President/CEO – Skilled Nursing/CCRC



Our client is a nonprofit, nonsectarian corporation committed to providing the finest in residential living and healthcare services for older adults. For more than 60 years, the organization has distinguished itself through the unfailing fulfillment of its mission: to maintain and support every individual’s optimal independence and life wishes in a safe, caring, dignified atmosphere. We also provide innovative programming, an understanding of health care trends, and efficient, effective management oversight.

The organization owns and operates two highly-regarded retirement communities in Connecticut. Residents and their families have the peace of mind that comes with our full continuum of care, including home health care, assisted living, subacute care, short-term and long-term rehabilitation, and intermediate and skilled nursing care. All are available on our campuses.

Our communities respond to the unique needs of each of our residents, because we believe living life to its fullest is an honorable and ageless pursuit.

The organization seeks highly qualified candidates for the role of President/Chief Executive Officer.

As a prospective candidate, you are expected to carefully read this job description and eliminate yourself from the candidate pool if the duties and responsibilities are not a good match for you.


Accountable to the Board of Directors and reporting directly to it, the President/CEO is responsible for providing the vision to lead the strategic growth of the corporation. The CEO will supervise a staff of eight direct reports that include two Administrators (Chief Operating Officers), each responsible for the day-to-day operations of the two communities.


  • Operate within legal and regulatory requirements and within corporate policy as established by the Board.
  • Assure the overall satisfactory functioning of the residential living, day care, and health services organizations, consistent with the general mission that emphasizes a dedication to enhancing the dignity and quality of life, in an atmosphere that operates efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson for the organization, formulating and administering all major procedures, structures, and programs in order to implement the general policies.
  • Act as the prime developer of corporate directions, to propose formalized strategies – business, financial, and programmatic – and see that they are implemented. Initiate and direct corporate planning on a short, intermediate, and long-range basis and seek to effect planning schedules on a timely basis.
  • Use resources to respond to the Board and committee requests for information. In addition, make provisions for officers and employees to respond on their behalf, in accordance with a policy communicated to the organization.
  • Serve as director and attend, in person or by staff representative, meetings of all standing committees of the Board.
  • Collaborate with the Chairman of the Board and committee chairmen to develop Board and committee meeting schedules and agendas that meet the needs of the Board and of management.
  • Maintain with the Chairman of the Board, a mutual communication system.
  • Develop the Board and administrative staff leadership, a team that functions effectively and efficiently to meet the strategic objectives of the organization, by:
    • Providing guidance to the various groups (the Board, the medical and para-medical staffs, administrative personnel, volunteers, etc.)
    • Orchestrating the various efforts so that all feel involved and committed and have appropriate access and input.
    • Participate hands-on, being a visible leader and incorporating a strong sense of open-door management.
  • Represent the organization to its “communities”: residents, staff, medical, contiguous localities, the business community, external agencies/institutions, associations and other professionals, to educate these various internal and external entities concerning the organization’s role, goal, objectives, philosophy, and accomplishments.
  • Develop strategies and programs to ensure the fiscal health of the corporation in forthcoming years, taking into account economic trends, local marketing trends, and changes in the regulatory and competitive environment:
    • Review all budgets, finance and cost structures to assure the various operating units’ fiscal and programmatic integrity and their efficiencies. Establish the corporation’s budget to be submitted to the Board.
    • Conceive, evaluate, and implement marketing, development and fundraising strategies to enhance the institution’s image, market and support base.
  • Be an active participant in both the state and national health care membership associations, with respect to long-term care issues and activities in order to learn, understand, and respond to changes in the overall healthcare delivery system; relating these to the specific and programmatic needs of the organization and its communities.
  • Guide the relationships with the various village staffs, ensuring appropriate advice and counsel from their leadership in conjunction with long-term planning and the establishment of appropriate priorities and allocation of resources in accordance with that planning. Additionally, discuss with that leadership current long-term care and general healthcare trends and issues on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide for optimum utilization of all personnel such that organization structures and functions are defined, managed, and appropriately staffed.
  • Keep the Board informed of major issues and developments that affect the corporation and of management’s position and plans with regards to such issues. When appropriate, engage the Board in a discussion of such issues and developments while management’s position and plans are still being developed.
  • Be ultimately responsible for selecting, training, evaluating, and supervising individuals with the appropriate abilities and experience necessary to perform their assigned functions.
  • Lead a corporate wide fundraising thrust aimed at achieving favorable and ever improving results in annul giving, planned giving, and capital fundraising initiatives. Call on prospective major donors with local COO and add his/her presence to local fundraising activities.


  • 15+ years of experience within a health care organization.
  • 5+ years of experience is a management position responsible for the supervision of staff.
  • Be a certified Skilled Nursing Administrator.
  • Must possess strong leadership skills with vision and an ability to effect change both in practices and culture.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of detailed financial information. Ability to interpret, explain, and present financial data to the Board.
  • Significant experience with budgeting process.
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of Medicare, Medicaid, private pay insurance, and other reimbursement options.
  • A solid visionary with experience in e-commerce, outsourcing, and reimbursement.
  • Knowledge of labor relations and familiarity with collective bargaining, working with unionized employees, and in closely supervising employment policies to avoid, where possible, incipient union organizational activity.
  • Actively involved with professional organizations and membership associations on the local and national level that ae dedicated to the development and enhancement of the long-term health care profession.
  • Experience in leading fundraising campaigns.


  • A team player with strong interpersonal skills and a high level of energy.
  • Possess a passion for delivering the highest level of care and being in the service of others.
  • Should be a visionary and strategic planner capable of linking goals to day-to-day priorities.
  • Leadership qualities will include the capability to set vision and empower others to work towards it, and the skill of holding/selling a point without alienating others.
  • The candidate will already be experienced and must be able to make immediate contributions to realizing corporate objectives.
  • Candidate must display excellent conceptual and analytical abilities, decisiveness, and ability to synthesize alternative viewpoints.
  • A problem solver and calculated risk-taker who can successfully apply experience, judgment, and creativity to both short and long-term business solutions.
  • A down to earth, effective hands-on manager with a blend of technical and marketing savvy.
  • Must exhibit a highly professional business demeanor and personal ethics.
  • Candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills to be able to quickly build rapport across the organization and with the Board, the business community, and other external entities.


Bachelor’s degree. An MBA or MA in healthcare administration is highly desirable.

COMPENSATION      A competitive compensation package including base salary, bonus, and full benefits package will be offered.


Ken McGovern
KMR Executive Search
860-404-2526 office
860-558-8291 cell