The Center for Children & Youth Justice provides a fulfilling work environment and competitive salaries and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We value a diverse workforce. We welcome inquiries regarding open positions from individuals who share our passion for creating better systems and better lives.

Director of Development & Communications

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POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Development & Communications fosters a culture of philanthropy within CCYJ and assures that the organization’s systems and procedures support fund development and vice versa. Leads staff and board to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization. The Director plans, manages, and assures the implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the organization.  Assures development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development including but not limited to volunteer and donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition.  Maintains accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

This is a high-stress position that helps set the direction and ensures the financial health of CCYJ. The individual is expected to be a competent fundraising and communications professional and an excellent organizational development specialist.  This individual will lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic development and communications program including major and planned gift donor development, grant support, external communications and messaging, special events management and corporate giving. In conjunction with the President/CEO and the Board of Directors, this position will lead the successful completion of a two-year campaign ending in 2017.

The examples of essential functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

  • In conjunction with the President/CEO and in consultation with the board, develop and implement a strategic vision and written strategic fund development plan for increasing revenues from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Leads and manages CCYJ’s overall development and communication efforts.
  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with current and potential corporate sponsors and individual donors.
  • Works with CCYJ’s senior management team and board members to identify prospective groups and individuals for major gifts.
  • Provides support to the Board of Directors, helping to identify new board candidates, and staffing the Development Committee.
  • Supports and guides the President/CEO and the Board of Directors in their fundraising responsibilities.
  • Supervises, supports and provides performance feedback to the Development Manager, Grant & Communications Manager or Consultant.
  • Coordinates the work of the Development Manager to ensure development records are reconciled with accounting records, timely acknowledgements are sent, donor and prospect files are maintained, and the database is maintained.
  • Develops and manages timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fund raising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Develops, monitors and administers development budget, work plans and reports.
  • Designs, develops, and manages an annual fundraising breakfast and strategy.
  • Assists in the identification of foundation grant opportunities. Oversees the writing of grant proposals/applications and reports to corporate & foundation funders in conjunction with Grant & Communications Manager or Consultant and President/CEO.
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with foundation program managers and/or foundation board members.
  • Works with Grant & Communications Manager or Consultant to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy that includes brand management, production of collateral and marketing materials such as bi-annual newsletters, annual report, donor/community e-newsletter, web site, videos, etc.
  • Leads other staff to support fundraising and marketing efforts.
  • Identifies, cultivates, recruits, and staffs breakfast committee.
  • Establishes recognition, acknowledgements, and incentives for donors.
  • Creates, writes, edits and produces press releases, publications, printed materials, including annual reports.
  • Maintains accurate accounting of all unrestricted income and its sources. Works with Finance Manager to fulfill information requests and maintain reporting accuracy.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • Bachelor degree and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience and a broad generalist background in fundraising for a nonprofit organization, foundation, or fundraising consulting-firm. Experience must include donor cultivation and stewardship, major gifts, planned giving, corporate sponsorships, annual fund management, event planning and execution, and Board development.
  • Experience with issues affecting children and youth, foster care or juvenile justice a plus.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of $1M annually.
  • Ability to effectively gain the respect and support of donors, board members, staff, community members, and c-level executives in a corporate environment.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to the mission and be able to communicate this in a compelling manner to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated creativity, organizational skills and ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • High energy and initiative, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively. Ability to clearly articulate CCYJ’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills.
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of data base programs (experience with E-Tapestry donor base management software a plus).

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the Director of Development & Communications Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org.  Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations, mghoward@ccyj.org.

Social Worker – Family Advocacy Center

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POSITION SUMMARY

The Family Advocacy Center (FAC), is a pilot project of the Center for Children & Youth Justice.  Through the use of a multidisciplinary team consisting of an attorney, social worker, and parent ally who has experienced the child welfare system, FAC provides legal advocacy and social work services to low-income parents, their extended families, and other care providers, to prevent the unnecessary placement or prolonged stay of children in foster care.  By doing so, FAC keeps children safe and stable within their families, minimizes the emotional trauma caused by removal/foster care placement, and allows the foster care system to focus its resources on children who need its protection.  The project is based in King County.  FAC offices are located in Renton, Washington.

The social worker’s primary responsibility as part of FAC’s multidisciplinary team is to work under the direction of the FAC attorney to support, advocate, and coordinate services for parents, extended family members, and other caregivers with the goal of eliminating the need for a child to enter or remain in foster care.  The social worker is considered part of the legal team and works as an agent of the FAC attorney.  The FAC attorney maintains sole discretion of setting social worker roles and duties provided to clients.  This position is part of a grant funded pilot project.  The project is currently funded through March 2019. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Works as part of the legal team to provide direct social work services (“broker” role), support, advocacy, and referrals to clients to further legal objectives and to promote the safety and stability of the child/family.
  • Participates in client intake interviews and assesses clients’ needs and goals.
  • Participates in staffing regarding advocacy planning for clients. Develops independent and objective professional assessment of cases and provides insight and assessment regarding the progress and barriers of the client. Provides recommendations to attorney regarding necessary client services and supports.  The FAC attorney maintains sole discretion of setting social worker roles and duties provided to clients.
  • Collaborates with parent ally to further legal objectives and promote the safety and stability of the child/family.
  • In the role of a broker, ensures clients are engaged in appropriate and meaningful advocacy plans.
  • Interacts with service providers. Advocates for clients at meetings and conferences with DSHS Children’s Administration, schools, physical and mental health providers, landlords/housing providers, and in a host of other venues to coordinate, facilitate, and broker services to clients.
  • Maintains electronic client files and record keeping systems.
  • Compiles client and case related data for statistical and reporting purposes. Assists in project evaluation related activities.
  • Conducts outreach and provides training to referral sources on project services.
  • Engages in professional development opportunities related to child welfare.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • Masters (preferred) or bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, human services or related field, and/or be a licensed social worker.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of paid social services experience in the role of advocate and broker is required. Social service experience in the role of counselor, mediator, community change agent, and/or researcher desired.
  • Possess entrepreneurial desire to share in the successes and challenges of a growing endeavor/pilot project.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and experience working with low-income clients.
  • Prior experience working with attorneys desired.
  • Prior experience working in or with the Washington State child welfare system is preferred.
  • Prior experience with public benefits, education, domestic violence, and housing issues is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Able to work as part of a multidisciplinary legal team.
  • Comfortable working in a virtual office environment at times when other team members are located off-site.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of business English, composition, spelling, grammar, and punctuation and demonstrated ability to efficiently compose and prepare case notes, correspondence, reports, and other documents.
  • Ability to work independently completing assigned duties in a timely and efficient manner while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to speak a language prevalent in Washington’s low-income communities is a plus.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and dependable transportation required.
  • Individuals who have direct experience with the child welfare system are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the Social Worker Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org.  Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations, mghoward@ccyj.org.