This is a multi-faceted position responsible for leading, managing, sustaining, and growing the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The Executive Director coordinates, schedules, and directs all CAC activities or supervises staff assigned to these functions. Grant writing and fundraising are a significant component of the position. The person in this position evaluates and develops strategies to maintain interagency coordination and cooperation in the management of child victimization cases. The Executive Director maintains an excellent working relationship with the CAC Board members, its officers and committee members, and assists the CAC Board in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Program Development and Evaluation:
Develop and recommend specific written short- and long-range plans for development of programs and services to the Board
Provide an ongoing forum for multidisciplinary problem solving and planning
Coordinate the activities of the CAC with other professionals and organizations
Stay abreast of current local, state, and national issues important to the development of effective programs and services.
Evaluates the agency’s services and recommends and provides input regarding program and service improvements
Oversee the development, enforcement, and modification of operation procedures
Disseminate information to the community and agencies regarding the mission and activities of CAC via public relations programs including personal contact and written materials
Maintain appropriate working relationship with the Board and its Committees
Report regularly to the Board about the agency activities and finances
Render technical and professional assistance to the Board and its Committees
Develop and maintain highly effective interagency programs
Maintain positive and appropriate relations with other professional and social service groups in the community
Serve as a professional representative of the CAC in the community and to related agencies
Perform all duties in a culturally and linguistically competent manner
Ensure the financial well-being of CAC by grant writing, grant management, fundraising and financial management
Update and maintain professional knowledge and credentials
Responsible for overseeing the day-to- day operations of the Center to include management of staff, hiring of staff and firing of staff
Ensures the CAC remains in compliance with NCA and NC State accreditation standards
Oversight and management of the accreditation or reaccreditation process
Other duties, responsibilities and activities that may be assigned or changed with or without notice
Qualities and Qualifications
Ability to establish and maintain favorable working relationships with Board of Directors, community groups, associates, staff and general public is essential.
Ability to multitask
Ability to work as team player
Ability to work in a professional manner
Knowledge of family dynamics where abuse and/or neglect is or has been present
Knowledge of the stages of child development
Ability to maintain strict standards of confidentiality
Skills in providing crisis intervention services
Good oral and written communication skills
Good computer skills
Ability to establish rapport with children of all ages
Education and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in a health sciences or allied health field or bachelor’s degree with significant experience in health or human services
Management skills necessary to conduct the financial, personnel and administrative duties of a social service agency.
Considerable knowledge of community resources and services available to children and families.
Demonstrated life experiences which show strong empathy for children, in particular abused children, a desire to improve their quality of life, and commitment to become knowledgeable about the effective treatment of child abuse.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Grant writing experience
Previous experience working in child abuse in a criminal justice or social service agency
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