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Child Welfare Organizing Project
The Executive Director of CWOP will provide the leadership, vision, strategy and management necessary to ensure the organization has a strong and dynamic public voice in promulgating all aspects of the CWOP Mission. While managing the day-to-day internal operations and programs, the Executive Director will work closely with the Board to develop a vibrant approach to cohere CWOP's many initiatives to the mission, vision and active advocacy and, thereby, create a stronger identity and platform that can attract new funding, visibility and opportunity to further CWOP's mission. Reporting to and working closely with the Board, the Executive Director will guide and motivate a dedicated staff. It is expected that the Executive Director will be a leader and manager who will serve as an advocate, spokesperson, and enthusiastic fundraiser on behalf of CWOP with a variety of stakeholders, including State, City and Federal governments, donors, elected and civic leaders, practitioners, other nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, the media and the general public. CWOP is unique in that while we advocate for reform, we are a parent-driven organization. Therefore, while the Executive Director reports to a duly elected Board, in the daily activities of CWOP, the Executive Director is expected to build strong, interdependent relationships with parents, especially parents whose voices have traditionally been marginalized and devalued.
The Executive Director will be expected to preserve and further CWOP’s mission and will:
• Thoroughly know and embrace CWOP’s – mission, history, culture and programs; and understand the organization’s finances, sources of support and its potential;
• Maintain and strengthen parent involvement in CWOP’s advocacy, services and management;
• Establish a strong working partnership with the Chair, the Executive Committee and the Board; forge relationships that will encourage their best efforts to support and enhance the CWOP’s programs and fundraising activities; help to build the Board by recommending new Board members and fostering their participation;
• Develop, in close partnership with Board and staff, a well-articulated vision and strategy for CWOP that is assertive; visionary and will position the organization in the forefront of its field; lead its implementation, ensuring that ambitions are congruent with financial and staff realities;
• Play a proactive role in expanding CWOP’s funding base, recruiting new donors and other sources of revenue; ensure that appropriate staff and systems are in place to support all fundraising efforts;
• Serve as an enthusiastic and visible advocate and spokesperson for CWOP and its programs; work with staff to strengthen marketing and communications efforts in order to expand awareness and support of CWOP’s mission; ensure the appropriate use of traditional and digital media to reach a broader public locally and nationally;
• Create and sustain a well-organized infrastructure; delegate authority, set priorities and ensure, by effective leadership, that the day-to-day operations and programs are efficiently administered; manage, motivate and evaluate staff; sustain a collegial environment; hold staff accountable, hire and fire, when necessary;
• Manage CWOP in a fiscally responsible manner, strengthening financial oversight and reporting; create short-term and long-range business plans that recognize the organization’s untapped potential;
The Executive Director should have a strong interest in and commitment to advocacy in child welfare, juvenile justice and family services in the private and public realm and have the following experience and qualifications:
• Proven leadership, problem-solving, planning, advocacy and fiscal capability as a manager, known for quality and excellence;
• A clear aptitude for and comfort with fundraising and marketing and generating support from individual donors, foundations, government sources and corporations;
• Demonstrable success as a steward of responsible growth with a record of achievement in building institutions and bringing about change in exciting and creative ways;
• The skill, confidence and diplomacy to work effectively with a passionate board, coupled with the experience to create and maintain constructive partnerships with a variety of constituents, including donors, government, civic and business leaders, academics, and colleagues and partners;
• Excellent communication skills for both written and oral presentations;
• Experience as an advocate in the public policy arena;
• Knowledge of digital technology and how it is used to attain reach and connectivity;
• Experience working hands-on and collaboratively in an organization with limited resources;
• Personal experience with child welfare and/or juvenile justice a plus.
• Knowledge and experience with system-reform strategy and community organizing a plus.
• A graduate degree in a relevant field considered a plus.
How TO APPLY:
Applicants should email a cover letter describing their strengths and salary requirements, a resume, and a brief writing sample (3 pages at most) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be held in the strictest confidence and reviewed on a rolling basis. CWOP is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in all its many forms.
CWOP is a self-help and advocacy organization of parents who have had contact with the New York City child welfare system. Most of our staff and board of directors are parents who have had children placed in foster care, succeeded in reuniting their own families,and now use this experience both to help other parents facing similar challenges, and to organize for system change. Mission: Through organized client involvement and collective advocacy both inside and independent of the system, the Child Welfare Organizing Project will change / transform the quality of services provided to New York City families through the New York City child welfare system.