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Chief Executive Officer

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor
California, United States
Closing date
Feb 14, 2024

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Position Type
Community Foundations, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
Our Client

One of the oldest and most respected Boys & Girls Clubs in California, they were originally established as the Boys Club of San Pedro in 1937 by the San Pedro Civitan Club. The name was changed to the Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro in 1994 to reflect the hundreds of girls in their membership. In 2002, they opened the Port of L.A. Boys & Girls Club and, in 2004, they merged with the Wilmington Boys & Girls Club to create the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor. Today, they are the largest private nonprofit, daily service provider to at-risk youth in the Los Angeles Harbor area, operating programs at their eight Clubhouses year-round and providing after-school programming on 16 public school campuses.


In response to the increasing demand and the needs of the youth they serve, they greatly enhanced their academic, arts and athletics enrichment programming for all members, grades K-12, along with their workforce development center serving youths post high school. The Los Angeles Harbor Clubs offer programs that address not only member needs, but also their interests. The “Triple A Strategy” provides high-quality programming and activities in Academics, Arts and Athletics. The College Bound program is enabling more of their youth to graduate high school and start college and their Arts Academy provides expert instruction in fine arts, music, dance and digital arts.


The Arts Academy was founded in 2013 in order to provide Club youth in San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and Wilmington with expert instruction options in fine arts, music, dance, recording arts, film production, photography, 3D modeling, video game design and graphic arts. Arts Academy offers extended instruction, field trips, and hands-on experiences that go beyond that standard arts programming. Daily athletic and fitness opportunities are vital to a successful Clubhouse. The daily programs are focused on improving the overall health of each of the Club members. They strive to increase daily physical activity, teach good nutrition and stress the importance of developing healthy relationships. To realize this goal they encourage members to participate in daily fitness activities. They offer affordable, competitive and organized sports leagues. From tutoring and targeted subject programs to College Bound and Career Bound, every member of the Club has access to ensure that they are academically successfully. The College Bound program serves over 1,700 with 99% of seniors graduating from high school!


In 2023, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor:

  • Served 2,700 youth daily at 20 club sites
  • Served 1,302 snacks and suppers daily to members
  • Transported 400+ youth daily
  • Served 8,500+ members throughout the year
  • Sponsored 7 Food Pantries to address food insecurity in the greater community
  • Opened its own Workforce Center to support alumni ages 18-24
  • Operated 7 stand-alone club houses (with another on the way) plus 16 LAUSD sites



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The Role

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must possess a natural connection and passion for BGCLAH’s mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Achieving this through a commitment to quality programs and services in an environment that is safe, nurturing and inspiring. The successful candidate will provide both vision and inspiration to this dynamic organization, with a specific focus on setting a sustained program strategy, advocating for staff and youths, fundraising, team building, and amplifying impact in the LA Harbor Region. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will build upon the organization’s respected footprint and their rich history, led expertly for the last 30 years by Mike Lansing.


With a current budget of $15mm and 250+ staff, BGCLAH is a large, diverse, and highly motivated organization with programs located in regions spanning Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and San Pedro. The growth of the organization, recognized recently through a gift from McKenzie Scott, has allowed BGCLAH to serve as a vital, transformative and diverse community resource. After these years of growth, the new successful candidate must help the organization scale sustainably and manage the resources.


More specifically, the Chief Executive Officer will:

  • Serve as an internal and external champion and role model for BGCLAH’s mission, values, and organizational
  • Lead with spirit to inspire a team that values community, transparency, collaboration, empowerment and
  • Cultivate an inclusive environment and culture of belonging for staff, youths and
  • Support the growth of a complex coalition of diverse, multi-sectoral stakeholders to achieve the organization’s mission by fundraising with individuals, foundations and corporations, and through advocacy and partnership with government agencies.
  • Partner with senior management and staff to refine and evolve strategic
  • Forge a close and trusted working relationship with the Board of Directors to develop and manage the organization’s $15mm budget, and shape and accomplish the organization’s goals.
  • Provide professional leadership to the Board of Directors to ensure the development of an effective and motivated Board, including identification, recruitment, training, and involvement of Board members in meeting the goals of the organization.
  • Actively convene with a community of leaders, practitioners and policy influencers to improve systems in BGCLAH’s communities.
  • Improve sustainability and growth of BGCLAH while embracing strong club member experience and high program quality.
  • Align organizational structure, operational systems, and business practices to bring cohesion and best practices between the sites and the regional offices.
  • Ensure that the organization is in compliance with membership and requirements or standards of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and other affiliated and regulatory agencies. Making sure standards and measures are in place that define effective safety practices, train to those annually, and identify vulnerabilities and strategies to mitigate risks.
  • Bring charisma and intellect to recruiting, retaining, motivating, and inspiring professional staff, youths, alumni, families, partners, Board members, and the community.
  • Understand how to engage graduates to create new traditions of involvement within the youth and alumni
  • Encourage others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrate and support the success of the team. Creating a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond their own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organization as a whole.



