Job Details

CEO - Redwood

Location:   Northern KY

Salary:   based on experience


 Redwood CEO


  • Do you have a passion for serving adults and children with a range of disabilities to help them reach their highest potential?
  • Are you excited to lead a talented and caring staff through these challenging and unprecedented times?
  • Can you leverage Redwood’s reputation and success to identify new opportunities for growth and community impact?
  • Do you enjoy being the face of an organization with community partners, donors, business leaders and public officials?


ABOUT REDWOOD:  Founded in 1953, Redwood is a Northern Kentucky based agency that serves over 800 adults and children with developmental disabilities each year.  With a staff of 160 the agency offers programs at its main facility in Fort Mitchell.  There are other agencies serving people with disabilities, but none that provide the wide-range and scope of care that Redwood does.


Mission: Redwood guides children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential throughout their lives, by providing enriching educational, therapeutic, and vocational services.


Vision: Redwood envisions a world where people with disabilities are empowered to flourish, prosper, and achieve the quality of life they deserve.



The CEO directs a Leadership Team and shapes organizational culture, establishes direction, and implements actions consistent with the agency’s mission and strategic plan.  This is accomplished through the following essential responsibilities.


Executive Leadership:

  • Achieves and upholds Agency’s Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Provides overall leadership of the agency, primarily through the Board of Trustees and the staff Leadership Team, to ensure that the organization executes the strategic plan and achieves its goals
  • Provides effective communication and support to the Board President, Board and Board Committees.
  • Serves as the face of Redwood with partner agencies, funders, public officials, donors, and families.


Strategic Planning and Execution:

  • Participates with the Board of Trustees in the strategic planning process and ensures that the strategic goals are met.
  • Conducts on-going internal and environmental scans of factors that may affect the agency’s business.
  • Communicates mission and strategic goals to staff and key stakeholders.


Staff Management and Development

  • Ensures the agency has and follows sound personnel policies and practices.
  • Establishes a robust diversity and inclusion initiative.
  • Ensures there is a current succession plan in place for the CEO position and a development program to cultivate employees for future leadership roles (Directors, Officers and CEO).


Stewardship of Financial, Facility and Intellectual Resources

  • Meets Board’s established financial goals.
  • With the finance team, produces and distributes financial information to staff, Board, and key external stakeholders.
  • Maintains financial health; safeguards assets; makes prudent spending decisions; and develops and meets the annual budget.
  • Ensures annual review of facility and technology needs, creating a plan to meet needs.
  • Ensures that an annual Risk Assessment and a Risk Management Plan are completed.


Development and Fundraising

  • Engages the Board in development activities.
  • Supports the Chief Development Officer to retain current donors and identify and gain the support of new donors.
  • Diversifies the funding sources to become less reliant on government reimbursement.


Interagency and Community Relations

  • Serves as official spokesperson for Redwood, including in crisis situations.
  • Actively engages with peer agencies and with the community at large.
  • Focuses on increasing the visibility of Redwood throughout the service area.


Advocacy and Accreditation Compliance

  • Ensures “perpetual compliance” with various standards.
  • Achieves a clean audit.
  • Tracks federal and state legislative activities and represents the agency in Frankfort to influence positive outcomes.


Program Development

  • Periodically assesses current mix of services, the market’s need for services and regional and national trends.
  • Starts/ expands programs based on market needs and consistent with our mission.
  • Ensures client outcome information is gathered, properly reported, and used for purposes of quality improvement.



  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of Redwood.
  • At least 10 years of Senior leadership experience with full P&L responsibility for a multi-million-dollar budget.
  • Experience engaging with a Board and leading a strategic planning process.
  • Track record of promoting diversity and inclusion in hiring, in Board development, and in outreach to clients.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, including individual donors, foundations, and grants.
  • Robust network of business, philanthropic and community leaders in Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati a plus.
  • Proven success building strong partnerships with other community agencies.
  • Team leadership, including providing development and professional growth opportunities for all staff.
  • Solid financial acumen.
  • Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree in Social Work, Business, or a related field preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group settings. 



  • Relatable and comfortable with clients and families
  • Innovative and inquisitive
  • High energy and inspiring
  • Steady during a crisis
  • More doing, less talking
  • Collaborative, but can make the tough decisions
  • Good listener
  • Embraces diversity
  • Strong networker
  • Strategic



  • See the impact of your work every day
  • Work with an experienced, passionate leadership team and staff
  • Collaborate with an engaged and supportive Board
  • Leverage Redwood’s success and financial strength to expand geographically and form new partnerships


COMPENSATION:  Competitive base salary plus benefits package


For more information, please send a brief cover letter and resume to:

Debra Savage at

Barry Elkus at


Barry Elkus, Partner