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Central City Concern - President and Chief Executive Officer

Portland, OR

Job Description

Witt/Kieffer is proud to announce a CEO search we have just launched for Central City Concern, a well known organization devoted to serving single adults and families in the Portland, Oregon metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions. Founded in 1979, CCC has developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery, and employment. Recognized as a proven, high-impact national model, CCC currently has a staff of 800+, an annual operating budget of $60 million, and serves more than 13,000 individuals annually. As Ed Blackburn looks to retire after 25 years with CCC, the Board has launched a national search to find their next CEO.

Central City Concern enjoys a strong, positive reputation among funders, community partners, local governments, and policy makers. The organization is poised for continued growth and maintaining the essence of its of-service culture will be critical. A key aspect to CCC has always been the presence of former clients who become employees. This lived-experience texture has been a positive factor in creating the possibilities mentality throughout the organization and in keeping everyone fully grounded in the mission.

We are seeking a CEO who has displayed strategic business-building acumen and inspirational leadership. Knowledge of and familiarity with housing and/or healthcare dynamics and funding sources is important. This individual must have proven ability to raise money and develop resources. She/he must build strong relationships at all levels. Partnering with the Board and a wide spectrum of community and government leaders, as well as other national human services leaders will be essential.   The CEO will be expected to assume a highly visible, highly trusted profile within the greater Portland community. Given the national recognition of CCC as a successful integrated services provider to the homeless, the CEO will serve as a spokesperson and subject matter expert across the human services sector.

The CEO needs to be comfortable leading a complex, multi-faceted, multi-site organizations involving an equally complex and diverse population of clients/customers, stakeholders, and public/private supporters. Financial acumen, plus demonstrated stewardship and a consistent record of ensuring compliance will be key experiences needed. The ability to inform, influence and shape public policy is also a must-have. Ultimately this individual must display a set of personal values and principles that drives him/her to passionately believe addressing homelessness and all of its causes is fundamental to building a sustainable, positive society.

Inquiries and nominations are invited. This search will be conducted with respect to the confidentiality of candidates. Communications may be sent to Wayne Luke or John Fazekas, the Witt/Kieffer consultants working with Central City Concern on this endeavor by email to:

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