Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) partner with prosecutors, law enforcement, and protective services to coordinate the investigation of child maltreatment—often child sexual abuse. CACs also provide support to child survivors of abuse so that those kids can get back to being kids.
Executive Director Position Description
Position: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors Supervises: Director of Clinical Services
Director of Operations
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan (CACMI) is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization. CACMI is a network of children’s advocacy centers (CACs) throughout the state. CACs provide a collaborative and coordinated framework to respond to cases of child sexual and/or significant physical abuse. CACs partner with the local prosecutor’s office, law enforcement agencies, and protective services in the investigative process. CACs also often provide wrap-around clinical and social support services to child victims and their non-offending family members. Our mission is to unify and strengthen Michigan’s response to child victims of abuse through sustainable growth, collaboration, and the empowerment of CACs. We provide a variety of member services to CACs to support their work with child victims of sexual abuse. Learn more at www.cacmi.org. CACMI’s annual budget is $750,000 and has 40 association members.
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan seeks a visionary Executive Director to steer our association and support CAC membership. Our desire is to find an Executive Director who will lead the organization into the future through development of relationships with our association members, communication with both internal and external stakeholders, and cultivation of donors through fundraising. Through this exciting opportunity, we hope to find a thoughtful, driven leader with passion for advancing the work of CACMI.
We seek an experienced Executive Director who has demonstrated fundraising experience and who knows how to create and expand growth opportunities for our CAC members, implement our strategic plan, and who is zealous about enhancing the world by building diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice systems.
We intend for this individual, through our Association, to collaborate with members in order to provide the best services to Michigan children and families who have experienced child maltreatment.
The Executive Director is responsible for developing relationships with statewide partners and stakeholders, securing funding to sustain the chapter and benefit members, implementing the strategic plan, and oversight of the chapter’s programs and services. The Executive Director also serves as the primary resource to the Board of Directors and is the spokesperson for the chapter.
The Executive Director will report directly to the CACMI Board, and will have primary responsibility for the leadership of CACMI, including day-to-day operations. More specifically, responsibilities will include the following primary areas:
Planning & Vision
Provide strategic leadership and vision of CACMI which includes ensuring the enhancement of association membership benefits and growth, fund development, and strategic direction with stakeholders.
Work with the Association’s Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement a strategic planning process with long- and short-term objectives.
Oversight of the day-to-day operations of the CACMI, ensuring proper organizational and financial structure and allocation of resources for staff and the association.
Creating and sustaining compliance with policies and regulations.
Ensuring visibility and collaboration with association members and stakeholders like Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM), Michigan Division of Victim Services (MDVS), Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) and the Governor’s Taskforce on Child Abuse.
Acting as a gatekeeper of confidential service provision information, ensuring release of information according to policy and all state and federal statutes.
Supervising the re-accreditation process for National Children’s Alliance (NCA).
Completing and submitting accurate and timely grant reports and impact reports for funders.
Researching, locating, and applying for grants as needed to maintain the chapter.
Maintaining and keeping current: the website of the CACMI Directory, Map of Michigan representing the Child Advocacy Centers, and Michigan Association information to be distributed to promote the CAC movement.
Ensuring sound financial management, accounting systems, financial controls, and risk management policies are in place and are followed.
Providing leadership for the creation and implementation of the annual budget.
Working in conjunction with a Financial Management Firm on fiscal matters.
Development and implementation of a diversified fund-development plan, ensuring appropriate goals and structures.
Active participation in donor identification, prospecting, and cultivation.
Fundraising for the sustainability of the Association and the Association members.
Effectively and positively promoting the Association in relevant community groups; working to ensure the Association is seen as a leader in addressing and preventing child maltreatment and human trafficking.
Maintaining respectful and fruitful relationships with relevant community, state, and federal organizations and stakeholders.
Serving as a knowledgeable resource for media and the public about child sexual abuse and the work of the Association.
Advocating for the needs and requests of the Association and its members.
Coordination and oversight of all public policy activities, including promoting CACs in Michigan and CACMI to legislators and other public policy agencies. Attending appropriate legislative and public policy meetings and events. Tracking and informing the CACMI members of legislation concerning Child Advocacy Center issues.
Attending regular stakeholder meetings and providing reports to the membership and at all board of directors’ meetings.
Coordinating and providing technical assistance to support the efforts of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Michigan to become associate or accredited members of CACMI and NCA.
