Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

United Parents, Ventura County, California

United Parents (UP) was founded in 1990 on the principle of “parents helping parents” to empower, strengthen and support families raising children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders. United Parents provides programs, support, training, resources, and referrals to give parents information, skills and resources so they can keep their child/ren home and help them become successful in school and their communities. Programs include:

  • Monthly support groups: throughout Ventura County in English and Spanish:
  • Parent Partner Program: Parent to parent support where parents who have raised children with serious behavior disorders and have worked with mental health, special education and juvenile justice systems, help other parents;
  • Educational Advocacy Program assists parents in navigating the complex Special Education system;
  • Respite Care Program: A break for stressed out parents who juggle meetings and appointments for their special needs child while trying to work and maintain a family. Children also benefit from pro-social interactions through group activities and being around positive role models.
  • Quarterly newsletter.


Summary: The Executive Director is an exempt position that reports to the Board of Directors and provides leadership, vision, direction, and administration for the agency in fulfilling its mission. The Executive Director works closely with the Board and is required to juggle multiple complex roles — chief fundraiser, visionary leader, fiscal manager, community builder, HR specialist, and more.   The Executive Director is the primary representative of the agency in the community and is directly responsible for its success and for driving and inspiring passion for the cause.
Essential Functions:

  • Works closely with the Board of Directors, keeping them informed of programs, funding and organizational changes. Prepares an agenda and monthly reports for the Board. Works with the Board to develop and implement strategic plan.


  • Oversees the recruitment, hiring, and development, of employees. Establishes Human Resource policies and practices. Negotiates professional contracts, and employee benefits. Works with staff on the development of employees by establishing employee accountabilities. Reviews productivity and efficiency of staff and recommends changes where needed. Supervises and works closely with managers, keeping them informed of agency and community-wide needs.


  • Promotes quality services which are delivered in a cost-effective manner. Assures the sound fiscal operations of the organization including the timely, accurate, and comprehensive development of an annual budget and its implementation.   Oversees agency business affairs to ensure that funds are collected and expended to the best advantage.


  • Cooperates with agency personnel to ensure that the highest quality of service is being rendered to clients and the community. Develops and oversees the quality assurance function of the agency.   Maintains compliance with regulators and funders by monitoring operations and initiating changes where required. Ensures on-going evaluation of service programs and involvement of service recipients in evaluation and program planning. Fosters an efficient operation through timely and effective resolution of grievances of service recipients and employees.


  • Approves and monitors with the Accountant all financial and accounting activities for the agency. Prepares the annual budget in collaboration with the Board and program supervisors. Serves as the primary signatory of all contracts and agreements involving the agency.


  • Works with the Board and staff on fund-raising events. Maintains current funding sources and seeks new and diversified sources of income. Ensures that data collection, compilation, analysis, projection, statistics, and records are maintained on all contracts and grants. Prepares and presents periodic reports on activities and special reports as needed.


  • Serves as a spokesperson and representative for the organization to foster superior community relations with other agencies, clients, financial supporters, and the media. Serves as community advocate for children’s mental health issues and their families.


  • Represents the organization at national, state, and local meetings, conferences, and conventions as required. Attends related regularly scheduled or ad hoc meetings as appropriate.


  • Maintains professional affiliations to enhance professional growth and development and to keep up with the latest trends in agency administration.


  • Performs other duties as directed.
Supervisory Responsibilities:Supervise, coach and support all staff.   Facilitate annual evaluation of all employees.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services, business or public administration, or related field.


  • 2+ years experience as a CEO or Executive Director of a non-profit organization.


  • Proven experience in communication, media relations, personnel management and fiscal management.


  • Significant experience with direct responsibility for financial budgeting and oversight of budgets.


  • Fundraising experience including individual and major donor cultivation, grant writing and events. (Knowledge and understanding of the Benevon Model a plus!)


  • Strong relationship development and leadership capabilities.


  • Experience with securing and sustaining government and public support.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sensitivity to cultural and personal diversity.


 Hiring is contingent upon background, credit, personal and professional references check.We anticipate a January 5, 2015 start date for this position.


Compensation: Competitive compensation and benefit package.


To Apply: Submit letter of interest, resume complete with dates of employment, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to the Executive Recruitment Committee, United Parents, 391 S. Dawson Drive, Suite 1A, Camarillo, CA 93012, email to executiverecruitmentcommittee@unitedparents.org

Resume reviews begin immediately.