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Chief Executive Officer


New London, CT, USA


Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. (CFA), an innovative multi-service, multi-sited nonprofit organization in New London, is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  CFA’s mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership and advocacy.  Please see

The Organization

Child & Family’s heritage dates from 1809.  Today it is one of the largest nonprofit children’s social service providers in southeastern Connecticut, serving 18,000 children and their family members annually. CFA:

  • Protects the welfare and safety of children and their families;
  • Strengthens effective delivery of services to children and their families;
  • Promotes policies that benefit all children and their families;
  • Broadens and deepens public awareness of and commitment to society’s responsibility for responding to the needs of children and their families. 

The state-licensed programs include:

  • Office-Based Counseling includes Child Guidance Clinics in Groton, New London and Essex which provide diagnostic and trauma informed evidence-based mental health services to families and children aged 1-17 who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.  All of our Child Guidance Clinics are Enhanced Care Clinics, providing urgent and emergent care as needed. 
  • Home-Based Counseling includes family therapy for adolescents; child-centered services for families impacted by family violence; prevention of unnecessary out-of-home placements of children involved with the Department of Children and Families; intensive child and adolescent psychiatry; early childhood intervention to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance; and reunification-therapeutic family time. The CT Strong program creates innovative outcomes with regard to housing stability, physical and mental health, education and employment for individuals aged 16-25.
  • 13 School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide integrated medical and mental health care.  Medical services include physical exams and immunizations, acute illness care, management of chronic illnesses (e.g. asthma, obesity, diabetes), and health education.  Mental health services include ongoing individual, group, and family therapy, crisis management, and school consultation. 
  • Child Care for 100 infants, toddlers, and preschool children from 6 weeks to age 5 readies them socially, emotionally and academically for public education at two NAEYC-accredited centers. 
  • Three Family Resource Centers offer parent education, adult education, numerous resource and referral services, and support and training for Family Day Care Providers.
  • B. P. Learned Mission provides New London youth with a safe, nurturing environment during out-of-school time. After school, vacation and summer enrichment activities are provided for children in grades K-5.
  • Education and Resources for parents, teens, professionals, educational institutions and the general public include referral to basic needs providers, training seminars, group workshops, publications, and research.

CFA’s staff of 190 includes Masters-level behavioral health clinicians, psychiatrists, teachers, nurse practitioners, community workers, physicians, and administrative and support personnel. CFA has an annual budget of $13 million and receives partial supportive funding from various Connecticut State and federal departments. Other revenue comes from grants, program revenue, charitable contributions and events.  A sliding fee scale assures that no one will be turned away based on financial reasons.  Over 650 generous volunteers are geographically organized into six Auxiliaries.  Retiring CEO Rick Calvert has served CFA for 34 years.

The Position

This exciting position offers the opportunity to lead and grow an essential and effective agency with a vital mission.  S/he is responsible to the 31-member Board of Directors.  


Leadership, Management and Governance 

  • Support and enhance board membership and effectiveness, taking initiative and advising the board on policies and plans for its consideration;
  • Strengthen CFA’s financial position, develop budgets for board approval, and ensure consistently high operational performance;
  • Maintain a healthy infrastructure in terms of physical facilities, equipment and staffing. Hire, lead, develop, motivate, evaluate and retain high-performance staff;
  • Lead and support the senior leadership team in developing department and overall initiatives;
  • Advocate for CFA and its clients, maintaining productive relationships with public officials, trade association and partners, peer agencies and community leaders;
  • Increase public awareness of CFA’s programs and services.

Revenue Development

    • Identify and act on resource development opportunities including a variety of fundraising avenues to increase unrestricted funding;
    • Seek opportunities for partnerships and affiliations;
    • Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, partnering organizations, and funders;
    • Refine all aspects of communications, marketing and use of social media.

Planning and Programs

    • Clarify and re-validate the Vision and Mission;
    • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals;
    • Ensure delivery of effective programs in concert with State and federal policies.  Oversee rigorous program evaluation to ensure professional standards of practice and to improve and measure outcomes.

Qualifications Desired

  • Passionate commitment to CFA’s mission and strengths-based vision of the families and communities served by CFA;
  • Understanding of the services provided by CFA, particularly mental health and children’s services;
  • Proven leadership and management strength;
  • Proven revenue development success;
  • Creativity and comfort driving and managing change;
  • Strong financial skills and experience;
  • Senior-level experience managing operations and staff;
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and program evaluation;
  • Ability to set and achieve strategic objectives;
  • Experience working with a board of directors;
  • Persuasive communicator with strong written and verbal skills; 
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and commitment to health equity;
  • Familiarity with State funding dynamics;
  • Advanced degree desired.

The Board, Staff and Auxiliaries of Child & Family Agency are committed to creating and nurturing a diverse and inclusive workforce which reflects the communities we serve.



To apply in confidence:

Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, at

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