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Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:05 AM


Advocates for Children & Youth, a non-profit organization that promotes effective policies and investments to improve the lives of Maryland’s children, youth and families, is seeking a visionary, energetic leader with keen political instincts and solid relationship building skills to lead this statewide organization.

The Organization

Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 30 year track record of promoting effective policies and funding to improve the lives of Maryland’s children, youth and families. We are a powerful nonpartisan voice within the public policy arena, community and media to ensure that all children are safe, healthy, educated and secure in their families and communities.

ACY’s mission is to identify problems, promote policies and programs that improve results for Maryland children in measurable and meaningful ways, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and policies for the state’s children and youth.

ACY believes that all children in Maryland have the right to the basics – education,

health, safety and economic security. We advocate for children and youth in our state by:

Researching issues affecting children in Maryland in our core areas of health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare, applying the lens of economic sufficiency and racial disparities to each issue;
Responding to trends and new information and decisions by policy makers;
Publishing Issue Briefs and other publications that bring to light policies and policy decisions that affect children;
Communicating with agency department heads, legislators, and elected officials to address policies and decisions affecting children in Maryland;
Speaking out to mainstream and other media to identify issues and solutions, build consensus, and promote decision making that beneficially affects children;
Building ACY’s communication and social media presence to foster awareness of issues affecting children and identify and advance innovative solutions; and
Building effective solution-centered coalitions to advance policies in the best interests of children and youth.
Governed by a volunteer board of directors, ACY is a respected, independent source of unbiased research and analysis, and an experienced and persuasive advocate. ACY’s annual budget of $1 million supports a dedicated staff of 10. The organization is based in Baltimore, Maryland, and houses the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count project for Maryland. ACY is a member of Partnership for America’s Children. ACY does not accept government funds. Foundation support is 90% of ACY’s funding; 10% is from corporate and individual donors. For more information, please visit:

The Position

The opportunity and challenge facing the new ACY Executive Director is building on and shaping the next chapter in ACY’s story. The successful candidate will ensure ACY continues to develop and advance policies and investments that are true to its mission, maintains a strong reputation and builds strong relationships with peers, service providers and government officials. The Executive Director must be an outstanding fundraiser and communicator who is willing to devote a significant portion of time to strengthening the organization with an eye toward growth and stability.

Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director should be an influential leader with a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues ACY seeks to address. S/he will have the primary responsibility for advancing its vision and strategic direction.

Policy Priorities for FY 2018 include:

Education: Learning and Thriving In the Classroom
Health: Getting Healthy
Child Welfare: Improving Well-Being for Foster Youth
Juvenile Justice: Safe Youth, Safe Communities
Economic Sufficiency: Families Taking Care of Families

Major Responsibilities

Advances and oversees implementation of ACY’s strategic vision.
Builds and strengthens ACY’s fundraising practices, raising funds from foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
Builds and manages strong, collaborative relationships with key organizations and leaders,
Builds ACY’s public image.
Develop a strategic marketing plan that provides a clear and consistent message about ACY and ensure sustained public and media relations to increase the collaborative visibility and presence in the community, as appropriate.
Educates and advocates for policy change within state government.
Encourages the engagement of the board of directors.
Oversees the organization’s financial operations with integrity.
Ensures the staff is well managed, supervised and coordinated.

Twelve to 18 month priorities for the next Executive Director include:

Thoroughly understand ACY – its history, values, mission, programs, finances, staff and board structure. Establish relationships with ACY current board and staff and partner organizations and funders.
Broaden ACY’s (and your own) visibility and credibility with key allies, government officials, and funders.
Ensure ACY raises its annual budget and expands its funding.
Building on the planning work recently conducted by staff and board, examine and shape ACY’s three year strategies and develop (with the staff) clear implementation plans for advancing ACY’s purpose and strategic directions.Work with staff and board to develop and focus on clear priorities; determine whether or not to adjust those priorities in order to take advantage of key opportunities.
Build and empower the staff.Review and adjust the transitional management structure and adjust or reaffirm the division of labor among staff as needed.

The Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for this position must have strong communications, policy, leadership and management skills. S/he must excel at balancing internal management with external impact and visibility, and will ensure that the organization is fiscally and programmatically sound and strategically advancing its purpose and goals. S/he will bring a variety of experience and attributes to ACY, including:

Commitment to ACY’s core purpose and principles, and support of the basic direction outlined by staff and board;
Exceptional skill in persuasive communications (verbal and written) and an ability to educate, inspire, persuade, and motivate a variety of key audiences including the media, allies, and donors;
Demonstrated experience and success in bi-partisan advocacy for policies that improve the lives of children and families;
Knowledge of and experience with state government and the legislative process, particularly the budget process.Ideally, candidates would have experience in Maryland;
Knowledge of and experience with public policy issues concerning the needs of children and families in Maryland, and the proven ability to help formulate new and imaginative strategies for identifying and achieving important public policy reforms;
Proven results in raising funds from both foundations and major donors;
Proven capacity to work in collaboration with and negotiate complex relationships with multi-partner organizations;
Effective leadership skills, staff and organizational management skills.Ability to attract and maintain a strong and diverse staff.Experience supervising and mentoring experienced personnel;
Has an advanced degree in human services, public administration, law, or equivalent and has a minimum of five years of senior management experience; and
Is willing to work long hours when needed while maintaining a sense of humor.

Application Process

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, email cover letter detailing your interest and how your skills match, resume and salary expectations to

For more information, contact Ginna Goodenow at Communications will be confidential. Resume review begins immediately and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Relocation assistance is not available.

ACY is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly believe that ACY benefits from the perspectives and talents of a racially and culturally diverse staff.

• Location: Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

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