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Director, Children, Youth & Family Strategies


Job posted by: Catholic Charities USA

Posted on: July 25, 2014

Job description

Key Components:

  • Identify emerging issues and trends in program areas relevant to the membership
  • Develop programmatic responses to trends, issues, and concerns for the field in program areas
  • Coordinate and staff Catholic Charities USA task forces, committees, and work groups to meet organizational priorities, foster collaboration, and enhance members' knowledge and understanding of issues
  • Facilitate the ability of members (agencies, institutions, and individuals) to provide quality services through the use of best practices in the field of human services, especially related to children, youth & families services
  • Encourage and assist members to network, share information, and collaborate with each other

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and staff the Children, Youth & Families Section to increase individual member participation, knowledge and skills, professional contacts, and involvement in social policy advocacy
  • Serve as the liaison with the National Human Services Alliance for topics related to children, youth and families
  • Coordinate and facilitate training programs, workshops, institutes for the sections, annual section meeting, and annual gathering
  • Identify and coordinate resources which support the professional development of section members and the work of their agencies.
  • Work in cooperation with other national organizations and related Federal agencies to support the work of the CCUSA field
  • Develop and monitor program budgets to ensure sound fiscal operations
  • Develop grant requests and proposals to secure funding for program priorities
  • Manage and monitor contracts and special projects in designated program areas
  • Ensure members receive up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant information on subject matter and advocacy

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Represent Catholic Charities USA externally to further organizational priorities and facilitate information sharing and collaboration in the field.
  • Consult with other staff members internally on designated program areas to assist in problem resolution, skill building, and internal integration to better serve member agencies.
  • Monitor communication lists in the areas of children, youth and families
  • Research and answer programmatic requests from the field
  • Develop and maintain relationships with national, regional, and local organizations that share issues and concerns in the areas of family support
  • Consult with other staff members internally on designated program areas to assist in problem resolution, skill building, and internal integration to better serve member agencies
  • Share knowledge with and mentor CCUSA staff
  • Serve on CCUSA committees and task forces
  • Embrace CCUSA's values and the behaviors that support the values
  • Stay abreast of developments in field and participate in relevant professional organizations and meetings to understand and, as appropriate, incorporate trends and new approaches

Primary Skills:

  • Recognized expertise in children, youth and families services with regard to Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities USA
  • Exceptional written and oral presentation skills
  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to Catholic Charities USA's mission and Catholic Identity
  • Ability to manage multiple and diverse programmatic responsibilities
  • Successful track record of building and nurturing positive relationships and partnerships including with key stakeholders
  • Ability and desire to work with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to network and interact internally and externally
  • Ability to recognize and creatively respond to trends and changes in the field
  • Ability to influence and persuade
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong customer/member services skills

Secondary Skills:

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Skilled in public speaking, meeting facilitation and audience presentations
  • Ability to excel in fast-paced, changing, and challenging environments
  • Strong budgeting skills
  • Strong computer competency
  • Ability to work with and provide leadership and guidance to supervisory level staff in the field

Essential Coordination:

  • Member agencies
  • Departmental staff
  • Other CCUSA Departments

Secondary Coordination:

  • National social service providers

Minimum Education:

  • BS/BA degree. Advanced degree and/or additional specialized education a plus (or equivalent experience)

Minimum Experience:

· Two years of progressively responsible experience in human services.

Special Working Conditions:

  • This position may require extended periods of standing, sitting, as well as some repetitive movements, bending and repetitive lifting of minimal weight

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key components and primary responsibilities


2050 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA, 22314, US


Start date
August 4, 2014
Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
None specified
Job function
Owner's areas of focus