Candidate Profile

BGCLAH is seeking a leader who empowers all youths with the belief that they have the ability to reach their full potential. They must also be proven in leading a complex organization. This next CEO must believe in quality programs and services in an environment that is safe, nurturing and inspiring. The CEO will have proven commitment to academic, athletic and art access, with an understanding of racial equity and social justice. The successful candidate must have strategic and notable management experience in the nonprofit, academic, government, and/or business sectors, as well as expertise or exposure to this brand of programs. They will also have talent for fundraising among individuals, foundations, and government agencies.


Ultimately, the successful candidate must exhibit a dedication to the mission and values of BGCLAH and a passion for making a significant and lasting impact on the lives of the youths. They will have the credibility, confidence, and emotional intelligence to be an encouraging and connected leader of an already accomplished and committed staff.


In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:


Operational Excellence in Execution: The next CEO will be an entrepreneur with business instincts, who sees new possibilities through technology and partnerships and is willing to take reasonable risks. BGCLAH seeks a leader who can manage ambiguity and focus on achieving desired outcomes for their club members. Working closely with the Board, the CEO will manage the development/refinement of overall performance measures and metrics – both programmatic and financial – and work with Board and staff to collect and analyze relevant data on a regular basis.

Assess the state of each program and the financial support for each. Create robust and ongoing operational systems to track programs.


Fundraising, Communications and Partnership: The successful candidate will build upon BGCLAH’s current robust funding base to increase financial support from major donors, foundations, corporations, government agencies and other stakeholder groups. It is essential that the new CEO can inspire communities through the use of social media and other communications tools, in order to champion the mission and promote fundraising activities effectively. In partnership with the development team, the CEO should develop and maintain systems for donor stewardship and engagement. In particular, ensure the leadership team and the Board are better engaged, positioned and supported to share in the responsibility of revenue generation at the local, regional and national level.


Management and Development of Staff: The CEO will be able to work effectively with BGCLAH’s diverse constituencies, including its Board, staff, youths, alumni and families. The candidate will be able to build consensus and navigate complex situations with grace and flexibility. Aforementioned strategic planning should alleviate some of this tension, but the CEO should demonstrate an intentional focus on creating a team structure, specifically with the C- suite that appropriately delegates responsibility, empowers staff and clarifies roles. A focus on pay raises and increasing work-life balance across the organization would go far for staff retention. The next CEO should engage the C-suite in building the operational systems and investing in operations to support the current scale of the organization, prioritizing Human Resources.


Evolve the Vision and Implement Strategy: The CEO will serve as the key leader of the strategy and growth goals of the organization to successfully serve youths. The CEO will be highly-networked with a broad understanding of the local trends impacting LA County, and the organizations and stakeholders seeking to impact and improve these communities. The new CEO should define the organization’s vision and take the organization through strategic planning, including Board and staff. The organization also has opportunities to focus on sustainability and improving existing programs first and growth second. Assessment of Board’s role in management of organization under new leadership. Glean support and expertise from the Board and bring them along across strategic planning process.


Lead with Emotional Intelligence, IQ, Integrity and Humility: They will be an individual who thoughtfully builds trust across the organization and in the communities they serve, with authenticity and humility. The next CEO will understand, value and represent for the perspectives of youths, families and staff. The CEO will be an active listener, demonstrate respect for others and, in turn, gain their respect.


Create an Action Oriented and Positive Culture: The CEO will work with the youths and staff to ensure that the entire organization pursues excellence, and continuous learning and consistently exhibits BGCLAH’s core organizational values. They will ensure that the management, staffing and culture of the organization are suitably aligned with BGCLAH’s mission while pursuing strategic ambitions. The CEO will also nurture an organizational culture that is inclusive and highly collaborative—and that seeks to ensure that staff are healthy, whole, and happy.



The estimated salary range for this role is $280,000–$310,000. This salary range represents BGCLAH’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the possible base salary range at the time of posting and is one part of the total rewards BGCLAH provides to employees.



Russell Reynolds Associates has been exclusively retained for this search. Given the need for confidentiality throughout this process, prospective candidates are invited to apply directly by sending their resume and brief expression of interest to


Trevor Hooper

Russell Reynolds Associates 101 California Street

Suite 4200

San Francisco, CA 94111

Kimberly S Archer

Russell Reynolds Associates 1700 New York Avenue, NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20006

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