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The Associate Executive Director, Downstate reports directly to the CEO and provides overall advocacy and member services to downstate Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) members, nonprofit agencies providing prevention, adoption, foster care, residential care and juvenile justice services.
Primary Objectives: The Associate Executive Director, Downstate (AED) will be a strong advocate for the interests of COFCCA’s NYC provider organizations, children, youth, and families, with a proven ability to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies. The AED will be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AED will have demonstrated ability to think strategically and to build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders in pursuit of budgetary, legislative, and policy goals. The AED will work collaboratively with the COFCCA team and member agencies to support quality services for children and their families.
• Provide consistent, forward thinking leadership to member agencies in public policy, advocacy, and member services.
• Partner with member agency executives and senior staff in order to understand the issues important to them and effectively act on them as needed.
• Actively develop and direct application of effective strategies for achievement of policy goals.
• Supervise staff as assigned.
• Work with COFCCA’s NYC Steering Committee to help identify and prioritize the issues requiring COFCCA’s attention in New York City.
• Coordinate the flow of information to member agencies.
• Testify, as needed, before governmental bodies.
• Support CEO in work with members and government.
• Provide technical assistance to member agency executives and staff.
• Speak at membership conferences and other member related conferences.
• Represent and communicate COFCCA positions with external groups.
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with representatives of member agencies, advocacy groups, legislative and government representatives.
• Represent COFCCA at member events, meetings with government partners and other stakeholders.
• Facilitate meetings with committee chairs and organize multiple committees.
• Significant and sustained leadership experience in related government, legislative, social work, public policy areas or as an executive in the field;
• Supervisory experience;
• Public policy experience in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice;
• Prior experience in NYC government and/or NYC legislative office (City Council, Mayor’s Office, state Senator or Assemblymember office, etc.) preferred.
• Experience in an association setting preferred.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills with demonstrated experience conveying key messages in a clear, timely and succinct manner.
• Demonstrated capacity to absorb complex issues, organize effective strategy and effectively carry the strategy to completion.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office.
• Highly organized, self-motivated and able to work independently.
• Passion for COFCCA’s mission.
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Team player who enjoys working collaboratively with staff, member agencies, government representatives and representatives of other advocacy groups.
• Able to hear multiple opinions and respond accordingly.
• Personable and engaging, responsive to member inquiries and concerns.
• Bachelors Degree required.
• Masters of Social Work, Masters in Public Policy, JD, or similar Advanced degree preferred.