Assisting CACs in Michigan with accreditation assistance as requested.
Providing outreach to counties in Michigan that are unserved by CAC services in order to promote the development of the CAC model.
Helping to create a strong sense of unity and cohesiveness among all CACs in Michigan.
Communicating regularly with members to gather and share information relevant and important to Chapter members.
Facilitating and coordinating membership meetings and committee meetings.
Developing and maintaining a strong working relationship and systems for sharing information that enables the board to carry out its governance role effectively.
In collaboration with the Board Chair, preparing agendas and conducting board member orientations.
In partnership with the Board Governance Committee, identifying appropriate new prospective board and committee members to represent the diversity of the state of Michigan.
Staff Relations & Human Resources
Ensuring optimal organizational structure and human resources to effectively and efficiently deliver services.
Respecting and understanding the role each staff member plays and fostering healthy morale among staff to support staff productivity and retention.
Partner Agency Relations
Creating and maintaining positive relationships with partner agencies.
Understanding and demonstrating the value of the roles and needs of partner agencies in relation to the Center.
Serving as the central clearinghouse for information about Child Advocacy Centers in Michigan.
Educational Requirements and Qualifications
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Minimum two years experience serving as a director or supervisor. Experience in nonprofits preferred.
Experience and demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, leadership, supervision, relationship building, and fund development.
Proficiency in the efficient and effective use of the internet and Microsoft Office platform.
Understanding of donor databases and fundraising experience preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate experience in and commitment to the following competencies, in addition to normal job responsibilities related to these competencies:
Advocacy and Public Policy – Recognize issues surrounding child sexual abuse and how awareness and prevention efforts enhance community awareness of child sexual abuse and encourage children and adults to report abuse.
Communications – Present self and agency professionally in oral or written communications, writing or speaking clearly and informatively with empathy and understanding; exchange information efficiently and effectively, listening and seeking needed clarification; contribute to the overall culture of CACMI through healthy communication, respect, and commitment to the agency’s mission, vision, and values.
Financial Management and Social Entrepreneurship – Ensure timely and accurate reporting for state and private grants, demonstrate understanding of agency budget and stewardship of resources.
Fundraising and Resource Development – Work alongside staff and volunteers to meet cash match requirements for state and private grants, raise unrestricted dollars, and participate in community tours of Association CAC (if requested) and represent the department to the community.
Data Management – Maintain confidentiality of Association information and provide accurate and timely tracking of client demographics and Center services.
Human Resources Management and Volunteerism – Work alongside, and act as a resource for volunteers.
Leadership and Governance – Recognize organizational values and represent them in everyday activities.
Legal and Regulatory – Understand confidentiality and mandated reporter requirements surrounding child welfare.
Planning and Evaluation – Accurately analyze and report data in order to evaluate programs, presenting accurate and timely information.
Flexibility and Adaptability – Possess skills in project and time management through detailed work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment; establish and maintain cooperative and supportive working relationships with members of direct team, whether staff or volunteer, and the Association members as a whole; and contribute to the overall culture of the Association through healthy communication, respect, and commitment to the Association’s mission, vision, and values.
Personal Care and Development – Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities, both external and internal; commit to self and agency care.
Building of Global Capacity – Commit to intercultural development and seeking to understand the unique needs of clients and donors of different backgrounds in order to respond appropriately.
We are seeking candidates who possess:
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
A demonstrated ability to:
Behave in ways that are collaborative but decisive, using a distributed leadership model.
Accomplish measurable goals.
Serve as a creative, innovative visionary.
Remain focused and disciplined with respect to mission.
Work effectively with diverse groups of employees, funders, and Board members.
Excellent facilitation and mediation skills.
Strong communication skills.
The ability to work as a leader and as part of a team, and to be an effective mentor to new staff.
A track record as a “builder,” with credibility, high ethics, and impeccable personal and professional integrity.
$75,000-$95,000 based on experience and salary history
Candidates who meet the aforelisted qualifications and wish to be considered for this position must EMAIL (only) a resume and cover letter.
Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to:
CACMI Board Chair
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
Virtual, hybrid or in-office as determined by the Executive Director
40 hours per week worked – some additional evenings and weekends may be required.
Frequent travel within Michigan may be required.
Physical requirements include the ability to sit for long periods of time in a typical office environment and light lifting of up to 25 pounds.
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