LifeWorks of Sonoma County is seeking a dynamic Executive Director candidate who has a working knowledge of non-profit organizations and experience in community outreach, fund development, fiscal and program management. Candidates must have a passion for LifeWorks’ mission to provide mental health services to children and families in need and be willing to assume a significant leadership role.
LifeWorks is a non-profit mental health organization that has been serving Sonoma County for over twenty years. Our vision is of a healthy community in which every child, every young person, and every adult has access to the support he or she needs in order to grow and thrive. Over our 21-year history of partnering with government, service providers, families and individuals, LifeWorks has earned a reputation for providing mental health services that are flexible, respectful, culturally responsive and, above all, effective. LifeWorks currently offers six unique community-based therapeutic and educational programs in schools, homes, and community settings throughout Sonoma County.
Too often, those in need of mental health services do not have access to them. LifeWorks is changing this picture.
LifeWorks programs serve:
Individuals facing severe mental health challenges and anyone wishing to access the support of a trained mental health professional. Through our Counseling Center, LifeWorks can provide comprehensive support to both individuals and families.
Young adults with Aspergers’s Syndrome and/or Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Our Transitions program provides a unique set of services to this often-challenged population.
Students struggling in school or at home: Through our School-Based Counseling and Behavioral Services Programs, LifeWorks serves students who have been identified as emotionally challenged as well as those struggling with severe behavioral problems. LifeWorks’ comprehensive approach involves the entire family.
Youth at risk for gang involvement and families struggling with substance abuse issues. LifeWorks signature El Puente (the Bridge) program is a prevention and intervention program that offers young people alternatives to support a healthy transition to adulthood.
LifeWorks programs have an outstanding reputation for successfully treating mental health concerns in our community, and it seeks a candidate to uphold its reputation and to take the organization to the next stage of growth.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Create and implement annual development plan to ensure necessary funds are raised to support operations and ensure the organization’s sustainability
Anticipate and secure adequate funding for the operation of LifeWorks.
Ensure appropriate board committees are formed to assist in meeting the goals outlines in the development plan
Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals
Research and discover new funding sources,
Collaborate with Board of Directors on fund development events throughout the fiscal year
Meet regularly with Clinical Director to monitor day-to-day delivery of all LifeWorks programs and evaluate effectiveness of current programs, need for development of new programs, staff concerns, personnel evaluations, certifications and licensure
Oversee planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects
Collaborate with Clinical Director to provide adequate supervision and evaluation of clinical staff
Promote the values and vision of LifeWorks programs to the community, as the face of LifeWorks and the primary spokesperson
Serve as chief liaison to specific community groups, initiatives, funders and contractors
Cultivate and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including leaders in foundations, corporations, businesses, and government
Leadership and Personnel Management
Bring passion and leadership to fulfilling Lifeworks mission and values
Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent staff
Provide strong and decisive leadership to staff and work collaboratively with Clinical Director
Ensure proper legal hiring and termination procedures and supervise disciplinary action
Develop, analyze, monitor and control operating budgets to ensure efficient operation
Ensure effective internal controls and audit preparation
Prepare and interpret monthly financial statements for the Board of Directors
Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and help prepare agendas and materials for meetings as necessary
Renew all contracts annually and maintain all documentation required by funders
Oversee administration duties and prepare annual job review of Clinical Director and administrative staff
Develop and implement five-year strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors
Certify proper regulatory codes and permits are kept current and compliance is followed in all programs
Establish appropriate insurance is maintained for agency, staff and board
Confirm compliance with funding sources and regulatory agencies
Ensure that accurate job descriptions, training, regular performance evaluations and sound human resource practices are in place
Education and/or Experience:
Proven track record of leadership, with a minimum of three years of nonprofit experience
Demonstrated ability to grow and oversee a robust working budget for a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
Diverse experience in nonprofit fundraising, cultivation of donors, grant writing, and special events
Successful track record of effectively leading and managing an organization and staff
Bachelor’s degree is highly preferred and a graduate degree is desired
Excellent oral and written communication skills
For more information on Lifeworks of Sonoma County, please visit www.lifeworkssc.org. We are accepting the first round of applications until Friday, September 22nd. Lifeworks of Sonoma County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks a diverse and inclusive work environment and culture.