CEO - Lakeside for Children

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Kalamazoo, MI


Title:               CEO

Summary:      The CEO is an exempt level position responsible for executing the objectives of the Board of Directors of Lakeside for Children.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Serve as the primary liaison between the Lakeside for Children Board of Directors and Sequel Youth and Family Services
    • Oversee the management of the Provider Service Agreement with Sequel
    • Develop and review budgets and financial performance
    • Monitor program performance against established targets
    • Facilitate communication between the Board of Directors and Sequel
  • Perform in compliance with all policies established by the Board of Directors
  • Represent the Board of Directors to external stakeholders
    • Complete necessary activities to maintain Lakeside for Children’s State issued license
    • Assist the Lakeside for Children Foundation in donor relations activities
    • Complete public relations and community relations activities
    • Oversee all contact with city, county, and state legislative staff on behalf of Lakeside for Children
  • Facilitate the Board of Directors’ decision-making activities and strategic planning by providing information and analysis as needed
  • Oversee the appropriate preservation, care, and maintenance of Lakeside for Children’s assets such as real and personal property
  • Provide administrative support to the Board of Directors
  • Assist the Board of Directors in their development
  • Manage other employees of Lakeside for Children as assigned
  • Contribute to Lakeside for Children’s effectiveness, as needed
  • Complete other tasks, as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Meet all requirements established by the State of Michigan
  • Working knowledge of the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing process
  • Experience managing residential treatment programs for adolescents
  • Ability to effectively negotiate vendor contracts and business relationships
  • Experience with community and donor relations
  • Ability to provide strategic leadership and implementation of initiatives

Qualified candidates to submit a letter of application and résumé via email to, or by post to:

Lakeside CEO Search Lakeside for Children 3921 Oakland Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 


Established in 1907 as a farmhouse orphanage for boys in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Lakeside for Children is now a residential treatment facility for abused and neglected boys and girls, ages 12 through 17. Up to 124 youths live and attend school year-round on Lakeside’s 48-acre campus. Its mission is to prepare children to lead responsible and fulfilling lives by providing mentoring, education, living skills, and support within a safe, structured, dynamic environment.

Lakeside for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 15-member board of directors drawn from the greater Kalamazoo community. Our charter school is authorized by Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency and governed by an independent school board. An independent Lakeside for Children Foundation (with a separate board of directors) accepts all financial gifts and grants to the organization and acts a fiduciary partner to the Lakeside for Children parent board.

Accredited by the Joint Commission as a behavioral health institution, Lakeside is licensed by the State of Michigan for 124 beds. Fifteen beds are reserved for girls. About half of our students are from Michigan. The rest come from about a dozen other states, including California, Tennessee, and Washington. With the help of approximately 145 counselors, teachers, and other child care experts, they learn to identify and manage their own recovery.

Since 2007, the Lakeside for Children board has contracted with Sequel Youth and Family Services to operate our campus programs. Sequel is a privately-owned company that operates programs across the country for children and adults with behavioral, emotional, or physical challenges. Its mission on the Lakeside campus is to prepare children to lead responsible and fulfilling lives by providing mentoring, education, living skills, and support within a safe, structured, dynamic environment. Lakeside Academy, Sequel’s staff-secure residential program on our campus, operates a peer-driven model that teaches students respect, responsibility, trust, and giving. The goal is to empower children to make better life choices by providing them with skills necessary to build healthy relationships and become productive members of society.

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