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Chief Officer of
Child & Family Services
Nexus: Youth & Family Solutions

Ballinger | Leafblad is proud to present the following information on


behalf of our client, Nexus: Youth & Family Solutions, in its
search for a Chief Officer of Child & Family Services.

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ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
Nexus: Youth & Family Solutions (Nexus) is a growing national nonprofit corporation which
was founded in Minnesota in 1972.

Today, it is a national organization with a


budget of $110 million and staff of 1,300, serving
roughly 3200 youth and families each year
through services across the states of
Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, North Dakota and
Idaho. Nexus facilities include six residential
locations and two foster care agencies.

Nexus treats children with severe emotional


and behavioral issues. Programs assist those
who experience abuse, neglect, complex
trauma, mental health disorders, sexually reactive behavior and pervasive developmental
disorders.

The nationally recognized treatment programs help adolescent boys and girls and families
deal with
• Mental, Emotional, Behavioral, Social, and Developmental Issues
• Unhealthy Sexual Behaviors
• Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
• Family Instability Concerns
• Acute and Complex Trauma

A recently completed strategic plan focuses the


organization on long-term growth and
sustainability with continued emphasis on staff
development & training, employee engagement,
efficient processes, integration of the Nexus
model and meaningful, measured outcomes.

Through the acquisition of new locations and the addition


of new programs, Nexus has grown dramatically over the
last several years.

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SERVICES
Nexus takes a holistic approach that looks beyond the
behavior to understand underlying issues. Each child receives
an individualized plan focusing on:
• Address the underlying trauma influencing behavior.
• Treat the mental health conditions affecting his or her
behavioral symptoms.
• Help find success in school and build vocational skills.
• Prepare a child for safety in school, home and the community.
• Work with families to restore and build family connections and long-term stability.

The organization’s services include:


COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
• In-home, community, and school-based therapy services
• Services that focus on rehabilitation, skill-building, and child and family support
• Crisis Nursery services aid families at risk of abuse or neglect
• Supervised Visitation Services per specific county contracts
• Independent Living

RESIDENTAL-BASED TREATMENT SERVICES


• Assessment programs
• Short-Term Models
• Intensive Traditional Treatment
• Transitional Living and Group Homes
• Psychiatric Inpatient

FOSTER CARE
• Regular, child welfare based foster care.
• Treatment Foster Care
• Foster Care specializing in medically fragile and sexually problematic behavior
• Focused efforts to recruit additional foster families to meet demand

ADOPTION
• Completed through state awarded grants

ANCILLIARY SERVICES
• Residential-Based Accredited Education Programs
• Vocational Skill-Building

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ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
No matter where a child is treated in the Nexus system, he or she receives the high-level
services defined as “Nexus.” The Nexus Practice Model guides interactions with parent and
child to work with intention toward Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for families. This is
the Nexus Difference.

NEXUS PRACTICE PRINCIPLES:

Values-Oriented
Relationship-Based
Individualized and Strengths
Culturally Responsive
Trauma-Informed
Family-Driven
Youth-Guided
Skills and Competency
Evidence-Informed
Outcomes-Driven

FINANCIAL MODEL
Nexus is funded almost entirely through Medicaid subsidies. There are complex state
regulations that govern such funding. A small, but growing percent of revenue is from
philanthropic support, such as a recently completed $1.5 million campaign at the Woodbourne
location in Maryland.

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MISSION
Strengthening Lives, Families and Communities Through Our Cornerstone Values

VALUES
HONESTY
Be truthful and genuine with self and others.

RESPONSIBIITY
Step up and do the right thing.

COURAGE
Face fear and take action. Make the right decision, regardless of the outcome.

CARE & CONCERN


Demonstrate genuine interest, compassion and support.

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In 2016, over 2,600 youth and families were served across the continuum of care:

Traditional Residential Treatment 679


Foster Care 397
On-Site School 299
Inpatient Psychiatric Services 274
Outpatient Services 223
Shelter Care 148
Adoption 108
Children’s Therapeutic Services & Supports 106
Short-Term Foster Care Placement 94
Supervised Visitation Program 90
Evaluation Services 67
Crisis Nursery 42
Transitional Living Program 30
Group Home 25
Bridging Program 7
Short-Term Residential Treatment 4
Independent Living Program 1
0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The guiding principles for Nexus provide a strong sense of direction as we move toward the
future. We believe all children must be treated with dignity and respect, we operate with a
sense of optimism for the future, and we strive to exemplify the highest ethical and moral
standards in our treatment.

