Position Announcement - Executive Director
The CASA Project, a $.7M, financially stable, well-respected, non-profit human service corporation, seeks a growth-oriented and outgoing Executive Director committed to abused and neglected children in the care of Worcester County Juvenile Court to lead the organization through a period of significant growth as it continues to strategically expand its services.
Since 1981, The CASA Project has provided court advocacy for abused and neglected children by recruiting, training and supervising volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians ad Litem (CASA/GALs) who are appointed by a judge to serve one child or sibling group at a time.
In 2015, less than half of the above children in the court system in Worcester County received a CASA advocate. There are not enough trained volunteers. The board and staff have committed to double the number of children served by 2020 by ensuring a sufficient core of trained and supervised CASA advocates are available for all children in need of a court-appointed advocate.
Child abuse and neglect exists in many forms throughout all the communities of Worcester County; it is not limited by geography, race or socio-economic conditions. CASA Advocates serve in all five Worcester County courthouses where these cases are heard: Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester, Dudley and Milford. For additional information about The CASA Project and its Volunteer Advocates, please go to www.casaworcestercounty.org.
Opportunities and Challenges
The CASA Project is in the middle of a transformation, moving from an organization that defined itself as a small network of volunteers, to a mature, mission-driven and outward-facing organization, and a partner and leader across Worcester County’s human service sector. The new Executive Director joins at a very important time for the organization.
The next Executive Director should be prepared to work with Board, staff, and volunteers to lead CASA Project through the shift that is already underway to an even more efficient and effective nonprofit; improved communication, shared data, teamwork, and documented, transparent processes and systems will be increasingly important.
Increasing the number of CASA advocates by aggressively increasing recruitment and public outreach is paramount.
Marketing who we are, what we do, how we do it, and why we do it to the public at large, partner organizations and funders to support volunteer recruitment and development will be a key challenge.
The organization is governed by a ten person Board of Directors who serve as dedicated volunteers and supporters. The board is currently developing a renewed governance structure to support a healthy transition and future for the organization.
Continuing to build financial resources for CASA Project is vital. The next Executive Director will need to play an active role in fundraising, create the development infrastructure and culture, as well as help the Board continue its strategic recruitment of new Board members, assuring that the Directors have a keen understanding of their fundraising responsibilities and a clear grasp of the key and essential role that fundraising plays in the success of a nonprofit.
As the next chief executive moves CASA Project forward, he or she should embrace and cultivate the important values of compassion and integrity that have been nurtured from the organization’s beginning.
The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer, leads a three-person management team, and as such, reports to the Board of Directors and has overall responsibility for the strategic, financial, programmatic, and management operations of the organization. In addition to internal management functions, the Executive Director serves as primary ambassador to the broader community: raising funds; cultivating relationships with individuals as potential donors and volunteers; engaging with other community agencies and advocating for the children we serve.
The Executive Director provides strategic leadership assuring that the organization has a long-range strategy and sustainable business model which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. Building on CASA Project’s positive reputation, the chief executive works with the board and management team to identify and set priorities, areas for improvement, and opportunities for institutional growth and increased impact. In addition, s/he manages relationships with the board, and helps identify potential new board members and assists in their recruitment, orientation and ongoing engagement in their board responsibilities.
The chief executive oversees all company communications including web site and public relations/marketing efforts in conjunction with the staff and potential consultants. The executive is responsible for raising the profile of CASA Project through ongoing networking, cultivation of media contacts, and interaction with foundation representatives, academic leaders, nonprofit agency representatives, and community and business leaders.
In revenue and fund development, the Executive Director creates and expands fund development efforts, including cultivation and stewardship of individual, foundation and corporate donors. In partnership with the board and resource development consultant s/he will provide leadership in developing and implementing plans and strategies to meet funding needs.
Internally, the Executive Director leads and supports the management team, fosters trust and maintains positive morale and a sense of teamwork among all staff and volunteers, and ensures required skills and competencies across functional areas; this includes maintaining a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff and volunteers with strong leadership skills.
The Executive Director must be both a strategist and strong manager with the ability to lead, delegate and inspire staff, volunteers and community. A passion for working with the community and solving problems is key as is being able to listen and communicate effectively.
The Board of Directors is seeking a person of integrity who is able to build trust; an effective communicator who values transparency and who inspires others to work collaboratively toward a common goal.
The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal qualities:
- Bachelor’s degree and at least five years experience in a senior leadership position.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate positive relationships with funders and donors, and success in revenue generation.
- Experience serving as the face of an organization; success bringing visibility to an organization; public relations or marketing experience; ability to tell the story of the organization.
- Adept at the use of technology to share knowledge both internally and externally and to use data to guide planning.
- Strong nonprofit financial management skills, including fund accounting, budgeting and financial analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to build the capacity of an organization.
- Ability in public speaking, clear and effective written and oral communication and effective group skills.
- Demonstrated ability to function in an open, collaborative environment and foster teamwork.
- Demonstrated ability to manage people; include staff in planning, make self available to staff; provide regular performance feedback; develop subordinates’ skills and encourage growth.
- Experience in nonprofit board development and supporting board leadership; skilled at building the board/ED team.
- Masters Degree preferred. Consideration may be given for equivalent experience.
- Three years experience in the delivery of human services.
- Successful experience engaging diverse individuals and extending the cultural competence of an organization.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in building relationships/partnerships outside of the organization.
- Experience and familiarity with the needs and institutions of Worcester County, or non-profit work experience in a similar environment.
The compensation package is based on meeting job qualifications and is competitive with comparable nonprofit organizations in the region. The CASA Project offers a competitive benefit package.
Interested individuals should address their resume in confidence with cover letter and salary requirements by June 16, 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CASA Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of candidates for this position.