Executive Director: CASA of Philadelphia County

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 9:33 am.

ASA of Philadelphia is seeking a dynamic individual to lead this volunteer-driven children’s advocacy organization into its second decade. Founded in 2006 and located in Center City Philadelphia, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphiais a non-profit organization serving children and youth (birth to 21 years old) who have experienced abuse and neglect and are placed in foster care, group homes or other substitute care settings. As part of a national network of independently run CASA organizations, CASA of Philadelphia recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia Family Court.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors of CASA, which is responsible for providing overall organizational direction, developing CASA’s mission and strategic goals and ensuring the accountability of this non-profit organization. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of CASA and all aspects of CASA’s program and operations. This primarily involves the supervision and coordination of a volunteer service program, which provides CASA services to abused and neglected children. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (a) resource development and maintenance, (b) agency and program planning, (c) collaborating with judges and attorneys; (d) community and public relations, (e) human resources development and management, (f) fiscal management, and (g) acting as liaison to the Board of Directors, which oversees the organization.

Candidate Profile

Preferred Experience

  • Masters preferred or equivalent experience in a social service related or legal field
  • At least five years’ experience in non-profit management of child welfare or public service agency.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of child abuse, child neglect and the Juvenile Court system.
  • Strong skills in each of the following areas: resource development and maintenance, strategic planning, communications and public relations, human resources development and management, and fiscal management.
  • The ability to communicate with and supervise both employees and volunteers and help employees and volunteers be effective in their roles.

COMPENSATION

Competitive salary and benefits package.

Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of CASA and all aspects of CASA’s operations.Specific management responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Resource Development and Maintenance

  • In concert with the Board, work to ensure financial sustainability:

Work closely with current and potential funders to maintain positive relations with continuous effort to identify new sources of annual support through foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

  • Develop and maintain a donor base and a donor tracking system for both monetary and non-monetary (i.e., in-kind) resources
  • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure successful execution of fund-raising events and other related activities.
  • Research and prepare grant proposals and other funding applications.

Agency and Program Planning

  • Ensure that the day-to-day work of the organization is well-targeted and effective, and in compliance with all established policies and procedures including National and State CASA standards.
  • Keep Juvenile Court administration, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, and other Child Welfare agencies apprised of agency directives and activities
  • Continue overseeing the development, implementation and maintenance of a tracking system for volunteer and caseload files, and an outcome measurement reporting system
  • Work closely with the Board and staff in the development and implementation of time-oriented strategic plans to establish agency goals (e.g., 1 year, 5 year plans) and annually review the progress of the organization and its programs
  • In partnership with the Board Executive Committee, recruit and engage Board members who can contribute to the overall stewardship of the organization.

Community and Public Relations

  • Develop, promote and maintain open communication to produce positive recognition within the communities and constituent groups the organization serves.
  • Serve as a liaison and ambassador by directly representing the organization with communities and other agencies and organizations, including serving as the official spokesperson for the organization.
  • Oversee and coordinate public relations with the purpose of recruiting volunteers and increasing public awareness of the CASA program and its goals and activities, including release of press packets and news releases and follow-up of any media coverage.
  • Coordinate and work with the National and State CASA Associations and attend relevant conferences and meetings.

Human Resources Development and Management

  • Oversee all recruiting, hiring and orientation activities for staff and volunteers.
  • Prepare yearly performance evaluations (both oral and written) for all staff.
  • Provide leadership direction, support, coaching and encouragement to staff and volunteers to increase individual abilities and motivation while building teamwork, performance and values.

Fiscal Management

  • Work with the Treasurer to oversee all financial aspects of the organization’s operations.
  • Manage day-to-day fiscal operations, maintain records of all program expenditures, review and approve all monthly and quarterly reports and the documentation necessary to substantiate those reports, and submit bills and expenditures to the Treasurer for reimbursement and accounting.
  • Assist in developing the annual budget and present accurate and timely information to the Board of Directors.

Liaison to the Board of Directors

  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and all subcommittees. Keep the Board of Directors apprised of agency operations, changes and problems.
  • Oversee implementation of all Board directives, policies and procedures.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the staff of the organization.

Miscellaneous

  • Perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Board of Directors. This profile is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the Executive Director. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

Application Process

Contact Information

If interested, please submit your expression of interest and résumé by email to casasearchcomm@gmail.com. (No paper copies, please).

  • Interviews will be arranged as soon as a group of qualified candidates is assembled. Confirmation of receipt of the résumé will be sent by return email. Interviews of preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please. All candidates will be notified of the final decision via email.
  • Note:
    CASA of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity.
    Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals are ineligible for employment in this position.

How to apply

If interested, please submit your expression of interest and résumé by email to casaphilasearchcomm@gmail.com. (No paper copies, please).

Interviews will be arranged as soon as a group of qualified candidates is assembled. Confirmation of receipt of the résumé will be sent by return email. Interviews of preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please. All candidates will be notified of the final decision via email.

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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