President/Chief Executive Officer

Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Apr 5, 2023
The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas (CBCST) is dedicated to helping young people and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one by providing therapeutic support within a healing environment. The Center first opened its doors in 1997 to 19 families with one paid staff member and 15 trained volunteers. As the demand for their services grew over the years, they responded by adding, adapting, and enhancing programs to meet the changing needs of the community. Today, the CBCST employs 32 full-time professional staff and utilizes over 200 trained volunteers, who contribute more than 7,000 volunteer service hours each year to support the Center’s mission. CBCST operates out of central office in San Antonio, Texas and the Center for Comfort and Consults in Uvalde, Texas. The CBCST serves over 750 youth and caregivers in free peer support programs, more than 800 clients in individual and family counseling, and nearly 700 community members through training, education, and outreach programs annually.

 The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is seeking a President/CEO to lead and operate this well-respected nonprofit. This position will manage all staff and work closely with the Board of Directors and the CBCST Foundation to position the organization as the leader in providing therapeutic support for young people and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one, as well as providing training and support.


 The President/CEO is responsible for the leadership and management of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. The President/CEO reports to and works in close partnership with the Board of Directors. This person provides direction for the delivery of all program services and coordinates the work of all other systems that support program operations. Through their leadership, the President/CEO promotes a culture that values service quality and ongoing efforts by the full organization, its partners, and contractors to achieve strong performance, program goals, and positive results for service recipients.  


 General Agency Management

  • Oversee the operations of all programs, services, activities, and facilities.
  • Ensure that all program objectives are met.
  • Provide leadership, coaching, and direction to the leadership team and staff.
  • Develop and maintain a workforce with the appropriate mix of knowledge, program support skills, and service levels required to achieve objectives.
  • Conduct both short and long-term prioritization for the organization.
  • Lead and implement strategic planning processes.
  • Oversee and account for the overall financial and operational management of the organization.
  • Monitor financial reporting including, but not limited to, cash flow and budget forecasting.
  • Monitor official records and documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, local regulations.
  • Support staff in navigating relationships with partners/funders, and state and local governments.
  • Provide leadership in developing programs.
  • Authorize, approve, and sign all legal documents for Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas under the parameters set forth by the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee development of annual agency budget with appropriate staff and board committees.
  • Collaborate closely with the Board and Staff to continually refine and execute a vision and plan of action for increased impact, long term growth and sustainability.
  •  External Community Engagement and Fund Development

    • Ensure the mission and vision are articulated and shared with a wide range of stakeholders.
    • Value and retain existing community partnerships and cultivate new relationships to further enhance the organization’s image and brand throughout the community.
    • Advocate with local and state government for legislation and policies that support the organization.
    • Oversee the development and implementation of a robust fund development plan.
    • Ensure the proper distribution and use of restricted funds.
    • Cultivate and steward individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
    • Demonstrate ability to interact with and influence philanthropic leaders.
    • Set goals and assure annual campaign generates maximum financial support.
    • Ensure the agency has a visible and effective public image by regular use of the media, speaking engagements before service clubs/organizations, and presence at all appropriate corporate, foundation, and public functions.
    • Ensure all staff and volunteers who interact with the public do so in an informed, effective, and appropriate manner.
    • Establish and maintain contact with key individuals in local government, other nonprofit agencies, and the business sector to further the agency’s public image and reputation.
     Culture and Staff Relations

  • Inspire and motivate a highly skilled, diverse, and committed team of staff.
  • Promote a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of professional and highly qualified professionals.
  • Create an atmosphere that respects and embraces engagement of all people, ideas and backgrounds and aligns with the organization’s values, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Collaborate with staff as a knowledgeable part of problem-solving team.
  • Encourage staff development and assists staff in relating their specialized work.
  • Ensure inclusive, transparent, and regular communications both internally and externally.
  • Communicate expectations with staff, establishing metrics and plans in support of the strategic plan.
  • Collaboration with Board of Directors

  • Develop and present recommendations for annual business plans and budgets.
  • Provide regular updates on operational, program, and financial performance and outcomes.
  • Work closely with the Board to ensure compliance with bylaws, policies, and directives.
  • Partner with the Board leadership to continually strengthen governance practices and build a diverse Board of Directors.
  • Passion for grieving children
  • Strong project management and interpersonal skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task under recurring time constraints
  • High ethical standards
  • Bachelor’s degree applicable to nonprofit activities is desired, although extensive and demonstrated successful experience may be substituted. (Social Work, Counseling, Business Management, etc.)
  • 10+ years experience in nonprofit or public agency management, including supervising staff; and experience working with and leading the Board of Directors.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising.
  • Proven ability to delegate, build consensus, create accountability, and drive results.
  • Position requires on-site leadership and presence.
  •  Key Competencies

  • Inspires/motivates internal and external stakeholders to support the mission, strategic plan, and goals.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment to achieve broader organizational goals.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Visionary
  • High energy
  • Working knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management, including fund accounting and budgeting.
  • Proven presentation skills with ability to communicate program solutions and strategies to leaders and board members.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to delegate, build consensus, create accountability, and drive results.
  •  Preferred

    • Master’s degree or PhD
    • Working knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management
    • Ability to lead the organization in strategic planning.
    • Counseling experience
    • Bi-lingual
    This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.


    Résumés, cover letters, and references accepted until Thursday, April 6, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. CST. We fully respect the need for confidentiality and will not discuss candidates' backgrounds or interests with anyone without consent, nor will we reference contacts without notifying the candidate.

    Please email your résumé and cover letter to the address below to apply for this position. Please indicate the name of the job for which you are applying in the subject line of your email. 

    LinkedIn submissions will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

    Marion T. Lee

    Lee+ Associates

    P.O. B0x 15018

    San Antonio, Texas 78212



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