COMMUNITY – We collaborate to develop and support healthy teams and partnerships.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION – We listen to our customers and strive to exceed their


expectations.

HOPE – We believe in and instill an optimistic vision for the future and share the healing
power of a healthy sense of humor.

INNOVATION – We are creative, adaptive, and proactive to achieve excellence in our quality
of care.
INTEGRITY – We exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards by honoring our
commitments.

RESPECT – We welcome diverse viewpoints and treat others with dignity and quality.

STEWARDSHIP – We commit to appreciating, developing, and promoting the wise use of


resources.

ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
Staff members describe a culture that is mission-driven and focused on making a difference in
the lives of people served. Innovation and a drive to remain “cutting edge” ensure that Nexus
remains flexible and oriented to on-going skills enhancement for staff. The organization’s
growth over the last several years has led to a culture that remains open to continued expansion
and change, while seeking to retain what is unique and special from the past.

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NEXUS LOCATIONS
Minnesota

Mille Lacs Academy, Onamia, MN Nexus: Glen Lake, Minnetonka, MN Gerard Academy, Austin, MN

Kindred Family Focus, Monticello

Illinois Maryland

Onarga Academy, Onarga, IL Indian Oaks Academy, Manteno, IL Woodbourne Center, Baltimore, MD

North Dakota

Path North Dakota, with locations in Williston, Minot, Belcourt, Devils Lake, Grand Forks,
Jamestown, Bismarck, Dickinson

Idaho

Path Idaho, with locations in Lewiston, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls

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Chief Officer of Child & Family Services
OVERVIEW OF POSITION
The Chief Officer of Child & Family Services will lead and manage all service operations,
fiscal management, program functioning, integration of clinical excellence, support of
continuous quality improvement activities and ensuring overall service safety and
sustainability. The Chief Officer of Child & Family Services will create opportunities for
organic and new service growth, challenge and support Nexus entities to be innovative and
cutting-edge, and to achieve long-term outcomes. This position reports directly to the CEO
and will work with the CEO and other senior leaders to design strategic initiatives to meet
the organization’s vision and mission. Direct reports to the Chief Officer include all site
Executive Directors.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Establish a healthy organizational culture by modeling and reinforcing the organization’s
values. Build relationships that maintain professionalism, trust, respect, and positive
regard. Reinforce positive internal and external customer service values.
2. Direct and oversee the general functioning of all Nexus core services including residential
treatment and foster care, as well as related ancillary services.
3. Provide direct supervision of Executive Directors and create opportunities for
professional growth, development and learning. Hold site leadership accountable to
performance, effective leadership of their site and the development of future leaders.
4. Manage the fiscal operations of Nexus services and work with Executive Directors to
create budgets, respond to forecasting and meet financial performance expectations.
Make adjustments as needed to create efficiencies, meet fiscal goals, and ensure service
sustainability.
5. Actively participate in the development of effective strategic planning activities in
coordination with other senior leaders to create goals that are relevant, measurable and
reflect the organization’s vision and mission.
6. Participate in the recruiting, selecting, and training process of site leadership, consultants,
and partnerships necessary for service level success.
7. Create a culture of philanthropy, community involvement, advocacy, education and
partnership as well as ensure site level community presence. Attend key organizational
events, conferences, and networking opportunities in order to represent Nexus and
reinforce strong public relations.
8. Collaborate with other departments to establish corporate led initiatives. Support
Executive Directors to integrate corporate department procedures and strategic action
with site goals and objectives.

