Executive Director

Laraway Youth and Family Services

Posted: 10/24/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Human Services

City: Johnson

Postal code: 05656

State: Vermont

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M



Mission statement:

It is our mission to provide opportunities for children and families to recognize their individual strengths while supporting them to grow and contribute within our communities.  We offer highly specialized educational, therapeutic, and behavioral support programs designed to meet the distinctive needs of the children, youth, and families we serve.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Laraway’s Board of Directors is seeking candidates committed to furthering the organization’s mission and supporting its dynamic and dedicated team through collaboration, relationship-building, and community partnerships. If you have a passion for education and advocacy, and encouraging creativity, growth and collaboration is part of your DNA, our search committee would love to hear from you!

Our Vision for Laraway’s Next Leader

The new E.D. help sustain a sincere hope and belief in the strength of the human spirit, be able to thrive in the face of challenge, and passionately promote our vision of inclusion and community. 

Above all, the new E.D. will help strengthen what our amazing staff says they value about working for LYFS:

  • Being part of work that matters
  • Seeing what hope looks like
  • Being afforded creative license
  • Having work-life balance
  • Seeing kids have great experiences

Key Areas of Responsibility

Leadership and Management

In partnership with the board and staff, establishes the strategic direction for the agency and ensures that Laraway successfully fulfills its mission, strategic plan, and objectives related to program development, program expansion, and major agency initiatives. In partnership with the leadership team, endeavors to provide a healthy and respectful workplace culture supported by people practices that encourage staff wellness, work-life balance, open-door communication and regular feedback, and continuous learning and professional development.

Direct Services Oversight

Through collaboration with Agency leaders, monitors program performance, participant needs, and current trends to ensure that direct services are of the highest quality possible, are client-centered, and provide optimal outcomes through the use of best practice interventions.

Community and Partner Relationships

Furthers awareness and understanding of the Agency’s high-quality work by serving as the lead public communicator of LYFS’s mission and successes, and actively building positive relationships and stakeholders, community service providers, and state partners. Responds to and manages crises in coordination with local community, state partners, Board of Directors and staff.

Financial Oversight

In conjunction with the Director of Finance, ensures sufficient resources and responsible fiscal management to support the financial health and integrity of the agency, including administration of annual capital and operating budgets, highly cost-effective operation of all services, and timely reporting and analysis  to the board  and compliance with regulatory guidelines, contract requirements and fiscal standards.

Fundraising and Development

Engages in fundraising initiatives and takes an active role in major donor cultivation and oversight of philanthropic foundation relationships, communications and solicitations.  Develops and maintains relationships with legislators, initiates and tracks legislative priorities, and monitors legislative landscape for impacts on the organization and its funding streams.

Board Partnership

Serves as the primary contact and staff liaison to the Board and its committees, developing and co-managing meeting agendas and accountability with the board chair, and ensuring follow-through on Board decisions.


Education and Experience: A college degree and a minimum of 7 years of non-profit leadership experience in a relevant field, such as human services, mental health counseling, or education, preferably with responsibility for a $5M or greater budget in an organization with staff working both on-site and remotely.

Developed Capabilities: Program and operations planning and evaluation, human resources management, fundraising, community relations, policy development and advocacy, and fiscal management with multiple sources of funds, varied programmatic needs, and a dynamic funding landscape; and working knowledge of state and federal social service systems, funding and regulations


Laraway is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive benefits package that includes health insurance, dental insurance, life and AD&D insurance, long-term disability insurance, combined time off (personal and sick time), paid holidays, an Employee Assistance Program and a 401k with an employer contribution.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and are asked to kindly submit a cover letter and resume to edsearch@laraway.org for consideration by the search committee, which plan to begin interviews this fall and welcome a new E.D. by late winter. Our external search partner, Beth Gilpin Consulting, will receive all applications and is available to speak with individuals interested in a confidential exploratory conversation before applying.

Posted By: Beth Gilpin Consulting


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