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    Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan has an immediate need for a dynamic and courageous President/CEO to carry forward the agency’s vision of respect for human dignity and ever- increasing stability and independence for individuals, families and communities we serve. Become a part of this amazing mission by joining an innovative team that is helping people in our community and across the Diocese find new hope and a stable future.

    About CCDOK

    Catholic Family Services was formed on June 11, 1975 from two Catholic agencies that had provided social services to people of southwest Michigan. One agency, St. Agnes Foundling Home, had operated uninterruptedly in Kalamazoo by the Sisters of St. Joseph since 1915. That agency served unmarried mothers and their children, families seeking adoptions, and other children in need. It was affiliated with Borgess Hospital, the Catholic hospital in the community. The other predecessor agency was Catholic Social Services, a family service agency. The Catholic Diocese of Lansing began Catholic Social Services in 1958 as a community service in Kalamazoo. Its mission was to serve families under stress, especially those with marriage and child-parent problems.

    Partially as a result of the recommendations of the Kalamazoo Community Planning Council, St. Agnes Foundling Home and Catholic Social Services, both United Way agencies, emerged to form Catholic Family Services. It was believed an agency with a more comprehensive purpose could better serve the people of the area. The sponsorship that Catholic Social Services had with the Diocese of Kalamazoo (formed in 1975) was continued with the new agency, Catholic Family Services. On June 1, 2012, Catholic Family Services changed their name to Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo.

    Our mission is to provide people with compassionate social services by the example of Jesus Christ, to advocate for justice and to cultivate caring communities in the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

    At CCDOK, we have been given the incredible privilege and responsibility to accompany those we serveon their life’s journey. We are called to provide help for today, create hope for tomorrow and cultivate caring communities that endure.

    We are provided a sense of belonging and purpose when we are surrounded by people who care about us. This community accompanies us on our life journey and provides us with support and guidance. Too often, those we serve do not have this community and lack support and guidance in times of crisis. Our staff and volunteers step into that role – becoming the community so desperately needed. We are in the business of changing lives for the better at Catholic Charities.

    PRESIDENT/CEOPosition Announcement

    CCDOK has an operating budget of about $2M. Approximately 75% of income is derived through public grants. We operate five major programs, with a staff of less than 50, serving literally from cradle to grave. We serve any person in need, regardless of faith. CCDOK is in the process of developing a three- year strategic plan; one of the top priorities in the plan is expanding our services throughout the nine counties of the diocese. Our Bishop is a strong advocate for CCDOK, and the President/CEO has traditionally been an integral member of his leadership team. CCDOK is a member agency of Catholic Charities USA.

    CCDOK’s five major programs are:
    The Ark Services for Youth – Life changing services for homeless, precariously housed, trafficked youth and youth in crisis and their families. Includes outreach case management, drop-in services, shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and prevention services.
    Caring Network – Life changing services for pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families, including both home and community-based case management, classes, mentoring programming, material support, pregnancy testing, and more.
    Baraga Manor Apartments – Safe and stable affordable housing (48 units) for seniors and the mobility- impaired with incomes of less than 30% are median income. Provide supportive services including counseling and serves as a community meal site.
    Bridges Mental Health – Free mental health services for anyone in need, including counseling for individual, families, and couples.
    Home Heating Assistance – Heating assistance of up to $300 per year to families across the nine-county service area provided in partnership with parishes and other organizations. The program is run by dedicated volunteers.

    CCDOK’s President/CEO has five direct reports:

    • Associate Director is responsible for providing leadership, development, implementation and

      monitoring of contracts, grants and vendors related to CCDOK. Participates in recruitment and development of volunteers, staff, donors, training, and achievement of quality services and administration. The Associate Director has 20 years tenure at the agency.

    • Director of Ark Services for Youth responsible for providing leadership, direction and development to Ark Services for Youth, which includes the Ark Shelter and the YouthIndependent Living and Outreach programs. The Director of Ark Services for Youth has 11 years’tenure at the agency.
    • Administrative Operations Coordinator manages various essential administrative and financialfunctions. The Administrative Operations Coordinator has 16 years’ tenure at the agency.
    • Administrative Support Telecommuter assists President/CEO, Associate Director and program/administrative staff in efficient and effective administrative and HR functions as atelecommuter from remote location. The Administrative Support Telecommuter has 11 years’tenure at the agency.
    • Post Adoption Caseworker is responsible for all post-adoption inquiries; providing information from adoption records in compliance with current Michigan Law write non-identifying social histories; and submitting necessary forms to the Central Adoption Registry. The Post AdoptionCaseworker has 28 years’ tenure at the agency.

      The President/CEO also supervises a few contracted positions for outsourced services.

    Position Summary

    CCDOK’s President/CEO manages the work of the agency in its mission, vision, values and strategic plan. The President/CEO provides overall leadership, direction, coordination, and evaluation of the whole agency; and serves as the face of Catholic Charities for its charitable work of the Church within the Diocese of Kalamazoo. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. CCDOK is governed by its main Member, the Bishop of Kalamazoo.

    Job Qualifications

    • A practicing member of, and love for the Roman Catholic Faith committed to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church. Our President/CEO serves as a witness to the faithful throughout the diocese, and must be willing to exemplify that faith through life and work
    • Degree in business, Master’s degree in social work, or other related four-year degree
    • Demonstrated experience in in social work
    • Experience in administration, management, and successful operation of an organization
    • Fluency with contracts, grant-writing, and corresponding compliance requirements
    • Competency with financial aspects of operating the organization (financial statements,

      budgeting, book keeping, accounting controls, etc)

    • Familiarity with Diocesan structure and organization

      Required Competencies

      Connecting with people

      Our leader will be comfortable with people including clients, volunteers, staff, and benefactors. Engagements often include speaking before groups, and frequent interaction with diocesan offices, the Bishop, and parishes throughout the diocese.

      Seasoned leadership

      Our leader will be encouraging and pastoral to staff, and lead by example. Our leader will seek creative solutions to the challenges of non-profit work to best apply our resources to help those in need.

      Visionary outlook

      Our leader will continually assess the effectiveness of our agency. Our leader will maintain a hopeful and encouraging outlook, and a faithful eye on our mission.

      Compensation and Benefits

      Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, qualifications, and demonstrated competency. CCDOK offers a variety of benefits including medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability and a retirement pension. Our employees can participate in a life insurance plan, a flexible spending account, and a 403b retirement account. A paid time off plan allows you to earn more time off the longer you are employed and we provide paid time off for 8 designated holidays each year. This is a full- time, exempt position.

    Process of Candidacy

    The President/CEO search is led by the CCDOK Board of Directors.
    For consideration, apply by submitting your resume with cover letter addressed to Miriam Orozco at:

    [email protected]

    For priority consideration, candidate should submit initial materials by Dec 31, 2018. Selected candidates may be asked to submit additional information or participate in additional screening.

    Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo is an equal opportunity employer.

    Additional Information

    To learn more about CCDOK and our work, please visit our website and social media channels:

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