CASA of Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA)
Title: Chief Executive Officer
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Mission: CASA of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) is a private, nonprofit organization that mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Vision: CASA/LA envisions a Los Angeles in which every child in the child welfare system has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive.
Core Values: Deep Love, Justice, Authenticity and Integrity, Accountability and Respect
CASA/LA improves the lives of children in the child welfare system by pairing them with a trained volunteer who advocates for their safety, permanency, and well-being and seeks to reduce and reverse the effects of child abuse and neglect. Nowhere in the nation is the need greater than in Los Angeles County, where over 30,000 children are under the jurisdiction of the Dependency Court. CASA of Los Angeles will serve over 1,300 of these children and youth with intensive advocacy services in Fiscal Year 2021 and is on a strategic path to serve 12,000 children and youth within ten years. The key to these efforts is growth in the number of people who know about CASA/LA, the number of volunteers recruited and trained each year, revenue raised from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources, and staffing to support volunteer growth and fundraising efforts. Operating under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Los Angeles Superior Court, the CASA program is a proven, reliable, and economically efficient model of advocacy and support with a budget of over $5 million, a staff of 53, and over 1,000 CASA volunteers.
CASA/LA is an independent 501(c)(3) and a member of the National CASA/GAL Association and the California CASA Association. For more information, please visit http://www.casala.org.
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION:
CASA/LA seeks a skilled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) excited by, and dedicated to, the organization’s mission, vision, and core values. The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for implementing, supervising, and evaluating CASA/LA’s strategic plan, ensuring that the organization has the resources to meet its goals, and stewarding those resources effectively. Supported by a Chief Development and Partnerships Officer, a Chief Program Officer, a Chief Financial Officer, and over 50 full-time employees, the CEO will lead the organization internally and serve externally as the voice of CASA/LA for advocating for the foster children of LA County, fundraising, marketing, recruitment, and educational purposes.
1. Board Relations and Board Development
- Provide leadership to and maintain and cultivate strong relationships with the Board of Directors, committees, and advisory council.
- Prepare for and attend all board meetings and committee meetings as appropriate.
- Assist with board recruitment, oversee board orientation and training.
- Communicate regularly with the Board of Directors about the operations and financial health of the organization to ensure the realization of CASA/LA’s mission.
- Lead the organization’s growth and development according to the strategic plan, the pillars of which are:
- Expand the number of youth served.
- Become a model for peer CASA organizations.
- Grow CASA/LA’s presence across LA County.
- Ensure financial sustainability.
- Ensure that the organization’s decisions and practices adhere to the core values of: Deep Love, Justice, Authenticity and Integrity, Accountability and Respect
- Assess the management team, staff, and CASA volunteers to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed, including overseeing performance measures and monitoring results.
- Supervise the Chief Development and Partnerships Officer, Chief Program Officer, and Chief Financial Officer who are responsible for management of day-to-day operations.
- Implement policies adopted by the Board and maintain the organization’s accountability.
- Work with the CFO to continue to develop sound financial, IT, human resources, and risk management procedures.
3. Resource Development:
- Collaborate with the Board and development staff to create and implement successful short and long-term fund development plans.
- Serve as the primary liaison with all major donors and funders.
- Develop and promote planned and legacy gifts.
- Lead successful fundraising campaigns.
4. Financial Administration
- Work with the CFO and leadership team to develop and manage the organization’s budget.
- Oversee the budget and control expenses once the budget is approved by the Board of Directors.
- Ensure efficient and transparent stewardship and management of CASA/LA’s resources.
5. Program Development:
- Provide vision and oversight of achievement for all goals, objectives, and activities outlined in the strategic plan and the operational plan.
- Ensure that children and youth in the foster care system receive the highest level of services available from CASA/LA.
- Develop and maintain solid working relationships with the presiding judges of Los Angeles County Juvenile Court, all bench officers, and with the state Judicial Council.
- Maintain a working knowledge of best practices, significant developments, and trends in the fields of child welfare, trauma-informed care, LGBTQIA youth, transitional youth, juvenile justice, early childhood development, and laws relating to child welfare, foster care, and juvenile justice.
- Understand the dynamics of institutional racism within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and commit to CASA/LA’s work to become an anti-racist organization.
- Ensure continued development and implementation of the organization’s goals and strategies in the Antelope Valley.
6. Community, Government, and Public Relations:
- Build, cultivate, and maintain effective relationships with a range of public and nonprofit agencies including Juvenile Court, the Department of Children and Family Services, Children’s Law Center, and many other social services and child welfare organizations.
- Communicate and collaborate frequently with judges, attorneys, law enforcement and other officials, and influencers.
- Serve on or appoint representatives to serve on appropriate external committees.
- Serve as chief spokesperson for the organization and maintain media relationships.
DESIRED TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
The successful candidate will be a caring, innovative, forward-thinking leader with exceptional interpersonal skills, a genuine and compelling enthusiasm for CASA/LA and its mission and will demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and integrity. The incoming CEO will be a politically astute leader with the ability to inspire and motivate others with energy, creativity and charisma. As such, the CEO should possess strong communication skills and be able to relate and connect with diverse audiences internally and externally. The CEO should be 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. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated personal passion for the mission of CASA/LA and for social justice and will be able to speak credibly and persuasively about its vision for the future.
CAREER PATH LEADING TO THIS POSITION:
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible executive experience, including a proven record of success managing a large staff and external constituencies. The incoming CEO’s career should include experience with day-to-day operations of nonprofit organizations and the political and fundraising relationships needed to meet CASA/LA’s goals. Experience working with volunteers is strongly preferred. The incoming CEO will have experience developing and managing budgets and successful experience with individual, corporate, government and foundation fundraising. Exceptional financial, organizational, administrative, and verbal and written communication skills are essential and expected. Direct professional and/or lived experience in the child welfare or juvenile justice sector would be a plus.
An advanced degree is preferred.
The salary range is $170,000 to $190,000 based on experience. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.
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