As Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) approaches its 40th year of service, it seeks a visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to continue a season of transformational change – fortifying its unique mission to “Leave No One Behind.” Veterans Village of San Diego was started to serve all veterans and is the only program of its kind in the United States. It is nationally recognized as the leader in serving homeless military veterans, serving more than 3,000 military veterans throughout San Diego County each year.
VVSD employs over 170 staff and receives approximately $16 million in financial support annually, comprising of about 80% in grants and 20% in private donorship. The 15-member Board includes veterans, community members, and prominent business leaders who are committed to making VVSD a world-class organization providing nationally-leading, expert services to veterans and their families.
The President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead a robust and complex veteran-centric nonprofit organization focused on wellness, homelessness, behavioral health, employment and housing. With a deep understanding and working knowledge of issues that veterans experience, this leader will be VVSD’s chief visionary, spokesperson, champion, and change agent.
The board is seeking a CEO who is an exceptional people leader, strategic thinker, effective and influential business operator, and an expert in homelessness and behavioral health services. This position reports to the board and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the VVSD organization. As VVSD continues to transform into a more robust and world-class organization providing innovative and holistic veteran services, this leader will ensure that best-in-class business operations and financial modeling practices are leveraged to continue transforming and fulfilling VVSD’s mission, while providing excellent customer service and experience to clients in that journey.
The successful CEO will elevate awareness of VVSD’s work both nationally and within the greater San Diego community, building bridges between VVSD and its many allies in the nonprofit, government and private sectors, inspiring VVSD staff and volunteers to serve with excellence and caring, motivating donors to give generously, and fostering collaborative efforts between board and staff that engender efficiency, trust, and respect among all parties. The CEO will have a Board-supported and strategic opportunity to diversify the organization’s revenue makeup by increasing philanthropic support amongst corporate and individual donors.
Responsibilities & Key Selection Criteria
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in a related field or comparable experience preferred.
At least 10 years of progressive senior managerial experience with executive responsibility in a for-profit or non-profit agency of comparable size and mission as VVSD. This includes a high degree of general administrative and managerial experience; demonstrable success as a fundraiser; a sound grasp of programming; and finance/budgeting. Proven track record of skillfully managing federal, state and local politics, while forging strong partnerships with such constituents.
Collaborative – The ability to collaborate well with others and to promote and articulate the mission of VVSD. High emotional intelligence, integrity, and interpersonal skills.
Executive Presence – The highest level of oral, written, and interpersonal skills able to effectively work with a broad range of individuals and organizations, including Board members, donors, professional colleagues, and staff.
Passion / Mission Alignment – Has a demonstrated track record of commitment to serving veterans and communities in need with a passion for equity and inclusivity. Veteran status is a plus, but not required.
Visionary Leadership – Experience as a thoughtful and progressive leader who leads with a bold vision, future-orientation and executive leadership in rapidly changing environments.
Business / Financial Acumen – Demonstrated success with leveraging innovative models to sustainably grow and expand housing, social services, and behavioral health programs. A creative problem solver who thinks and executes multi-dimensionally.
Innovation & Strategic Growth – Has successfully identified and implemented growth and innovation opportunities for an organization in alignment with the development of a long-term strategic plan.
Fundraising – Has played a key role in growing revenues from a broad base of new and existing funding sources.
External Partnerships – A skilled leader in managing federal, state and local politics with an exceptional ability to build trusted and productive partnerships with agencies and non-government constituents vital to the success of VVSD.
Our colleagues at Diversified Search have been retained to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to CEOVVSD@divsearch.com.