Associate Director: Philadelphia Children’s Alliance

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 9:12 am.

The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is the fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center serving the entire City of Philadelphia, serving up to 3,000 children per year from a co-located facility where we are housed with law enforcement, child welfare, medical, and mental health services. We are seeking an Associate Director to lead our dynamic program that brings healing and justice to child sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

 Reporting to the Executive Director, this position oversees all programming at the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA), always with a strategic eye toward program stability, program enhancements when opportunities arise, and organizational growth. The Associate Director ensures that PCA delivers exceptional Intake, Forensic, Victim Support, and Clinical services to all children and families presenting with allegations of sexual abuse. The Associate Director is responsible for coordinating with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, including the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU), the Prosecutor’s Office, and our medical and mental health partners.

This role will interact closely with the Executive Director and the Operations Director, as well as other members of the Leadership Team. The role will serve as Board liaison for providing program updates.

Key Responsibilities include the following:

Program Management

  • Assume primary responsibility for attainment of all annual program-related goals, driving a continuous quality improvement process. Oversee implementation of strategic plan goals related to programming that continues to meet the evolving needs of the community we serve.
  • Provide direct supervision of management-level program staff (Managers of Intake Services, Forensic Services, Victim Support Services, and Clinical Services). Oversee the recruitment, hiring and training of all new members of program staff.
  • Ensure PCA has program staff capacity to serve 100% of eligible children and identify needs for such program capacity.

 Multidisciplinary Team Oversight (MDT) Oversight

  • Lead collaboration among all members of the MDT, including protocol development and revision and facilitation of multi-disciplinary committees.
  • Lead the Program Committee, which consists of leadership from all MDT members.
  • Develop and implement regular orientation and training for new members of the MDT. Oversee planning of training and team building activities for PCA staff and MDT members.

 Partner Training and Community Awareness

  • Develop curriculum and conduct trainings to all partner agencies and the community on dynamics of child sexual abuse, the Children’s Advocacy Center model, and PCA’s services and mission and promote PCA’s goal of providing services to 100% of children who have alleged abuse. Promote PCA’s work in the community.
  • Participate in local child abuse coalitions as needed to represent PCA.
  • Act on behalf of the Executive Director as needed, with the Board of Directors, and at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.


  • Assist in development endeavors including meetings with potential donors, recruiting new supporters through personal contacts, and working with development staff on program narrative for grants and other fund-raising responsibilities including the annual gala, the Bear Affair.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • An ability to listen and respond to program managers and other staff.
  • Experience using data to drive excellence in programming.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

Education and Experience

  • A Master’s Degree is required; experience with Children’s Advocacy Centers or with child welfare and/or law enforcement is preferred, ideally administering trauma-informed services such as clinical treatment of children.
  • Demonstrated management and leadership experience, with increasing levels of responsibility. At least 10 years of experience in related field.
  • Cross discipline team experience, excellent interpersonal skills, experience with diverse populations required.

Mission: The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is an independent non-profit organization that promotes healing and justice for sexually abused children in Philadelphia. Using a multidisciplinary approach, we collaborate with our partners in child protection, law enforcement, and medical and mental health services to provide forensic interviews, victim support and counseling services at the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, a co-located child-friendly facility. We are committed to using best practices and we promote this model locally and nationally.

Equal Opportunity: PCA recruits, hires, compensates, trains, and promotes qualified individuals in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, or by any other basis protected under applicable law.

Interested candidates should forward resume and cover letter to:

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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