The Whole Child





Position Overview

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Chief Executive Officer for The Whole Child located in Whittier, CA.

The Whole Child formerly known as Intercommunity Child Guidance Center is one of the oldest private nonprofit mental health contractors in Los Angeles County. Founded in 1957 by concerned community members of the Whittier Coordinating Council, the agency’s mission is to give children of all ages the skills, support and security they need to build emotionally healthy lives and become caring, responsible adults. In 2009, the agency changed its name to “The Whole Child”, honoring its 55-year legacy of helping underserved and under-represented infants, children, and their families achieve “wholeness”. The new name better conveys their philosophy that not only does every child matter, every aspect of the child matters.

Under the inspirational leadership of their Chief Executive Officer Charlene Dimas-Peinado who has been with the Agency for 26 years, The Whole Child has grown significantly. Throughout its history, the Agency has been a leading advocate on behalf of at-risk children, innovating and expanding best practices, raising awareness, and aligning systems to benefit children and their families. As a result, The Whole Child has become an established leader in the field of children and youth emotional health, offering a comprehensive, coordinated spectrum of highly respected “services without walls” that are provided wherever needed.

The Whole Child focuses on children ages 0-21 years and their families in high-risk communities throughout Southeastern Los Angeles County.  Families may require The Whole Child’s professional services in the event of loss of a parent, traumatic home life, sexual abuse, emotional health issues, homelessness or a wide range of other negative situations. Services are provided at The Whole Child Center and its five outreach clinics; at area hospitals; at 9 local school districts (27 area schools), and in client’s homes to over 10,000 children and their families annually.

The Whole Child is positioned for success. In this fiscal year The Whole Child’s annual revenue is targeted to be $10 million, boasting $5 million in assets with $1 million in an investment account. With a dedication to excellence and best practices in programming, fundraising and fiscal management they have been able to continue to invest in their programs, staff and therapeutic facilities. In the last year they conducted a capital improvement project which not only expanded and enhanced their environment for therapists to provide mental health and housing services but also to include state-of-the-art Children’s Interactive Therapy Rooms.

Over the years and with their vivacious, engaged and passionate Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors and Leadership Team, The Whole Child has earned an envious reputation for quality, collaboration and excellence not only with the twenty six cities they serve in LA County but with their funders and the community at large.

With 90% of their funding being public dollars, The Whole Child, in recent years have diversified their revenue and placed a heavy focus on fundraising. The culture of fundraising starts at the top with a Board of Directors committed to a $1,000 give/get policy and a newly developed Corporate Board established to create funding from the corporate community. Together with the development staff, The Whole Child has created a strong annual fund, events calendar, major gifts and planned giving program as well as a corporation and foundation giving program.

With a well-tenured and seasoned senior leadership team and an impressive Board of Directors, and with a vision for significant growth, The Whole Child is well positioned for even more impact. The new Chief Executive Officer will place their own stamp on this Agency, building upon its current momentum of success.

The Board of Directors for The Whole Child is seeking an innovative and accomplished visionary leader to inspire staff, board and volunteers for even greater impact. Having just completed their last three year strategic plan, the new Chief Executive Officer will be starting at an opportune time to be part of their next strategic planning phase. This is a phenomenal and rare nonprofit Chief Executive Officer opportunity for Southern California.

The Board of Directors is seeking a Chief Executive Officer who will lead a team and program ready for executing significant growth in revenue and impact.   The new Chief Executive Officer will be charged with building on The Whole Child’s track record of success by further developing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program.

The Chief Executive Officer must bring an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for its mission, leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers, a demonstrated track record of managing successful outcomes for programs, and the capability to diversify fundraising revenues.

This individual must possess intellectual horsepower and be naturally persuasive and fair, and value accountability for themselves and others. The new Chief Executive Officer will lead based on the core ethics of collaboration, self-improvement, and the drive for excellence, ensuring that the best services are being delivered to the children and families they serve.

Statement of Purpose

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer directs the planning, development, implementation and administration of a comprehensive integrated mental health and housing services for The Whole Child; and ensures organizational compliance with local, County, State and Federal laws as it relates to governmental contracts, foundation contracts, city, state and federal contracts as well as personnel and employment related laws and regulations. Responsible for the development, implementation and results on a multi-level and multi-disciplinary programs affecting the safety of children and families; and has the responsibility to oversee, support and coordinate projects of committees and sub-committees.

The Chief Executive Officer acts as The Whole Child’s fiduciary leader, translates The Whole Child’s mission & vision into a Strategic Plan developed with the Board’s direction, keeps the organization financially and operationally strong, manages day-to-day operations, provides best-in-class mental health and housing services to children and families ensuring that the organization evolves to address the changing needs of communities served.

The Chief Executive Officer serves as The Whole Child’s overall spokesperson, representative and executer of change, and cultivates strong working relationships with public agency leaders, elected officials, community leaders, service partners/stakeholders, donors and others. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer will manage healthcare markets and clinical competence in behavioral health under the Affordable Care Act

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for directing, planning, and implementing mental health and housing services for children in Los Angeles County. The position directs administrative, clinical and program support staff; develops and recommends policies, programs, and strategic plans; and provides various other administrative and technical services, mental health and housing services, assessment and planning, evaluation of services, policy recommendations, public awareness, research, data collection and analysis, and various other administrative functions.

The Chief Executive Officer will provide leadership for all fundraising that is pursued in collaboration with Board members and staff; establish personal relationships with government funders, individual donors, foundations, and businesses that are able to fund services/programs; develop and periodically update a fundraising plan that includes staff and Board roles and responsibilities, that is focused on developing increased individual, foundation, business and government support for The Whole Child’s programs and services.

