Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer 150 150
La Cheim School, INC.
October 9, 2020
El Sobrante
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Ruth Mims-Jemerson


La Cheim is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency with 80 full-time employees serving the San Francisco Bay Area community since 1974.  La Cheim currently operates 4 programs for children and 1 program for adults including two non-public schools which provide integrated mental health and academic programs; an STRTP certified residential program for seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents;  a Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program (PHP/IOP) focused on stabilizing adults suffering from acute mental health crises; and a Therapeutic Behavioral Health (TBS) program that focuses on changing a child's behavior, while emphasizing the child's strengths.


Our Mission is to address the educational and mental health needs of the adolescents and adults from Bay Area communities, providing a range of innovative evidence-based services to the general population as well as to low-income and disadvantaged clientele with care and compassion.



La Cheim is seeking a qualified Chief Executive Officer to usher the agency into its next phase of growth and impact.  La Cheim is well poised for an exciting leap into a challenging and exciting future.  This is an excellent opportunity to provide leadership skills and vision to guide a valued community social service agency forward!


CEO’s Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide leadership and management to ensure the mission and core values of the Agency are put into practice.
  • Provide bottom-line responsibility for the Agency’s finances and management and operations of the Agency’s services and programs.
  • Provide business/entrepreneurial leadership to ensure La Cheim’s programs are maximizing their income-generating potential.
  • Work with the Board to identify diverse lines of funding, including support from the public and private grant agencies, and develop philanthropic opportunities.
  • Ensure that the agency maintains the highest quality services by overseeing the implementation of all licenses, certifications, laws, and regulations.
  • Provides leadership to ensure the core values of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity is maintained.
  • Provide leadership to a multidisciplinary staff using principles of trauma-informed care to create a safe, supportive working environment; collaborate with senior staff and board.
  • Work to develop and maintain strong relationships with the county and stakeholders.
  • Develop active community partnerships with kindred agencies and institutions.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with public and private funders.
  • Ability to step in as needed to provide direct oversight of services and programs.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.



  • Leadership and management skills, including strategic planning, creative problem solving; encouraging innovation, and forward-thinking to ensure a vibrant future for the agency.
  • High-level business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining a donor-base.
  • Experience and knowledge of the mental health and education fields.
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn regulations as they pertain to all Agency services and operations.
  • Competence in reviewing contractual and legal documents specific to Agency operation and knowing when to seek professional counsel.
  • Communication skills, both within the Agency and in representing the Agency to other entities.
  • Compassionate and committed to the needs of the clients and their families.


Other Duties:

  • Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

  • Full-time Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 Additional non-compensated hours above a 40-hour workweek are the norm and to be expected.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, with preference given to programs in mental health, public health, client-care fields, or business, OR extensive executive-level leadership experience.
  • Extended experience in senior or executive management, preferably in non-profit, education, or mental health fields.

How To Apply

You can fax your resume to HR at (510) 222-6014 or email the documents to