Position: Director, Prevention, Juvenile Justice, and Equity
The Director of Prevention, Juvenile Justice, and Equity reports to the Associate Executive Director, Downstate and is in charge of the overall coordination of COFCCA’s prevention, juvenile justice, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) activities statewide. Primarily responsible for identifying and coordinating work on all professional practice, policy and regulatory issues related to prevention services and juvenile justice at the City and the State levels, and developing programming to support COFCCA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work.
Primary Objectives: The Director will be a strong advocate for the interests of COFCCA’s provider organizations, children, youth, and families, with a proven ability to analyze policy and practice, and implement effective advocacy strategies. The Director will be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director will have demonstrated ability to think strategically and to build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders in pursuit of identified goals. The Director will work collaboratively with the COFCCA team and member agencies to support quality services for children and their families.
· Serve as strategist and, when appropriate, representative on all matters related to prevention, juvenile justice, and DEI related priorities with Administration for Children’s Services, other Local Social Services Districts, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services;
· Manage and nurture critical relationships with New York City and State government agencies;
· Support COFCCA’s prevention services and juvenile justice providers through organizing and leading meetings for prevention services and juvenile justice program directors;
· Serve as advisor to the President & CEO and Associate Executive Directors on prevention, juvenile justice, and DEI related COFCCA priorities;
· Brief the Associate Executive Directors and CEO as needed on critical issues of policy and practice, and in preparation for key meetings;
· Develop COFCCA’s positions on prevention, juvenile justice, and DEI-related priorities as they relate to COFCCA’s membership, and work with other senior staff to develop and present policy positions to legislators, members and other stakeholders;
· Serve as primary staff person for COFCCA committees, such as Prevention Directors, Juvenile Justice Workgroup, and COFCCA meetings on diversity, equity, and inclusion;
· Provide technical support on policy issues and advocacy efforts as needed;
· Attend and testify at City Council and State Government Hearings on Prevention Services, Juvenile Justice, and DEI when appropriate;
· Develop and conduct forums on emerging issues in child welfare for the Center for Excellence;
· Partner with prevention and juvenile justice providers to collaboratively review policy, procedures, RFPs, and contracts to submit written comments to government funders;
· Support the work of borough-wide coalitions of prevention service providers;
· Advise members of emerging policy and practice matters;
· Work with COFCCA staff and members to identify and prioritize advocacy items; and
· Speak at membership meetings and other events as needed.
- 3-5 years experience in public policy and/or leadership or practice experience in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice;
- Experience in related government, legislative, social work, public policy areas;
- Experience in an association setting preferred.
- 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.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office.
- 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.
- Personable and engaging, responsive to member inquiries and concerns.
- Bachelors Degree required.
- Masters of Social Work, Masters in Public Policy, JD, or similar Advanced degree preferred.
Salary range: $80,000 – $90,000; we offer a competitive benefits package. COFCCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.