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St. Joseph Orphanage

Seeking Talented Mental Health Executive


Founded in 1829 and an agency of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, St. Joseph Orphanage (SJO) provides residential, educational and community mental health treatment programs for children who have been abused, neglected, severely emotionally disturbed, or who are developmentally disabled.  With over 300 staff, 80 foster parents, and a FY 2013 annual operating budget of about $19MM, SJO is annually changing the lives of over 1,800 children from the Greater Cincinnati community and from throughout the State of Ohio.  With its long-time Executive Director retiring in early 2014, SJO is seeking an experienced, multi-talented, and seasoned executive to lead the multi-site mental health agency. For more about St. Joseph Orphanage, visit


The Executive Director is accountable for all operations of St. Joseph Orphanage while insuring compliance with its mission, the values of the Catholic Church, and relevant governmental regulations and professional standards. This position works closely with the President of the SJO voluntary Advisory Board and, for Archdiocesan reporting purposes, reports to the Archbishop via the Archdiocesan Director of Community Services.


The Executive Director directly supervises five Associate Executive Directors (Finance, Human Resources, three Clinical Division Directors), Medical Director, Director of Fund Development, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and an Executive Assistant.




The successful candidate will have earned a relevant degree, PhD or MBA preferred; possess independent licensing in one of the mental health related disciplines; have at least ten years of progressive management experience in a setting that involves 24/7 types of clinical services and which partially offers such services in a campus or hospital type of environment.  The successful candidate must possess demonstrable knowledge and insight into multiple clinical service modalities and systems of care for the treatment of severely emotionally disturbed children and their caregivers.  At least five years of prior active direct service experience in related clinical settings and two years of clinical supervisory experience in social work, nursing, counseling, psychiatry or psychology also preferred. Demonstration of leadership capability and an ability to operate in a highly political environment are critical characteristics for this position.


This position requires a candidate to be able to work autonomously while maintaining ongoing communication with government officials, funding authorities, donors, board officers and Archdiocesan officials. Sensitivity to educational, cultural and gender differences, as well as peer and supervisory relationships, is essential. Must be tolerant of ambiguity and have a willingness to manage diverse and frequently changing priorities, particularly possessing the ability to do so with a positive attitude and sense of humor in a high-risk environment.  


Desired qualifications and experience


·         CEO or executive level leadership experience in a comparable multi-million dollar, multi-site agency desired

·         Terminal degree preferred, e.g., MBA or PhD in a related field (psychology, psychiatry, health care administration)

·         Independent licensing in a mental health profession

·         Direct clinical experience with both outpatient and out-of-home care

·         Business experience in both profit and non-profit environments

·         Experience working with governmental agencies and policy makers

·         Effective communications skills (oral and written)

·         Experience with governance of charitable 501(c)(3) organizations

·         Some experience in a hospital setting

·         Experience in a faith-based agency with a  church affiliation helpful

·         Strength in fiscal, program management

·         Familiarity with principles of Catholic teaching and values

·         Knowledge of Medicaid policy in health and behavioral health

·         Experience in a special education setting

·         Technologically proficient


Commensurate with experience, the Executive Director will receive a competitive compensation and benefits package.  The desired starting date for the successful candidate is 14 January 2014.


Preference will be given to candidates who provide a cover letter explaining their personal and professional interest in this career opportunity, a resume with details of employment and achievements, and salary expectations.  Confidentiality is assured all parties.  Electronic communications preferred; all candidates will be notified of receipt of applications within 48 hours.


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By regular mail         SJO Executive Director Search

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                               Post Office Box 54556

                               Cincinnati, Ohio 45254-0556