Employment Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

Organization:           Child Development Council of Central NY, Inc  

Position:                    Chief Executive Officer

Status:                        Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:                Board of Directors

Supervises:               Professional and Support Staff of 23

Location:                    Ithaca, New York with occasional travel throughout Tompkins and Cortland Counties


POSITION SUMMARY: The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the consistent achievement of the Child Development Council’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. The CEO leads the organization’s justice, equity, diversity & inclusion commitment in all aspects of the Council: internal relationship building, resource development, community building, visioning and planning, and broader systemic change. Through external outreach and advocacy, the recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce, management of a stimulating and creative work environment, and commitment to the growth and development of healthy children and families, the Chief Executive Officer’s leadership impacts the social and economic well-being of families, child care entities, local businesses and workforce, governments, and the community at large.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; Master’s degree level preferred
  • 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in organizational management in such areas as human resources, resource development and fiscal oversight, grant writing and fundraising, marketing and public relations
  • Knowledge and the ability to effectively advocate and communicate the needs of children, their families, and early care and learning systems
  • Experience collaborating with educational institutions, for-profit businesses, government entities, human service organizations, and related agencies is highly desirable


  • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Ensure the steady progress forward in attaining the organization’s goals, mission, vision, values and principles
  • COMMUNITY RELATIONS & PUBLIC ADVOCACY: Act as the public relations representative of the organization; foster a culture of collaboration, inclusion, diversity, and advocacy
  • HR MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT: Work to ensure a qualified workforce, providing supervision, oversight and support; monitor the administration of programs and services in a manner that ensures quality, effectiveness, and accountability
  • FUND DEVELOPMENT & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Provide strategic, financial and operational leadership for the agency

Additional information on the organization and a detailed job description are available at: www.childdevelopmentcouncil.org/chief-executive-officer-job-description/


Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to ceosearch@childdevelopmentcouncil.org.  Closing date:  5 p.m., June 20, 2021.