Organization: Covenant House Florida

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Express Interest


Covenant House Florida (CHF) is a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk homeless and trafficked youth living on the streets of Florida; the Fort Lauderdale facility (established in 1985) serves youth from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami/Dade counties, and the Orlando site (established in 1995) strives to meet the needs of homeless youth throughout Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

CHF provides a full continuum of services for youth, including street outreach, healthcare, substance abuse counseling, behavioral health treatment, educational services, employment training, and long-term, transitional living.  Covenant House Florida has impacted the lives of almost 5K homeless teens in that state each year. The organization is a part of Covenant House International and one of its 30 locations in six countries in North and Central America; the Covenant House federation of sites serves more than 55K homeless, trafficked and runaway youth each year.

The youth who come to the CHF sites for help are often victims of physical and sexual abuse. Many are aged-out of the foster care system or trying to escape gang membership or a life of prostitution and violence. Their work toward change begins on the street with the outreach vans and continues through crisis care and transitional living programs on site. CHF has two residential campuses with 99 crisis shelter beds operating 24 hours daily. The transitional living program, called Rights of Passage, supports an additional 50 beds.

Other programs and services include case management to counsel, guide and mentor the youth; a Life Skills program to teach skills that are needed to establish and maintain independence (e.g.: money management); spiritual ministry; and family counseling.

Covenant House Florida is at an exciting time in its organizational development, beginning a capital campaign in the next few years and with plans to relocate the current Fort Lauderdale site to a new facility in the central corridor of Broward County where the majority of families with children and youth now reside. A growing Board of Directors is committed to the mission and the building project, which will be managed in partnership with Covenant House International.

This is a full-time position located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information on Covenant House Florida, please visit

Candidate Profile:

Covenant House Florida seeks an Executive Director committed to its mission and to fundraising, with a proven administrative skill set in supervising and overseeing necessary organizational programs and activities.

With responsibility for 90 employees and an annual budget of $7.9M (69% of which comes from private sources), the Executive Director plays the central role in nurturing a caring community that offers young people the bridge from homelessness to opportunity.  The Executive Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining operating standards and protocols necessary to satisfy external requirements, consistent with the CH Mission, and for establishing adequate metrics and procedures necessary for the management of those operating standards.

The new Executive Director will be a highly motivated and accountable administrator with demonstrated experience, a visionary leader, and a capable and effective fundraiser. He/she should be highly dedicated to the mission of CHF. The strongest candidate will have significant experience in social services, demonstrated management and administrative experience, and an excellent communications skill set.  Grounding in and connections to the Fort Lauderdale and Orlando areas’ safety net organizations and philanthropists will be a favorable asset.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the following key areas:


  • Provide inspiring leadership to strengthen Covenant House Florida’s name recognition and services.
  • Shape the vision and direction of Covenant House Florida in close association with corporate headquarters, senior staff, and local Board of Directors.
  • Foster the spiritual values and traditions consistent with the mission statement.
  • Act as chief spokesperson for Covenant House Florida, representing the agency to the media, prospective donors, government agencies, staff, etc.
  • Articulate the goals and aspirations of Covenant House to all who need its services and to those who support it.
  • Articulate the spiritual values and policies needed to execute the mission of Covenant House and develop an internal culture that supports those values and policies.
  • Act as an advocate on behalf of homeless, runaway and at-risk adolescents.
  • Ensure the continuous monitoring and development of the organization’s strategic plan in conjunction with the local board.


  • Direct, improve, and implement program content and program quality control processes within and consistent with the Covenant House mission, philosophy and policies established by the parent and local Boards.
  • Develop strategic plans for the growth of Covenant House Florida, articulating a vision of service to respond to local needs and present such plans to the local Board of Directors for review and approval.
  • Evaluate and supervise organizational structure and administrative operations.
  • Ensure that organization adheres to programmatic and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure that appropriate risk management protocols and procedures are developed, implemented, and executed in keeping with insurance requirements and sound practice.
  • Serve as a Member of the local Board of Director’s Executive Committee (comprised of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Executive Director), execute such Board action as is approved or authorized by the Board, or by the Executive Committee, or by the Chairperson.
  • Ensure that the local organizations legal and business arrangements are duly executed.


  • Devote 50% of his/her time to the development and fundraising efforts.
  • Direct fundraising and communications efforts to secure private and public sector funding, including but not limited to grants, necessary for the operation and growth of Covenant House Florida, including oversight of the organization’s marketing programs.
  • Approach potential donors and serve as an active fundraiser responsible for growing and diversifying fundraising efforts.
  • Market Covenant House Florida to raise significantly the awareness of our mission, broadening our funding and donor base.
  • Work cooperatively with the development efforts promoted by Covenant House International headquarters.

Fiscal Management

  • Ensure the development of an effective system of internal accounting control including organizational arrangements with clearly defined lines of responsibility and delegation of authority.
  • Adequately safeguard, verify and maintain accountability of assets.
  • Oversee the formation of the annual budget.
  • Promote services that are cost-effective, employing economy while maintaining a high level of service.
  • Providing proposed management responses to any findings resulting from the annual audit, and serving as a member of the Audit Committee.

External Communications

  • Serve as the external spokesperson for Covenant House Florida’s mission and services to all constituencies, the general public and the media.
  • Represent Covenant House Florida with local and national business, nonprofit and government entities and officials.
  • Serve as an advocate and work with legislators, regulatory agencies, and other representatives of the community and social services industry to promote the delivery of Covenant House services.
  • Network with agencies that have a similar mission, to strengthen community awareness for needs of homeless youth, and to advocate to fulfill such needs.
  • Establish and maintain an effective system of communication with other Covenant House Executive Directors, sharing information and expertise.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with the President and senior managers of Covenant House International.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work or other applicable field; a master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • At least ten years of progressive senior managerial experience in the field of child welfare (or a comparable field), with executive responsibility in a non-profit agency of comparable size and mission as Covenant House Florida. This includes a high degree of general administrative and managerial experience; at least five years of demonstrable success as a private fundraiser; a sound grasp of programming; finance/budgeting; and residential care. Experience and ease in communication with young adults is highly desirable.
  • A deep understanding and demonstrated record of success in fundraising (knowledge of prospective local major donors is a clear plus).
  • The ability to collaborate well with others and to promote and articulate the mission of Covenant House Florida.
  • The highest level of oral, written, and interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work with a broad range of individuals and organizations, including Board members, donors, professional colleagues, and subordinates.
  • The ability to inspire and motivate groups through public speaking and interaction with the media. Further, the successful candidate must be of impeccable character with a strong moral code, and a solid understanding of the agency’s international role in care of homeless, trafficked and abused youth.
  • Given that this role reports to the President of CHI, based in New York City, as well as a local Board of Directors, experience working as part of a federation of local sites guided by a national headquarters leadership structure is highly desirable.
  • A willingness to travel within Florida and to undertake some evening and weekend work.
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of Covenant House Florida

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Covenant House Florida has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

Covenant House Florida is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit