Position Description

Position Description

Lena Pope

(Fort Worth, TX)

Title: Chief Executive Officer


For more than 89 years, Lena Pope has been helping create hope for children and families in North Texas. Lena Pope believes that children are an asset with unlimited potential deserving of investment. Its eight decades of history and experience in child and family services informs current efforts to improve child well-being in Tarrant County and surrounding areas. Its evidence-based, research tested programs focus on prevention and early intervention services to support child development and improve the behavioral and mental health of the children and families it serves. 

Established in 1930, Lena Pope Home was a refuge for children and families during the depression and post-war years. Since its inception, the agency now known simply as Lena Pope, has identified the needs of local children and designed programs to meet those needs. Early on, residential homes were the necessary solution. As the community and social norms for addressing childhood needs changed, Lena Pope evolved to meet those needs. Its programs have shifted from building homes for children in need, to building families in their homes.

The agency focuses on evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs to improve the lives of children and families. In 2018, Lena Pope directly served more than 4,000 individuals, children, and families. Lena Pope’s mission remains the same: To help create hope, happiness and success for children and families.

Lena Pope has developed four programs to meet the community’s needs:

Early Learning Centers

The Lena Pope Early Learning Centers (ELC) serve children between 6 weeks and 5 years old and provide high-quality early learning for families of all income levels. The ELC Sanguinet campus serves 114 children and is nationally accredited, and TRS 4-star rated. The ELC on the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) campus opened in August 2018 serving 75 children and is pursuing similar accreditation and ratings. All ELC teachers have earned bachelor’s degrees and some are certified. Wraparound services are available to children and families at both campuses.

Chapel Hill Academy

Chapel Hill Academy (CHA), opened in 2008, is Lena Pope’s open-enrollment, tuition-free public charter school serving children in Pre-K through 7th grades in fall 2019 and Pre-K through 8th grade in fall 2020. The school achieves successful academic outcomes by integrating social-emotional learning alongside evidence-based curricula, addressing the needs of the whole child and actively engaging families. CHA will welcome 720 students in the fall of 2019.

Lena Pope Counseling and Substance Use Treatment Services

Lena Pope Counseling and Substance Use Treatment Services is dedicated to meeting the mental health and substance use treatment needs of children, youth, and families in Fort Worth and surrounding areas providing over 1000 counseling sessions per month. Counseling services are provided by licensed therapists with master’s degrees to children, adolescents and families for various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behavior.

School and Community Based Services

Helping at risk youth find hope, happiness and success will always be an important part of Lena Pope’s mission. The School and Community Based Services offer multiple programs to provide support, education and behavioral intervention for at risk youth and their families. Services are delivered in the home, in the community, and at schools and help youth and families gain the academic, behavioral, and social skills they need to be successful. Lena Pope operates the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education program in partnership with Tarrant County.

For more information about Lena Pope, please visit the website at www.lenapope.org.            


  • Reporting to a 41-member Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will serve as leader, steward, and primary spokesperson for Lena Pope overseeing the fiscal, programmatic and operational management of the organization. 
  • As CEO of Lena Pope, this individual will also serve as Superintendent of Chapel Hill Academy and report to the 8-member CHA Board of Trustees. 
  • With oversight of an operating budget over $16 million and an endowment of $40 million, the CEO is responsible for envisioning, developing and overseeing the educational, child well-being, and juvenile justice programs, services, partnerships and affiliations. 
  • The CEO provides support and oversight to 170 full time and 40 part time staff through the following direct reports: 

