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Announcement: Seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

CHC and its Board of Directors is pleased to present this compelling leadership opportunity in community behavioral health and education.

The Board of Directors of Children’s Health Council (CHC) is seeking an experienced senior executive to lead this nonprofit organization providing mental health and educational services to children and adolescents, and their families, who face developmental, behavioral, emotional and/or learning challenges.

CHC has an exemplary track record of performance and impact in the communities of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area, since 1953. The agency is coming up on its 70th anniversary helping children and families. It has been led and inspired by Rosalie Whitlock, PhD and CEO, for the past ten years. CHC has grown substantially during her executive tenure. The agency delivers services in three locations – Palo Alto, San Jose, and Ravenswood.

At present it has an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million and 204 staff members who are educators, clinicians, and management professionals. CHC’s financial picture is very strong, with diversified revenue from government grants, earned private sources, philanthropic revenue, and endowment earnings. The organization has a track record of generating an annual operating surplus while targeting and achieving 80% earned revenue. Currently, CHC’s endowment is more than $35 million.

CHC is supported by a 22-member Board of Directors, each of whom are asked to serve three consecutive three-year terms. The Board of Directors brings experience in education, philanthropy, finance, management, and other areas critical to its oversight role.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the need for mental health services for children, youth, and adolescents. During the pandemic, CHC has seen a 150% increase in call volume. CHC is here for these kids and their families – leading the emotional recovery with Courage, Connection, and Compassion.

This is an exciting executive leadership opportunity for a marquee behavioral health and education agency positively impacting more than 11,000 children, teens, young adults, and their families, with indirect impact on more than 29,000 people. The successful executive candidate will have the opportunity to take this financially strong, operationally solid agency to the next level of performance and impact.

Children’s Health Council is an equal opportunity employer with an organizational focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; it encourages the candidacy of professionals with diverse lived experiences and backgrounds.

Please download the CHC Chief Executive Officer Position Specification prepared by Carlson Beck. For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact: Sally Carlson, Carlson Beck Managing Partner or Heidi Holzhauer, Carlson Beck Partner.