A Place Called Home,

Chief Executive Officer

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Now in its 29th year, A Place Called Home is a dynamic youth/family/community center serving historic South Central Los Angeles, where primarily BIPOC youth are growing up in poverty and facing entrenched adversities. At APCH, youth ages 8 -24 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, well-being, college scholarships and employment preparation; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.

With a core ethos rooted in social justice and equity, APCH provides in-person and virtual programs spanning education, counseling, mentoring, music, dance, visual and digital art, athletics, nutrition, gardening, college and job preparation. A Place Called Home has sent more than 500 first-generation college scholars to colleges and universities in CA and across the country.

Mission Statement:

A Place Called Home provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.

About this job

Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a dynamic team of more than 80 professionals, the CEO is an experienced, energetic, visionary and empathetic leader who sets organizational goals and strategy that is responsive to the needs of the youth, families, staff and broader community we serve. A purpose-driven executive, the ideal candidate will build on APCH’s current strengths, fiscal stability, reputation and momentum to develop a vision for the organization’s next decade and create a new strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and our committed staff. The CEO is an exemplar in word and deed who will provide direction, thought partnership, and mentorship to the staff of APCH; and will inspire unity and build on and develop new high functioning partnerships and relationships throughout Los Angeles to advance APCH’s already robust resource development and programmatic objectives. The Chief Executive Officer leads the Organizational Leadership Group (OLG), comprising the Chief Operations Officer, Chief Program officer, and Chief Development Officer.

The Chief Executive Officer is primarily responsible for the organization’s ambitious fundraising goals, growing our operating budget which is currently $8M - $9M per year, plus in-kind. In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, the CEO develops and executes APCH’s overarching fundraising strategy, personally cultivating and stewarding high level individual donors and executive level relationships with corporations and foundations.

Roles & responsibilities


Organizational Leadership & Strategy

•In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the OLG (C-suite), develops and implements a strategic plan that aligns APCH programs and operations with a long-term vision and mid to long-term goals.

•Responsible for overseeing a high functioning team that leads and manages the organization, including planning, goal setting, fundraising, operations and accounting, programming, partnerships, advocacy, communications, and growth.

•Effectively collaborates with the OLG and Executive Management Team (EMT) to regulate and improve organizational efficiency, capacity, output and outcomes.

•Works with Board leadership to develop and implement ongoing strategies that support Board recruitment, engagement, good governance, and cohesiveness.

Financial Management & Fund Development

•In collaboration with the OLG and EMT, develops an annual organizational budget, as well as longer term organizational development goals and costs to be funded and implemented.

•In conjunction with the COO and the Board finance committee, ensures proper oversight of APCH budgeting and finance management, audits, assets and liabilities.

•In collaboration with the Board of Directors and Chief Development Officer, develops and implements a comprehensive fund development strategy, leveraging existing revenue streams for growth and creating new opportunities for funding to support APCH’s programs and services.

•Establishes a financial strategy, aligned with the overall vision of the organization, that ensures sustainability, healthy cash flow and adequate reserves and investments.

•Cultivates fiscally sustainable relationships with foundations, corporations, major donors, and prospects, taking a leadership role in developing donor engagement strategies.

•In collaboration with the OLG, sets annual fundraising goals and ensures APCH’s budget is being appropriately administered.

Community Engagement & Advocacy

•Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key constituencies, including government officials, membership groups, leaders of nonprofit organizations, corporate executives, foundation leaders and board members, and philanthropists.

•Oversees and participates in a robust communications strategy, bringing awareness to APCH, engaging donors and partners, and increasing overall reach in the community.

•Serves as a spokesperson for APCH with the media and at public events.

•Generates opportunities to regularly engage with partners, donors, and the Board to generate increased community involvement and attract resources and opportunities.

•Acts as an advocate, within both public and private sectors, for services and resources for constituencies relevant to APCH.

Board Development & Stewardship

•Works closely with the Board Chair, Executive Committee (Board officers), and committee chairs to oversee and support Board functions, including planning meeting agendas, retreats, committee meetings, committee reports, etc.

•Recruits and screens BOD candidates and advances or rejects them for consideration by the Board Governance Committee.

•Staffs the following committees: Strategic Planning, Governance, Finance, and act as a resource for all committees.

•Collaborates with senior staff to produce and distribute a comprehensive quarterly Executive Report for the Board, covering significant progress, challenges, program, community and financial updates.

Culture & Talent Development

•Embodies the vision, mission, and core values of APCH and is the public face of the organization.

•Leads a culture that invites and empowers colleagues to share the spotlight and contribute to APCH’s image and internal and external messaging.

•Cultivates a team-centric culture and a healthy, cohesive, collaborative, supportive and joyful workplace ecosystem, with a leading-edge DEI strategy.

•Invests in recruiting, engaging, developing, and retaining high-quality talent for the APCH workforce.

•Fosters a culture of transparency and communication with the staff and Board.


•A minimum of 10 years’ experience in progressively responsible roles, including executive management positions in the nonprofit sector.

•Minimum 5 years’ prior experience in a nonprofit executive leadership position for an organization with an annual operating budget greater than $4M.

•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience. Master’s degree in business, nonprofit management, organizational development, or a related field, preferred.

•Demonstrated fundraising success with major donors, foundations, and institutional partnerships.

•Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a strategic plan for an organization of similar size.

•Demonstrated success forming strong community partnerships.

•Demonstrated experience in risk management, with an emphasis on addressing strategic, financial and community implications.

•Demonstrated belief in and a commitment to continued professional growth for self and development of employees, volunteers, and a Board of Directors.

•Demonstrated ability to lead operations and collaborate with staff, work with diverse groups of people and a wide range of faiths, beliefs, ages, cultures, and experiences.

•A passion that aligns with APCH’s core values and mission to transform lives and empower our members to change the world.

•Bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred.

•Knowledge and experience with the South Los Angeles community preferred.

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