Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer Catholic Charities West Michigan, Grand Rapids reports to the bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and Catholic Charities West Michigan's (CCWM) Board of Directors.


(These duties and responsibilities are judged to be “essential functions” in terms of the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA)
  • Establishes organization policies and strategic direction in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  • Provides leadership, through direct reports, social services, business operations and fund development of the organization.
  • Conveys an understanding and knowledge of Catholic Social Teachings and Catholic Moral Doctrine to the Board and seeks the Board’s adherence to the same.
  • Ensures Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Moral Doctrine are taught as part of the employee onboarding process, and is adhered to as guiding behaviors for all employees.
  • Understands CCWM is distinctive as a social service agency because it is sponsored by the Catholic Church.
  • Liaises with the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ priests and parishes ensuring they know about CCWM’s various services.
  • Establishes processes for Board development, orientation and communication.
  • Meets with the Board of Directors concerning CCWM operations, policies, activities and financial condition.
  • Establishes a strong working relationship with the Bishop and Diocesan trustees. 
  • Serves as a member of the Bishop’s cabinet.
  • Manages the fund development, marketing/public relations, finance, information technology and human resources activities of CCWM.
  • Provides leadership in fundraising. Determines priorities and works closely with Director of Philanthropy to meet endowment, capital, new initiatives and operating needs that are consistent with Catholic values and in alignment with CCWM's strategic vision.
  • Participates in local, regional and national committees and activities relevant to the family service field of practice, relevant to the activities of the agency.
  • Monitors programs and staff for contract compliance and productivity standards.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with the community, other funding agencies and the Diocese.
  • Advocates for services for the poor and vulnerable regardless of religion.
  • Promotes programs and operations and generates information and publicity about CCWM to increase community understanding and appreciation of the goods and services available.
  • Serves as a liaison with community, governmental civic and charitable organizations and leaders.
  • Maintain a workplace environment that is respectful and supportive of the rights and welfare of staff, volunteers and clients.
  • Performs other special assignments at request of the Bishop and the Board of Directors.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person. 


This position requires an MBA or its equivalent and strong background in management and communications
A minimum of seven to ten years of progressive leadership and financial experience.
Manages department and subordinate supervisors/managers. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these supervisors/managers.
(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
  • Continual learner with a sufficient understanding of and a willingness to work towards a profound understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic moral doctrine.
  • Must be a practicing Catholic or someone with an in-depth understanding of the Church’s social and moral teaching.
  • Must be ready and willing to uphold and defend publicly Catholic moral teaching.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Knowledge of administrative principles and practices including budgeting and plan forecasting.
  • Knowledge of Family Service, Child Welfare, and Behavioral Health care programs and applicable state laws and regulations related to these programs.
  • Ability to plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of supervisory and administrative staff.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze reports and make presentations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and fiscal resourcefulness.
  • The ability to work effectively and proactively with staff, public officials, the Board of Directors, other providers, clients and local, state and federal entities.
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations and cultures.
Must be willing and able to work irregular hours, including evenings, holidays, and weekends as required. Must submit to Agency approved background checks.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee, on occasion, may be asked to move or lift items up to 25 pounds in weight.
This position is primarily office based, however, may require frequent travel to other Agency offices as required by position responsibilities and/or Agency management. This position will be routinely exposed to typical office noise levels and/or exposure to various weather conditions. 


For consideration please e-mail your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to:
Laura Ploof
Vice President of Human Resources
Catholic Charities West Michigan

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