Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


Our firm, POLIHIRE, has been retained by CASA DC (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of the District of Columbia) to lead the search for their next Executive Director. CASA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to promote court appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child in the DC foster care system can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive. This mission is carried out through the recruitment, training and support of volunteer advocates (CASA volunteers) who serve youth in DC.

The Executive Director serves as the leader and primary spokesperson for CASA. This position identifies and pursues strategic opportunities to increase the profile of CASA among current and potential funders and partners (corporations and grant entities) and policymakers, and monitors fiscal processes, resource development, and grants administration. The Executive Director facilitates opportunities for program growth and development, directs and supervises all staff and contractors, monitors and evaluates the agency program results for compliance with national standards, and provides technical assistance to the Board Directors in fulfilling its governance function. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans, including the definition of strategic and financial objectives, resource requirement, time frames, and implementation in collaboration with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is also responsible for ensuring compliance with funding agreements or contracts and compliance with regulatory requirements, including fiscal controls, insurance, officer liability, and business coverage. While ensuring the financial integrity of CASA and directing all accounting and auditing activities, other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the organization and its programs against established strategic goals and objectives;
  • Reviewing results with staff and taking appropriate action as necessary;
  • Developing organizational policies for approval by the Board of Directors;
  • Ensures the development of an effective management team, with provision for succession; and
  • Maintaining a climate that attracts, motivates and retains quality professionals and volunteers.

In collaboration with the President of the Board, the Executive Director is also responsible for:

  • Developing agendas for meetings;
  • Informing the Board and the President on the condition of the organization and all factors influencing it;
  • Making recommendations for the composition of the Board and its committee; and
  • Actively cultivating new relationships with political leaders, corporate executives and other funding sources to meet CASA’s revenue and program goals.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree or equivalent education. This position requires seven years of related and progressive experience. A minimum of five years of supervisory experience is required at an advocacy or non-profit organization. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will have broad, deep experience in running an organization, managing a large and diverse team, fundraising, budgeting, and creating innovative programmatic and partnership initiatives. The successful candidate should also have solid relationship in the DC area with corporate and government leaders, the media, and philanthropic entities (local and national). Experience in child welfare or related fields is a plus.

To Apply:

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For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your resume to: CASADC_ED@polihire.com To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line. Please submit your resume in WORD format. This position is open until filled; however, first review of applications will take place in early November.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree