Boston CASA, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk and Middlesex County, seeks a visionary executive to lead the organization into a successful new chapter, building on the foundation of nearly thirty years of success.
Boston CASA fulfills its mission by recruiting, training and supervising volunteers from the community who are appointed as a child's guardian ad litem (GAL), to protect and promote their “best interest.” Boston CASA advocates are appointed by juvenile court judges to be the eyes and ears of the court in complicated abuse and neglect cases. CASA volunteers work to be a unifying force on behalf of children – gathering information, communicating with all parties, and ensuring that children in foster care have a caring and consistent adult speaking up for them and making sure they are receiving the care they need and deserve. Read a few success stories here.
The search for a new Executive Director provides an opportunity to bring new energy, vision and creativity to an organization that is poised to expand its reach and impact through expansion of its proven and successful program.
The Executive Director will partner with the Board of Directors, staff, the Juvenile Court Department, and community partners to refine the strategic vision and lead the implementation of the strategic plan. She/he be a passionate voice in conveying the need for CASAs, the impact on children’s lives, the need for systemic change addressing the needs of foster children and the reasons volunteers and funders should support the work. This position calls for a leader with outstanding strategic, fundraising and management skills, along with an enterprising spirit and a strong commitment to Boston CASA’s mission.
The Executive Director reports to a Board of Directors and oversees a staff of 11 employees. Its annual budget is approximately $1 million.
The Executive Director will be a visionary but pragmatic leader possessing the following key qualifications and characteristics:
· A commitment to the mission of Boston CASA; an understanding of the needs and challenges of foster children, either as a nonprofit leader in a related field, a current or former CASA, public official or nonprofit board member, with eight+ years of management experience.
· A strong track record in attracting financial support, whether as a nonprofit executive or board member, or from the commercial sector, from individuals, foundations or businesses; a strong partnership/relationship builder.
· Decisive and resourceful, with the organizational sensitivity to gain the support and confidence of the Board and staff at all levels; a team builder and collaborator, confident and competent, with strong skills in management and leadership; one who trusts and empowers the senior management team; understands the subtleties of recruiting, motivating, directing and retaining a diverse group of personalities with different work styles.
· One who is creative and can identify and convey the synergies and mutual benefits that come from collaboration; a contributor who works well with diverse stakeholders, partners and collaborators; politically savvy.
· Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Boston CASA has retained the services of Gale Batchelder at New Leadership Group to assist with this search. Nominations and applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to email@example.com.
At Boston CASA, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team and the communities we serve. Boston CASA is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.