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Executive Director

Topeka, KS
Company: Children’s Alliance of Kansas
Job Classification: Exempt, Full-time
Work Schedule: As mutually determined
Reporting Relationship: Executive Committee; Board of Directors 
Primary Accountability:
The Executive Director serves as the primary administrator, key visionary, leader, representative and spokesperson of the Children’s Alliance of Kansas (hereinafter “CAKS”).  This position is accountable to the Board for matters of all fundraising activities, financial management, policy development, program services and operations, public relations and capital development. The Executive Director is responsible for directing membership services to the child welfare agencies of Kansas and directing the advocacy initiatives and lobbying on behalf of best practices in the child welfare field. The Executive Director communicates with the Board in a timely manner and exercises high-level skills of problem solving and decision-making in matters that have a major impact on the on-going success of the organization.
Major Duties:
  • Directs the advocacy initiatives and lobbies on behalf of best practices in the child welfare field.
  • Oversees the general day-to-day administration and financial management of the association.
  • Directs membership services to the child welfare agencies in Kansas.
  • Ensures and maintains viability of MAPP Family programs for Kansas and other states.
  • Ensures that a strong and positive image of the association is presented internally, to the membership and to the public.
  • Reports to and works with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors who are themselves leaders in their respective organizations.
Legislative Advocacy and Networking:
  • Identifies, assesses, and informs the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the association.
  • Fosters effective teamwork between the Board, the Executive Director and the staff.
  • Represents the association to the public.
  • Proposes, to the Board of Directors, an annual legislative agenda which furthers the goals and purposes of the association and its members.
  • Maintains consistent awareness of legislative and social issues affecting children and families.
  • Cultivates and maintains contact with agencies, professional groups, and other key players as a spokesperson for the Alliance.
  • Communicates with the many stakeholder groups keeping them informed of the work of the association.
Planning and Management:
  • Works with Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the association.
  • Makes sure that the operation of the Alliance meets or exceeds the expectations of the Board.
  • Assists in the recruitment of agencies for Alliance membership.
  • Oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the association.
  • Provides administrative support to the Board and Board Committees.
  • Oversees the planning, implementation, evaluation and fidelity, and marketing of association programs and services in Kansas as well as nationally.
  • Maintains internal and external transparency.
  • Embraces technological advances to further work of the association.
Human Resources Planning and Management:
  • Determines staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Recruits, interviews and selects qualified staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the association’s work.
  • Oversees the implementation of the human resources policies and practices.
  • Handles all personnel issues and inform the executive Board as needed.
  • Ensures a motivated and capable staff in a positive work environment.
Financial Planning and Management:
  • Oversees the finances of the association.
  • Leads the staff in the preparation of an annual budget approved by the Board.
  • Plans with the Board and implements initiatives for the expansion of resource opportunities for the association.
  • Ensures funding is adequate for the operation of the association.
  • Maintains official records of the organization to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Professional Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degrees preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years’ of progressive management experience, preferably in the arena of child welfare and/or association management is required.
  • Experience with advocacy work and lobbying is required.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor and sustain financial performance.
  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating and managing staff.
  • Ability to envision and convey the organizations strategic future to staff, board and strategic partners.
Physical Demands:
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to read computer screens and mail, talk on the phone.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to travel, as needed. Valid driver’s license, is required.
Work Environment:
  • Professional and deadline-oriented environment in an office setting
  • Interaction with Board, staff, members, clients, donors and guests.
Additional Duties:
Additional duties and responsibilities may be added to this job description at any time.  The job description does not state or imply that these are the only activities to be performed by the employee holding this position.  Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related responsibilities as requested by their supervisor.
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