The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring the short- and long-term success of Lena Pope’s mission.
  • Generating new and additional sources of fund development, through strategic partnerships, successful fundraising, as well as legislative and foundation initiatives.
  • Engaging with local, state and national constituencies to build regional and national prominence for Lena Pope. Serving as a national advocate for child well-being and best practices.
  • Assessing the appropriateness and efficacy of Lena Pope programs and services; identifying new opportunities for program growth and enhancement.
  • Promoting and inspiring a mission driven organization.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Leadership
  • Participating with the Board in the planning and implementation of the mission and vision.
  • Articulating both the short and long-term vision of the agency and ensuring overall agency objectives and milestones are met while formulating budgets and directing all programs, services and activities.
  • Board Administration and Support
  • Facilitating operations and administration of the Board, by promoting proactive Board development, advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and supporting the Board to fulfill its governance function.
  • Management and Staff Development
  • Leading senior management team to strengthen and support the programmatic, financial, and operational goals of Lena Pope. 
  • Promoting organizational and individual success through on-going support, encouragement, empowerment, and effective teamwork. 
  • Ensuring open lines of communication with staff to encourage high employee morale. Identifying training needs and ensuring development and implementation of programs to address needs. 
  • Overseeing succession planning and assessment of staff; reviewing current practices and methods, initiating development of programs as necessary to reduce costs, encourage growth, and improve efficiency.       
  • Fund Development
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors to augment the resource base for the agency. 
  • Developing effective partnerships, collaborations, and strategic alliances with government agencies and other funding sources, including developing and seeking grants. 
  • Quality, Compliance and Reporting
  • Ensuring compliance with all regulatory agencies governing program areas as well as rules of accrediting bodies. 
  • Establishing systems to regularly and systematically evaluate the results of overall operations and programs. 
  • Working with the educational and child and family experts to develop evidence-based outcomes that achieve positive results.
  • Financial Duties
  • Evaluating, managing and reporting on the financial status of Lena Pope which requires ongoing and continual short and long-term assessments. 
  • Overseeing the development of budgets for submission to the Board and ensuring the Board is regularly informed on the financial status of the agency providing the appropriate control and accountability of all funds, physical assets, and other property.
  • Advocacy, Community Relations and Communications
  • Developing a strategy for partnering/fostering relationships with the Tarrant County and surrounding areas. 
  • Assuring that the agency and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders; maintaining leadership and program advocacy role of the agency by interfacing with other community organizations and key constituent groups, County departments, and political leaders through direct contact and through local and state provider associations.
  • Maintaining professional affiliations to enhance professional growth and development opportunities and to stay current in latest trends.


The Chief Executive Office will be a visionary, inspirational leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated commitment to providing high-quality services in a mission-driven environment. This individual will have compassion, empathy and a heart for the mission of caring for children and families. 

The candidate must be a strategic thinker, capable of guiding and building upon Lena Pope’s continuing success in a complex and evolving landscape. The successful candidate will be a creative leader who tracks external change, evaluates opportunities and skillfully guides the organization through adaptation and innovation. 

This individual should have strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to lead the fund development effort and demonstrate the ability to engage a strong development team. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as the CEO will represent Lena Pope to its various constituencies and must be able to effectively communicate the needs of target populations to funding sources. 

Candidates must also be politically astute and be confident representing the organization to outside constituents. The CEO must have the ability to identify and foster potential growth opportunities both internally and externally. The successful candidate will serve as a respected, visible and influential leader in the community and within professional circles. 

This individual will have critical thinking skills and will display integrity, good judgment, technical expertise, strong organizational skills, and logical priority-setting skills. The ideal candidate will be a good listener and an articulate and persuasive presenter who will appreciate and enthusiastically promote Lena Pope’s mission and values. 

The CEO must be able to develop strong rapport and have the ability to work with the Board of Directors as well as with diverse staff, client populations, cultures, and neighborhoods. The successful candidate will have an inclusive leadership style that supports and fosters collaboration and open communication.

The CEO will accomplish goals through motivation, the delegation of authority, and the use of systems that are designed for effective planning, evaluation and accountability. The successful candidate will be a good listener who is accessible and who possesses the ability to adapt and respond effectively to change, while continuing to lead and mentor staff. This individual needs to be a coalition-builder who can work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies and partners in the community to implement programs and processes and facilitate change. 

The successful candidate should have a strong reputation for honesty and trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, self-initiative, a good sense of humor, a high energy level, compassion, and a sincere dedication to the mission and philosophy of Lena Pope.  


The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of leading a diverse human service, corporate, educational, or nonprofit organization that is recognized for its commitment of exemplary service to the community. A record of success in developing strategic goals and implementing plans to attain them is important. Experience in building, retaining, leading, and monitoring a high performance, cohesive management team is important; additionally, this executive will understand how to build and sustain a resilient agency culture. The ability to provide exceptional programmatic results while simultaneously growing an organization’s talent, systems, and processes to enhance its impact will be valued. 

The CEO should have a good understanding of the human service and/or educational arena and demonstrate strong business acumen, which will enable this person to make effective decisions regarding the future and growth of the agency. Knowledge of governmental and child and family fiscal regulations and reporting requirements would be beneficial. 

The successful candidate will have experience working collaboratively with a Board of Directors in executing a vision and mission. An understanding of current developments in education and human services fields and their potential impact on the agency would be valued.


An advanced degree is required.


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is available. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


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