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Executive Director

Position Posted March 9, 2018

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for planning, implementing, supervising and assessing CASA’s operations in support of the organization’s Strategic Plan and as defined by the California Rules of Court and National CASA standards. This includes supervision of a staff of 12.2 FTE, volunteer management and development, strategic planning, fiscal accountability, fundraising and resource development, and public relations/community development.  The ED builds and maintains strong relationships and partnerships and provides advocacy for CASA and children in dependency care with the dependency court, child welfare agency, community partners, donors and funding agencies, and other organizational constituencies. The ED leads the organization in best practices, provides leadership for the vision and mission of the organization, oversees program goals and objectives, and interprets current applicable laws, policies, guidelines and procedures. The ED also provides support to and collaboratively works with the Board of Directors, over 200 CASA volunteers, and the ‘Friends’ group. The Executive Director must harness all of these resources to effectively implement CASA’s Strategic Plan.


Job Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Serve as a non-voting, ex officio member of the Board of Directors providing information to and support of the Board and its Committees; coordinate ongoing Board education and development, including Board recruitment.
  • Provide guidance, information and reports to enable the Board of Directors to be fully informed on the operations and financial health of the organization. Collaborate with the Board on Board development, recruitment, outreach and orientation. 
  • In collaboration with the staff and Board, develop a Strategic Plan, updated periodically to reflect changing needs within the organization and the community.
  • Direct programmatic and financial operations that serve to implement the vision, mission, strategies and goals established by the Board in accordance with CASA’s by-laws.
  • Ensure that ‘Friends of CASA’ and other voluntary auxiliary groups are implemented and supported  in accordance with Board policy and best practices
  • Provide operational management and oversight of the three-person senior management team (Program Director, Development Director, Outreach and Recruitment Manager) with an eye to programmatic and operational quality, financial health, best practice and overall excellence. Hire, train, support, and evaluate staff to ensure that the organization and each functional area is effectively structured including overseeing performance measures and monitoring results.


Program Development and Management

  • Oversee the continued development and implementation of CASA’s volunteer outreach program, as the CASAs are the first step to achieving the Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the continued development and growth of the CASA training program for new CASAs including retention, supervision, reporting and recognition of the CASA volunteers.
  • Identify areas of common goals and partnerships to best develop, assess, and deliver advocacy, services, and programs.
  • Work with staff to develop, manage, track and analyze effectiveness of services, programs and projects in accordance with agency strategic plan goals, ensuring compliance with contracts, the Court and applicable laws and legislation.
  • Ensure that the CASA house is well-utilized as a resource for Advocates and CASA children and youth.
  • Ensure that accurate and complete records management relating to cases and program operations are maintained.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of best practices, significant developments and trends in the fields of foster care, childhood development, Dependency Court personnel processes and procedures, Department of Children and Family Services personnel and procedures, and laws relating to foster children and family services, including foster care.


Financial Planning and Management

  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations including cash flow and projections, investments, accounts payable and receivable, donation deposits, record keeping and financial reporting, and management of the annual audit.
  • Work closely with the Board’s Finance Committee to develop sound financial practices consistent with best practices for not for profit organizations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and national and state reporting requirements.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of the annual budget and the monitoring of financial performance within the guidelines of the budget.
  • Monitor and report on finances to the Board in accordance with state and federal guidelines governing 501(c)3 organizations.
  • Ensure financial accountability and agreement procedures are followed with all funders.


Resource development

  • Lead the Fund Development Committee, Board and staff to develop and implement CASA’s annual and long-term development strategies; chart the organization’s course in fund development while ensuring that efforts are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and strategic plans.
  • Develop and cultivate strong relationships with current and prospective donors and community members.
  • Continue to build current connections and develop new partnerships with foundation, corporations and government funders.
  • Manage the gifts process on behalf of CASA, consistent with gift acceptance policies.
  • Oversee the research, writing, outcomes, evaluation and reporting for donor and grant funding.
  • Expand local revenue generating and fund raising activities to support existing and prospective program operations including the potential growth of CASA operational facilities beyond the current space.


Public Relations/Community Development

  • Create professional working relationships and represent CASA to the Court and other professional, governmental, human services, educational and nonprofit agencies and county-wide committees to advance CASA’s goals in the community and ensure that the needs of children in foster care are fully understood.
  • Act as the public face of the organization through public speaking, media contacts, civic groups, faith based organizations and community events. Develop and cultivate strong relationships with current and prospective donors and community members. Act as a liaison with Juvenile Court judges, community agencies, and funding sources.
  • In collaboration with staff and the Board, continue to develop and implement a public awareness and public relations strategy to promote the activities of the organization, its programs and goals to the community, potential volunteers, donors, and collaborators; refine and oversee CASA’s messaging including but not limited to the annual report, newsletters, social media, correspondence, website, and print publications.


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and approximately five years of progressively responsible executive level experience, including staff management responsibility.
  • An innovative, forward-thinking leader with exceptional interpersonal skills, a high degree of professionalism and integrity, and a genuine and compelling enthusiasm for CASA, its mission, its staff, and its volunteers.
  • Self-assuredness and political astuteness with the ability to inspire and motivate others with energy, creativity and charisma.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to relate and connect with individuals and groups with varying degrees of involvement with CASA and its work, both internally and externally
  • A highly responsive, motivated, resourceful, results-oriented leader with the ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, prioritize, plan, and set goals and objectives, as well as implement and follow through
  • A proven record of success in leadership positions with experience managing different constituencies, including the day to day operations of such organizations and political relationships needed to meet CASA’s goals
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and the Board of Directors, and to develop effective programs.
  • Successful experience leading marketing campaigns and cultivating and securing gifts and grants from individual donors, foundation, corporations and government funders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of cultural competence and ability to work effectively in a multicultural community.
  • Demonstrated experience in:  financial management and nonprofit accounting; planning and executing department budgets. Working knowledge of business systems.
  • Demonstrated computer technology skills (email, word processing, spreadsheets, databases.)
  • Ability to work evenings or weekends, as needed.
  • Experience working with volunteers is desirable.
  • Meet the physical demands and successfully perform the overall duties and responsibilities of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, drive, and sit at a desk for up to 8 hours per day, type on computer and use the telephone.  The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the overall duties and responsibilities. Vision may be corrected within normal range.

Special conditions of employment: Ability to satisfactorily clear FBI and DOJ criminal justice background check, CACI, SSN and DMV screening; possession of a current driver’s license and proof of current car insurance.

Full time position: 40 hours/week (some evening and weekend work)

Salary and Benefits:  CASA of Santa Cruz County provides an excellent benefits package along with a salary that is highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please submit letter of interest and resume to The initial review date for this position is April 13, 2018. Materials received after this date may not receive full consideration. 

CASA of Santa Cruz County is a 501(c)3 corporation and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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