Executive Director

MOCASA | Columbia, Missouri

Background

The mission of the Missouri CASA Association is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Missouri by promoting the development, expansion and improvement of CASA programs statewide.  There are currently 21 local CASA programs under the statewide umbrella of the Missouri CASA Association (MOCASA).  As a state office, MOCASA doesn’t provide direct services.  Its role is to support local programs with technical assistance, funding, grant writing and compliance, resource sharing, and policy advocacy.

There are over 12,000 children in foster care in Missouri.  About 3,300 of them benefit from the powerful advocacy of our 1,300 CASA volunteers throughout the state.  MOCASA works to help existing programs expand their volunteer base and the number of children served  – particularly in smaller communities with fewer resources and staff – and to establish new programs in order to give more children across the state the opportunity for CASA help.

Job Summary

The Executive Director (ED) serves as the contact person and chief advocate for CASA across Missouri.  He/She supervises two additional MOCASA employees: a Deputy Director and Office Operations Manager and interacts with our 20+ Directors/Program Managers of the local CASA programs across the state. 

Reports To

The ED reports to a statewide Board of Directors.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain appropriate relations with other agencies and organizations including the Office of the State Courts Administrator and Children’s Division.
  • Develop connections with judiciary and court staff to maintain and grow CASA program impact.
  • Represent agency at identified national and statewide meetings, including National CASA.
  • Handle the general administration of the organization including board meetings, policy development, strategic planning, and efficient day-to-day functioning of the Association.
  • Provide oversight of the fiscal activities of the organization such that adequate resources are available to carry out established program plans.
  • Provide overall control and direction for the personnel function of the agency, including recruitment, selection, evaluation, compensation and termination.
  • Provide leadership and oversight regarding services being provided by local programs in relation to specified goals, standards and objectives and recommend modifications.
  • Serve as professional resource to board and various board committees and keep board informed regarding program issues.
  • Promote the organization's philosophy, mission, goals and services to various groups including board, staff volunteers, donors and target population served by the agency.
  • Increase community awareness about CASA program services and representation of CASA at community events.
  • Identify specific groups that may be potential sources of support for volunteer recruitment and funding sources. 

Qualifications

  • Four year degree
  • Strong background in fundraising, advocacy and public speaking
  • Access to reliable transportation to state government and other facilities in Jefferson City and occasionally throughout the state
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Email, internet and similar technologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present before an audience
  • Ability to establish and manage priorities for self and others
  • Proven ability to manage a budget and properly allocate resources
  • Understanding of the child welfare system and basic understanding of court and legal system
  • Understanding of the legislative and budgeting process in Missouri
  • Five years of applicable work experience, emphasis in non-profits strongly preferred
  • Prior experience with the court system, judges, and/or legislative advocacy strongly preferred

Compensation

This part-time salaried position will receive annual compensation in the range from $40,000 - $60,000+ depending on negotiated P/T hours and prior experience. Position includes paid time off, retirement contribution, and continuing education opportunities. Primarily the Executive Director will work from the Columbia, MO office with some travel necessary.

Requirements/Other

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Non-profit management: 5 years

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume to Board Treasurer, Amy Blunt, at resume@bespokekc.com

MOCASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing employment opportunities to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, MOCASA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. 

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