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StevenDouglas has been exclusively retained by Helping People Succeed to discover a top-quality President/CEO. This Executive is the key management leader in carrying forth the HPS mission, purpose, policies, strategic business plan, etc. The position reports directly to the Helping People Succeed Board of Directors...

Please apply via LinkedIn (preferred) or email resume to Tiffany Franklin at tfranklin@stevendouglas.com.


Helping People Succeed (HPS) is a transformative nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to empowering individuals across various societal segments since its inception in 1964. Originally founded as the Pioneer Occupational Center for the Handicapped by parents seeking better opportunities for their children with disabilities, HPS has significantly evolved over the decades. From its early days focused on arts and crafts and home economics, the organization transitioned to vocational training and employment services, reflecting its dynamic response to community needs. Today, HPS serves over 7,500 individuals annually across Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River counties, including families at risk of abuse or neglect, newborns, students with behavioral or mental health issues, and adults with disabilities. The organization’s core mission is to foster potential, create hope, and construct futures through robust programs in education, counseling, training, and employment, supported by a dedicated staff of over 100 employees.

Over the years, HPS has undergone several name changes to reflect its expanding services, from Tri-County Rehabilitation Center to Tri-County TEC, and finally to Helping People Succeed in 2004. This name change marked its recognition of the diversity of its programs which include Behavioral Health Services and the innovative BRAIN (Building Readiness Among Infants Now) program. Additionally, its Helping People Succeed Foundation plays a crucial role in fundraising and public awareness, critical for its growth. As it continues to help children prepare for school and supports adults in securing and retaining employment, HPS remains a pivotal force in enhancing the quality of life and economic stability of the region. Currently, as HPS seeks new leadership following the retirement of its long-serving CEO, it stands on the precipice of a new era, promising continued dedication to its mission and further expansion of its impactful services. https://www.hpsfl.org

Specialties: Providing educational, counseling, training, and employment services to support individuals with disabilities, families at risk, and students with behavioral or mental health challenges.

Mission: Helping People Succeed transforms lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

Vision: Our vision is to help each person, no matter what challenges he or she faces, to achieve success and thereby enrich not only his or her own life, but also the community in which we live, work and raise our families.

Values: Helping People Succeed believes
• In the ability, dignity, and equal opportunity of each man, woman and child
• That all children should live a life free from abuse and neglect but through nurturing, love and education
• That everyone should have the opportunity to actively participate in all facets of life especially in the areas of employment, education and training
• That focusing on an individual’s assets and strengths leads to success
• A person-centered approach to goal setting, service planning and delivery systems lead to individual success
• Employment is the key to inclusion, participation and access to community life
• A collaborative approach with partners leads to success
• The community at large should be included and considered in development, implementation, quality and expansion
• The provision of services must be ethical, principled and fair and provided in a manner with integrity, compassion and competence

• Appointing, organizing, developing, supporting and motivating staff to achieve Helping People Succeeds goals and objectives which includes the day-to-day operations.Working in close collaboration with the board of directors and its committees and leadership to achieve the HPS short- and long-range goals - offering creative solutions / recommendations in meeting the diverse needs of the individuals served.Protecting, preserving and prudently utilizing HPS resources in accordance with board policy.Being familiar with and carrying out the responsibilities as set forth in the current bylaws of the corporation.

Exemplify the values of Helping People Succeed to all key constituencies demonstrating leadership and engendering trust while consistently exercising discretion, confidentiality, and tact.




Mission Driven

Relationship Builder

Fundraising | Development



Strategic Planning

Innovative Spirit

Program Builder

Business Acumen


Tech Savvy (Efficiencies, Social Media)


Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least seven years of experience in business or a related rehabilitation field.

Minimum of five years of supervisory experience.

Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of and experience working with the board of directors, stockholders or senior management.

Knowledge of program development, contract development, contract negotiations, resource development, resource coordination, public relations and marketing.

Efficient working computer software/hardware knowledge.

• The President/CEO must work in concert with the staff, directly collaborating with the Board of Directors, Chief Financial Officer, and Programmatic Vice Presidents, as well as engaging with families, funders, legislators, and other stakeholders
• Develop, recommend and implement policy as established by the board of directors
• Organizes and delegates the organization's priorities and projects to appropriate staff
• Organize and develop long and short-range planning for the organization
• Attend and staff all board and committee meetings as required
• Act as community liaison for the organization
• Attend all budget hearings and meetings as required by funders, including United Way and State of Florida funding sources
• Oversee the annual independent audit, monitoring’s and in service days.
• Keep board of directors, CEO, CFO, Vice Presidents informed of successes, problems and issues.
• Develop and participates in the marketing efforts.
• Oversee and assist with development of grant and other funding requests.
• Oversee programmatic and budget compliance in all areas overseeing review reports, projects and proposals as required.
• Oversee and review reports, projects and proposals as required.
• Assuring compliance with all federal, state and local laws, rules and requirements.
• Assuring compliance with all contracts.
• Provide support, encouragement, and motivation to customers, staff, board of directors and the community.


This role offers a competitive compensation program, and benefits
Jensen Beach FL United States


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