President and CEO

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Executive

Penfield Children’s Center (Penfield) is a premier 501c3 nonprofit organization serving children throughout the Milwaukee metro area. Established in 1967, Penfield is named in honor of Dr. Wilder Penfield (1891-1976), a world-renowned neurosurgeon who advocated for early intervention for children with developmental delays and disabilities. His quote, “Never underestimate the capacity of the very young, and never, never let them down,” has been the foundation of Penfield’s mission since its founding. Today, serving more than 1,500 children annually, Penfield offers high-quality, integrated services and a safe and stimulating environment for children, families, and community partners to maximize early development and learning.

Penfield Children’s Center helps children reach age-appropriate milestones, enter school ready to learn and overcome developmental challenges. Professional and caring staff include speech pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, special education teachers, nurses and certified nursing assistants, social workers, and early education and childcare professionals.

The candidate we seek will be an experienced, proven, and effective senior leader who is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and special needs. This entrepreneurial individual will bring leadership characterized by a visionary outlook; the ability to garner broad internal and external support; extraordinary success creating strong, effective, collaborative teams; sound business, financial and management acumen; the propensity to increase the visibility and philanthropic resources for the organization; and the fortitude to carry forward major new projects and initiatives in the interest of spurring further growth.

Above all, the executive will have experience shaping a culture that embodies the core values and mission of Penfield.  The candidate will inspire staff, Board, partners, and those served by Penfield and will approach the role, particularly in the current environment, with flexibility, creativity, integrity, empathy, and compassion for all engaged with Penfield.  A good listener, the successful candidate will lead through influence and collaboration and always adhere to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs in decision-making.

With a strong focus on planning and management, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership developing a compelling and inspired vision and mobilizing the organization in its achievement. Experience nurturing a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence among staff is desired.  A proven track record of successful strategies to identify, recruit, and retain talent is essential.  The ability to lead employees as an effective team of closely coordinated, highly professional, accountable staff members is a must.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated management acumen utilizing sound business principles. The preferred candidate will understand and be knowledgeable of current and possible future policies, practices, and trends affecting the organization.  Given the diversity of revenue streams at the organization, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successful financial management, as well as negotiating large, complex agreements. Experience with board governance, development, management, and engagement is also preferred.

A strong communications style, both verbal and written, and the ability to relate to a wide variety of constituents, including elected officials, municipal, state, and federal bureaucracies, businesses, civic groups, donors, regulators, and other advocates, is required.  Possessing superior political savvy, they will have experience maneuvering through complex political situations effectively, anticipating challenges, and planning their approach accordingly.

A bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree is a plus. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state, or national professional associations and continuing education and professional development is a plus.

Penfield is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of Penfield and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspective. Penfield is committed to equal employment opportunity and to compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination laws. The organization prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees or applicants for employment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, national origin, political ideology or military status or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

The target salary for this position is $160,000 – $180,000 with some flexibility commensurable with experience.  Benefits include a robust health care package which include medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off for vacation, family care, mental and physical health, religious holidays, civic duties, and bereavement, as well as the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about Penfield Children’s Center, visit

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