Chief Executive Officer -- Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Overview of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, the mission of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) is to be a recognized provider in giving person centered care through an integrated continuum of quality residential, healthcare and supportive social services for senior adults throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Cardinal Ritter Institute was founded in 1960 to address the needs of a growing senior adult population, especially the poor and frail. In 2004, it became Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) to better reflect its role in the community. CRSS provides services to improve the quality of life for senior adults by promoting and providing health assistance, housing facilities, social services and programs, and volunteer opportunities in St. Louis City and County, as well as in St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin and Warren Counties.

Today, CRSS operates thirteen senior apartment sites, three assisted living/memory care facilities, and one skilled nursing home. Programs such as adult day, foster grandparent, social services and telephone reassurance are operated out of the main location on Watson Road.

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is an agency of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, a federation of eight agencies, that has been helping people in need since 1912. In response to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the mission of Catholic Charities is to serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable; work to improve social conditions for all people in the community; and call members of the Church and community to do the same.

CEO Position

The CEO at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) is a practicing Catholic, a visionary and dynamic individual who is responsible for leading CRSS to successfully achieving its mission through the development of effective programs and services, guiding fundraising efforts, forming a strong management team, and collaborating with key strategic partners. The CEO is ultimately responsible and accountable for the financial, administrative, organizational well-being and performance of the Agency. The CEO is a Catholic Charities employee, under a Support Services Agreement with CRSS.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for establishing and implementing strategic direction with the Board of Directors (BODs) to achieve long-term goals of the organization.
  • Develop, with the BODs, annual goals and objectives for the organization from the organization's Strategic Plan.
  • Works closely with the Development Director to ensure plans and opportunities are executed to raise funds on behalf of CRSS. Take a lead role in meeting with major donors and prospects.
  • Creates and promotes a culture based on the mission, values and goals of CRSS and Catholic Charities, and communicates to staff on a regular basis. Continuously seeks opportunities to advance the Catholic identity and heritage of CRSS.
  • Ensures the development, implementation and monitoring of clinical and operational quality measures, and identifies potential improvement opportunities.
  • Works effectively with, and provides guidance to, senior management, ensuring they have the information and resources they need to fulfill their respective responsibilities.
  • Keeps abreast of local, regional, and national trends regarding senior services and the impact on the services and programs of CRSS.
  • Develops the annual operating and capital improvement budgets.
  • Manages the organization's assets to ensure it will be able to meet its short-term and long-term goals, and that the organization is in compliance with laws and regulations and adheres to established policies. Establishes and implements a long-term capital improvement/replacement plan.
  • Serves as the public face of CRSS, and fosters relationships with key partners and stakeholders.


  1. Master's Degree - Social Services, Gerontology, Public Health, Hospital Administration, Business or related field
  2. Minimum 10 years of experience in an agency related to senior adults, health, hospital, public health, or social services.
  3. Prefer a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) or eligible to become licensed.
  4. Experience in a senior management role with responsibility and accountability for financial results, operations, strategic direction, direct-service programs, fundraising, and development and management of staff.

Incumbent's private and public positions and values must be in full and complete agreement with those of Catholic Charities and with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

To Apply, send cover letter and resume with salary requirements to Les Lexow, Senior Director Human Resources at