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Executive Director

Company: The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Date Posted: December 18, 2016


The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA) is the premier organization in the Hudson Valley for children and family support, addressing the epidemic of child abuse and human trafficking through prevention services and education.

For over 40 years, CPCA has provided essential resources including court-mandated family intervention and counseling, educational training and support for parents of all ages, in-depth abuse prevention including in-school programs and advocacy, as well as programming focused on the overall care and support for children.

The Center’s programs impact thousands of youth, teens, adults, families and educators. In 2015, the Center served 20,000 people throughout the Hudson Valley.  With an operating budget of $1.2 million per year, the CPCA relies on individual and corporate donations and grants to fund these programs. The Personal Safety Program, Special Needs Parenting Program, Parent Empowerment Program, and Teen Parenting Program provide the socialization, skills, and education to strengthen the families served.

Under the umbrella of the CPCA, the Child Advocacy Center is a facility of co-located child protection services and law enforcement agencies that investigate specific child abuse allegations in Dutchess County. Community education and mandated reporter training are other services the Center provides.

In partnership with State and local authorities, CPCA’s vision is to end child abuse and human trafficking and to provide parents and families with the tools and knowledge to provide safe, caring and nurturing environments for their children. 

For additional information on The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, please visit the website at:



The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for driving the strategic growth of the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA) while overseeing the daily operations.

This individual will be a fundraiser, advocate, and skilled communicator to advance the mission of the CPCA. The ED must be a passionate spokesperson representing the CPCA within the community and state to promote and sustain the agency’s services and programming.

The Executive Director works in close collaboration with community agencies and leaders, aligning services with the needs of a diverse population. The ED maintains positive relationships with all constituents while assessing the viability of current programs based on community needs and budget constraints.

Building and leading a dynamic and cohesive team while developing staff members to their highest potential are essential components of this position.  A skilled team leader and a team player, the ED understands the power of delegation and accountability by setting clear goals and expectations for all employees.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director works with the Board to ensure that the CPCA is fiscally, ethically and administratively sound to promote sustainability. Also, the Executive Director advises and educates board members, leveraging their expertise to support the mission of the organization.



Experienced Manager

Skilled in supervision and management of staff, in budgeting and financial management, in developing and executing strategic plans, and efficiently aligning and maximizing resources.

Leading and Managing Change

Able to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; helping others to manage organizational change successfully.

Politically Astute Networker and Collaborator

Proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with community groups, organizations and agencies at the local and state level.  Demonstrated ability to collaborate and strengthen partnerships with others inside and outside the organization. 

Exceptional Communication Skills

Capacity to communicate persuasively and passionately in writing and verbally while demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills.

Success in Raising Funds

Able to increase and diversify funding from a wide range of sources; including corporations, foundations, county/state/federal funding, and individual donors. Serve as leader and spokesperson for the organization to initiate dialogues with prospective funders, and maintain high visibility at public events.

Strategic Thinker, Visionary

Skilled in setting strategic direction inspiring Board and staff while being able to identify and respond quickly and creatively to growth opportunities.

Respectful, Inclusive and Effective Leader and Developer of Staff

Able to inspire, develop and empower staff and create a productive team-based culture that welcomes diversity and respect.  Consistently evaluate and groom staff for their professional development and the growth of the organization.


In addition to the skills enumerated above, the Executive Director candidate must have the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters preferred - Advocacy experience desired.
  • Minimum of 8 years leadership experience, not for profit experience preferred.
  • Direct fundraising experience in soliciting, securing funding and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector.  
  • Financial acumen with demonstrated ability to make fiscally sound and responsible decisions.


The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is committed to equal opportunity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law.

 Please send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Carol Gordon at: