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President - Palmer Home for Children

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Columbus, Mississippi, United States

Date Posted: 06/08/2011
Categories: CEO/Executive - Social Services
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
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Palmer Home for Children was founded in 1895 by William States Jacobs, a Presbyterian minister who saw a need in Columbus, MS for a ministry to children in need; children growing up as social orphans without the nurture and support of a loving family; children who needed a place to be and to become. Palmer Home currently serves up to 90 boys and girls from birth through college age who live year-round on two campuses in the Columbus, MS area and one new campus near Hernando, MS. It also extends counseling to the family of origin, foster care, and other family-related services that Palmer offers through its professional staff. With the retirement of the current President, Ed Waldron, who has served faithfully for twenty-one years and overseen tremendous growth, Palmer Home is actively searching for the 10th leader in Palmer Home’s 115 year history.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President of Palmer Home for Children provides vision and strategic leadership to the organization with a budget of $6 million. He or she will carry out the planning, management and administrative responsibilities of the organization to insure that the mission and critical objectives are fulfilled. The President must be able to inspire and motivate groups of individuals to support Palmer Home through skills in effective public speaking and compelling presentation development. The President must be competent at maintaining key relationships with donors, and specifically major donors, foundations, media, and other individuals who have either a direct or indirect relationship with the organization and its employees. S/he must genuinely enjoy interacting with people, and be willing to fill the role of Palmer Home’s lead ambassador. The ideal candidate will have a strong skill set and a proven track record in cultivating major donors (or customers) and in managing or guiding organizations that depend on major donor revenue streams. The ideal candidate will have passion for residential child care and be able to sign PHC’s Statement of Beliefs.

The headquarters of Palmer Home are in Columbus, MS, and the President is expected to live in the Columbus vicinity, with regular travel required to work with the Hernando campus and to nurture donor relationships. A majority of this person’s time will be spent outside the office as an advocate for the Palmer Home, growing external relationships and networking contacts.