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9. Support the integration of clinical and treatment activities across all Nexus services.
Establish expectations to be evidence informed and outcome driven and ensure that site
leaders create a culture of clinical excellence by working collaboratively with the
corporate clinical department.
10. Create and maintain operating procedures to report and manage client and employee risk.
Establish proactive measures and an evaluation processes to ensure continuous
improvement and refinement when problems arise.
11. Ensure site’s high quality and timely submission of required reports and data related to
employee activities, safety, outcome, and environmental factors.
12. Ensure the site’s licensing, accreditation, contract and grant expectations are met or
exceeded.
13. Work with Executive Directors to grow services, change current service delivery to be
innovative as needed, and enhance business development opportunities.
14. Establish processes to approve site growth and the integration of new services. Manage
and assign project leads for key organizational projects, particularly related to growth
due diligence activities, merger/affiliation opportunities, and the start-up process of new
services.
15. Assume leadership assignments that are unique to corporate senior leaders, participate in
board activities as assigned, and assume the duties of CEO or other senior leaders as
necessary during times of need.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Chief Officer of Child and Family Services reports to the Chief Executive Officer. Eight site
and affiliate Executive Directors report directly to the Chief Officer. Indirect reports include two
Associate Executive Directors.

QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes
• Knowledge of business, operational, and human service clinical practices; demonstrate
strong program management skills.
• Understanding of financial reports, possess strong budget management skills, and
demonstrate the ability to make decisions and changes based on financial performance.
• Experience in leading strategic planning and demonstration of the accomplishment of goals.

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• Experience in leading and managing multiple sites and services across many states and
regions.
• Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate
them into the organizational plan.
• Style that inspires and motivates others to perform well. Is welcoming of feedback and
counsel.
• Inclusive approach to planning, decision-making and process improvement.
• Willing to make timely decisions, exhibit sound and accurate judgment in handling
emergency or crisis situations by taking appropriate actions consistent with Nexus policies,
values, and standards.
• Able to develop and maintain effective controls to ensure the clinical integrity of the
organization.
• Managerial approach of accountability for self and others; leads staff by encouraging
excellence, coaching, tracking and supporting.
• Style that is proactive, result-oriented and adapts rapidly to new situations or information
warranting attention. Shoulders the responsibility with others for disappointments or
failures.
• Commitment to behavior that is at all times professional and ethical. Builds trust both
internally and throughout the community through demonstrated accountability, integrity
and follow-through.
• Style of treating individuals with dignity and respect; exhibits tact, compassion,
sensitivity and requires the same standards of others.
• Willing to take appropriate and timely action on poor performance or behaviors that are
below acceptable standards.
• Strong communication skills both in oral and written form, listens effectively and
facilitates open communication and exchange of ideas, and communicates clear
expectations to staff.
• Skilled at presenting information and speaking to groups.
• Cognizant and current on economic, political, regulatory and social issues and trends that
affect the delivery services.
• Respectful and appreciative of people from diverse backgrounds and promotes/supports
the principles of diversity throughout the organization.
• Experience working with a Board of Directors; able to interact and share information
with the Nexus Board of Directors.

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• Demonstrate ethical, HIPAA, and confidentiality standards regarding all business,
financial, youth and family information, medical and treatment issues; ensure that all
violations are reported and rectified.
• Supports the mission of Nexus ("Strengthening Lives, Families, and Communities
through our Cornerstone Values") by exemplifying the cornerstone values, guiding
principles, and practice principles in all interactions and in all work performed on behalf
of the organization.

Education, Credentials and Experience


• MBA or Master's Degree and applicable licensure in a human service or clinical
related field required; business/leadership development certificate preferred.
• Fifteen+ years of experience working in organizations serving children/adolescents and
families; minimum of 8 years in the mental health, behavioral health or healthcare
environment and 7+ years in upper management positions required with demonstrated
expertise in operational, program, and clinical management.

Travel
Up to 20%. All travel for this position will be domestic.

Physical Demands
• Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
• Bending, twisting and reaching conducive to an office environment.
• Travel required via air and ground transportation.
• Infrequent lifting of no more than 30 pounds required.

COMPENSATION
The compensation package for this position is highly attractive and includes an executive
base salary, bonus opportunity and participation in the organization’s benefits plan.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For additional information and to apply for the position, please contact:

Marcia Ballinger, PhD Lars Leafblad, MBA


Co-Founder/Principal Co-Founder/Principal
651-341-4840 612-598-7547
marcia@ballingerleafblad.com lars@ballingerleafblad.com

CIVIC SEARCH REIMAGINED

Nexus: Youth & Family Solutions is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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Welcome to Minnesota Nice - Twin Cities Style

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