Executive Director

  • Job posted by Community Partners in Action

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States



Community Partners in Action (CPA) is seeking its next Executive Director to lead the agency in a rapidly evolving world of the justice system and behavioral health services. It has a long and exceptional history of service, advocacy and best practices for behavioral change, restorative justice and criminal justice reform.  CPA is a key provider of services in Connecticut and has a well-deserved reputation as a national leader.  With a committed Board and a highly skilled staff and inspired by the vision of our next Executive Director, CPA aims to continuecreating and implementing new, innovative strategies to tackle the challenges facing adults and youth and impacting all of us working for justice in our nation.


Community Partners in Action focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform.  Together, our employment, basic needs, reentry and recovery services positively impact lives, while helping to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety and inform policy – all at a fraction of the cost of incarceration.

In partnership with the State of Connecticut, US government, private funders, organizations and business, we work to make a positive impact in the lives of adults and youth throughout Connecticut. The majority of our participants receive services in one of our community-based programs.

With a staff of 120, an annual budget of $9.5 million and 12 programs and offices throughout the state, CPA directly serves over 7,000 men, women and youth in Connecticut each year, while impacting many others through our advocacy and collaboration with our many community partners.

More detailed information about CPA and its range of programs can be found at www.cpa-ct.org 


Change brings opportunity.  We aim to use this transition to strengthen our organization and plan for the future.

Maureen Price-Boreland, our Executive Director for the past 21 years, has been appointed a Connecticut Superior Court Judge.  Her appointment reflects her remarkable leadership and credibility and our work at CPA during her tenure.  Her necessarily quick separation from CPA, given the dictates of the judicial nomination process, have left us to reflect on our own evolution.  The healthy organizational culture she fostered, our shared values and proud history and our readiness to adapt to changing cognitive science, public policy and funding strategies has prepared us to welcome and expect innovation and adaptation to a new style of leadership and a fresh strategic review.  

Perhaps most importantly we recognize that the science that informs our work, cognitive and trauma informed research and practice, is changing, with the promise of new methodologies and better and more lasting outcomes.  How this work is funded and evaluated is evolving, and how we best leverage our expertise, credibility and history in service to our traditional clientele, and other groups in need, must keep pace.

Our expertise, our healthy, collaborative organizational culture, our rich history and institutional memory and our commonly held values are great strengths.  An experienced leadership team, a dedicated and skilled staff and a board alert to supporting a new leader and a strategy we shape anew are eager to begin this dialogue.   We plan for our new Executive Director to lead us in a full strategic review early in his/her tenure.   

At the heart of our search is this question:  how do we hold true to our mission, our values and our commitment to service while also evolving and adapting to changing science, public policy and a competitive environment for program contracting and funding? We understand there are different, effective ways to accomplish these ends. 

We will invite our candidates to share their ideas about the way forward. Through a frank and collaborative dialogue, we aim to achieve common cause with our new leader.


The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational oversight by working with the Board of Directors and senior management team to establish and implement short and long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.  This includes the ability to build and sustain strong relationships with funders, key political and community constituents, colleagues and policy makers.  It is crucial that the Executive Director has the reputation, knowledge and competency to impact Human Service and Community Justice policy development in Connecticut. 

We seek a politically astute and financially savvy leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate and guide investment in people and systems; who has keen analytical, organizational, problem solving and emotional intelligence skills which support and enable sound decision making.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and the Board Chair, the Executive Director will have overall responsibility for the planning, implementation, administration and management of all agency programs, services and systems.  S/he will serve as an advisor to the Board on all agency matters and can expect the active involvement and support of its members.

The new Executive Director will be expected to work with the Board, staff, funders, policy makers and many stakeholders to enhance and continue the strategic evolution of CPA.  S/he will be the spokesperson for the organization in a wide and highly visible range of situations, providing confidence-inspiring leadership, mobilizing broad based support, and identifying and acting on opportunities for the growth and funding of the agency’s mission. 

Fundraising, developing institutional strategy, forming external relationships to bolster programmatic, communication and growth strategies and her/his role as the principal spokesperson for CPA will be central to this role. Working with the senior management team, the Executive Director is accountable to the Board for assuring that the agency’s activities achieve its service, advocacy, public policy, and performance and outcomes goals. 

With the support of the senior management team, the Executive Director is accountable for the fiscal health and management of the agency.  S/he oversees CPA's operating and capital budgets and maintains fiscal control over expenditures.  S/ he provides leadership in identifying sources of public and private support for its operations and capital development, actively meeting with potential donors and growing an expanded and robust network of supporters.

The Executive Director must be vigilant in sustaining CPA's commitment to team building and must be attentive to internal management within the organization, assuring that all parts of the organization are working toward the same goals.  Providing innovative, best quality services to those we serve is at the core of CPA's mission.  The Executive Director must provide both leadership and management as CPA intensifies its focus on best practice models of treatment, advocacy and efficient delivery of services, and must act with confidence, knowledge and wisdom on behalf of those we serve.


CPA is seeking an Executive Director who has an unswerving commitment to improving the lives of those we serve - someone who will command respect for his or her accomplishments and inspire broad-based, deeply felt commitment to the advancement of the agency’s mission.  Strong leadership, communication, fundraising and decision-making skills are critical to success in this position.  

While maintaining excellent relationships with government and traditional supporters, particularly Connecticut’s criminal and juvenile justice system, the Executive Director must also expand CPA’s connection and influence with major donors, foundations, academic and research institutions and the business community.  Integrity, strong written and oral communication skills and a passion for this important work is a fundamental requirement. 

The Executive Director will be a leader with extraordinary vision who is able to realize that vision through a rich interaction with the Board, staff and those the agency serves. The Executive Director must have values that are consistent with CPA’s culture and among the many individuals who make up CPA, that is based upon respect, trust, connectedness, entrepreneurship, high ethical standards, and must have a proven ability to encourage teamwork and collaboration among many individuals and organizations.

The new Executive Director must have a sophisticated understanding of the legal, social, educational and healthcare issues facing those we serve.  The ideal candidate must have experience working with local, State and national government agencies, including the Connecticut Judicial Branch and the Corrections Department, and policymaking and grant making systems, as well as with the leaders in these fields.  

Experience and skills in the management of a large complex agency, and in the effective oversight of finance, human resources, operations and systems, will be key.

A minimum of ten years’ experience in a senior leadership role is required. An advanced degree in social services, law, public policy, business or a related field is strongly preferred.


Salary and benefits for this position are competitive.  CPA is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be evaluated on a merit basis.

Resumes may be submitted in confidence to:

Ford Webb Associates

60 Thoreau Street

Concord, MA 01741


Email to cpa@fordwebb.com



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree