Executive Director

Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services (CARES) Northwest is a collaborative, community-based medical program whose mission is to stop child abuse and neglect through multidisciplinary prevention, medical evaluation, and ongoing treatment in partnership with our community.

CARES Northwest is an NCA-accredited hospital-based CAC. It provides medical assessments, forensic interviews, triage, advocacy and support services for thousands of children each year. Founded in 1987, the program is a collaborative effort among four of the region’s leading health systems — Kaiser Permanente, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Providence Children’s Health, and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. The primary service area is Multnomah and Washington Counties, where one-third of Oregon’s children reside.

In addition to child abuse intervention services, CARES Northwest has a robust trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy program, and a child abuse prevention program that reaches, in partnership with school districts, more than 20,000 children each year.

The Executive Director of CARES Northwest works to integrate services in order to maximize efficiency and quality. Responsibilities include:

  • strategic planning, operations, marketing, quality improvement and financial performance;
  • leadership to a team that includes medical providers, masters level mental health professionals and social workers, administrative staff and volunteers;
  • support to CARES Northwest Governing Board;
  • in collaboration with the Legacy Foundation team, ensuring financial viability through advocacy, grant writing, application to state and local government resources, building relationships with private donors;
  • arranging and participating in local and national forums to maintain the program’s visibility;
  • developing and maintaining linkages with community agencies to coordinate child abuse prevention, medical evaluation, and treatment efforts.

Education:  Master’s degree required.

Experience:  Minimum eight years progressively responsible professional and/or managerial experience within a health care environment. Demonstrated successful results in managing children’s services programs. Experience working in successful partnership with physicians.


  • Demonstrated ability in managing people in setting goals; giving appropriate support; and evaluating, directing, and holding employees accountable while maintaining high morale and productivity.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, plans and directions effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to facilitate and present in front of large groups.
  • Thorough understanding of current developments and trends in child maltreatment, healthcare management and areas of defined accountability. Knowledge of health care issues, demographics, financing and policy changes.
  • Leadership ability to work across systems to accomplish program objectives.
  • Organizational skills both to function independently and to work closely with other professionals using a team approach.
  • Judgment skills to make appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and to respond rapidly to changing priorities.

For more information and/or to apply, see job posting at Executive Director – CARES Northwest