PRESIDENT & CEO
Voices for America’s Children
The Board of Directors of Voices for America’s Children seeks a passionate advocate for children’s issues to inspire, support and coordinate the work of Voices’ national staff, state member organizations and related constituencies who are advocating for local, state and federal policies that impact the welfare of children, especially those most vulnerable.
The successful candidate will be an experienced builder and leader of teams and collaborations, a strategic thinker who has driven a bold enterprise to success, an enthusiastic and successful fundraiser for social causes, and an experienced advocate for racial justice and social equity.
ABOUT VOICES FOR AMERICA’S CHILDREN
Voices for America’s Children leads advocacy efforts at the community, state and federal levels to improve the lives of all children and their families. Voices’ unique asset among policy advocates is its large network of state-based, multi-issue child advocacy organizations. Its nonprofit, nonpartisan network spans almost every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based on its experience of children’s needs at the state level, the Voices member network sets the federal policy priorities that Voices pursues in partnership with national organizations who share those priorities.
Aware that disparities in opportunities and resources are disproportional by race and/or ethnicity, even when socio-economic status is taken into consideration, Voices intentionally gives strong focus to race and structural racism in its policy work. As an example, a key Voices program is its Race Matters Institute which provides customized assistance to community leaders, public agencies, funders and policy makers in meeting racial equity goals.
Over the past quarter-century the Voices nationwide network:
• Played a critical role in ensuring that millions of children and their families will have access to health care through the national health care reform bill and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
• Fought to ensure that children, especially those most vulnerable, start school ready to learn.
• Helped to secure billions of additional dollars for children’s programs such as Head Start and child care through legislation like the 2009 economic stimulus package.
• Helped to ensure millions of meals for needy children and families through nutrition program legislation.
• Provided brighter futures for thousands of children by helping to secure passage of the Fostering Connections Act, landmark legislation that addresses gaps in the child welfare system.
CORE STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS
In its strategic planning for the years 2011 to 2013, the board of Voices set four strategic goals:
Strengthen the Voices network by building the advocacy and organizational capacity of Voices members and expanding the breadth and depth of the network.
Identify, pursue and change federal policy by mobilizing and coordinating Voices’ advocacy efforts, tying federal policy making with state-level policy execution, and providing national leadership in the policy environment.
Strengthen and sustain the infrastructure supporting the Voices national office and state-based groups, individually and collectively to ensure we have the needed resources to reach our goals.
Build public will for children’s policy change by convening and collaborating with advocacy and other relevant organizations to leverage our combined efforts for change.
ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES FOR 2013
The CEO will work with the board of directors, staff and member organizations to pursue Voices’ strategic priorities for 2013.
• Develop a Theory of Change for Voices. The Theory of Change will succinctly tie Voices’ work in building the capacity of its state members, in forming strong partnerships with other federal policy advocates, and in developing and advocating for policy proposals based on member input to success in impacting policies affecting children.
• Continue to build the capacity of Voices’ national office to partner with and support its member organizations in ways that build the state groups’ capacities and maximizes their impact on federal policies and on policies in their states and locales.
• Develop strong partnerships with other federal policy organizations that are strategically chosen based on Voices’ federal policy priorities.
• Maintain and grow Voices’ race and equity work and integrate it throughout the organization.
• Build the “brand” of Voices as a premier advocate at the local, state, and federal level for policies affecting children.
• Grow Voices’ fundraising capacity, including the hiring of a chief development officer.
• Establish a business model that ensures ongoing financial stability and the achievement of organizational goals.
ESSENTIAL CEO FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The President serves as chief executive officer responsible to the Board of Trustees for the effective conduct of all affairs of the organization. The President:
• Envisions and plans for building the future of Voices taking into consideration the needs of children and families, the state of child advocacy in the country, the work of other national organizations, and the capacity and desires of the membership.
• Recommends to the board an annual budget and an annual work plan that will implement the Voices’s strategic vision and theory of change.
• Serves as the public face and lead voice for the organization, and by extension, serves as a key national spokesperson on the needs of children and families in the United States. Represents Voices in a professional manner.
• Assures that the organization, its mission, programs, products and services are consistently of the highest quality.
• Supports operations and administration of the board by advising and informing board members and interfacing with board and staff, including planning Board of Trustees meetings.
• Ensures the sound fiscal and programmatic operation of the organization. Supervises senior staff, who are, in turn, responsible for overseeing the programmatic work (design, marketing, promotion, and work on policy objectives, communications efforts, network development and member support), as well as overseeing the administrative aspects (financial management and human resources) of the organization.
• Develops and maintains strong, sound relationships with Voices’ member organizations, with funders and donors and with other national organizations.
• Develops and maintains strong and viable relationships with other national child advocacy/policy organizations
• Travels on an as-needed basis.
a. Demonstrated passion for the mission of Voices for America’s Children
b. Ability to inspire commitment and service to a social cause and organizational goals
c. A record of having set challenging goals for an enterprise and driven it to success
d. A familiarity with and understanding of public policy advocacy
e. Significant participation in endeavors pursuing racial justice and social equity
f.A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a top administrator in a nonprofit organization.
g. Experience building and inspiring a cohesive and high achieving staff team.
h. Experience working with and/or serving on a nonprofit board of directors.
i. Demonstrated success in “closing the deal” in pursuing fund raising opportunities from philanthropy, corporations, and/or major donors.
j. A history of having led successful working collaborations across diverse organizations.
k. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and framing messages for diverse contexts and audiences.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• Successful history of managing and growing an association of member organizations, including providing capacity building assistance to the member organizations.
• Significant experience in the development and pursuit of public policies at the federal level.
• Experience serving as an organizational spokesperson with media and elected officials.
• A graduate degree in law, human services, public policy, social work or a related field.
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary offered is competitive with executive positions in comparable organizations and will be based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The benefits package offers competitive medical, dental, and vision healthcare coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage and a 401K retirement plan.
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a San Francisco based nonprofit search firm, has been retained by Voices for America’s Children to conduct the candidate search. Applicants should send their resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position to VoicesSearch@compasspoint.org. Application deadline is February 25, 2013.
Please note that the candidate screening and interview process will take place during the month of March 2013.