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Joy Ranch, A Christian Home for Children

Woodlawn, Virginia, United States

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Summary Description

Under direction of the Board of Directors, performs a wide range of difficult-to-complex administrative activities related to finances; staffing and personnel operations; discretionary activities that serve to support effective business operations; coordinates and develops the most effective services to the children in care; uses considerable independent judgment in decisions that influence operations; advises and assists the Board of Directors in planning, policy, and operations’ matters.


Exemplary Duties/Responsibilities (22 VAC 40-151-280-A)

The chief administrative officer shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. Responsibility for compliance with the Standards for Licensed Children’s Residential Facilities and other applicable standards and programs which might be introduced;
  2. Responsibility for all personnel;
  3. Responsibility for overseeing the facility operation in its entirety, including the approval of the design of the structured program of care and its implementation; and
  4. Responsibility for the facility’s financial integrity.
  5. Responsibility for the overall spiritual leadership of the ministry as a whole.


Employment Standards (22 VAC 40-151-280-B)

The Executive Director shall have at least:

  1. A master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or administration and a combination of two year’s professional experience working with children and in administration and supervision;  a doctorate or master’s degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education plus three years of experience in providing casework services to children and their families and one year as an administrator or supervisor of casework services is PREFERRED; OR
  2. A baccalaureate degree in social work, psychology, counseling or administration and three years of combined professional experience with children, and in administration and supervision; OR
  3. A baccalaureate degree and a combination of four year’s professional experience in a children’s residential facility and in administration and supervision.


Knowledge:  Principles and practices of business administration including personnel practices and employment laws, program budgeting, and fiscal management practices office procedures and business operating systems the appropriate methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances and likewise appropriate methods and means of dealing with children from dysfunctional, abusive, or weak families.


Skill:  Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings; persuasion and negotiation of conflicts and problems assessing operational, program, staffing, and fiscal needs; interpreting legal documents and government regulations; evaluating fiscal and financial reports, forms, and data; identifying and resolving administrative problems; delegating responsibility and achieving results through staff leadership and maintaining order in an environment of changing priorities.


Background Clearance FBI background check; Sworn Disclosure Statement, and Child Protective Service report as required by the Department of Social Services; pre-employment drug screen; possession of an appropriate Virginia driver’s license and a good driving record.


Note: This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required.

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Joy Ranch, A Christian Home for Children

To provide a welcoming, safe, caring, and Christ-centered environment to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of children and their families in crisis. More...

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