Position Description

Position Description

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

(Camarillo, CA)

Title: Chief Executive Officer


Recently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families (Casa Pacifica) was conceived as a state of the art residential trauma care and treatment center designed to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment, medical, and educational services in the context of 24-hour care to meet the needs of Ventura County’s most vulnerable children. Headquartered on a pastoral 25-acre campus just five miles from the Pacific Ocean midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Casa Pacifica’s main Camarillo campus provides the perfect setting for children and adolescents to heal and find new hope for a better future. In 2000, Casa Pacifica extended its services off-campus and into the Ventura County community through intensive behavioral services and in 2003, extended the same Therapeutic Behavioral Service programs to Santa Barbara County.

Over the last 19 years, Casa Pacifica’s programs and services have continued to grow to respond to the increasing needs of the community, including services to transitional and emancipating foster youth. Offices in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Camarillo house community-based staff who deliver services in homes, schools, and the community. The nonpublic school on campus educates day students as well as children in the residential treatment program. In response to changing public policy initiatives, Casa Pacifica launched its Camino a Casa program providing brief residential or outpatient treatment for youth through contracts with commercial insurance companies. Casa Pacifica’s Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) provides more intensive residential services to youth with complex trauma and significant behavioral and emotional challenges. In addition, Casa Pacifica’s Training Institute provides highly regarded professional training to psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses throughout the region and the nation, focusing on strengthening care-givers’ ability to meet the needs of the children and youth in their care. 

Whether on campus or in the community, Casa Pacifica meets children and families at the most challenging times and places of their lives and helps them overcome some of life’s most difficult circumstances – abuse and neglect, complex emotional and behavioral issues, and family crisis. Services are designed to teach skills, restore hope, and help youth and their families find joy in daily living. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, Casa Pacifica has 330 employees statewide, spread across two counties and four locations. Today, Casa Pacifica provides services each year to over 2,000 “high needs and high risk” children and their families in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and throughout the Central Coast and California. 

Programs and Services include:

·        Residential Treatment Services

·        Camino a Casa Program

·        Health Clinic and Clinical Services

·        Nonpublic School

·        Therapeutic Behavioral Services

·        Supportive Behavioral Services

·        Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

·        Intensive Treatment Foster Care and Foster Parent Training

·        Recreational Therapy

·        Wraparound Services

·        School Based Mental Health Services

·        Mobile Crisis Response

·        Transitional & Emancipated Foster Youth Services

·        Vocational Education Program for Transitional Youth

·        Practicum, Internship and Fellowship Programs

After serving 25 years at Casa Pacifica, Dr. Steve Elson will be retiring from the Chief Executive Officer position in 2020. For additional information on Casa Pacifica and its programs, please visit www.casapacifica.org


Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall management and operation of Casa Pacifica. Working closely with the Board, the CEO provides strategic vision, exceptional leadership, unassailable integrity, and business and financial accountability for the organization’s sustainability, future growth and development. The CEO carries out the mission of Casa Pacifica as it pertains to operations to include development, implementation, integration and evaluation of all programs, human resources, and fiscal management. As a highly visible representative of Casa Pacifica, the CEO is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with various constituencies including children and their families, Board members, donors, volunteers, community leaders, foundations, government, and partner agencies. The CEO oversees an annual budget of approximately $32 million.


  • Develops and maintains an organizational structure to carry out the mission of Casa Pacifica by the Board of Directors.
  • Coordinates activities with the public sector and its relationship to the services delivery system. Provides a link and level of understanding between the organization and the various public entities (Department of Social Services, County Schools, Mental Health, Probation, Public Heath, Law Enforcement, Community Care Licensing, etc.).
  • Ensures for the fiscal integrity of Casa Pacifica through the budget development process. Negotiates contracts and rates with County agencies, schools and private payers.
  • Supervises the financial management to ensure continued financial stability and growth of Casa Pacifica.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors to augment the resource base for the agency. Oversees the involvement and participation of the volunteer component as it relates to fundraising and program involvement.
  • Assesses and evaluates the appropriateness and effectiveness of the services and recommends/implements approved programs and modifications.
  • Promotes a healthy organizational culture based on trust, respect, empowerment and accountability. 
  • Helps to attract, retain and develop top talent and impact employee satisfaction.
  • Oversees Casa Pacifica’s risk management programs, insurance programs and protects assets as necessary and appropriate. Ensures employee and client safety.
  • Maintains compliance with all licensing entities including State Departments of Social Services, Health Care Services, Education, and Behavioral Health and all relevant national accrediting bodies.
  • Compiles and analyzes expenditures and projected costs and prepares reports for the Board and contracting agencies as required.
  • Staffs and reports on matters of relevance at the Board of Directors and all Board committee meetings.
  • Provides guidance and direction to the management team. Delegates as necessary.
  • Represents Casa Pacifica in the professional community and provides for a well-planned public relations effort.
  • Facilitates a strategic planning process with both short- and long-term goals.
  • Evaluates economic, social, government and market influences and interprets their effect on Casa Pacifica.
  • Generates new and additional sources of fund development, through strategic partnerships, successful fundraising, as well as legislative and foundation initiatives.
  • Maintains a good relationship with the media. Encourages the media to highlight the accomplishments and effectiveness of Casa Pacifica.
  • Engages with local, state and national constituencies to build regional and national prominence for Casa Pacifica. Serves as a national advocate for child well-being and best practices.


The Chief Executive Officer must possess compassion, empathy and a passion for helping children and families. The ideal candidate is a collaborative team builder, mentor and seasoned leader who operates with a strategic perspective while executing the day-to-day activities. The CEO will be a visionary, forward-thinking leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. A strong business acumen that will enable the CEO to make effective decisions regarding future growth is key. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including outstanding public speaking skills are essential, as the CEO will represent Casa Pacifica to its various constituencies. The CEO will have strong interpersonal skills and be a natural relationship builder. Proven fundraising experience and the ability to relate comfortably with a variety of funding sources, including public funding stream contacts, foundations and individuals are essential.

The ideal 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 the team. This individual needs to be a coalition-builder who can work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies to implement programs and processes, and facilitate change, when required. The CEO will have a demonstrated commitment to promote diversity on the Board and within the organization, as well as recognize the diverse nature of the community. An inclusive leadership style that endorses collaboration, trust and open, transparent communication between all stakeholders will be highly valued. This individual 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 have critical thinking skills and will display integrity, good judgment, technical expertise, financial acumen, strong organizational skills, and logical priority-setting skills. The successful candidate should have a strong reputation for honesty and trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, self-initiative, a good sense of humor, and a high energy level. This individual will be an inspirational leader with a commitment to providing high quality services in a mission-driven environment.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in a senior leadership position in a complex human service or nonprofit organization that is recognized for its commitment of exemplary service to the community. The successful candidate will have effectively built a strong leadership team and interfaced with governmental agencies at the federal, state and local level. The ability to provide exceptional programmatic results while simultaneously growing an organization’s talent, systems and processes to enhance its impact will be valued. It will be important for candidates to have an appreciation for, and ideally experience working with residential and community based programs. The successful candidate will have experience working collaboratively with a Board of Directors in executing a vision and mission.


An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in business, psychology, social work, public or healthcare administration is preferred.


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

Casa Pacifica provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, gender, gender identity, gender expressions, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability or perceived disability, genetic information (as defined under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) or medical condition, including genetic characteristics, status as a victim or survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, uniform service member status, military status, or veteran status.


To apply for this position, visit www.morrisberger.com/searches.php

Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203-1923

1 (818) 507-1234