The AFS mission is to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety, and wellbeing in communities.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Alternative Family Services is a foster care and mental health services organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento region. Founded in 1978, AFS provides foster care and adoption services, mental health services, and transition aged youth housing supporting 1,500 youths and families.
AFS’s core values are reflected in providing Evidence-Based and Outcome Driven services and support, being Community and Family Centered, utilizing Strength Based approaches, and maintaining Cultural Humility, valuing the diversity of its children, families, and staff.
AFS must and does stand against institutional racism, white supremacy, bigotry and hate in all its many manifestations. AFS has initiated practices on both the staff and board levels to examine and improve our capacity to be inclusive of diverse populations and guarantee them full equity and inclusion. AFS’ mission is to support ALL vulnerable children, families, staff members and communities.
AFS has an annual budget of approximately $22 million and 200 employees. AFS maintains its principal offices in San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, and Vallejo, California.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jay Berlin, is retiring after 43 years of service to vulnerable children and families. Under Dr. Berlin’s leadership, AFS has grown strategically and built a reputation with county partners, resource parents and others as providing excellent service for foster care and adoption services, mental health services and transition aged youth housing.
The next CEO will assume leadership of an agency with many staff with decades of service to AFS and the children and families they serve. Foster care is changing with a focus on reuniting youth with their families. Guiding the agency through the changing landscape of foster care and adoption services, the next CEO also has the opportunity to expand services into new areas which will strengthen the agency fiscally while maintaining AFS’ mission. Adopting and implementing appropriate technologies for greater efficiencies and outcomes will be a major initiative of the new CEO with senior leadership.
The CEO will oversee a complex organization and partner with the Chief Program Officer, Chief Finance Officer, Director of Resource Development, Director of Communications and Marketing and other direct reports to achieve the agency’s goals in services and finances while maintaining the high quality of care AFS is known for children and families.
Organizational Leadership and Management
Lead the organization in the development and implementation of long-term vision, strategies, and goals
Oversee all operational, programmatic, financial, and fundraising activities of the organization
Manage and inspire staff, leading the team to fully realize AFS’ mission and new and exciting possibilities
Foster an organizational culture of results, learning, innovative thinking, accountability, and collaboration
Maintain an effective and collaborative working relationship with the Board of Directors as a whole and with individual board members
Serve as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and give strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation
Serve as a compelling spokesperson for AFS’ vision, strategy, and programs among board, staff, volunteers, donors and other key stakeholders, and the community at large
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with major donors, foundations, and government agencies
Serve as spokesperson to the general public for vulnerable children and their families
Develop programs in partnership with the Chief Program Officer to meet the changing needs of foster children and other vulnerable children AFS serves
Develop, manage, and monitor organizational budget in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Directors
Strategically link revenues and resource allocation to facilitate and manage agency and programmatic growth
Oversee the presentation of financial and organizational progress reports to the Board of Directors
Develop and execute a strategic plan in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the senior leadership team
Deepen and expand relationships with diverse funding sources, including public agencies, foundations, corporations, and individual donors
Drive key results in fundraising by working with the Director of Resource Development and Board of Directors in a successful fund development plan
Minimum of 10 years leadership with managerial, financial, and operational experience as an executive/senior manager
Minimum of 5 years of experience in a senior leadership role, including staff management of 4+ direct reports and a large staff, and budgetary accountability of $10 million or more
Executive Director/CEO experience is preferred
Experience with oversight of diverse range of programs or operations, particularly with complex funding streams and government regulations, over multiple geographies
Experience developing and executing strategic plans for an organization
Track record of building relationships and working effectively with public partners, funders, business leaders, and the community
Demonstrated ability to develop, and retain diverse staff, cross-functional team performing in a demanding environment
Understanding and involvement with community-based social services programs
Proven track record of managing change through a transition and/or transformation
Outstanding communicator with excellent speaking, writing, and listening skills
Ability to publicly advocate on behalf of AFS and the people it serves
Big picture thinker who understands how to increase, diversify, and optimize multiple funding sources
Proficiency in financial management and analysis
Ability to plan and execute on specific metrics to achieve organizational goals
Ability to build relationships with clients, donors, partner organizations and government agencies
Problem solver and comfortable making tough decisions
High degree of emotional intelligence and empathy
Commitment to principles of cultural humility in working with diverse communities
A leader who embraces being the public face of an organization
Bachelor’s degree required
Master’s degree in public or business administration, social work or healthcare administration is preferred.
The salary range for this position is $160,000 to $200,000. AFS offers a competitive benefits package.
Brakeley Search is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of AFS. Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a resume and a letter outlining qualifications as PDF or Word documents to Chelsea Burr at CBurr@BrakeleySearch.com with “Chief Executive Officer AFS” in the subject line.
AFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AFS does not discriminate on the basis of Ancestry, Age, Color, Disability, Genetic Information, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender expression, Marital status, Medical condition, Military or veteran status, National origin, Race, Religion, Sex and Sexual orientation.
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