Sherman Oaks, CA








The Help Group believes that "Dignity, Hope, Opportunity and Love" are the birthrights of all children. Our mission is to recognize, cultivate, and celebrate the individual gifts of young people with special needs related to autism, learning differences, ADHD, developmental delays, and emotional challenges. We offer innovative educational, therapeutic, residential, community mental health, and vocational programs, and we engage in cutting-edge research, professional training, outreach, and public policy advocacy. The Help Group's nine nonpublic special education day schools serve children, youth, and young adults from two-and-a-half years old to 22 years old. Our schools are spread across four campuses in Culver City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys and educate students with a wide range of cognitive, social, emotional, and learning issues.


As a key member of the senior management team, the Vice President of Strategic Growth will work closely with the CEO to identify and launch new initiatives, program expansion opportunities, and other lines of business development designed to shape the future of The Help Group. As a 'hands on' leader with a track record of launching, supporting, analyzing, and reporting on growth initiatives in the nonprofit arena, the VP of Strategic Growth will build consensus among a variety of organizational leaders to create, fund, execute, and evaluate new and exciting programming. Responsibilities include identifying and developing new business opportunities, overseeing strategic planning objectives, project managing scaling initiatives, as well as forging new partnerships in the community.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and compassionate leader with a proven track record of program expansion, and will implement strategies that align with the organization's commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.


Organizational Strategy

  • Collaborate with the executive team to create and execute a comprehensive business development and program expansion strategy that aligns with overall goals, financial stability, and objectives.
  • Foster a culture of innovation by identifying opportunities to introduce new programs, technologies or methodologies that align with the agency strategic goals.
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance program effectiveness and reach, including key performance indicators and metrics to measure the success of business development efforts.
  • Develop business objectives based on customer trends and competition in the market, staying informed about industry developments and emerging technologies.
  • In collaboration with the CEO and Board of Directors, prepare updates to the organizational strategic plan.
  • Monitor financial performances and ensure cost-effectiveness in all activities.
  • Provide back up support for the CEO where necessary.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Effectively communicate the strategic plan to all stakeholders, ensuring transparency and alignment across the organization.
  • Lead the development of business plans and proposals to secure new contracts and partnerships.
  • Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including clients, industry partners, government agencies, and other relevant organizations.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with parents, local community members, and relevant organizations to enhance engagement and reputation in the community.
  • Create channels for gathering feedback from stakeholders to inform decision-making and improvement of programs and services.

Partnership Development

  • Lead the development of business plans and proposals to secure new contracts and partnerships, including government and private revenue resources.
  • Ensure that all business development activities and programs comply with relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards to mitigate risks associated with new initiatives.
  • Advocate for equitable funding and resources from all funding districts, highlighting the positive impact on student achievement and community development.
  • Maintain and grow external relationships with a wide variety of community constituencies.
  • Responsible for informing the CEO of significant matters related to areas of responsibility, program challenges, and effectiveness that may impact agency operations or public relations.
  • Attends Board and community meetings as directed by the CEO and overall strategic vision.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or similar discipline from an accredited college or university. MBA or MA in related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of five years demonstrated work experience highlighting entrepreneur leadership and success.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a strategic plan, as well as forming strong community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience in risk management, with an emphasis on addressing strategic, financial and community implications.
  • Ability to lead operations and collaborate with staff, working with diverse groups and a wide range of faiths, beliefs, ages, cultures, and experiences.
  • Strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities.
  • A business mindset with a proven track record of improving program effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of organizational budget.
  • A passion for and commitment to serving individuals with special needs and their families.


The annual salary range is $165,000+. The position is located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Benefits include: Employer paid medical & dental insurance for employee, life insurance, 401(k), 403b plan, paid holidays, vacation, sick days, cell phone stipend, and on-site parking.

Envision Consulting was retained by The Help Group to conduct the search for their incoming Vice President of Strategic Growth.

The Help Group is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at The Help Group are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws.

Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.


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