The AED Upstate reports to the President & CEO and provides overall advocacy and member services to COFCCA members, especially those outside of New York City. The AED Upstate leads COFCCA’s efforts in statewide budget and legislative advocacy. In addition, s/he is the lead coordinator for the NYS Coalition of 853 Schools, special education day and residential schools.
The Associate Executive Director Upstate (AED Upstate) will be a strong advocate for the interests of COFCCA’s 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, and will be primary point of contact working with New York State agencies, Governor’s Office, Legislature, and other stakeholders.
AED will work cooperatively with other human services advocacy organizations in pursuit of common goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Analyze policy and develop agency positions on child welfare and juvenile justice policies and legislation including state and federal pending regulations and legislation.
• Develop and implement strategies to advocate for COFCCA’s legislative and budget agendas with member organizations.
• Communicate effectively with state agencies that impact the work of COFCCA member agencies, including the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the Department of Health (DOH), the Division of the Budget (DOB), Governor’s Office, State Education Department (SED).
• Communicate effectively with local county social services districts (LDSS).
• Support COFCCA’s engagement with related advocacy efforts, including the Foster Youth Success Alliance and the NYS Child Welfare Coalition.
• Work cooperatively with COFCCA’s retained advocacy firm.
• Speak at membership conferences and other member related conferences.
• Represent and communicate COFCCA positions with external stakeholders.
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with representatives of member agencies, advocacy groups and government representatives.
• Represent COFCCA in formal and informal professional work situations.
• Provide support to member agency executives in pertinent areas and respond to member inquiries.
• Inform COFCCA member agencies of relevant state and federal legal, regulatory and policy changes.
• Support CEO in work with members and government.
The 853 Schools Coalition
• Coordinate 853 Schools Coalition meetings and events.
• Lead Coalition advocacy efforts with the Division of the Budget (DOB), Governor’s Office, State Education Department (SED).
• Support 853 Schools Coalition school leaders with technical assistance and support, respond to member inquiries.
• Represent the Coalition as needed with external stakeholders.
• Significant and sustained leadership experience in related government, legislative, social work, public policy areas or as an executive in the field.
• Public policy experience in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice.
• Prior experience with NYS executive agencies and/or NYS legislative offices (Senate or Assembly Committee and/or state Senator or Assembly member office, etc.) preferred.
• Experience in an association setting a plus.
• 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.
• 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.
• Bachelors Degree required.
• Masters of Social Work, Masters in Public Policy, JD, or similar Advanced degree preferred.