The Key Program (Key), a human services leader and placement of choice by many state agencies, schools, social workers, and case managers, seeks a dynamic President who will bring a deep passion for positively reshaping the lives of youth and their families. Key’s future President will both fortify the agency’s organizational vitality and fuel its ability to deliver high-quality care and services that reflect best practices and evolve alongside community needs.
Key is driven by its history of achievement, sustainability, and extensive expertise gained through decades of practical experience. Founded in 1974 as an intensive in-home service provider, Key has since added residential programs, outpatient mental health services, shelter programs, and community re-entry programs, all in response to identified gaps in services for youth and families. Using a strength-based and trauma-informed approach, the organization meets the individual treatment needs of over 850 children and families each day across Massachusetts and Rhode Island through an array of stabilization, prevention, and support services. Key’s funders are principally the state governments of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
In 2020, The Key Program stewarded 1,221 children and their families through the child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and educational systems, giving them the tools to prosper in their communities. Key’s FY2020 budget was over $34 million and it currently employs approximately 500 staff, including a leadership team of nine, and is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Key is in a uniquely advantageous financial position due to its supporting organization, Alternatives for Youth Foundation (AYF), a 501(c)3 corporation that provides Key a significant degree of fiscal safety and flexibility.
Key’s next President will provide strategic vision and leadership to an organization with substantial community importance. They will ensure the continued quality of Key’s direct services, innovating and expanding where necessary; maintain the agency’s financial wellbeing; anticipate and prepare for evolution in the regulatory environments in which Key operates; and ensure a sound administrative infrastructure. Key has nurtured an enriching work environment, yet the organization has not been immune to the workforce challenges experienced by direct service providers across the nation. The President will work with senior leadership to ensure that Key can attract and retain dedicated and competent direct-service staff at all levels across its operations. Further, the president will cultivate relationships with the board and also maintain relationships with external partners and funders in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The next President will bring demonstrated experience successfully leading an organization or unit that is like Key, in its complexity, programs and services, and funding model. They will be mindful of both broad strategy and the intricacies of specific initiatives and will be an experienced leader and developer of staff with proven commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the President is the primary ambassador for Key, the successful candidate will bring strengths in collaboration, partnership development, and communication and a strong track record in government relations and public advocacy. Essential attributes include integrity, accountability, diplomacy, creativity, compassion, and empathy.
The Key Program has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be directed in strict confidence to:
Phillip Petree, John Isaacson, and Tatiana Oberkoetter
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status.