The Chief Executive Officer will focus on expanding client base of children and families, with particular attention to new funding opportunities (ACA, other funding sources unique to California like MHSA, etc.).

The Chief Executive Officer will:

Directs day to day operations and oversees the administration, coordination, and implementation of organizational policies, procedures, strategic planning, programs, and services.

Oversees the preparation of the annual budget for the Board of Director’s financial management, allocation and expenditure controls for the operations of the organization.

Oversees the development and implementation of short and long range fiscal strategic planning initiatives to ensure that current and future fiscal goals/needs are clearly identified and addressed.

Working closely with the Board of Directors, establishes a shared vision for the future of the organization; develops appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission and grow The Whole Child.

Oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of objectives, policies/procedures, and operations for all assigned fiscal program areas to ensure maximum revenue reimbursement and utilization and compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations, and County and departmental guidelines.

Oversees the planning and implementation of various financial program and policy changes to resolve system-wide financial contracting issues, i.e. DMH, LAHSA, HaCola, HUD, First Five LA, private insurance companies and private foundations.

Represents the organization’s interests at the local, state, and federal levels for all mental health and housing matters.

Directs the management of information technology functions including systems applications, and development, database administration and financial systems, i.e. Exym, The Core Group.

Ensures that qualified staff is hired to accurately monitor, assess and manage the financial and programmatic health of the organization with continued focus on program quality, innovation, funding and expansion.

Ensures that there are appropriate systems in place to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the organization in the areas of development and delivery of mental health and housing programs, education and outreach, policy development, administration and operations, fund-raising and resource development.

Develops and enforces policies, rules, regulations and relevant laws.

Provides for proper compliance and risk management, ensuring strict contract compliance with funder requirements, particularly the LADMH, DCFS, LAHSA, HaCola, First 5 LA, private foundations and other granting sources.

Administrative supervision and management of departments, divisions and appointed employees ensuring that staff competencies and the staffing mix are scaled to the needs of the organization and its clients; develops staff recognition programs and engenders a collaborative environment; listens to staff concerns; and encourages staff opportunities for growth within the organization.

Serves as fundraiser-in-chief, sustaining current funding levels and also actively expanding networks from which new funding can be cultivated across a diverse mix of corporate, foundation, individual, public sector funders, commercial insurance contractors and new opportunities available through the Affordable Care Act and other programs; seeks capacity-building funds to support The Whole Child’s mission through a time of organizational change, expansion and transition.

Together with the Director of Donor Relations and the Chair of the Development Committee personally drives fundraising solicitations, especially with government entities, major private donors, businesses, foundations and others; develops fundraising roles and objectives for the Board Chair, the Chair of the Development Committee, other Board Members, the Development Team, and the Executive Management Team; plays a major presence and force at development events.

Regularly provides concise reports to the Board on the state of the organization (key compliance issues, service delivery of programs and outcomes, revenue and expenses, and related administrative matters toward the development and execution of the organization’s mission, policy, and procedures).

With the Board Chair, coordinates the efforts and initiatives of: various Board Committees and Task Forces, Board meeting agendas, Board retreats; recruits diverse, talented and experienced new Board members; encourages and plans Board members’ involvement in a range of the organization’s activities including in development of the Strategic Plan, fundraising, financial oversight, program review, etc.

Develops and recommends policies and procedures as requested by the Board of Directors; implements approved Board policies, program goals and objectives and work collaboratively to enable the Board, its committees, and individual board members in fulfilling the Board’s governance functions.

Ex officio member of board committees.

We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:

Effectively plan and manage with competence a variety of administrative projects and assignments.

Understand, interpret, enforce, and draft pertinent rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Gather, analyze and interpret complex data, using effective research techniques.

Knowledge, negotiation and administration of contracts with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Housing Authority of Los Angeles County, First Five LA, Private Foundations, Private Insurance Companies, etc.

Delegate responsibilities and deal with agency personnel.

Answer routine and complex questions and provide information to the Board of Directors, employees and community.

Participate actively in community meetings, seminars and conferences.

Work collaboratively with representatives of various private and public organizations.

Work effectively in a fast paced challenging environment.

Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board of Directors, administrative staff, middle management, clinical staff, office staff, associates, contracting agencies, private foundations, and the public.

Exercise the highest level of independent judgment, demonstrate emotional maturity with the ability to be flexible while remaining mission driven.

Experience in management, budgeting, fund raising, strategic planning and board building with community and corporate leaders.

Knowledgeable of current, state of the art technological systems.

Must demonstrate a high degree of initiative and commitment to serving children and families.

Team focused and builder able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound well-organized plan.

Facilitate strong and sustained partnerships with community members.

Together with the leadership team and Board of Directors, be responsive to changing circumstances, manage organizational and financial risk, and adapt during period of transition.

Attract a highly qualified team of administrators, managers and clinical staff.

Must be creative high-energy person with integrity and dedication to the mission of the organization.

Strategic thinking with the ability to develop a vision for the organization.

Experience working closely with diverse populations and underserved communities.

A master’s degree in Social Work, business administration, hospital administration public health, and/or non-profit organization from an accredited university.

A minimum of six years of upper level management experience in a clinical setting and/or related field of practice is recommended.

A valid driver’s license is required


A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.

Phone: 714-433-7042

Direct all correspondence emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to The Whole Child will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

The Whole Child is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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