Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Gateway-Longview - Buffalo, NY

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PRESIDENT/CEO
GATEWAY-LONGVIEW

OVERVIEW

Gateway-Longview is seeking its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead this well-positioned family service agency. Gateway-Longview’s goal is to provide the best services that enrich the lives of children, youth, their families and support systems.

The Gateway-Longview Board and community is ready to support a CEO who can respond to new, emerging challenges and adapt the most contemporary, best practices for service, funding, advocacy, growth and leadership. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional leader who has experience working with government agencies, policymakers and grant making foundations to lead a family service agency known for the difference it has made in the lives of those at risk, and their families.

Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, Gateway-Longview provides residential, educational and community based services through a variety of programs at 7 sites distributed throughout Western New York, including in some school settings, and on a 40-acre campus that houses educational, residential and treatment services. Currently the agency serves a total of 3368 families, youth and children in 18 different programs.

Gateway-Longview was founded by religious activists, and later became affiliated with the Methodist Church. While now governed by a 501(c)(3) Board composed of diverse community leaders, the organization continues to embrace the church’s social principles, and enjoys the support of many local congregations and the United Methodist Association. Gateway-Longview has an annual operating budget of over $24 million, an endowment of approximately $8 million and 523 employees. The agency contracts with 8 counties, as the principal source of client referrals. Gateway-Longview is regulated by the Office of Children and Family Services, the State Education Department, and the Office of Mental Health (OMH). The agency derives revenues from counties, school districts, and NYS Medicaid. In addition, Gateway-Longview also receives monies from donations, corporations, foundations and private grants.

More detailed information about Gateway-Longview can be found at:
www.gateway-longview.org

CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES

Retiring CEO Jim Sampson has served in this position for eight years. He deserves great credit for the current success of the organization. He has chosen to retire at a point that both he and the Board judge to be the optimal moment to bring in a new leader.

Under Mr. Sampson’s leadership, Gateway-Longview has been nimble and vigorous in pursuit of providing quality services to those in need. The Board and organization have fully embraced these values, and are ready to support a new CEO who will continue to innovate and improve. The Board and organization has engaged in a multi-year strategic planning process, and has revised and refreshed the plan three times over the past five years. We will welcome a review and assessment of the plan and the organization’s overall strategy from the new CEO. While our instinct is that growth will be needed to achieve the maximum impact and better economies, the form of this growth will be determined by the new CEO, in collaboration with the Board.

The leadership team at Gateway-Longview has developed highly effective programmatic and operational methodologies and a healthy organizational culture. Key elements in the success of Gateway-Longview include: strong professional standards and continuing professional development; innovative programming, shaped by dedicated customer service to the eight counties served; rigorous business and budgeting practices; active engagement with regulatory and rate setting bodies; an expansive and beautiful campus and strong educational, vocational, recreational and programmatic resources.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY

The CEO will report to the Board of Directors, and will have overall responsibility for the planning, implementation, administration and management of all agency programs, services and systems. S/he will serve as an advisor to the Board on all agency matters, and can expect the active involvement and support of its members.

The new CEO will evaluate an ever-evolving vision for the needs of consumers as Gateway-Longview moves into the future. S/he will be the spokesperson for Gateway-Longview in a wide and highly visible range of situations where s/he will be expected to provide confidence-inspiring leadership, mobilize broad based support, and identify and act on opportunities for the growth and funding of the agency’s mission.

The CEO will focus her/his efforts on aligning Gateway-Longview’s programs and services to the changing requirements of government. Fundraising, institutional strategy and forming external relationships to bolster programmatic communication and growth strategies will be central to this role. The CEO, working with the senior management team, is accountable to the Board for assuring that Gateway-Longview’s activities achieve the agency's service, performance and outcome goals. If successfully accomplished, the CEO and Gateway-Longview will be able to influence public policy at the root level.

The CEO, with the senior management team, is accountable for the fiscal health of the organization. S/he oversees Gateway-Longview’s operating and capital budgets, maintains fiscal control over expenditures and works with the senior management team to develop plans to anticipate shifts in programs and funding throughout the year. S/he provides leadership in identifying potential sources of public and private support for its operations and capital development.

The core mission of Gateway-Longview is to provide the best services that enrich the lives of children, youth, their families and support systems. The CEO must be diligent in sustaining Gateway-Longview’s commitment to team building and leadership team development, assuring that all parts of the organization are working toward the same goals. The CEO must be someone who is a skilled practitioner in issues of power, oppression, and cultural sensitivity, who embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and sexual orientation, and who has a demonstrated track record of developing and reinforcing diversity in the workplace.

QUALIFICATIONS

We require that the new CEO have a sophisticated understanding of the social, education and health care issues facing children and their families. The ideal candidate will have experience working with national, state and county government agencies that shape the services for those served by Gateway-Longview. A minimum of ten years experience in a senior leadership role is required. An advanced degree in child welfare, behavioral health, education, family services, management and administration or a related field is preferred.

Gateway-Longview is seeking a CEO who has an unswerving commitment to bettering the lives of children and families. Strong leadership, communication, fundraising and decision-making skills are critical to success in this position. The successful candidate should have a proven ability to encourage teamwork and collaboration among many individuals and organizations.

It is required that the CEO has vision and is able to realize that vision through a rich interaction with the Board, staff, government and purchasers representing a broad array of at-risk populations. The CEO must have a value set consistent with a culture that is based upon respect, connectedness, entrepreneurship, high ethical standards, and a passion to make a difference.

COMPENSATION

Salary and benefits for this position are competitive. Gateway-Longview is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be evaluated on a merit basis.

Resumes may be submitted in confidence to:
Ford Webb Associates
60 Thoreau Street
Concord, MA 01741
Or
Email to GL@fordwebb.com

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