Chief Executive Officer: Tabor Services, Inc.

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 12:58 pm.


The history of Tabor Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate/subsidiary organization of Woods, dates back more than 100 years. Tabor is committed to providing high quality, culturally-competent and cost-effective services that ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth, adults and families; enhance the development of children and youth; foster the integrity of the family; secure the right of children to permanent families; and promote the health and functioning of children and adults seeking stability and independence.

Tabor Services, Inc. is the parent corporation of the following entities:

  • Tabor Children’s Service, Inc., with locations in Doylestown and Philadelphia, provides foster care, special needs adoption, in-home services, adolescent life skills training, independent living services, supportive independent living and parenting classes.
  • Tabor Community Partners, Inc., located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, is a Community Umbrella Agency providing a variety of child welfare, family, and prevention services for the Department of Human Services.

Tabor serves 1,300 individuals, employs 115 full-time employees, and has a $16 million annual operating budget and an endowment of more than $8M. The organization has a dedicated senior management team, most of whom have lengthy tenures with Tabor. Tabor is affiliated with Woods, which is a large nonprofit serving children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities with locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The two organizations work closely together to promote the health and welfare of vulnerable children, youth and adults in the Philadelphia region.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is an exempt, full-time position responsible for the administration of services to children and families at risk. The CEO has overall responsibility for executing Tabor’s mission and for planning and implementing initiatives for enhanced service delivery and expansion to meet community needs. The CEO provides day-to-day oversight, leadership and management of corporate strategy, operations, business development and M&A. This position reports directly to the Tabor Board of Directors and serves as chairperson for the Tabor Community Partners Board of Directors. Additionally, the CEO reports to Woods senior management as one of four affiliate CEOs in the Woods network. Tabor’s CEO works together with the CEO and COO of Woods, supporting management efforts and the mission of the affiliate network.


  • Assuring that the organization has a viable, mission-driven strategic plan that is aligned with the mission and vision of Woods.
  • Working to ensure that the organization has the resources necessary to operate and measure quality programs and services and to satisfy contractual obligations, including with local, state and federal compliance, accreditation and licensing authorities.
  • Motivating and leading executive and senior management staff, including developing system metrics, assuring staff accountability and performance evaluation.
  • Managing and conducting meetings with the Tabor Board of Trustees. Providing the Board with the information and guidance necessary to make decisions regarding policy and fiduciary responsibilities, including preparing annual budget presentation, operating within the assigned budget and maintaining accurate financial accounts and presenting annual audit results.
  • Supporting development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes; leading the development, implementation and oversight of new profitable business, management contracts and service lines.
  • Facilitating local and regional collaborations and partnerships, including development of third-party insurance and government relationships and funding models; evaluating and securing potential M&A activity, joint ventures, and partnerships and leading the associated due diligence process in partnership with Woods.
  • Supporting corporate visibility and education at local, state, and national levels through public speaking and maintaining appropriate relationships to advocate and impact policy changes, including working with county children and youth agencies, determining per diem rates, maintaining cost effective programming and instituting new services based on identified needs.
  • Working collaboratively with Woods CEO and COO and affiliate organizations’ leadership and management teams to promote the understanding, communication, and integration of the organization’s values, vision, strategies and mission.
  • Overseeing strategy development plans to obtain private contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund new programs and maintain physical plant.
  • Maintaining regular contact with the Chair of the Board on the operations of Tabor Services and any matter of which the Chair should become aware.
  • Assuming additional responsibilities as determined by the Board of Trustees and Woods.


The current and future challenges facing all human service agencies are numerous. In the near term the CEO will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding client outcomes while meeting and successfully addressing the following challenges:

  • Successfully guiding and growing the organization through the rapidly-changing human services landscape in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
  • Increasing the capacity for development, resulting in new stakeholder relationships and an increase of the size of the organization and its endowment.
  • Improving the visibility of Tabor by marketing services, refining messaging, leveraging social media and promoting the organization to new stakeholders.


The successful CEO candidate must provide leadership and direction for the development and growth of this multi-service agency, and will be an experienced and tested leader who possesses a combination of the following:

  • Excellent business strategy, growth and negotiation abilities.
  • Creative and strategic thinking to opportunistically develop and execute new programs and services.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with different levels of staff across diverse programs to complete projects contributing to agency growth.
  • Excellent supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective and proactive external representative in the community, engaging stakeholders and cultivating beneficial relationships with individuals, organizations, corporations and funding sources.
  • Substantial knowledge of processes, key individuals, practices and policies of the government funding entities in southeast Pennsylvania.
  • A deep passion for the mission of Tabor Services, demonstrated through professional achievements, volunteering, community leadership and/or board services.
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong partnership-building skills.
  • Ability to quickly be knowledgeable of legal, regulatory, ethical, managerial and organizational requirements, principles and standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, write and coordinate public and private funding opportunities that align with the goals and objectives of the corporation.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in management, public administration, business, social work, human services, behavioral health, public health, healthcare or a related field required. Individuals will be considered if they meet the degree level sought, and can demonstrate substantial knowledge of the field, and a dedication to the mission of Tabor.
  • Progressive administrative experience for a minimum of 10 years with at least 5 years in complex or multiple service non-profit or healthcare organizations is required; direct experience in human services and youth-serving agency is preferred.
  • Previous experience as a COO and/or CEO or Executive Director is preferred.
  • Prior successful experience in a senior leadership role with an organization similar in size (budget, personnel), scope and scale of operations.
  • Prior experience with program administration within the guidelines of federal, state and county regulations desired.


This position offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, consistent with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope and scale.

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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