit https://saintjohnsprogram.org/team/#opportunities. Fill out the webform and upload a cover letter and resume in the appropriate fields (PDF or Word).

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About the Organization:

Saint John’s Program for Real Change (https://saintjohnsprogram.org/) operates the largest residential program for formerly homeless women and children in Sacramento County, and is now able to serve up to 700 women and children annually with an operating budget of $7.2 million. Funded through a combination of private and public funders, Saint John’s is a true public-private partnership. For every $1 in county funding received, Saint John’s raises approximately $15 to serve more women and children with full programming. Saint John’s is designed to support women and children in becoming permanently independent from “the system,” thereby making room for others in need.