May 20, 2024

President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Alternatives for Girls
  • Detroit, Michigan, USA
Full-Time Executive Management (CEO/ED)

Job Description

Search for the President and Chief Executive Officer

Alternatives For Girls

Detroit, Michigan




Alternatives For Girls (AFG), a comprehensive multi-service agency, seeks a president and chief executive officer who will further its mission to help girls and young women experiencing homelessness and other risks including violence, early pregnancy, and exploitation, and to be safe, grow strong, and make positive choices for their lives. The CEO will be an empathic, equity-driven, and trauma-informed leader with sophisticated nonprofit management skills who will strategically steer the agency to flourish programmatically, operationally, financially, and culturally.


Since AFG’s incorporation in 1987, the agency has served more than 36,000 girls and young women. What began in southwest Detroit as a 24/7, five-bed shelter in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is now a resourceful $10 million nonprofit powered by approximately 85 dedicated staff members, serving metro Detroit and beyond. With an excellent community reputation, AFG distinguishes itself with an approach that respects and supports girls and young women, helping participants identify their own values, become well-positioned to act accordingly, make their own life choices, and use their voices to participate in decisions that affect them. AFG’s safety net and range of services include community outreach and prevention programs, street-based outreach, a crisis resource center, education and workforce development, a comprehensive continuum of housing services, and early childhood education.


At this important inflection point, characterized by tremendous growth with the soon-to-open Dr. Maya Angelou Village, a $17.3 million mixed-use affordable housing facility with a range of support services including an early childhood education center that is open to the community, the president and CEO will lead with conviction and connection, invest deeply in community, and prioritize the professional growth of AFG’s engine: the staff. The ideal candidate will have exceptional operational and financial experience from a similarly complex direct-service organization serving vulnerable communities. A lived commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility is a must. This leader will exemplify AFG’s approach of meeting participants where they are and empowering their voices and choices.


The AFG board of directors is partnering with Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, in this recruitment effort. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications (including resumes and two-to-three-page letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:


AFG recruits, hires, and promotes employees and prospective employees on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, weight, height, marital status, disability, AIDS/HIV, misdemeanor arrest record or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran or any other status protected by state, federal or other applicable law. Additionally, it is the position of AFG to prohibit discrimination based on hairstyles that are commonly associated with a particular race or culture, including Black hairstyles like locs, braids, or Bantu knots. This policy includes AFG’s commitment to maintain a workplace free from harassment (including sexual harassment) or illegal discrimination of any nature.


Hiring Organization

Alternatives For Girls



Industry/Service Area

Human Services, Mental Health/Crisis Intervention, Youth Development



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