Position Description

Position Description

Youth Homes, Inc.

(Pleasant Hill, CA)

Title: Chief Executive Officer


Youth Homes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest continually operating children’s residential treatment program in Contra Costa County (San Francisco Bay area), founded more than half a century ago by compassionate citizens who were concerned that troubled youth were routinely consigned to the criminal justice system.

Youth Homes has evolved to meet the changing needs of the children and families it serves. Its original model centered around group homes exclusively, and this commitment remains at the heart of the agency. Over the years Youth Homes has expanded its continuum of care to include fully integrated post-residential treatment support. It provides an array of services to help children transition through the different phases of their experience in the foster care system or prevent them from entering it. This includes family strengthening, reunification or launching into independent adulthood — always with the goal of creating a permanent place for children to live. Youth Homes provides intensive residential treatment programs and community-based counseling services that promote the healing process for seriously emotionally abused and traumatized children and adolescents via a comprehensive system of care—assisting traumatized youth through crisis shelters, private foster home placement, group homes, and community based behavioral counseling.

Innovative programming is essential to Youth Homes’ ability to meet the needs of children and families. The following programs constitute the framework of Youth Homes’ services:

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)

TBS helps children, youth, parents, caregivers, foster parents, group home staff, and school personnel learn new ways of reducing and managing severe, high-risk behaviors, as well as strategies and skills to increase behaviors that will enable children and youth to succeed in their current environment. TBS uses short-term, focused interventions to achieve positive and measurable behavioral change.

Family Pathways (Katie A.)

For children reunifying with their family or at risk of entering the foster care system, Family Pathways provides an extraordinary level of services: intensive care coordination, mental health

service coordination, home-based behavioral services, and individual and family therapy. The team approach provides continuity of care, easing youth transition from residential treatment or foster homes to permanent family homes.

Foster Family Agency (FFA)/Resource Family Agency (RFA)

Youth Homes is a licensed FFA and contracts with Contra Costa County to provide Intensive Treatment Foster Care. Services to Foster Families include crisis intervention, behavioral coaching and counseling and 24/7 on-call support, in addition to general information and referral, training and certification.

Transition Age Youth Full-Service Partnership (TAY FSP)

Support from our TAY FSP program is critical to young adults, ages 18-25 years old, struggling with overwhelming life stressors and/or severe mental health challenges. To help achieve stability, Youth Homes provides community support to help young adults navigate the road to health and independence. Staff makes sure that they have access to the basics: food, education, employment, housing, and transportation, working with these young men and women to overcome mental health challenges and substance abuse. And, because family is an essential part of life, Youth Homes also helps young people reconnect with a family member or relative, if that is their desire.

Workforce Development: Stepping Stones

One of the programs that sets Youth Homes apart from many other foster care agencies is their extensive commitment to help clients find (and keep) gainful employment. Coaching includes setting goals, writing a resume, filling out online applications, learning how to interview — even what to wear. Once a young person has a job, the work continues — helping him or her see what it takes to stay employed — time management, workplace etiquette, and conflict resolution. A unique aspect of the program is the relationship between Youth Homes staff and the employer. Youth Homes also provides support to the employer to address challenges that may arise and provides a wage subsidy for the first few months of the youth’s employment.

Resource Center

The Resource Center is a dedicated space for transition-age youth. It creates a sense of teamwork and camaraderie while providing an array of resources for transition-age youth, including job related activities and life skills training. The Resource Center also offers Youth Homes alumni support. Young adults who have participated in these programs are always welcome, for guidance, referrals, assistance in applying for scholarships and help getting a job.

Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs - STRTP (Residential Treatment)

Many of the young people who come to Youth Homes need a stable environment in which to heal, to recognize their innate strengths, to re-engage with school, prepare for work, and find a path to healthy adulthood. Youth Homes provides that therapeutic, safe and supportive environment. In addition to creating a positive environment, each residential program utilizes Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) an evidence based and skills building model of treatment for residents. Youth Homes has four STRTP homes and they are:

  • Andersen House: 6 bed, girls only, home located in Concord, CA.
  • Pryor Center: 6 bed co-ed home located in Concord, CA.
  • East Bay Shelter: 6 bed co-ed home located in Pleasant Hill, CA.
  • Cherry Lane: 6 bed co-ed home located in Lafayette, CA.

Enrichment Programs

Enrichment activities are critical to creating new neuropathways for traumatized youth and by doing so, healing can begin. Enrichment programs are philanthropy funded and provide opportunities for clients to share in new experiences, expand their skills and develop more empathy and compassion. Youth Homes has three enrichment programs and they are:

  • Summer Garden Program: The Summer Garden Program cultivates fresh produce, fruit — and fresh ideas. Launched several years ago, this program enables youth in the residential programs to have their first employment experience, learn job skills and earn money. It also teaches them something important about where good food comes from — and sparks an interest in cooking and healthy eating, a key life skill.
  • Horse Therapy: This is a newer program of Youth Homes and helps clients build confidence, self-awareness, discipline and boundaries through interacting with and caring for rescue horses.
  • Photography Program: The Photography Program puts clients in a position of telling their life story, through the lenses of their choosing. Through staff led activities, clients photograph the Bay Area and then share their experience through storytelling. These therapeutic activities allow the talents and artistic skills of clients to shine through.

