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Executive Director, Allies for Children

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Allies for Children is seeking an experienced individual to serve as Executive Director with a track record of successful leadership in influencing public policy at the local, state or federal levels. This advocacy leader will possess strong management and relationship-building skills, coalition-building and communication skills, political acumen, and an ability to secure the resources required to advance the organization’s mission of serving as a strong, unified voice for the interests of children and youth in the Pittsburgh region. Additionally, experience with issues relating to children is strongly preferred.

The Executive Director of Allies for Children is an exempt, full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors. This is a new organization, and therefore the Executive Director must be able to lead a start-up organization and possess experience raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations and other community organizations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop the organizational structure, as well as the policies and the investments that enable Allies for Children to execute its mission and vision. This includes the initial staff hiring, branding, development, management and growth of the organization.

Above all else, the ideal candidate for this role has a proven track record of mobilizing an agenda and convincing others to institute significant public policy, funding, or procedural changes involving a governmental entity, coupled with a demonstrated passion for children. An ethical and values-oriented leader, this individual has integrity and builds trust with others. Additionally, this individual has a blend of the following:

*A proven leadership capacity to influence public policy with strategies that include coalition building and mobilization efforts. Understanding of local, state and federal government processes, particularly the budgetary and regulatory activities of government.

*Strong communication skills (verbal and written); experience with public and media relations. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to develop and deploy all current social media and communication tools to engender support of stakeholders.

*Excellent financial management skills; ability to multi-task and organize and to manage and lead in a start-up environment.

*Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with board members, staff, partner organizations, elected officials, and other civic leaders.

*Preferred candidates will have a passion for and demonstrated commitment to enhancing the quality of life of children and youth.

*Demonstrated success in a management level position, preferably 10 years or more.

*Proven ability to raise funds from major donors and foundations.

*Demonstrated behavioral competencies that include:
--Decision quality – uses analysis, wisdom, experience, data and judgment
--Perseverance – doesn’t give up in the face of resistance, and is comfortable working alone at times
--Conflict management – comfortable working with paradox, ambiguity, or divergent viewpoints
--Political savvy – can maneuver through complex political situations effectively, and at times quietly
--Managing vision and purpose – can see and plan for the future while not being overwhelmed by daily responsibilities
--Negotiating – can be direct and forceful as well as diplomatic and knows when to employ each tactic
--Presentation/communication skills – is effective in a variety of presentation settings using multiple communication tools

*Preferred candidates will possess a graduate degree in business, social work, law, public administration or a related field. An undergraduate degree is the minimum acceptable education level.

This position includes a competitive six-figure salary range, which is commensurate with experience and consistent with organizations similar in size, scope and scale. Employment benefits are included. The administrative offices are located in the beautiful Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Advocating for a cause is demanding and doesn’t always happen during business hours, and as such a laptop and smart phone are included.

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The deadline for application submittal is Friday, March 8, 2013 and resume reviews will begin immediately.

Allies for Children is an equal opportunity employer.

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