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Northwest Resource Associates


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Published 12 days ago

$110,000 - $130,000

The Northwest Resource Associates (NWRA) Board of Directors has begun the search for an Executive Director passionate about bettering the lives of children and families and improving child welfare systems. After the successful tenure and upcoming spring retirement of the founding Executive Director, we are looking to hear from individuals who believe they have the passion and the strengths to sustain and expand the organization’s success. While candidates should have a well-rounded executive skill set, the Board is especially interested in hearing from leaders who have experience reaffirming organizational vision, providing leadership, setting programmatic priorities, and actively participating in organizational management.


The Organization

NWRA (www.nwresource.org) is a multi-faceted non-profit agency that provides an array of services for the child welfare community, with a primary focus on the areas of adoption, foster care, and caregiver support. We provide a resource of knowledge and expertise to strengthen the work of organizations and programs that promote and enhance the welfare, health and safety of children, individuals, families and communities.

With 39 employees in five offices in three states, we have been successfully designing, developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating high-performing programs since 1980. The organization is largely funded through contracts and grants with public agencies and has an approximate annual operating budget of over 3.5 million.

Some of NWRA’s current programs include:

AdoptUSKids - Digital Media Team (www.adoptuskids.org)

Alaska Center for Resource Families (www.acrf.org)

Northwest Adoption Exchange (www.nwae.org)

Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (www.oare-kids.org)

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (www.orparc.org)

Washington Adoption Resource Exchange (www.warekids.org)

Our programs regularly empower children, families, and professionals to navigate existing child welfare systems. From providing families with much needed training and support, to connecting children with the adoptive families they deserve, NWRA is in an exciting period of partnership and innovation with public child welfare agencies. To continue this success, NWRA seeks a leader who will develop and grow collaborative and responsive strategies and partnerships to improve outcomes for foster and adoptive families while maintaining an organization that nurtures and tends to its work force.


The Position

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, and management of the organization. Specific areas of focus include strategic leadership, financial and program oversight, resource development, and human resource management. This position is located in our downtown Seattle office and requires approximately 4-6 out of state travel opportunities a year.


Essential Functions:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Works closely with the Board of Directors and agency staff to assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Supports the Board of Directors by informing, assessing, and addressing issues that affect the organization.
  • Leads with a shared vision that aligns multiple programs while honoring the differences among the unique stakeholders and populations served.

Financial and Program Oversight:

  • Annually works with the CFO and Program Directors to compile and submit the organization’s budget for Board approval.
  • Meets regularly with Program Directors to review project activities, future planning, grant or contract compliance, personnel and supervisory issues, and other project needs or issues.
  • Provides leadership by ensuring that individual programs align with organizational goals.
  • Represent the organization in the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, serving as a strategic adviser and liaising with five additional organizations in this national collaboration.

Resource Development:

  • Identify and capitalize on new programming, grant writing and fundraising opportunities.
  • Strengthen and diversify funding sources while sustaining positive relationships with current funders.
  • Develop the necessary public relationships, communications and marketing strategies to assure the organization and its programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization.

Human Resource Management:

  • Establish and implement organizational policies and procedures, with the advice and approval of the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee the administration of employee benefit and assistance programs.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, evaluation and management of all Program Directors and the CFO.
  • Sustain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a staff of top quality people.


Requirements

  • Master’s degree and at least five years experience in a leadership capacity in the non-profit or public sector, ideally in child welfare.
  • Demonstrated abilities in financial management, supervision, community relations, and project development and implementation.
  • Track record of building and sustaining effective partnerships.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, regional, and local agencies and foundations.
  • Proven experience integrating evidence-based practice or industry best practice into programming, fundraising, and grant writing opportunities.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally.

The Northwest Resource Associates (NWRA) Board of Directors has begun the search for an Executive Director passionate about bettering the lives of children and families and improving child welfare systems. After the successful tenure…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Executive

Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position based in our Downtown Seattle office with a salary range of $110,000 - $130,000 depending on experience.

Our organization offers excellent benefits, including paid vacation, sick and safe leave; ORCA pass; a SEP IRA with employer contribution; fully paid medical insurance options, dental, vision, disability, life and long-term disability insurance.

This is a full time, exempt position based in our Downtown Seattle office with a salary range of $110,000 - $130,000 depending on experience.

Our organization offers excellent benefits…

How to Apply

The position is open until filled with a priority application deadline of February 28th. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin in March. To be considered, please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter to apply@nwresource.org. Questions about the position or process should also be submitted to apply@nwresource.org.

Northwest Resource Associates believes in a diverse workplace. We are an organization that is passionate about inclusive and affirming policy and practice and has received the All Children - All Families Solid Foundation for Inclusion seal from the Human Rights Campaign. We welcome and encourage applications from alumni of care and qualified individuals of every race, national origin, religion, age, disability or ability status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

The position is open until filled with a priority application deadline of February 28th. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin…

Location

701 5th Avenue, Suite 1230, Seattle, WA 98104

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