Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center

Mount Nittany Health System is seeking a leader to serve as the Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).  The CAC is a non-profit organization that provides a community-based, child-focused center to facilitate a compassionate and multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention, identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse, focused on the well-being of the child. The team works together to make each child feel safe and secure, and to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to share their accounts of reported abuse, neglect, or other crimes. During a visit to the Children's Advocacy Center, children share their stories as part of an investigation and begin their journey to healing. The Children's Advocacy Center of Centre County became fully operational on February 21, 2014 and is an entity within the Mount Nittany Health System.                                                              

As a member of the leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO and working with the CAC Board of Directors, you will be responsible for overall leadership and management of the CAC including program development and management, initiative planning and evaluation, policy development and administration, fundraising and outreach, employee and financial management and community relations while working across multiple disciplines within the CAC in the identification, investigation, response and treatment of abuse reports.

Some specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Overall CAC Leadership and Board Relations, consistent with professional behaviors and leadership skills that are in support of the vision, mission, and philosophy of the CAC and Mount Nittany Health.
  • Collaborate with the CAC Board and CAC Advisory Committee to ensure the needs of the community are being met.
  • Serve as an active member of the PA Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams.
  • Establish and maintain sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Provide training within the community on identification, reporting, prevention and evaluation of child maltreatment. 
  • Network with and represent the CAC to national, state and local organizations related to child abuse issues in order to ensure that CAC policies, procedures and services delivery is consistent with current knowledge, research and practice standards.
  • CAC Program oversight includes, forensic interviewing, case coordination, case tracking and review and medical exams.
  • Oversee long and short-range planning activities for CAC programming and assists in the identification and development of new services and programs.
  • Develop and implement annual and long-term funding plans and secure sufficient funding to assure financial resources for all CAC activities and provide overall financial management of the CAC.
  • Motivate and inspire team members and promote a positive work environment.

The Executive Director will lead the CAC in its mission to provide a compassionate, multi-disciplinary environment for protecting the well-being of children.  A successful candidate will demonstrate passion and commitment, fulfilling the mission through a demonstrated history of strong leadership, excellent communication skills, successful fundraising, the ability to foster strong working relationships with multi-disciplinary and diverse groups and the ability to build community awareness and outreach.  He/she must have three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in leadership/management in a human service field (social services, public policy), preferably in a non-profit organization or other governmental organization.  He/she must have a Master’s degree or other advanced degree in Administration, Management, Social Work, Counseling, Criminal Justice or related field and experience with grant writing, fundraising and budgeting preferred.