Chief Executive Officer

Job Title
Chief Executive Officer
Visalia,  CA 93291
Other Location
Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Kern
Chief Executive Officer
***Job Announcement***

For over 55 years, Proteus, a non-profit organization, has been providing training, education, and community services within the agriculturally rich Central San Joaquin Valley.  Since its inception in 1967, Proteus has been in a continuous state of evolution, adding and expanding services as the changing needs of the workforce emerge. Today, Proteus administers approximately fifty programs concurrently ranging from adult, youth, and dislocated worker programs to programs related to energy conservation, emergency supportive services, foster family services, youth services, migrant childcare, community youth centers, child development programs, prevention services, pesticide safety training, career and technical education classes, and other educational components. Today, Proteus provides services throughout Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Kern counties.  

Proteus seeks an innovative, collaborative, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead and manage staff in implementing the Proteus mission, its strategies, operational priorities, policies, and programs. With the Visalia Proteus office as the main base, the CEO reports to the Proteus Board of Directors through the Chair.  Apply today to lead Proteus in fulfilling its mission to provide education, workplace training, job placement, and other support services to farm working families and diverse program participants to empower them to achieve self-sufficiency.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Leads all day-to-day operations of Proteus, including fiscal management, Board administration and support, human resource management, program development and delivery, communications and public relations, and relationship and alliance-building.
  • Oversees all financial matters of Proteus, including planning, forecasting, and analytical activities, ensuring fiscal health and alignment to short and long-term goals.
  • Develops and recommends budget to the Board, manages resources efficiently within budgetary and policy restrictions.
  • Serves as chief negotiator in grant funding, proposals, and modification processes; oversees the preparation of required reports by funding agencies, government entities, and the Proteus Board of Directors.
  • Facilitates external financial audit, provides financial and audit reports to the Board.
  • Supports the Board’s focus on policy issues; recommends policies as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with bylaws, and local, state, and federal laws.
  • Monitors and reviews strategic plan; provides regular and timely reports to the Board.
  • Implements and communicates Board decisions serving as a liaison between Board and staff.
  • Supports Board to ensure it is self-sustaining, effective, and high functioning; coordinates with Chair to create agendas; ensures accurate recording of Board and committee proceedings.
  • Determines staff organizational structure; builds an effective and cohesive senior leadership team.
  • Hires and supervises, in accordance with Board-approved policies. Conducts periodic performance reviews of direct reports, provides opportunities for staff development and improvement.
  • Provides professional leadership that sustains increased customer service, effectiveness, productivity, and teamwork. 
  • Develops, implements, and oversees programs, services, and activities to fulfill the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Engages staff in entrepreneurial thinking, facilitating ownership and participation in setting and achieving Proteus goals; ensures staff meet expectations for prompt, courteous customer service.
  • Provides mechanisms to ensure continuous program monitoring for accountability and efficiency.
  • Builds strong collaboration between the staff and Board and maintains open communication.
  • Serves as Proteus spokesperson; develops and maintains a positive image and promotes Proteus as a community Leader as directed by the Chair and/or Board. 
  • Maintains partnerships and collaboration with organizations and coalitions in the field, as agreed upon with the Board.
Minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum five (5) years of full-time, paid work experience in an executive-level management position, preferably with a similar organization.   
  • Knowledge of the needs of migrant families, farmworkers, and low-income people in the community.
  • Ability to identify key service providers, leader agencies, and individuals and build partnerships for collaboration.
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills with an ability to build, coach, and train a strong cohesive team.
  • Strong analytical, oral, written communication, presentation, relational skills, and sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Ability to travel within the region and state.
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license, personal automobile liability insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle during business hours. 
  • Proven organizational/time management experience and excellent computer skills in Microsoft Suite/365.
The position offers a competitive salary and an Employee Benefits package.  EOE.  For inquiries by telephone, call Sierra HR Partners, at (559) 431-8090.

Required Skills

Fiscal Management
Program Development
Human Resource Management
Public Relations
Analytical and Critical Thinking
Microsoft Suite/365
Presentation Skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills

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