Saenger Associates Completes Chief Program Officer Search for Five Acres®

SANTA CLARITA, CA – Saenger Associates recently completed within 45 days a Chief Program Officer search engagement for our client Five Acres®.

Since 1888, Five Acres has been committed to strengthening children and families in Southern California and empowering them within communities. Five Acres currently cares for approximately 8,700 children and families annually, offering a full continuum of care for families in crisis, including community-based mental and behavioral health services, deaf services, foster care and adoption. They strive for permanency—a permanent, loving family for every child.

Saenger Associates worked with the entire Five Acres leadership team to develop a profile for the newly created Chief Program Officer of Prevention position. We used a number of targeted organizations for outreach, and identified stellar candidates within weeks. After reviewing over 234 potential candidates, we interviewed 14 promising leads. During our weekly client update calls, we were able to focus on the top 4 people that were interviewed by our client.

“The successful candidate was straight out of central casting for this role”, said Katherine Hayes, the Saenger Associates recruiter who managed the search. The new Chief Program Officer of Prevention has extensive experience focused on helping vulnerable children and families, including time spent working for Phoenix House and previously with Five Acres.

“In 2017, Five Acres split the Chief of Program Officer role to include a Chief Program Officer of Prevention,” said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres’ CEO. “Saenger Associates’ thorough search gave us the opportunity to reconnect with our chosen candidate, whose impressive background in preventative care will help us trailblaze more growth avenues to keep even more children and families together.”

About Saenger Associates

Saenger Associates is a boutique Retained Executive Search firm specializing in a variety of Senior Leadership positions primarily in industrial product, consumer products, technology, and non-profit sectors.

Gary L. Saenger
Saenger Associates

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