Executive Director, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Prince George’s County

Position Title: Executive Director

Employment Status: Full-Time, Salaried Exempt

Reports to: Board of Directors

ABOUT Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Prince George’s County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ Prince George’s County serves over 200 abused and neglected children each year, which is about 40% of the children in foster care in Prince George’s County. CASA trains ordinary citizens in best interest advocacy to help youth living in foster care navigate a confusing and sometimes scary system. These highly trained volunteer advocates work one-on-one to better understand their youth beyond the legal case. These volunteer advocates then go to Court with the youth, not only to hold their hand but to advocate for their best interest. CASA volunteers provide written and oral reports to the Court that protect children’s fundamental rights to live in safety and ensure youth and their families are receiving all potential support services. Volunteer advocates provide stability and certainty at a chaotic time. As CASA moves into its third decade of service, it continues on its path to serve all Prince George’s County children in foster care by 2025.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

A Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer is a qualified, caring adult that can Change a Child’s Story. As Executive Director of CASA/Prince George’s County, Inc, a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to improve the lives of the 500 children in the Prince George’s County foster care system that have suffered from abuse and neglect, you will lead our efforts to protect the rights and needs of our children during the most vulnerable time in their lives. This includes providing strategic direction and oversight to our services as well as motivating, inspiring and partnering with the staff, volunteers, and the multitude of stakeholders to achieve CASA’s mission. 

 POSITION SUMMARY

The Executive Director has general management, administrative  and fiduciary control for the entire agency, including but not limited to direct staff, Board, community relations, budgetary and policy responsibilities. As such, he/she provides inspiring culturally competent and equitable leadership and ensures internal culture supports the mission while promoting synergy and collaboration across the organization. This position has ultimate responsibility for safeguarding the overall reputation of CASA, which includes ensuring that the highest standard of volunteer management, case management, fiscal responsibility, and programmatic accountability is met. The Executive Director is supervised by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, but functions independently on a day-to-day basis.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leadership 
    • Provides inspiring culturally competent leadership and ensures internal culture supports the mission while promoting synergy and collaboration across the organization
    • Leads a diverse team of passionate professionals and child welfare advocates, managing the full human resources and organizational development function
    • Recruits and hires staff with Executive Committee approval. Assigns staff responsibilities beyond primary functions as needed
    • Leads, coaches, develops, and retains a high-performance senior management team. 
  • Programmatic and Financial Management 
    • Responsible for the successful functioning of the agency on a day-to-day basis; implements, evaluates, and modifies programs as needed. Develops program policy recommendations; assures implementation of existing policies and supervises program staff to ensure the delivery of high quality and ethically sound program delivery
    • Oversees staff responsible for appropriate assignment and delegation of case assignments and ensures cases are assigned and managed in a culturally competent manner. Provides high level input that is utilized by the recruitment team to develop strategies to increase  volunteer recruitment, and improve screening, training, on-boarding, retention and recognition process.
    • Ensures that all types of program reporting are completed in a timely manner and accurate, including programmatic and fiscal reporting
    • Oversees the financial management of the organization, prepares and manages the board approved annual budget, ensures targets are met and provides for appropriate controls and accountability of all funds, physical assets and other property
  • Fundraising 
    • Partners with Development Director who oversees CASA’s long-term fundraising efforts to secure significant investments from diverse sources
    • Ensures the annual budget is funded and the organization has adequate cash flow
    • Provides high level input the development staff who manage the procurement of all philanthropic, public and governmental funding; ensures compliance with the requirements thereof and liaises with funders
    • Identify, cultivates, and solicits donors in collaboration with and provides guidance and oversight to staff and volunteers performing resource development functions
  •  Community Leadership 
    • Contributes to advancing social/racial justice and equity driven thought leadership in the Child Welfare space, serving as the organization’s primary spokesperson, brand champion and advocate, increasing CASA’s visibility and reputation
    • Engages with public policy leaders, media  and other influencers, helping to shape the  agenda and decision making of government officials and other external stakeholders.
    • Establish collegial relationships with leaders of other community non-profits and strong, positive relationships with local government officials and foundation leaders.

 REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ABILITIES & ATTRIBUTES

  • Possesses lived experience and/or in-depth understanding of the child welfare system and the experiences of youth from underserved/underrepresented communities
  • Engaging and effective communicator and liaison with an infectious enthusiasm for the mission culminating in a strong advocate for the organization who will inspire others to build and sustain relationships with internal and external constituencies including the board of directors, staff, volunteers, local organizations, peer organizations, government agencies, funding sources, and the media
  • Skilled in budget development and oversight, developing and managing organizational systems, including addressing complex and unique problems/novel solutions, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, developing organizational policy, staffing a complex organization
  • Successful record of growing top line revenue, establishing innovative sources of income and driving sustainable growth and demonstrated success in fundraising.  This includes knowledge of grant administration, contract negotiations/administration

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience and/or education in community-serving organizations or social work
  • Experience leading and managing teams of 5-20 team members
  • Experience developing and growing direct service delivery programs
  • Experience representing organizations in public forums and developing strong relationships with community partners such as government agencies, funders, and the judicial/child-welfare system
  • At least 5 years experience in the field of child abuse and neglect

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • This is a hybrid/onsite role 
  • Some evening/weekend availability is required
  • Limited travel (within Prince George’s County) 
  • Compensation for this role is in the $100,000-$120,000 range with a competitive benefits and vacation package
  • All CASA Prince George County employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

It is the policy of CASA to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees based on qualifications and abilities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or veteran status.

CASA of Prince George County has partnered with Charity Search Group to coordinate the recruitment process for this exciting role. To express your interest or for any questions, please visit www.charitysearchgroup.com or contact Angela-Jo Touza-Medina at angela@charitysearchgroup.com.

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