For more information on Youth Homes and its programs, please visit: www.youthhomes.org.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), under the guidance and direction of the Board of Directors, is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of Youth Homes, the oversight and positive outcomes of all programs, services and activities, as well as the fiscal health, structural soundness, and philanthropic growth of the organization. The Chief Executive Officer will oversee an annual budget of approximately $9 million and a total of 110 – 115 staff. The CEO has six direct reports: Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Program Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Finance Officer, and a Senior Advisor. As the leading member of the Executive Leadership Team, the CEO plays a key role in setting the tone and culture of agency.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Articulating both short- and long-term vision and strategic direction of Youth Homes programs, services and activities to the Board; developing strategic and operational plans with the Board and staff; setting clear goals, objectives and measures that drive organizational performance.
  • 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; supporting the Board to fulfill its governance function; cultivating strong relations with the Board through frequent and direct communication and education.
  • Management and Staff Development: Leading Executive Leadership team (ELT) to strengthen and support the programmatic, financial and operational goals of Youth Homes; involvement in developing and motivating staff to ensure a mental health friendly, trauma informed and culturally responsible environment for all staff; identifying opportunities for continued education, training and professional development; encouraging growth and improving efficiency; inspiring a diverse, culturally competent team focused on trauma informed services for youth, young adults and families.
  • Program and Service Delivery: Ensuring innovative systems of care, quality deliverables, and compliance with local, state and federal regulations while also being aligned with the mission and values of Youth Homes and establishing systems to regularly and systematically evaluate the results of overall operations and programs.
  • Fund Development: Developing intentional and effective partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances with government agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and other sources of funding; representing Youth Homes to prospective and current major funding sources.
  • Financial Duties: Overseeing the development of Youth Homes’ budget, managing within the budget, and keeping the Board regularly informed of the financial status of the organization; ensuring that appropriate accounting and controls are in place for all funds and assets; understanding and implementing risk management for the organization in all areas of operation.
  • Community Relations and Communications: Assuring that the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders; maintaining a leadership and program advocacy role in the agency by interfacing with other community organizations and key constituent groups, county departments and political leaders through direct contact.


  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision and values of Youth Homes in working with children impacted by trauma.
  • Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to partner with Board members, a diverse staff, major donors, corporate executives, foundations, community representatives and community volunteers to achieve agency goals.
  • Ability to manage resources and adjust to a rapidly changing environment.
  • A visionary, forward-thinking leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. 
  • Robust understanding of both the child welfare and mental health fields at a local, state and national level.
  • Solid business acumen which will enable the CEO to make informed decisions regarding the future and growth of the agency.
  • Capacity to cultivate and maximize county and state government relationships. Leveraging these relationships, the CEO will have the ability to look both internally within the organization as well as externally at the ever-changing child welfare landscape for potential growth opportunities. 
  • Ability to collaborate with a dynamic fund development team.
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing major donor gifts, grant writing, public relations and events.
  • Exceptional communication skills are essential, as the CEO will represent Youth Homes to its various constituencies.
  • Critical thinking skills, integrity, good judgment, high emotional intelligence, technical expertise, and strong organizational skills.
  • Engaged with, and supportive of, Youth Homes’ Black Leadership Network and their efforts and major activities.
  • Acknowledge and understand the racial, social, and economic injustices that face clients and staff of color.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with COA accreditation.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with the Board, donors and funding sources, as well as with diverse staff and client populations.
  • Flexible and inclusive leadership style that endorses collaboration and open communication.
  • Desire to accomplish goals through motivation, the delegation of authority, and the use of systems that are designed for effective planning, evaluation and accountability.
  • Effective listener who is accessible and who possesses the ability to adapt and respond confidently and calmly to change, while continuing to lead and mentor staff.
  • Consensus builder who can work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies to implement programs and processes, and facilitate change, when required.
  • Strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, a sense of compassion, and a sincere dedication to the mission and philosophy of Youth Homes.


Ideally, candidates will have a minimum of ten years of leadership experience in the development of human service programs, administration of grant and contract funded programs, and fund development. The successful candidate should have a general knowledge of the regulations governing child welfare and mental health agencies. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership skills in creating and managing diverse teams of professionals. Experience developing strategic plans and fiscally sound programs is preferred. The successful candidate should demonstrate attention to and implementation of “best practices.” The ability to apply sound judgment in complex decision-making situations is vital. It will be important for candidates to have an appreciation for, and ideally experience working with, residential programs, diverse populations and implementing trauma informed services and philosophies. Experience working with county and state funding agencies would be beneficial. While experience in California is preferred, candidates with appropriate experience in other states are also encouraged to apply.


A Bachelor’s degree is required. An emphasis in business, nonprofit leadership, social work, psychology or criminal justice is a plus.


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


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