First Step Home – Seeking Chief Executive Officer

First Step Home - Cincinnati, OH

Available in January succeeding retiring President & CEO 

Treatment center helping women, with their children, take on recovery

Anyone tackling mental health and addiction issues faces many obstacles, especially mothers with children. Forward thinking women in the early 90s recognized those additional gender challenges and founded First Step Home. Women were encouraged to bring their young children with them into a homelike setting for residential counseling and recovery. Today, with 12 buildings in Walnut Hills (67 housing beds, 18 residential beds, and 23 apartment units), its core services are residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment for women. Available to single and pregnant women and women with children needing these specialty services include the Maternal Addiction Program, the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants, the Child Resiliency Program, and the Family Unity Center. 

The next leader

Building on the framework refined over three decades, the next CEO will be in an enviable position to immediately make an impact. Required executive leadership and financial experience will be essential to lead the $6MM agency with a current staff of 47 and governed by a 14-member Board of Trustees. Knowledge of mental health and addiction issues essential for internal responsibilities. Experience working with local and state funders, partners, and related organizations important. In today’s competitive environment, a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit will be most helpful. Full description available at

Desired competencies

  • Academic degree(s) in related fields       
  • Accomplished networker
  • Advocacy with elected officials
  • Commitment to diversity
  • Common sense street smarts
  • Communicate as a leader
  • Creative and visionary leader
  • Effective team builder, sustainer
  • Empathy for women and children
  • Extraordinarily strong people-skills
  • Finesse handling conflict
  • Humility with a sense of humor
  • Nonprofit leadership experience
  • Organized, efficient leader
  • Out of the box macro thinker
  • Record of measurable achievements 


First Step Home offers a competitive benefits package including, but not limited to, Anthem Health, Dental, Vision Insurance, 401(k) plan, employer paid short & long-term disability and life insurance, PTO 8/80, professional development budget, and Employee’s Assistance Program. Commensurate with experience, the starting annual salary range is $130K to $165K. 

Applications and nominations

Please email descriptive resume with personalized letter specific to how your career experiences have prepared you to lead First Step Home. Reviewed and acknowledged within 48 hours upon receipt, the deadline is 5 p.m. ET, Friday, 9 December 2022. All applications will be treated in strict confidence. Send to [email protected].