The Board of Directors of Guilford Child Development (GCD), located in Greensboro, NC, invites nominations and applications for the appointment of Chief Executive Officer. The CEO will be a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial leader who will promote excellence and collegiality across the organization.  The CEO should provide leadership and direction, while motivating and inspiring staff to reach beyond traditional responsibilities to reach common goals for the organization. This position offers the opportunity to play a defining role in shaping the future of Guilford Child Development.

Founded in 1967, Guilford Child Development offers quality comprehensive programs for young children and families in Guilford County in collaboration with numerous community partners.

From its humble beginnings, a unique group of community organizations joined hands to consolidate into a single agency planning efforts to provide quality child care for low income families in Greensboro. The Metropolitan Council of Negro Women, the Greensboro Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, the Greensboro Housing Authority, the Greensboro Community Council, and various community leaders brought together a number of day care centers supported by the United Fund (now United Way of Greater Greensboro) into a single entity – United Day Care Services, Inc. (UDCS). UDCS’ services soon expanded to include High Point and all of Guilford County.

After two name changes through the years, UDCS is now Guilford Child Development, providing services to over 6,000 children and families a year through its programs: Head Start/Early Head Start, Regional Child Care Resources & Referral, Catering for Kids, Nurse-Family Partnership, Learning Together Family Literacy Program, High Point Opportunity Center, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro sponsored Family Success Center. GCD currently has over 350 employees and is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Guilford County.  GCD receives funding from over 25 partners, including the government, foundations, trusts, and industry.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO of Guilford Child Development is expected to provide leadership to, and serve as the principal administrator of, the organization to include complete responsibility for oversight of all areas related to GCD’s six program areas, including governance, management, fiscal integrity, child health and safety, family and community engagement, and child development education. The CEO should have the skillsets to lead the organization in its drive to increase excellence and community impact, and in developing a shared vision for the future of GCD.  The CEO will provide regular and transparent communication to the Board of Directors in helping it keep current with changing community needs and to modify organization programs and policies accordingly. The programs will be executed in such a manner as to secure and guarantee maximum benefit to the clients and community, and to use the agency’s resources, staff and volunteers in an appropriate manner. The CEO will ensure the organization is in compliance with all Federal and State Program Standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to the organization. Develop and administer all program activities.
  • Ensure the right talent is hired, developed, assessed and appropriately paid.
  • Actively identify and vigorously pursue grants, donations and other funding sources to sustain program services provided by Guilford Child Development.
  • Maintain adequate systems for proper accounting of funds and programs administered within budgetary requirements.
  • Monitor and evaluate compliance with Federal regulations in all program areas. Lead the organization in preparation for Federal audits.
  • Oversee and manage the yearly submission of Program Reports.
  • Advise the Board of Directors, keeping it informed of agency operations so that it has adequate information for carrying out its policy making responsibility.
  • Lead special initiatives and projects related to Head Start/Early Head Start (i.e. Ready for School, Ready for Life, United Way Family Success Center) and the High Point Opportunity Center.
  • Be the public face of Guilford Child Development to GDC constituencies, including the general public.

Key Job Competencies

Strategic Skills

Expertise/Acumen in Early Childhood Development – knowledge of and familiarity with early childhood education and Head Start programs and compliance requirements. Is aware of current and future policies, practices, trends, technology and information affecting early childhood and family development. Understands complex government systems and how to navigate complex organizational structures to achieve compliance and funding goals.

Resource/Fund Development – can access those with responsibility for making grants based on program outcomes.

Establish Strategic Direction/Strategic Thinker – is future oriented, can anticipate future trends and consequences and paint a clear picture and vision of possibilities; good at establishing clear direction.

Leadership Skills

Build Effective Team – creates strong morale within the team. Fosters open dialogue. Creates feeling of belonging in the team.

Lead Team – sets clear objectives. Distributes workload appropriately. Maintains two­ way dialogue with others on work and results.

Delegation – clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions. Broadly shares both responsibility and accountability. Trusts people to perform but verifies success with accountability metrics.

Talent Management and Development – hires the best people and assembles strongest team. Is a people builder and provides challenging tasks and assignments. Holds frequent development discussions. Maintains an open “listening” culture to formulate, develop and implement innovative programs and approaches to serving all GCD constituencies.

Interpersonal Skills

Relationship Building/Partnerships/Collaboration – builds constructive and   effective relationships with internal staff and external organizations in the community.

Communications/Presentations – is a clear communicator. Can get messages across that have the desired effect. Is able to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communications settings. Is effective in formal presentation settings–one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers, direct reports, outside groups and the Board.


The CEO should have a willingness to commit to the community and region, including both Greensboro and High Point, and provide leadership to its vitality.  As the primary spokesperson for the organization, the new CEO must have effective communication and public relations skills. Candidates should have proven success in fundraising. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of engagement in initiatives and projects that foster diversity and inclusion.

Specific qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, and preferably a Master’s Degree in one of the human services areas, with ten (10) years of full-time experience in the field of child learning and development.
  • A minimum of five (5) years demonstrated ability as a practitioner in an administrative, leadership or consultative capacity.
  • Ability to contribute to the advancement of understanding of the needs of families and to contribute to the general field of human services.


Nominations, applications, and inquiries of interest should be submitted to:

Buffkin / Baker

Martin Baker, Managing Partner

Kari Goodwin, Associate

324 N. Spring Street, Winston – Salem, North Carolina, 27101


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