Director of Strategy and Financial Planning, Massachusetts
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Website: Youth Villages
Youth Villages (YV), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully, is seeking a proven strategic leader to serve as Director of Strategy and Financial Planning for its Massachusetts team. As one of the largest organizations in the United States serving this population, Youth Villages has ambitious objectives of influencing state and federal policy to direct resources to what works. Youth Villages’ innovation stems from a deep belief in using data to drive performance, both in the adoption of new, effective clinical approaches and in seeking outcomes-based contracts that hold YV and other social service providers accountable for the organization’s ultimate impact.
Founded in 1986, Youth Villages has an annual budget of $192 million (90% of revenue comes from public sources) with 3,000 employees committed to helping more than 25,000 children and families each year in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Established in June 2006, the Massachusetts region of Youth Villages now serves nearly 1,200 children and families across the state annually through a continuum of outcomes-based services, which includes intensive in-home services, foster care, adoption, group homes, transitional living, specialized crisis services, and intensive residential treatment. In May 2009, the White House recognized Youth Villages as a high-impact, results-oriented organization.
Youth Villages measures its success in reunited families, in children who are able to live at home and do well in school, and in older youth who successfully transition to adulthood and achieve housing stability and education and professional goals. Since 1994, when the organization began emphasizing helping children in the least restrictive environment -- preferably in their own homes and communities -- success rates have soared: in 2017, 88 percent of the children who received at least 60 days of service at Youth Villages were discharged successfully and 86 percent of them were still living successfully in the community two years after their discharge. Youth Villages’ success rate is extraordinary when compared with traditional child welfare services.
Reporting to the Executive Director for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the new Director of Strategy and Financial Planning will be responsible for working with senior leadership of the state team to drive the organization towards meeting ambitious state goals for the transformation of the child welfare system and to support the team in setting and implementing strategies to best serve children and families in crisis.
The ideal candidate will bring strategic planning, project management, and analysis expertise with a proven track record driving successful strategy and leading performance management efforts in pursuit of ambitious goals. The Director will bring a deep passion for serving youth, keen analysis skills, including data and financial analysis, and a positive, collegial style. He/she/they will be an exceptional collaborative leader, outstanding communicator, and demonstrate capacity to develop persuasive and compelling messages and engage effectively with senior leaders and board members. A relentless commitment to quality and the ability to find solutions and drive results where resources and data are scarce are essential. A BA or BS is required for this position and a master’s degree in business or related field is preferred.
This search is being conducted with assistance from Callie Carroll and Melinda Hull of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume and where you learned of the position should be submitted to: YV-MADSF@nonprofitprofessionals.com.