Kenneth Young Center
MISSION The mission of Kenneth Young Center is to “help people feel good, do better and find solutions.” BACKGROUND With over 48 years of service to the community, Kenneth Young Center is the premier provider for behavioral health and community-based older adult services. More than 13,500 clients of all ages come to KYC each year, primarily serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Accredited by The Joint Commission, KYC provides out-patient assessment, counseling, psychiatric, recovery, and support services for children, youth, adults, families, as well as social services for seniors primarily within the Elk Grove and Schaumburg townships. A leader in the development of innovative programming and effective services in the community, KYC supports individuals with mental illness through counseling, vocational programming, transitional living support, psychosocial rehabilitation, and group programs. Serving children, adolescents, and adults in distress, KYC also supports mentoring, group therapy, prevention services, and intensive counseling. For the past 28 years, it has been the regional provider of Cook County Screenings, Assessment, and Supportive Services (SASS) for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances. KYC also provides a robust portfolio of services dedicated to supporting elderly individuals to remain in their home with the supportive services needed to facilitate their independence. The organization offers comprehensive care coordination and case management, primarily in partnership with the Illinois Department on Aging. Programming for seniors also includes home assessment and screening, caregiver training, home delivered meals, and financial management assistance. KYC has an operating budget of approximately $12 million and employs 178 staff. KYC is poised to continue and grow its leadership in the development and delivery of innovative mental health and social services for seniors living in the northwest suburbs of Metropolitan Chicago. The funding impact of managed-care arrangements, most of which serve children and adults covered by the Medicaid system, will continue to require careful and strategic decision making by the organization. Thus, the desire and ability to serve a wide variety of human conditions will need to be balanced by the continuing acquisition of sustainable resources, financial and staff. POSITION We are looking for a committed, experienced and entrepreneurial leader who is both mission-minded and skilled in garnering broad community support, increasing visibility of the organization, and carrying forward major new projects and programs. We are seeking a leader who communicates the agency's mission with enthusiasm. The ability to relate to a wide variety of constituents including elected officials, municipal, state and federal bureaucracies, businesses, civic groups, donors, neighbors and regulators and advocates is essential. Understanding and experience within managed-care environment is highly preferred. Given the unique and diverse revenue streams at the organization, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of successfully negotiating large, complex, contractual agreements in both the public and private sectors. Specific experience in social service management is preferred but not required. At minimum an affinity for the creation and delivery of human services to individuals with mental illness and seniors must be evident through previous experiences. A proven ability to hire, coach, and lead employees in multiple locations as an effective team of closely coordinated, highly professional, self-accountable staff members is a must. In addition, experience working as an advisor and reporting to or working on a non-profit board, to assure Board members have adequate information for decision making and policy direction for KYC is required. Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven program outcomes. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in operations and business management. Direct fundraising experience is preferred. Experience making strategic decisions in program design, development, and management in pursuit of board goals is expected. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state, or national professional or trade associations related to human services is a plus. Please send a letter of interest, a current resume, and three professional references using the online application system provided. Applications will be accepted until filled. Screenings begin April 25 and interviews begin April 29. For information please visit Kenneth Young Center’s website at: www.kennethyoung.org .
Kenneth Young Center