The Kentucky CASA Network, Inc. (KCN) is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as Deputy Director of the association to help implement the association’s mission to strengthen and support local CASA programs statewide. The ideal candidate will be a visionary, strategic, and critical thinker and servant leader with the capacity to support a network of CASA programs that provide best-interest advocacy to abused and neglected children.
The Deputy Director will serve in a leadership position with the association and will manage, lead, and implement the state association’s Quality Assurance process. The position will work with and support existing and developing local CASA programs to monitor for compliance with National CASA/GAL Association for Children (National CASA/GAL) standards and the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS). The position will also work closely with member programs to build program capacity and provide targeted, extensive assistance around standards, program development, performance measurement, and resource development for current and developing local CASA programs. This position may be located in Louisville, Kentucky, or remotely and reports to the State Director. Applicants statewide are encouraged to apply.
About the Kentucky CASA Network:
The KCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors, that provides ongoing development, training, technical assistance, and resources to local CASA programs across Kentucky. The KCN advocates for the needs and interests of CASA programs and volunteers with industry stakeholders, state and federal officials, and child welfare decision-makers to advance the CASA mission statewide. The KCN has a mission to strengthen and support local CASA programs to build capacity to serve abused and neglected children involved in the court system through no fault of their own. The KCN is the recognized state CASA association in KRS 620.530 and by National CASA/GAL. The association currently supports 23 local CASA programs that served 3,500 children in 2020.
- Organize, plan, and lead the Quality Assurance process, including managing on-site reviews of local CASA programs and monitoring for compliance with National CASA/GAL standards; lead the Quality Assurance team
- Facilitate and lead network-wide trainings on issues impacting child welfare in partnership with the Director of Training
- Work with CASA stakeholders and partners in currently unserved and underserved parts of the Commonwealth to bring CASA services to the area
- Work with KCN staff to implement the association’s growth plan
- Provide technical assistance to judges and local planning committees about CASA program formation as it relates to National CASA/GAL membership and standards
- Represent CASA statewide by participating on statewide policy committees, interacting with government agencies, speaking with stakeholder groups, and, along with the State Director, promoting CASA program services statewide
- Serve as a deputy on issues for the State Director
- Provide leadership with KCN staff on performance measurement and data analysis to apply a critical lens around outcomes for CASA children
- Ensure that the state association follows National CASA/GAL state standards and help to implement the association’s action plan to be recognized as a Highly Effective State Organization
- Assist the State Director in strategic planning and resource development
- Provide technical assistance to local CASA program staff and boards
- Respond to requests for information and assistance from local CASA programs and stakeholders relating to volunteer management, program operations, child welfare policies, and nonprofit governance
- Represent the association in statewide coalitions and industry meetings
- Deliver on-site technical assistance on National CASA/GAL standards for new and developing programs, in collaboration with KCN staff
Desired Areas of Expertise and Qualifications:
- Candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, social services/child welfare, nonprofit administration, legal studies, public policy, or related field; master’s degree and/or law degree preferred
- Substantial management and leadership experience in a business, government, or nonprofit setting
- This position requires familiarity with child welfare, the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, and the system in which CASAs navigate
- Experience with and understanding of nonprofit financial management and governance preferred
- Strong leadership and project management skills, and the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
- Desired subject area mastery of topics prevalent in child welfare impacting the work of CASA volunteers including, but not limited to the opiate crisis, human trafficking, parental incarceration, economic bias in child welfare, racial disparities, and the overall impact of these topics on the rise of child abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth
- The ideal candidate will have a personal commitment to high standards and a strong work ethic, and will be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work remotely with limited supervision
- The ability to work a flexible, intermittent schedule with some work periods requiring statewide travel; work will be required after hours and on weekends during heavy work periods
- This position will travel an estimated 30-40% of the month throughout the Commonwealth during peak times post-COVID
- This is a remote position, and the ideal candidate should live in Kentucky
The KCN offers a competitive salary; retirement and healthcare benefits; a generous PTO policy inclusive of sick, vacation, and personal leave; short-term disability benefits inclusive of maternity, paternity, and adoption leave; a family-friendly flexible work environment; and the opportunity to work with a team of professionals who share a passion for helping the Commonwealth’s children be able to live in a safe and permanent home.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the attention of the State Director to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2021.
Kentucky CASA Network, Inc. provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.