Position Description: 

Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, the mission of Marygrove is to provide quality mental health services to severely disturbed children, young adults, and their families who are economically disadvantaged.

For more than 165 years, Marygrove has been a place where children, youth, and families in need have found hope and healing. Marygrove provides treatment and support to young people struggling with the often debilitating emotional and behavioral issues resulting from abuse, neglect and other trauma. Through its comprehensive continuum of residential and community based programs, including therapeutic residential treatment and foster care, transitional and independent living, crisis care and special education, Marygrove transforms hundreds of lives each year.

Marygrove is an agency of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, a federation of eight agencies that has been helping people in need since 1912. In response to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the mission of Catholic Charities is to serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable; work to improve social conditions for all people in the community; and call members of the Church and community to do the same.

CEO Position:
The CEO at Marygrove is a practicing Catholic, a visionary and dynamic individual who is responsible for leading Marygrove to successfully achieving its mission through the development of a strategic plan, establishing effective programs and services, guiding funding efforts, forming a strong management team, and collaborating with key strategic partners. The CEO assists the Board of Directors (Board) with reporting on organizational performance, assessment of community needs, and industry information as the Board sets the direction of the organization and establishes policy. The CEO possesses a genuine commitment to serving vulnerable children who struggle with mental and behavioral issues, and their families. The CEO is a Catholic Charities employee, under a Support Services Agreement with Marygrove.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. Promote the mission, vision, and values of Marygrove (and Catholic Charities). Continuously seek opportunities to advance the Catholic identity and heritage of Marygrove.
2. Work with the Board to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan, to ensure the organization continues over time to provide services that are needed by the community.
3. Develop annual goals and objectives for the organization. Provide to the Board a regular reporting of the accomplishment of the annual goals and objectives. Keeps the Board informed, and seeks their input, on decisions that may differ from the agreed-upon direction of the organization.
4. Serve as the public face of Marygrove, and take responsibility for fostering relationships with key
partners and stakeholders.
5. Assist the Chair of the BOD in developing board meeting agendas to ensure that the board receives adequate information on a timely basis to make required decisions and to monitor performance of the organization.
6. Support the role responsibilities of the Board.
7. Collaborates with others in the Catholic Charities Federation and entities of the Archdiocese.
8. Create a culture based on the mission, vision, values and goals, and communicate to staff on a regular basis.
9. Develop and administer, with the management team, the day-to-day policies, procedures and practices that are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
10. Ensure the development, implementation, and monitoring of clinical and operational quality and identification of potential improvement opportunities.
11. Work effectively with, and provide guidance to, senior management, ensuring they have the information and resources they need to fulfill their respective responsibilities. Discuss and document annual performance of all members of senior management.
12. Keep abreast of local, regional and national trends regarding vulnerable children and trauma, mental illness and behavioral treatment and care, and the impact on the services and programs of Marygrove.
13. Monitor public policies impacting the work of Marygrove and clients, and coordinate legislative efforts with the Director of Advocacy with Catholic Charities of St. Louis and other community partners.
14. Review and approve the terms and conditions of all program grants, funding applications, and agreements.
15. Develop the annual operating and capital improvement budgets, for approval by the Board and Catholic Charities, to enable the organization to operate in a stable financial position. Report regularly to the Board on budget to actual performance, with plans to address major variances.
16. Work closely with the Chief Development Officer to ensure plans and opportunities are executed to market and raise funds on behalf of Marygrove. Take a lead role in meeting with major donors and prospects.
17. Represents Marygrove and provides leadership in community and industry-related organizations and boards.
18. Ensures a succession plan is in place for the Chief Executive Officer position and senior staff.

1. Master’s Degree - Social Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Hospital Administration, MBA, Business or related field; 10 or more years of progressively responsible senior management or executive experience. An LCSW.
2. Comprehensive clinical understanding of, and experience in, behavioral healthcare and social service programs related specifically to children, youth, and families.
3. Recognized as a leader and sought-after resource for information about children, youth, and families.
4. Supervisory and administrative background involving planning, organization and implementation of residential settings.
5. Strong knowledge of comprehensive programming demanding multiple licensures and accrediting bodies.
6. An understanding of nonprofit management.
7. Experience in a senior management role with responsibility and accountability for financial results, operations, strategic direction, direct-service programs, development/fundraising, and management/development of staff.

Incumbent’s private and public positions and values must be in full and complete agreement with those of Catholic Charities and with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Contact Details: 

To apply, send cover letter and resume with salary requirements to Les Lexow, Senior Director Human Resources at