CEO Search

Ballinger Leafblad is pleased to conduct the search for CEO at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, a Christian ministry service in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Position Profile

The Chief Executive Officer will provide vision, strategic direction and operational leadership of this faith-based, complex, multi-location organization. The Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board of Directors and will collaborate with the Board to ensure organizational effectiveness, excellence in service delivery and support of clients and families, and a cohesive, sustainable organization.

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities enjoys an enviable financial position today and the Chief Executive will have responsibility for the continued financial health of the organization. The Chief Executive establishes and sustains a healthy culture that facilitates the motivation and empowerment of others, mentors and develops organizational leaders, and aligns the team toward growth, innovation and the fulfillment of the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities mission.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer is a four-member leadership team and 122 employees overall. The executive leadership team reporting directly to the CEO includes the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President Programs, Vice President Development, Director Human Resources, as well as an Executive Assistant.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Provides outstanding leadership and management to realize the mission, core values, culture, and service models of the organization.
  • Models healthy and positive behaviors consistent with the organizational values.
  • Promotes a culture that reflects the organization’s values and guiding principles, encourages high performance, and rewards productivity, innovation, client service, adherence to compliance principles, and effective interpersonal abilities.
  • In partnership with UGMTC leaders, drives the culture across all sites and implements action plans, as needed, to enhance how the culture is experienced by staff or external stakeholders.
  • Creates and maintains an organizational culture that values trust, transparency, respect, and professional growth among employees and leadership.
  1. Leads and collaborates with the senior team and the Board to develop and communicate a compelling vision and relevant strategies for UGMTC which are well communicated and translated into goals, providing clear direction and focus for organizational execution.
  • Creates, presents and leads a dialogue around a robust and well-crafted Strategic Plan.
  • Provides updates to the Board regarding progress to Plan execution. Highlights new opportunities as well as Plan risks or delays with contingency plans.
  • Shares senior leadership- developed plans with the Board regarding infrastructure and process changes to scale UGMTC in line with its growth plan.
  1. Cultivates a strong, trusting partnership with Board, effectively leveraging the Board’s expertise, clarifies roles and accountabilities of the Board and its committees.
  • Keeps the Board well informed of strategic efforts, organizational risks, expansion plans and opportunities, human service and not-for-profit business and service trends, funding shifts, philanthropy development.
  • With the CFO, keeps the Board abreast of the organization’s financial position, including providing updates related to material changes.
  • Invests time, as needed, to recruit, interview, and recommend volunteers to participate on the Board(s) and its committees. Assists the Board to ensure effective onboarding of new board members.
  • Evaluates the organization’s adherence to board by-laws and makes recommendations for changes as appropriate.
  • Actively participates in all Board meetings and committee meetings of the UGMTC board.
  1. Drives the organization to achieve and surpass business and service goals and objectives.
  • Collaborates with senior leaders to develop and ensure implementation of plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel to accommodate the service and growth objectives of the organization.
  • Directs, plans and implements policies, objectives and activities of the organization to develop and ensure continuing operations, to maximize return on investments and to increase impact and successful outcomes.
  • Spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes; identifies partnership opportunities and ensures oversight of implementation activities.
  • Oversees due diligence, recommends to the Board as needed and approves the selection of sites, added services, construction of buildings, and provision of equipment and supplies to meet organizational objectives.
  • Stays abreast of and reports service and funding trends that are likely to have an impact on the organization’s services and implement strategic plans to shift service and business models to meet future needs.
  • Establishes and reinforces business and service models that demonstrate the organization as a premier provider and first choice for partners, clients, and employees according to the services that UGMTC provides.
  • Ensures ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, consistent quality of financial performance, administrative oversight and UGMTC fundraising activities and communications.

5. Builds and leads a high-performance management team; attracts, promotes and retains members of the team, empowers, coaches and provides learning experiences to ensure the development and succession of the future leadership of the organization.

  • Fosters a success-oriented, trustworthy, and accountable environment within the organization.
  • Maintains organizational commitment to training and developing effective leaders and supports the implementation of organizational succession planning.

6. Directs the organization’s financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, maintain positive outcomes, and increase efficiency.

  • In concert with the CFO, ensures the preparation of budgets for approval by the Board, including those for funding and implementation of programs, and manages expenditures and costs to meet budgeted expectations.
  • Working with the CFO, optimizes the organization’s banking relationships and initiates strategies to enhance cash position.
  • Develops and monitors strategies for ensuring the long-term financial viability of the organization.
  • Demonstrates sound knowledge of the organization’s funding streams, payer processes, cost reporting, and government funding and reports to the board and other stakeholders; manages the organization’s business models to meet fiscal restraints and opportunities
  1. Oversees Resource Development and Advancement Activities to support the long-term mission and success of the organiztion.
  • In concert with the Vice President Development, leads, encourages and supports a robust, well-staffed development function.
  • Provides executive leadership for a board-supported capital campaign that will have transformational impact on the organization.
  • Working with the Vice President Development, participates actively in major gift solicitations.
  • Assists, as needed, with planning activities related to major grants, annual campaign activities, event planning, etc.
  1. Represents, promotes and protects the reputation of the organization and its mission.
  • Exhibits behavior in public and private that reflects the values and mission of the organization.
  • Represents the organization and its values through various venues, including but not limited to public speaking, participation in community organizations and events, visiting UGMTC sites and affiliates, and meeting with national and local stakeholders.
  • Develops professional connections and networks with other providers and leaders that positions the organization as a partner and service leader at a local, regional, and national level.
  • Ensures robust and effective UGMTC communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of sustaining a strong brand. Also ensures a crisis communication plan and capabilities are well communicated to the Board and staff.
  • Keeps funders, client families and public stakeholders abreast of UGMTC’s results in serving clients, and assurance of value in service delivery.
  • Cultivates a strong external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities and builds UGMTC’s brand in the community. Collaborates with others to solve bigger community problems in this space.
  1. Directs the negotiation and approval of contracts and agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal and state agencies, and other service and customer entities.
  • Ensures the establishment of controls to effectively honor and manage contracts.
  • Oversees, as needed, the establishment of new service contracts and/or renegotiating service contracts to meet outcome expectations and fiscal solvency.
  • Continually assesses and evaluates human resource needs to meet organizational growth and service needs and implements structural changes to meet organizational capacity needs.
  • Provides direct supervision and evaluates work performance annually and as needed.
  • Ensures all appropriate licensures and accreditations are achieved and maintained throughout the organization and that the quality of service provided to clients leads the industry.
  • Creates and maintains a culture of continuous quality improvement and the demonstration of successful outcomes.
  • Ensures successful audits and the execution of all compliance policies and regulations.


The CEO will be thoroughly committed to Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities’ mission with proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in progressively responsible leadership positions in developing and operationalizing strategies, which advanced an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • A high level of skill in coaching and managing staff and high-performance teams, setting objectives and building accountability and commitment and developing others to build capacity. Skilled in assessing and retaining talent.
  • Experience in building organizational cultures with a high level of employee engagement,
  • Expertise in guiding organizations through change.
  • Skills in working with a Board of Directors and other constituents with a high ability to cultivate relationships.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective influence skills; a passionate communicator with well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to oversee and support multidisciplinary projects and build organizational collaboration.
  • Exhibits a high degree of ethical conduct, integrity, confidentiality, and professional behavior.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the human services, addiction or healthcare field.
  • Experience in fundraising and donor development.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in human service, administration, clinical or business management.


The compensation range for this position is highly competitive and includes participation in the organization’s benefits plan.

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