Chief Executive Officer - Guiding Harbor

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Belleville, MI

Guiding Harbor, a Foster Care Agency (CPA) & Twelve Bed Residential Facility (CCI) in Belleville, MI is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the duties of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position.  This Agency has been serving the Southeastern area of Michigan for over 59 years and is well known for its caring and professional staff.  We are CARF Certified and maintain the highest standards of policy & procedures.  If you are the person that considers themselves a “Working Boss” with the passion required to lead such an organization please review the following job requirements and submit your application online to our website.

Under the supervision of, and accountability to, the Board of Directors this position shall act as the Chief Executive Officer of the Guiding Harbor Agency.  This position is responsible for the overall administration and management of all agency programs, personnel and financial operations in achieving the mission of the Agency as defined by the Board of Directors. Report directly to the President of the Guiding Harbor Board of Directors.


  • Responsible for the safeguarding of agency assets and the discharging of financial liabilities as incurred or approved by the Board with overall responsibility for meeting agency budget goals and assuring sufficient funds are available to operate agency in a responsible manner.
  • Maintaining an active, participatory, collaborative relationship with the Board’s standing and ad hoc committees, serving in an ex-officio and advisory capacity regarding future agency planning and Board and program development.
  • Continually examine and evaluate programs and services independently and with the Board in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of agency operations.
  • Responsible for public relations in conjunction with the Board.
  • Responsible to assist the Board of Directors with fundraising.  
  • Attend and participate in all Board meetings, committee meetings and special events including, but not limited to, personnel, building and grounds, scholarship, finance and fundraising committees.
  • Develop and participate in various activities designed to create, advance and maintain a positive agency image in the professional and at-large communities.
  • Responsible for all aspects of personnel, policy and program management.
  • Delegates program/service operations to the Chief Operating Officer and other members of the administrative staff and provides support and supervision to those individuals in the performance of their duties.
  • Provide the leadership of agency staff in developing and maintaining quality services/systems to assure compliance with existing contractual, legal and governmental regulations and accreditation standards.
  • Draft/revise and clarify all agency policies and procedures to establish fair and consistent operational practices while meeting existing contractual, legal and governmental regulations.
  • Responsible for overseeing all hiring, training, discipline, staff grievances, termination and all other aspects of personnel management.
  • Responsible for the development and publication of the Annual Report.
  • Responsible for carrying out the agency mission.
  • Responsible for Strategic planning and meeting goals and objectives set forth by the Strategic plan.
  • Responsible to attend Michigan Federation for Children and Family MIN meetings.
  • Responsible for oversight of agency website.
  • Assist with pre and post audits including but not limited to CARF accreditation, Licensing/Contract, Financial, Title I.


  • Will behave and communicate in a manner that promotes a positive work atmosphere.
  • Will maintain an awareness to provide a safe and healthy environment and will report all hazards and/or concerns.
  •  Will participate in approved staff development activities, in-services and supervisory
  • Will adjust work schedule, with supervisory approval, to meet Agency needs.
  • Will accept other responsibilities and duties consistent with the objectives and essential functions of this position.  Such responsibilities shall be incorporated into the position description if they involve a lengthy commitment of time or are on going.
  • Will apprise the Board of Directors any essential changes in roles or duties as necessary.


  • Will represent Guiding Harbor on internal/external committees or work groups to
    enhance service delivery or service planning.
  • May participate in community education activities.
  • Required to participate in the periodic evaluation of services and service planning. 
  • May receive and assist in resolving complaints or inquiries related to services provided to Guiding Harbor. 
  • Will participate in approved emergency activities and/or preparedness drills in the case of a county declared disaster or emergency.


      None Required


  • An advanced degree from an accredited program of social work education or an advanced degree from an accredited academic program in another related field of human service, with at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in supervision, program management and administration of a Child Caring Institution and/or Child Placing Agency. (CCI/CPA) Demonstrative understanding of the issues involved in providing services for individuals, families and children through experience in direct service or administration.
  • Commitment to the goals and philosophy of the organization including cultural competency objectives.
  • Training in MISACWIS, CWTI, SER and Certification not necessary, but a plus.

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of contractual, licensing, and accreditation requirements.
  • Knowledge of finances and budget development and monitoring skills.
  • Knowledge of CARF

Skill in:

  • Management skills which provide the framework for effective use of the organization’s human and financial resources and coordination of the agency’s services with those provided by other community resources.
  • Excellent grant writing and fund development skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Personal and professional experience working with diverse racial and socioeconomic populations.
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible in work schedule to meet objectives.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently as well as with the Board of Directors.
  • Effectively interact with numerous external and internal resources and provide effective public and community relations.
  • Ability to forecast trends and plan programs and systems.
  • Public speaking.
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