President and Chief Executive Officer Florida United Methodist Children’s Home


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The Position

The President/CEO oversees all staff, is responsible for implementing all programs and services provided by FUMCH, and for guiding the organization to implement the vision and strategic plan adopted by the Board of Trustees.

The President/CEO works with the staff to develop the budget and to ensure compliance and reporting requirements of funding providers, including the state of Florida’s Department of Children and Families and the contracting agencies in the counties served. In addition, the President/CEO interacts with the Florida Annual Conference Bishop and district superintendents, pastors, and laity of the 700 local churches, the Florida Department of Children and Families, major donors, staff, and residents. As the public face of the Children’s Home, the President/CEO will cultivate relationships with a variety of organizations throughout the state of Florida and as well as the United Methodist Conference.

Board of Trustees

The FUMCH is governed by a Board of Trustees and the President/CEO is appointed by and accountable to the Board. The 32-member Board includes both lay and clergy members of the Florida Annual Conference, and includes three Ex-Officio members: the Bishop of the Florida Conference, a District Superintendent in the Florida Conference, and the President/CEO. The Board meets quarterly and Board members are approved by the Annual Conference for three-year terms.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

The minimum requirements for President/CEO are a bachelor’s degree plus at least seven years’ experience providing services to children, youth, or families, and three years in a senior management position. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in a social services related field and senior leadership in a faith-based or other nonprofit organization serving similar populations, understanding of residential and foster care systems in Florida, donor and grant development, and demonstrated passion for vulnerable children and for leading staff who care for them.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal President/CEO will bring strong leadership, communication, and financial management skills to lead the organization and the Board. He or she will have an unwavering commitment to high quality, evidence-based programs and services, excellent knowledge of best practices in the continuum of care for children and youth, and will ensure the Children’s Home remains a safe, loving environment. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and fostering healthy organizations, setting clear expectations and holding staff accountable, and providing staff with the resources needed to do their work. The next President/CEO will keep Christ at the center of the work, be passionate about the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of children, and experienced in working with children and families from a variety of cultural, behavioral, and socioeconomic levels. The ideal candidate will build strong relationships with board members, local churches, donors, funding agencies, and staff. The next President/CEO will also be knowledgeable about facilities planning, project management, fundraising, donor and grants management, and social work.

The Organization

In 1908, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home was established in Enterprise, Florida as the Florida Methodist Orphanage. It began with the purchase of one building, eight town lots, and a tract of forty acres of land purchased from Miss Emma Tucker for $1,250 dollars. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Florida on June 3, 1908.
The Florida Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South began this institution by declaring, “Here we propose, by the help of God and the cooperation of all good people, to found a noble Christian institution for the relief, education and training of destitute, fatherless and motherless children, who may look to us for help.” For over 100 years this has been the guiding principle of the Children’s Home.

In 1939, it was renamed the Florida Children’s Home. This name change reflected the reality that an increasing number of children coming into care were not simply orphans, but victims of abuse, abandonment, and family breakdown. In 1971 The Florida Methodist Children’s Home merged with the Sarah Hunt Methodist Children’s Home in Daytona Beach, Florida and was renamed The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home not only to reflect this merger, but also to indicate the merger of The Methodist Church and The Evangelical-United Brethren Church into The United Methodist Church.

Today, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is a diverse ministry that includes residential care, therapeutic group care, foster care, emergency shelter care, independent living assistance, and a community child care center. The Children’s Home serves over 400 children in crisis, over 280 in a residential setting. The agency has $63.6 million in net assets, an annual budget of $13.6 million, and a staff of 314 to provide direct services in the following areas:

  • Residential Care is provided on two campuses which have family-style group homes that offer varying levels of care to meet a child’s individual needs, including regular group care, specialized therapeutic care, a specialized treatment plan for boys, and an emergency shelter. Therapeutic services include play therapy, equine-assisted therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Recreation includes a pool, gymnasium, and ropes course, as well as community resources and events.
  • Education for most students is at the local public schools. The Legacy Scholars Academy, a Volusia County charter school located on the main campus, provides a specialized learning environment. An accredited childcare center on the main campus has been meeting childcare needs in the community since 1980. It offers infant, toddler, and preschool Montessori education and also has summer camps. Independent Living helps youth 18 and older transition from residential or foster care into adulthood by providing life skills training and career development.
  • Foster Care provides licensed foster homes in Volusia, Flagler, Hillsborough, and Broward counties for children from birth through 18 years of age.
  • The Chaplain oversees a comprehensive spiritual life program for the children of both campuses, which includes weekly worship and Bible study, and encourages children to participate in lead worship roles.

FUMCH is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and EAGLE (a program of the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries).
Charity Navigator rates it at 94.94 (out of 100) and notes 82.5% of the organization’s expenses are spent on the programs and services it delivers.


The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home Central (Main) Campus is located at 51 Children’s Way in Enterprise, Florida. The North Campus in Pinetta Florida is the location of the Madison Youth Ranch. FUMCH also has foster care offices in Enterprise (Volusia/Flagler County), Tampa (Hillsborough County), and recently opened an office in south Florida (Broward County). The newly opened Heart and Home Resale Shop is located in Orange City.

Mission Statement

To empower children and families to experience God’s love and care as revealed in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Vision Statement

To be a place where children are safe and loved; where youth are given the opportunity to be healthy, self-sufficient adults; where families become strong; and where every person is treated as a unique creation of God.

Core Values

  1. Development of spirit, mind, character and body within a Christian context
  2. Holistic family-based services within a culture of safety and excellence
  3. Lifetime commitment to practicing integrity, generosity and service to others
  4. Interdependent relationships fostering self-sufficiency
  5. Celebrating and encouraging diversity, inclusiveness and unconditional love
  6. The importance of the connectional relationships with clergy and members of congregations, The Florida Conference, and our generous donors
  7. Visionary, innovative effective leadership and management

The Strategic Plan identifies the following priorities

  1. Serving more children and families in more places and in more ways
  2. Serving the spiritual needs of our children
  3. Serving children into adulthood
  4. Serving young children
  5. Serving through strong partnership with the Florida Conference and Foundation
  6. Serving children by preparing them academically
  7. Serving the Mission through funding for the future
  8. Serving through appropriate Use of Land and Facility resources


The expected hiring salary range is $130,000-$160,000, based on qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefit package which includes housing and a vehicle. Additional information about the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home can be found at

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Address: 51 Children’s Way Enterprise FL 32725

Phone: (386) 668-4774


Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011