Not-For-Profit Executive Director
Adopt A Special Kid - AASK - Oakland, CA

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Adopt a Special Kid believes that every child has the right to a safe, stable and nurturing home and that all children are adoptable. AASK provides placement, education & support services to adoptive and foster families and children. We promote positive changes to benefit children in the child welfare system. You can learn more about AASK at:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The role of the Executive Director is to provide leadership and direction to implement the agency’s updated strategic vision in the context of a rapidly changing service system, while managing its staffing and funding base to support maximum well-being and permanency for foster youth.
Leadership, Management and Team Building

  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, updates and implements annual strategic plans that are congruent with the vision of the agency;
  • Provides oversight for day-to-day operations;
  • Assures compliance with all licensing and regulatory requirements;
  • Hires, supervises and reviews all staff;
  • Fosters a culture that embraces collaboration, accountability, transparency, highest quality of service and cohesiveness;
  • Ensures evaluation of programs on a continual basis for effectiveness, client satisfaction as well as cultural diversity and competence;
  • Develops and supports collaborative programs and partnerships with counties, community-based agencies and others as appropriate.

Communications and Community Relations

  • In the context of a rapidly changing service/funding/regulatory environment, establishes and maintains working relationships with key government and community-based funders and providers of services and care;
  • Represents the agency throughout the community as appropriate for recruitment of families, development of collaborations and advocating for positive changes to benefit children and the viability of our agency.

Development and Financial Management

  • Assures a competent fund development system that balances revenue across contracts, grants, donations and events as necessary to fulfill the mission and vision of the agency.

Board of Directors

  • Supports the Board of Directors as they lead the agency in the areas of vision, strategic planning, policy and fundraising.

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in child welfare or a related field
  • At least 5 years of high level administrative leadership experience in a public or private agency addressing child welfare issues. Includes budget, staff and board management.
  • Demonstrated communication and collaboration skills with emphasis on relationship-building external to the agency
  • Demonstrated success with individual donor, foundation and event-based fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining and managing public sector contracts and deliverables
  • Experience delivering culturally competent services to a diverse client population
  • Clinical social work and/or mental health licensing or certification
  • Direct experience in a foster care and/or adoption agency
  • Knowledge of current foster care and adoption regulations and trends
  • Experience managing large-scale organizational change

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