Position Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reporting To: Board of Directors

Location: Denver, CO

Organization: Denver Kids - https://www.denverkids.org/

THE ORGANIZATION

69% of students in Denver Public Schools live near or below the poverty level. Children that grow up in poverty are 50% less likely to graduate from high school than those who do not. Nearly 2,000 students drop out of Denver Public Schools every year. We can expect that every high school dropout will cost taxpayers nearly $300,000 through unemployment, social services and the criminal justice system and will miss out on nearly $1M in lost wages over their lifetime. This is the reality we are committed to changing.

Denver Kids has a solution. We are a vital partner to Denver Public Schools. Teachers, principals, and school personnel refer students in need of extra support directly to Denver Kids. Our Educational SEL Counselors develop a personal relationship with each student that extends beyond academics, bridging the gap between school and home. Without a Denver Kids Educational SEL Counselor, students who could have graduated will fall through the cracks.

On average, the Denver Kids graduation rate has exceeded DPS by fifteen percentage points for the population we serve. The majority of our graduates are the first in their family to complete high school, and over 85% go on to pursue post-secondary education or career-readiness programs. Three out of four of our students live in single-guardian homes. The long-term goal is to empower our young people to become contributing members of the community, and end the cycle of generational poverty one family at a time. It is a critical mission for them and for our local economy.

Denver Kids is a financially stable organization that enjoys strong community support from a wide group of individuals, businesses, foundations, civic and community organizations.  Denver Kids operates with these Core Values:

Integrity: We are truthful, equitable, and accountable in words and actions – even when it is hard.

Learning: We foster an environment of continuous learning with a growth mindset and train staff to be their very best. 

Excellence: We focus on evaluating and strengthening our impact to be a center of excellence.

Leadership: We actively listen with curiosity, welcome feedback, practice empathy and hold each other accountable to bring out the best in others and ourselves.  

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity: We develop respectful relationships by embracing all individuals with their unique backgrounds and contributions on our path towards equity.

There is a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness; open and honest communication; treating each other and clients with respect, dignity and compassion; kindness and caring; collaboration; and being student-focused. Denver Kids is a results-oriented, data-driven organization that supports accountability at organizational, team and individual levels and is focused on continuous improvement. The work environment is casual, but professional, with high expectations for ethical behavior, integrity and dedication to the mission. As important, team members enjoy each other’s company and a healthy sense of humor is a necessary asset.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Denver Kids, Inc. is in search of the next Chief Executive Officer for this enduring and exceptional nonprofit organization which has enabled the success of thousands of young people in the Denver Public Schools since its inception in 1946. Denver Kids seeks a leader who will bring to the position of CEO a high degree of energy, integrity and creativity as well as the analytical, organizational and personal qualities that will garner the respect and cooperation from all of its constituencies.

Denver Kids celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2021. Denver Kids works with students attending Denver Public Schools who are under-resourced and face the personal challenges of higher risk environments to successfully complete high school, pursue post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community. We do so through one-on-one Educational Counseling dedicated to a holistic and long-term approach, using Social, Emotional Learning (“SEL”) that addresses both the academic and social/emotional needs of each student. We believe that every student, regardless of their socioeconomic status, deserves a chance to reach their fullest potential.

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The CEO is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and planning for Denver Kids. The CEO reports directly to the Chairperson of the Denver Kids, Inc. Board of Directors and works closely with executive team members to fulfill the mission of Denver Kids, Inc. and execute on our strategic goals.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience/Knowledge/Skills

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

TO APPLY

By midnight, Friday, December 16, 2022, please forward, via email, your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, address how you meet Qualifications of Experience/Knowledge/Skills, and Personal Attributes, and include your salary requirement. Email materials to marty@cmtalentsolutions.com the Denver Kids Executive Recruiter. All application information must be received via email with “CEO Denver Kids” in the subject line. No hard copies or phone calls, please.

Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and developing an inclusive staff team. People of color and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Martin Coover                                                

Founder & Managing Partner                       

Critical Mass Talent Solutions

M: 847-508-2061

E:  marty@cmtalentsolutions.com

Yon Beckers

Associate

Critical Mass Talent Solutions

M: 239-404-6422 

E: yon@cmtalentsolutions.com