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President & CEO (Andrus/JDAM)

Company: ANDRUS/JDAM (Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial Inc.)
Location: Yonkers, NY

President & CEO


ANDRUS is a private, non-profit organization that helps secure strong, promising futures for children, families and communities by promoting stability, increasing resilience, and rebuilding hope. We specialize in teaching children and families the skills to express and cope with strong emotions. We help increase the well of resources available to them to manage the impacts of adversity, particularly severe emotional, behavioral and mental health issues in children. Guided by our Sanctuary Model, we offer a range of preventive and restorative services for children and families across the tri-state area.

Founded in 1928 by John Andrus in honor of his wife, Julia, ANDRUS started out as an orphanage. Since those early days, the ANDRUS Board of Directors and staff have continually and actively sought innovative approaches and new ideas for helping children in need. Today ANDRUS is a family-centered organization that offers an array of ground-breaking, research-backed, and trauma-informed programs to help children, families and communities meet their full potential.  Serving Westchester County from 14 locations, ANDRUS’ main site is a beautiful 110-acre campus in North Yonkers, where the agency offers residential and day treatment for seriously emotionally disturbed children from Westchester and surrounding counties.  

ANDRUS operates four divisions:

  • Mental Health Division – ANDRUS operates 3 outpatient mental health clinics, a school-based mental health program, and partnerships with highly respected local organizations to extend mental health services to low-income families in need of psychological and emotional intervention.
  • Campus Programs – On campus, ANDRUS offers clinical services and a health center, and operates the Orchard School; a K-9 school serving approximately 150 students, half of whom live in cottages on campus through the ANDRUS Residential Treatment Program.
  • Community Division - ANDRUS provides an array of programs and services to families directly within their own homes and neighborhood organizations through Healthy Families New York, ANDRUS Parenting Services, ANDRUS EARLY Learning Center (A.E.L.C), Care Management Program, and Eastchester After School Youth (E.A.S.Y).Our objectives are to help families promote their children’s healthy development, emotional health, school readiness, and literacy skills at critical junctures in their lives.
  • Sanctuary Institute - The Sanctuary Institute has provided training and consultation to over 350 organizations worldwide in the application of the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed approach to treatment and organizational change.

Serving nearly 4,500 people, ANDRUS serves children from birth throughout childhood and strengthens families and communities. Through proven care models, innovative programs, professional training, influential research and determined advocacy, ANDRUS aims to be a national leader in shaping policies and practices that prevent and overcome the effect of childhood adversity and promote resilience to secure strong, healthy futures for children, families and communities.

For more information on ANDRUS, please visit andruscc.org.

The Opportunity

ANDRUS is looking for an exceptional President & CEO to lead the organization to achieve even greater levels of impact in serving children and families in the communities in which ANDRUS operates. This is an opportunity for a visionary leader to build upon the founding values and long-standing track record of excellence and innovation to bring ANDRUS to the next level.  The next ANDRUS CEO will have the opportunity to think strategically about how to raise the profile of ANDRUS locally and nationally and will help ANDRUS navigate the post-COVID-19 landscape. The CEO will lead a 560-person organization with a team and board who are passionate about the social and emotional well-being of the children, families, and communities ANDRUS serves.

ANDRUS is seeking a seasoned leader who is deeply mission and values-aligned and brings the business acumen required to lead a complex, multi-dimensional agency. The CEO will be a relationship builder who can build a strong partnership with the highly engaged Board of Directors that includes many Andrus family members, navigate the philanthropic and fundraising landscape to secure new sources of support for ANDRUS, and continue driving excellence and innovation in ANDRUS’ programmatic work. Previous experience in a senior leadership role, an understanding of the mental health and/or trauma landscape, and alignment with the culture and values of ANDRUS will be critical success factors for the incoming CEO.

