Go Kids seeks an exceptional leader able to capitalize on the great strengths and compelling mission of this valued institution, serving low-income families and children throughout four Northern California counties.
Go Kids (GO KIDS) operates 9 child care centers that include infant care, preschool, after-school, and seasonal migrant programs. It also contracts with nearly 150 in-home licensed family child care providers, serving about 2,000 children from low-income families daily throughout this four-county area. GO KIDS employs some 150 staff members, a mix of full-time and part-time teachers, administrative and enrollment staff. All GO KIDS child care programs are at or near capacity, with waiting lists, as the demand for high-quality services from low-income families is high and increasing. In addition to child care in its centers and licensed homes, GO KIDS offers an array of parent/family services, including parent education and training, resource and referral counseling. GO KIDS provides support and training to the licensed in-home family child care providers with whom they contract. The current budget of GO KIDS is $23 million, about one-third of which is pass-through “alternative payments” distributed to some 400 low-income families to subsidize their costs of child care. The other two-thirds of the budget is comprised principally of support received from the State of California through 14 contracts for subsidizing the child care costs of low-income families, but also historically from diverse sources like United Way, the four counties themselves, First 5, and several foundations (notably the Packard Foundation and Knight Foundation).
Go Kids is dedicated to safe child care and the educational child development of children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Compassionate, skilled professional staff and teachers strive to nurture each child and their families. Focusing on the developmental needs of each child and intending to adopt research- and theory-based curriculum, staff encourages social engagement with peers, teacher-facilitated learning opportunities, and rich developmental experience in a stimulating, challenging, and safe environment. Children enrolled in Go Kids are able to develop social skills, creative ability, academic confidence, and educational advancement. Though unable to offer the same enrichment opportunities to children in the homes of licensed family child care providers, Go Kids holds its providers to a high standard, ensures that providers maintain their licenses, and offers its providers a variety of training opportunities designed to enhance the experience of the children in care.
Most of the children served by Go Kids are low-income; many are Latino and Asian, reflecting the populations served; many come from limited English-speaking homes; many qualify for State and Federal subsidies through a variety of government contracts designed to ensure child care and development opportunities, as well as nutritional meals from Go Kids’ central kitchen and health monitoring for these children. Go Kids is proud of its ability to serve children from all backgrounds, to serve them as an integrated population while meeting the needs of each child at his/her level, and to deliver high-quality experiences regardless of socioeconomic status and circumstance.
Every pre-school location provides trained, permitted, dedicated teachers, nutritious snacks and hot meals, health and developmental screenings. School-age children are served by their permitted teachers and receive homework assistance. All instruction is with the intent of providing a structured “creative curriculum.” Full-day programs are offered to age cohorts from 6 weeks – pre-school age; school-age children attend before and after school in a split day program during the school year and full-time during the summer.
Go Kids recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. For the past 20 years, Go Kids has benefited from the exceptional leadership of Chief Executive Officer Larry Drury, whose retirement has created the need for an effective successor. A small 6-member Board of Directors is actively involved in the governance of the organization and has been vital to the stability of the organization since its founding. The Board is clear about its need to grow larger and diversify in order to meet its obligation to provide a positive partnership and support to the next Chief Executive Officer. In recent years, Go Kids acquired a highly complementary organization, Estrella Family Services, at the request of the Estrella Board, stimulating the growth and reach of GO KIDS services, especially in the City of San Jose, California’s fourth-largest city. The recent opening of its first and much-needed infant care facility has prompted GO KIDS to plan a near-term opening of a second infant-care facility in another part of its service area. Go Kids continues to grow rapidly in service, size of staff and budget, in complexity of organization – offering to the next Chief Executive Officer every opportunity for institution-building.
Headquartered in Gilroy, the region offers an attractive quality of life to its staff. Gilroy itself has a population of over 50,000, with a mild inland valley climate, proximity to urban cultural offerings, short commutes to diverse housing and school choices, and a culture of small-town/family-oriented values. The region served by Go Kids embraces virtually every existing Northern California lifestyle, making this an attractive place for an out-of-area executive to call home.
The next Chief Executive Officer of Go Kids will find a relatively-large and well-established nonprofit, offering a solid platform for future growth. A deliberate, patient, thoughtful change-manager will find this opportunity very attractive.
The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors, a 6 member, and expanding board. Direct reports include the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resource Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Assistant.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the management and operation of all programs and services provided by Go Kids, and for implementing all policy decisions of the governing Board. Conversely, every member of the governing Board is expected to respect the boundaries between governance and administration and to maintain and support a healthy, high-functioning chief executive. The Chief Executive Officer oversees the administrative and fiduciary functions of the agency. S/he is the face of the organization to the outside world and the steward of Go Kids reputation in the community. S/he represents the agency to the community, to partnering organizations, to government and nongovernmental funders and donors, and builds strong relationships with key stakeholders, agency staff, and the Board. S/he partners with the Board in fundraising, community outreach, and the generation of earned income to support Go Kids programs. S/he is responsible for the delivery of services of the highest quality, consistent with the mission and values of Go Kids.
The ideal candidate will have:
Lifelong learning and educational achievement appropriate to the complexity of the position.
Anticipated salary range is $140,000 - $180,000, negotiable based on experience.
Robert M. Fisher and J. Michael Loscavio of Rusher Loscavio Fisher Nonprofit Executive Search (San Francisco) are privileged to provide recruitment counsel to the Board of Go Kids. All discussions with prospects for this position will be treated with the utmost discretion. We would be grateful to receive inquiries, expressions of interest, nominations and applications at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 885 Moro Drive Gilroy, CA
Salary: 140000.00 - 180000.00
Posted On: February 10th, 2020
A nonprofit child development organization serving Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties.
The agency was established in 1975 when it was awarded a grant from the city of Morgan Hill to provide early childhood education training services to unemployed women from low-income backgrounds. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit agency in 1978, the agency budget and service area has continued to grow. Go Kids now provides services in Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties. We have a long history of a diverse funding base that has included financial support from the California Department of Education, San Benito County United Way, Santa Clara County, San Jose City, Santa Clara County First 5, San Benito County First 5, Monterey County First 5, Santa Cruz County First 5, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Packard Foundation.
In 2015, Go Kids acquired Estrella Family Services creating a most welcome opportunity to add 4 long-established child care centers and 33 professional early education staff to the high-quality services of Go Kids. The addition of Estrella Family Services also gave Go Kids a prominent presence in San Jose.