Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (dba Community Action Lehigh Valley, or CACLV), the leading anti-poverty, social justice organization in the Lehigh Valley, seeks a passionate Executive Director to assume leadership of an agency that has distinguished itself over that past four decades by identifying existing and emerging factors that lead to poverty and developing innovative solutions to mitigate those factors throughout the Lehigh Valley. CACLV’s next Executive Director will succeed current executive Alan Jennings, who will retire in May 2021 after serving CACLV for 40 years and leading it for 30 years.
A year after the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law in 1964, the Lehigh Valley Community Council began to call on the federal government to commit resources in the Lehigh Valley to join the fight in the War on Poverty. The mission of CACLV is to improve the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. CACLV innovates, instigates, and challenges itself and its community to make the community a better place for those left out. Deep relationships with senior government officials, business leaders, and non-profits in the Lehigh Valley, along with a deep understanding of powerful tools such as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and numerous government and private grant programs such as the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), allow CACLV to promote, support, and advocate for the stability, self-sufficiency, and success of all people in the community through the following focus areas:
Food and Nutrition: CACLV operates Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, an affiliate of Feeding America, and administers supplemental nutrition programs, The Seed Farm, and anti-poverty advocacy initiatives.
Housing: CACLV improves the quality of the housing stock and encourages home ownership through numerous programs and services including Sixth Street Shelter/Turner Street Apartments/Ferry Street Apartments, Home Ownership, Community Action Better Homes, and Housing Improvement.
Neighborhood Revitalization: CACLV helps neighborhoods thrive through subsidiaries Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, and a regionally funded initiative known as Slate Belt Rising.
Business Start-Up and Development: CACLV supports entrepreneurs in the process of establishing or growing their own small businesses through subsidiary Rising Tide Community Loan Fund and a program known as Start Your Own Business.
Youth: CACLV empowers youth through the She Has Everything (SHE) program that assists girls in developing life skills that promote an interest in academic success and Generation Next that seeks to increase the college admission rate for lower-income high school graduates.
Advocacy: CACLV raises its voice through crisis response and policy in harmony with those who face injustice, despair, alienation, and a lack of opportunity, and is currently driving frank, action-oriented conversations about race among the Lehigh Valley’s most prominent leaders in industry, government, and education through the agency’s Color Outside the Lines and Campaign for Racial and Ethnic Justice initiatives.
COVID-19 Response: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act which increased funding for the Community Services Block Grant, CACLV’s core funding. CACLV’s increased allocation from $1.4 million to $2.2 million enabled the agency to begin organizing in a challenged neighborhood on Bethlehem’s north side. It also enabled CACLV to expand and strengthen existing programs like SHE and Community Action Better Homes.
Governed by a 24-member board of directors and with a staff of 100, CACLV is an amalgamation of programs and four separately incorporated subsidiaries. The organization’s total FY21 budget is $30M, comprised of $13M in donated food, $7M in income from programs and services, $8M in government funding, and $2M in corporate, nonprofit, and foundation grants. CACLV has $9M in physical assets, primarily real estate, and $1 million in reserves. For more information, please visit https://www.caclv.org/.
During fiscal year 2019-2020, CACLV grew as an organization from $27 million to $30 million in revenue. As part of this growth, in 2020, CACLV and its subsidiaries:
See CACLV’s annual report for a more extensive list of CACLV’s accomplishments.
The new Executive Director will be passionate about leading and advancing the organization’s mission, will provide sound fiscal management, and will sustain positive relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, partners, and other stakeholders. S/he will relish the opportunity to advance CACLV’s mission by leveraging the agency’s substantial operational assets consisting of deep relationships, well-established programs, dedicated and experienced staff, and a solid operational budget.
The new Executive Director will not only maintain and grow existing programs, but will also lead the agency to recognize new challenges and new approaches to old challenges. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will:
Experience and Attributes
Ideal candidates for this position will share CACLV’s commitment to social and economic justice for the community and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the role, including, but not limited to:
About the Lehigh Valley
Located 90 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, Lehigh Valley is a two-county region (Lehigh and Northampton) in eastern Pennsylvania comprised of 62 distinct municipalities and three cities: Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. With a population approaching 700,000 in the two counties, the Lehigh Valley is the 70th largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States. Lehigh Valley has a balanced and diversified economy across unique settings, from rural to urban environments and everything in between.
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (dba Community Action Lehigh Valley, or CACLV), the leading anti-poverty, social justice organization in the Lehigh Valley, seeks a passionate Executive Director to assume leadership of an…
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CACLV provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy or recent childbirth or related medical condition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, the use of a guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of any individual, citizenship, veteran or military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, possession of a GED instead of a high school diploma, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local laws.
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