Senior Associate, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Starting salary is commensurate with experience




701 St. Paul Street
United States


Position Summary

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is recruiting for a senior-level professional to join its Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. The successful candidate should have experience in human services (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, health or education), with an emphasis on working with, or on behalf of, older youth.   

The senior associate will report to the director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and may have supervisory responsibilities for program associates and assistants, administrative support, interns and a cadre of consultants from across the country.  


• With the director, manage operations for the initiative across multistate and multisite strategies and serve as point person for all site work

• Manage day-to-day operations of the initiative, including coordination of work among the national team, consultants and sites

• Manage and support site liaisons in all aspects of their work

• Coordinate submission of results and equity plans from sites and monitor performance measures

• Devise and implement national activities aligned with desired results and performance measures for the initiative

• Lead the Jim Casey Initiative’s work to develop and implement practice-based site tools 

• Support all data collection, research and evaluation efforts

• Serve as program officer for all grants and contracts

• Coordinate annual convening of sites, other conferences and symposiums and cross-site learning community  

• Provide extensive content expertise on practice, strategies and overall reform efforts for older youth affected by public systems

• Lead work on the extension of foster care beyond age 18, including identifying and implementing practices at the national and local level

• Provide direction and guidance to technical assistance providers on all strategies 

• Support Results CountTM hub work and provide technical assistance around results-based tools and frameworks

• Collaborate with Foundation leaders to promote focus on older youth and foster positive relationships with stakeholders such as policymakers, target communities, providers, other philanthropies and the general public

• Provide technical assistance to grantees, including conducting orientation sessions for new grantees, convening and leading workshops and facilitating roundtable discussions

• Establish collaborative working relationships with grantees so that opportunities for enhancement and/or midcourse modification can be made efficiently and effectively

• Assist the director in developing the annual budget, including developing and monitoring portfolio and grantee budgets and performance measures

• Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender

• Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles and programs

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


• Bachelor’s degree with at least 12 years of experience in a human service field (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, etc.), with a minimum three years of management experience in a human service field that must include supervisory responsibilities and operational oversight of budgets and strategic planning 

• Strong administrative and organizational skills to implement and oversee complex multisite projects, as well as seasoned judgment, compelling communication skills and sound interpersonal diplomacy to collaborate with a broad range of partners

• Proven ability to work effectively independently and as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team

Essential Skills and Abilities

• In-depth knowledge of system reform, practice and strategy implementation

• Extensive experience working in community settings or with system leaders in child welfare, juvenile justice, school systems, mental health or other human service fields 

• Demonstrated ability in strategy development, work plan development, multitasking and delivering quality work on time

• Demonstrated knowledge in areas related to economic success for older youth, such as working with youth in postsecondary efforts (workforce, college, trade school, etc.) and permanence for older youth

• Demonstrated knowledge of Results-Based AccountabilityTM and leadership frameworks and tools

• Exceptional writing, public speaking and presentation skills, including experience presenting complex subject matter to nonexpert audiences and presenting strategic and complex information to high-level decision makers

• Experience crossing boundaries of race, class, ethnicity and personal philosophy and the capacity to work effectively with a broad range of constituencies

• Willingness to travel throughout the United States as much as 50 percent of the time 

• Strong analytical skills

• Demonstrated ability to build relationships in the field and to engage co-investors

• Ability to work collaboratively across the Foundation


A strong benefits package will be provided.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply online at

For additional information, contact:

Jestine May, Human Resources Specialist

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

503 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21201