• Executive Director

    Posted Date 2 days ago(11/13/2019 11:40 AM)
    Job ID
    Location Name
    Mille Lacs Academy
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Executive/Senior Management
  • Overview

    At Nexus, we believe in changing the course of a child’s life by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health. We are 110 million dollar nonprofit within the human services, mental health, and behavioral health sectors. Nexus is a growing, innovative organization focused on transforming our level of impact through a heightened focus on family expertise, healing complex trauma, and supporting high-stress youth and families.


    Provides agency leadership and ensures the financial sustainability and operational efficiency of all services, programs and departments as demonstrated by service and program growth and a healthy agency culture. Responsible for implementing the strategic plan based on organization and agency vision and mission, and creating effective service outcomes by creating a trauma-informed, values-driven culture that supports youth-guided and family-driven care.  Ensures the development and retention of employees, and maintaining applicable policies and standards of the organization, as well as external regulating bodies. Responsibilities include:

    1. Accountable for the overall positive leadership of the agency and maintains a healthy and high-performing culture among employees that supports staff development and reinforces effective supervisory engagement and the collaborative management of others.
    2. Manages the day-to-day operations of services and programs by supporting the effective functioning of all departments and ensuring that the physical locations are well maintained, safe, and conducive to the therapeutic treatment and engagement of youth and families.
    3. Leads by example and role models trustworthy and value-based behavior and reinforces the vision, mission, values, and practice principles of the organization while upholding agency expectations and values.
    4. Unites employees around their connection to the larger Nexus organization and creates positive engagement between assigned services and Nexus’ corporate departments, supporting one voice/brand nationwide.
    5. Partners and works collaboratively with other agency Executive Directors to promote operational excellence and efficiency through best practice sharing and adoption of standardized approaches across all agencies where appropriate.
    6. Actively involved in promoting positive public relations, marketing, and community relations by participating in community events, appropriate civic, governmental, and political advocacy, and participating in news coverage that is likely to generate positive visibility for Nexus and the agency.
    7. Works effectively with assigned Board of Directors and/or maintains an active advisory committee by ensuring timeliness, organization, effective coordination, accurate reporting, and ongoing recruiting and positive outreach of Board and/or advisory committee members.
    8. Actively participates in philanthropic efforts and as a result participates in obtaining fundraising dollars, gets involved in events, builds relationships, and actively pursues grants and other external funding sources for expanding or enhancing current or projected development initiatives.
    9. Develops a strong referral base by actively promoting services and achieving high satisfaction with the youth, family, and referral agent experiences as demonstrated by positive results on satisfaction surveys and a steady stream of admissions and requests for services.
    10. Maintains appropriate census and budget expectations for long-term sustainability, as well as manages expenses and increases revenue and/or diversifies funding streams to ensure that the strategic goals of assigned services and the mission are achieved.
    11. Actively looks for ways to expand and grow services and be innovative with programs to keep up with sector trends to enhance better outcomes and impact.
    12. Building off of research and best practices, incorporates state of the art clinical services and programming that generates positive, long-term outcomes. Ensure the implementation of the Nexus practice model and clinical standards across all services and programs.
    13. Supports an active continuous quality improvement and risk management culture in which key organization and agency performance indicators are routinely identified, monitored and improved.
    14. Actively manages interpersonal conflict and disagreements among staff in a professional and respectful manner and demonstrates positive social skills when engaging with others.
    15. Manages a current and relevant training program that orients and mentors new staff effectively, expands staff’s knowledge and experiences, and ensures the ongoing talent development of future leaders.
    16. Leads and adjusts the agency’s strategic planning process, execution and achievement of relevant goals and strategies to address current needs as well as long-term planning while integrating Nexus organizational initiatives.
    17. Demonstrates Executive Leadership behavior by being cooperative, collaborative, productive, and taking responsibility for decisions and actions, and maintaining the confidentiality of organizational information, employees, and those served.
    18. Ensures that the agency adheres to the requirements of all licensing, contracting and accrediting bodies.
    19. Other duties as assigned or relevant.


    Education, Credentials and Experience

    • Masters degree in a clinical field required with licensing preferred; a combination of business degree with direct clinical experience will be considered.
    • At least 10 years of clinical experience with children, youth or families, and specific experience with agency services and programs required;
    • At least 5 years of senior level supervisory and management experience required;
    • Working knowledge and experience overseeing and being responsible for operations and financial oversight required.


    Physical Demands

    • Must be able to lift 40 pounds unassisted and up to 100+ pounds with assistance.
    • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
    • Must be able to bend, twist and stretch in a manner conducive to a residential, foster care or community mental health program.
    • Ability to travel via car and plane to other meeting sites and conferences required; approximately 10% of time requires regular travel.
    • Must be able to assist staff in maintaining and engaging in safety restraining responses of clients as absolutely necessary.


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