Youth Homes is currently conducting a nationwide search for an Executive Director.  Read on to learn about us and the Executive Director’s role in our organization. 

About Us: We were founded in 1971 to support youth and their families. Since then we have grown to provide an array of services for children and families across western Montana. Today, Youth Homes operates in Missoula, Hamilton, Kalispell, Polson and Helena. 

Youth Homes primarily serves youth diagnosed as severely emotionally disturbed (SED) and their families. We serve youth and families who are challenged by family conflict, trauma, abuse, neglect, family addiction, domestic violence, incarceration or poverty.  Our main services include (4) emergency shelters, (4) therapeutic group homes, (1) group home to support teens emancipating without formal supports, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, in-home support services, transitional living services, case management and outpatient counseling.  We serve approximately 300-350 youth and families each day and about 800 clients per year. Our current annual budget is $5,800,000 and we have approximately 186 employees.

Youth Homes co-owns Partnership for Children (PFC) with Intermountain. Youth Homes is the managing partner for PFC.  PFC is based in Missoula and has an office in Polson. Services include: Therapeutic group care for latent age children, in-home support, outpatient counseling, therapeutic foster care and youth case management. Partnership currently has a budget of $1,800,000 and 46 employees.

About the Executive Director Role: The Executive Director provides leadership, vision, budget setting and management of the budget.  The Executive Director must be entrepreneurial in finding and developing resources and improving services.  The Executive Director provides management, staff supervision, and program direction for both Youth Homes and Partnership for Children.  The Executive Director represents the organization in a wide variety of settings and roles and manages from the mission set forward by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is responsible for the overall image and success of the organization as well as the effectiveness of its employees, agents and representatives.


  • 5 years’ experience in effective non-profit leadership, including principles of management, fund raising, grant writing, operations.
  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health, Public Administration or Business preferred
  • BA  and 5 years commensurate experience required.
  • Budget and financial management experience, ability to navigate Montana’s child welfare and mental health funding streams.
  • Experience within the juvenile justice, child welfare and mental health systems or experience in a similar rural state system.
  • Experience with legislatures, policy setting and state agency decision making.
  • Strong communication skills in both writing and public speaking.
  • Competent, positive inter-personal skills with the ability to work with a variety of individuals including clients, their families, staff, board members, and local, state and federal officials.
  • Effective organizational skills, including planning, delegating, program development, collaborative efforts and task facilitation.
  • Empathic understanding of diverse life situations. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite 


Wage and Benefits

  • Anticipated $85k-95k annual salary. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Employer funded leaves:
  • Annual and Bonus leave, Exceptional leave, Educational leave
  • Employer contributions to:
  • Individual and dependent covered health insurance, HSA, Long-term disability insurance for the employee, Life insurance policy and 401(k) 
  • Available access for employee funded:
  • Dental insurance coverage, Vision insurance coverage, HSA


Equal Opportunity Employer

Youth Homes is an equal opportunity employer that provides equal employment opportunities on the basis of qualifications for positions and without discrimination in terms of age, sex, race, color, national origin, disability, citizenship, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


All candidates will be required to successfully complete a Child Protective background check covering the last 5 years, nationwide criminal background check and driving records check.


Qualified applicants please send your cover letter and resume to Qualified applicants will receive an email inviting them to participate in a short phone interview at a date to be determined.

Thank you for your interest in Youth Homes!

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