The CEO’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide ultimate leadership for all aspects of operations of a major, complex organization, including financial oversight of a $45+ million annual operating budget, facilities, development, staff oversight, programs, education and special events
  • Provide refreshed strategic leadership to ANDRUS while maintaining excellence in the content and delivery of ANDRUS’s programming and services, ensuring the organization continues to adapt and innovate to best meet the needs of children and families it serves
  • Serve as a thought partner to the Board of Directors, collaborating to fulfill the mission and vision of ANDRUS and maintaining effective lines of communication
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, keeping ANDRUS at the forefront of the delivery of comprehensive services and extending ANDRUS’s reach into new, innovative programs that address emerging needs
  • Develop strong external presence and relationships to cultivate and steward new opportunities for donor and partner engagement, serving as the leading voice of ANDRUS and positioning ANDRUS as a local and national thought-leader within the mental and behavioral health space
  • Develop and implement policies to ensure the successful recruitment and retention of staff with a wide range of experience and skills, encouraging a culture of transparency, diversity, and inclusiveness while fostering opportunities for career growth
  • Ensure that sound financial management practices and accountability are maintained across the organization, including ensuring that all of the complex local, state, and national funding and regulatory guidelines are effectively implemented and monitored.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

Culture & Values Alignment

  • The CEO will have a commitment to or willingness to learn and embrace the Sanctuary model, a critical foundation to the organizational culture and program efficacy at ANDRUS. This person will be passionate about ANDRUS’s mission and about children and/or mental or behavioral health, with demonstrated experience in a relevant field.
  • The CEO will be culturally competent, understanding how to navigate the diverse culture of the greater ANDRUS community.
  • An exceptional communicator, the CEO will maintain ongoing, transparent communication with the Board, staff, and other stakeholders and develop a culture of community and belonging.
  • Personable and relatable, the CEO will be widely trusted with an open-door management style, modeling honesty and integrity to the ANDRUS community.

Content Expertise/Credibility

  • The CEO will bring the ability to build and maintain a deep knowledge of key mental or behavioral health policies, as well as economic, social, and political trends and developments and their impact on the organization, strategy, and stakeholders.
  • This person will have demonstrated experience in a related field to ANDRUS which can include but is not limited, to personal experience working with children/youth, social services, education administration, and/or mental or behavioral health. A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • This leader will have the gravitas and persona to be a national expert and persuasive voice on all issues relating to mental health and be viewed as the ‘go-to’ resource locally and nationally for the Sanctuary model, and will bring a trauma informed approach to leading ANDRUS. The person will be comfortable as a media representative and external spokesperson for the organization and will leverage other staff and Board members to effectively share the ANDRUS story and mission the community and beyond.

Leadership & Team Management

  • The CEO will be a seasoned and passionate people and organizational leader with a track record of achievement in previous executive level roles at an organization of similar size and/or complexity to ANDRUS. This professional will have extensive business acumen and the experience necessary to lead an operationally complex healthcare delivery organization.
  • The ideal candidate will have a high level of comfort taking measured and strategic risks with proven experience leading an organization through transition, adapting to various changes and needs in the field and region.
  • The CEO will have a strong business sense and a thorough understanding of operations and finance. This executive will strategically prioritize resources and identify key programmatic areas that ANDRUS can expand in order to inspire growth, increase visibility, and substantially improve sustainability for the organization.
  • The CEO will have comfort working with a Board of Directors to set vision and will have extensive staff management experience. The CEO will lead with inclusion, transparency, and respect, and model these values and characteristics throughout the organization.

Fundraising & Development

  • Determined and motivated, the CEO will bring demonstrated success meeting ambitious growth goals and securing large gifts from a range of funders, from institutions to individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Dynamic, energetic, and creative, they will inspire confidence in the Board, donors, partners, and other constituents.
  • A tireless advocate, the CEO’s passion for motivating others to support the organization and its mission will be infectious and unparalleled. They will understand how to raise the visibility and profile of ANDRUS and build a network of relationships and support that position the organization as a leader in its field.

Compensation & Benefits

ANDRUS offers a highly generous compensation package that includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes a rich medical plan, free housing in the President’s house on campus in Yonkers, as well as a car allowance and other benefits. Residence in the President’s house is not mandatory, but preferred.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan, Founding Partner, and Amber Brown, Consultant are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link or email andrusceo@koyapartners.com . All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

ANDRUS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.


For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.