The Whole Child

Position Overview

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Executive Director Program Services 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 former Chief Executive Officer Charlene Dimas-Peinado, who was 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 Executive Director Program Services will place their own stamp on this Agency, building upon its current momentum of success.

This individual must possess intellectual horsepower and be naturally persuasive and fair, and value accountability for themselves and others. The new Executive Director for Program Services 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 Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director for Program Services assists in planning, organizing and directing all aspects of mental health services necessary in an out-patient psychiatric clinic serving emotionally disturbed children and their families.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general direction and supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director Program Services is responsible for supervising and evaluating the work of the program directors. The EDPS is also responsible for the development of in-service training activities; coordination of clinical staff recruitment activities; involvement in professional and paraprofessional classification/compensation; and planning, implementing and supervising in cooperation with staff of graduate schools of social work, a student affiliate program. The Executive Director Program Services also serves as a technical resource person to supervisory staff, community organizations, schools and human service agencies.  Additionally, participates in the formulation of policies and procedures related to the agency, grant writing, fundraising activities, and program development and implementation.

The Executive Director for Program Services:

Assists in the planning, organizing, and directing of the mental health services for children and their families

Participates in the evaluation of existing and future needs and services, and in the establishment of goals, objectives and standards for the provision of mental health services.

Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures specific to the delivery of mental health services and staff issues.

Supervises and evaluates the performance of Program Directors. Consults with Program Directors to resolve problems of staff performance and discipline.

Develops in-service training activities with staff to increase professional knowledge and skills of staff.

Participates in directing training activities and conducting group conferences to promote staff development and to interpret policies and procedures.

Plans, in cooperation with staff of graduate schools of social work, a student affiliate program for supervised fieldwork experience.

Participates in the interviewing, evaluating, selecting and assigning of clinical staff.

Assists in the preparation of budget recommendations and justifications. Compiles data and prepares reports.

Serves as a resource person to program director staff, community organizations, schools, and human service agencies.

Participates in grant/proposal writing, fundraising, and public relations.

Acts for the Chief Executive Officer in her absence.

We are seeking candidates offering the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Leadership and staff development;
  • Social policy and practice;
  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders;
  • Legal and ethical issues related to mental health services.
  • Analytical aptitude;
  • Supervisory/consultation ability;
  • Writing proficiency;
  • Business/public relations practices;
  • Computer knowledge.
  • Develop professional relationships;
  • Consult effectively with staff;
  • Network with other human service agencies;
  • Maintain and prepare reports;
  • Manage and implement policies and procedures;
  • Promote staff professionalism and morale;
  • Handle crisis and/or emergency situations in a professional manner;
  • Take initiative and function autonomously;
  • Work effectively with multi-cultural staff and clients.Required Licenses, Certificates, Education, Experience or Training: Any combination of training, education and work experience may be assessed to determine the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position:
  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology or related field required.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or licensed Psychologist (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) with a minimum 5 years of professional licensure in the state of California required.
  • Six years of professional psychiatric social work or mental health experience, two years of which must have been in a supervisory, consultative or administrative capacity.
  • A valid driver’s license is required



Employee may be asked to participate in cross-training programs or pursue additional education or training when it is determined to be in the best interest of the company by the Executive Director Program Services and Chief Executive Officer.

This class specification is only intended to identify the classification and to illustrate the duties, responsibilities, and requirements for it. It is not intended, nor should it be interpreted to describe each and every duty employees assigned may be required to perform.


Work is performed in normal office setting. Noise level is moderate with occasional loud outbursts. Occasional need to work out in the field contacting clients in homes and schools.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
  • Needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, (i.e., calculator, copy machine and computer printer)
  • Constantly engages with staff and clients


A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.  Phone: 714-433-7040

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 employment opportunity employer and no candidate for employment will be rejected on account of race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, or sex. Candidates with physical impairments will be considered so long as it can be reasonably demonstrated that the duties and responsibilities can be effectively performed without hazard to the individual, fellow employees, or clientele.

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