Would you like to work with a supportive, diverse, and talented work family while helping others in your community? Catholic Charities West Michigan is a sincere place with genuine people who care about your success. The Agency serves 11 counties of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, offering a variety of program services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach. All programs are designed to help families and individuals succeed.
We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages along with a family friendly environment.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position provides leadership, overall direction to the efficient and consolidated operations of Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) and guidance on moral and spiritual matters for CCWM.

• Establishes organization policies and strategic direction in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
• Provides leadership, through direct reports, social services, business operations and fund development of the organization.
• Conveys an understanding and knowledge of Catholic Social Teachings and Catholic Moral Doctrine to the Board and seeks the Board’s adherence to the same.
• Ensures Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Moral Doctrine are taught as part of the staff onboarding process, and is adhered to as guiding behaviors for all CCWM staff members.
• Understands CCWM is distinctive as a social service agency because it is sponsored by the Catholic Church.
• Liaises with the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ priests and parishes ensuring they know about CCWM’s various services.
• Establishes processes for Board development, orientation and communication.
• Meets with the Board of Directors concerning CCWM operations, policies, activities and financial condition.
• Establishes a strong working relationship with the Bishop and Diocesan trustees.
• Serves as a member of the Bishop’s cabinet.
• Manages the fund development, marketing/public relations, finance, information technology and human resources activities of CCWM.
• Provides leadership in fundraising. Determines priorities and works closely with Development office to meet endowment, capital, new initiatives and operating needs that are consistent with Catholic values and in alignment with CCWM’s strategic vision.
• Participates in local, regional and national committees and activities relevant to the family service field of practice, relevant to the activities of the agency.
• Monitors programs and staff for contract compliance and productivity standards.
• Develops and maintains positive relationships with the community, other funding agencies and the Diocese.
• Advocates for services for the poor and vulnerable regardless of religion.
• Promotes programs and operations and generates information and publicity about CCWM to increase community understanding and appreciation of the goods and services available.
• Serves as a liaison with community, governmental, civic and charitable organizations and leaders.
• Maintains a workplace environment that is respectful and supportive of the rights and welfare of staff, volunteers and clients.
• Performs other special assignments at request of the Bishop and the Board of Directors.

• This position requires an MBA or its equivalent and strong background in management and communications.
• A minimum of seven to ten years of progressive leadership and financial experience.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
• Manages department and subordinate supervisors/managers.
• Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these supervisors/managers.

• Continual learner with a sufficient understanding of and a willingness to work towards a profound understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic moral doctrine.
• Must be a practicing Catholic or someone with an in-depth understanding of the Church’s social and moral teaching.
• Must be ready and willing to uphold and defend publicly Catholic moral teaching.
• Strong leadership and management skills.
• Knowledge of administrative principles and practices including budgeting and plan forecasting.
• Knowledge of Family Service, Child Welfare, and Behavioral Health care programs and applicable state laws and regulations related to these programs.
• Ability to plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of supervisory and administrative staff.
• Ability to prepare and analyze reports and make presentations.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
• Ability to exercise diplomacy and conflict resolution.
• Ability to exercise good judgment and fiscal resourcefulness.
• The ability to work effectively and proactively with staff, public officials, the Board of Directors, other providers, clients and local, state and federal entities.
• Ability to relate to diverse populations and cultures.
• Must be willing work irregular hours, including evenings, holidays, and weekends as required.
• Must submit to Agency approved background checks.

Our Mission
In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.

Our Vision
Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.

Our Values
• Compassion
• Collaboration
• Compliance
• Service to All People
• Sanctity of All Life

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