VOICES for Alabama’s Children seeks an influential, inspirational and experienced Executive Director to provide strategic direction, focus and long-term vision for this statewide organization that ensures the well-being of Alabama’s Children through research, public awareness and advocacy.
For more than 25 years, VOICES has worked to ensure the well- being of Alabama’s children through research, public awareness and advocacy. Our vision is for all Alabama children to be safe, healthy, educated, and economically secure in order to reach their potential. We must ensure that every child is prepared from birth for school and life. VOICES is a non-partisan voice for Alabama’s children at the Statehouse and throughout the state, and focuses on policy, not politics, while working to improve children’s well-being.
VOICES is supported primarily by foundation grants, corporate contributions, organizational memberships and individual donations. It currently has a budget of approximately $800K and is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors. There are four staff members in addition to the Executive Director. For more information, see http://alavoices.org/ .
Some of the issues VOICES for Alabama’s Children has worked to address are:
Alabama Kids Count – VOICES’ annual data research project enables the organization toresearch, document and provide state trends and county level data on the well-being of children in each of Alabama’s 67 counties.
Healthy Food Financing – For the 1.8 million Alabamians living with low- to no-access to healthyfood options, VOICES worked to pass legislation that would create the Healthy Food Financing Initiative: a revolving loan fund that incentivizes food retailers to locate in underserved areas of our state.
Economic Security – VOICES has worked to reduce generational poverty by educatingAlabamians on the impact poverty has on a child, by raising awareness on Alabama’s budget and tax structure, and by advocating for policies and programs that reduce the economic strain on families so they can properly care for their children.
Advocacy – VOICES has a long history of advocating at the state and local levels on legislativeissues that affect children in their everyday lives. We encourage local participation to motivate parents and others to support passage of laws that improve lives of families and children statewide.
The Executive Director works in partnership with the Board to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and creates a strategic future for success. The Executive Director is the lead communicator and advocate for children, chief fundraiser and relationship manager for the organization. The Executive Director will initiate, nurture, and maintain relationships with community partners and coalitions, with volunteers, legislators, funders and stakeholders, as well as with Board and staff.
Leadership Outlook and Near-Term Priorities
The Executive Director provides leadership both inside and outside the organization, continually increasing VOICES’ mission impact. Toward these ends, our near-term priorities for the next 12-18 months include:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the executive director will provide leadership to the organization and manage its day-to-day affairs. Primary responsibilities include:
Experience and Attributes
The ideal candidate for this position must have a passion for our mission and strong communications, policy, leadership and management skills. S/he must excel at balancing internal management with external impact and visibility, and must ensure that the organization is fiscally and programmatically sound. S/he will bring a variety of experience and attributes to VOICES, including the following highly desirable professional and personal traits:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
VOICES for Alabama’s Children is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.