Posted Feb 28
Child Welfare Organizing Project

Executive Director

New York, NY, United States Full Time

CWOP, founded in 1995, is a self-help and advocacy organization of parents who have had contact with the New York City child welfare system. Most of our staff are parents who have had children placed in foster care, succeeded in reuniting their own families, help other parents facing similar challenges, to organize for system change. Our Board consists of parents and professionals who are actively engaged and committed to CWOP’s mission.

Mission: Through organized client involvement and collective advocacy both inside and independent of the system, the Child Welfare Organizing Project will change / transform the quality of services provided to New York City families through the New York City child welfare system.


Reporting to and working closely with the Board, the Executive Director will guide and motivate a dedicated staff. It is expected that the Executive Director will be a leader and manager who will serve as an advocate, spokesperson, and enthusiastic fundraiser on behalf of CWOP with a variety of stakeholders, including government, donors, elected and civic leaders, practitioners, other nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, the media and the general public.

• Thoroughly embrace CWOP’s – mission, history, culture and programs; and understand the organization’s finances, sources of support and its potential;

• Maintain and strengthen parent involvement in CWOP’s advocacy and services;

• Play a proactive role in expanding CWOP’s funding base, recruiting new donors and other sources of revenue; ensure that appropriate systems are in place;

• Serve as an enthusiastic and visible advocate and spokesperson for CWOP and its programs; work with staff to strengthen marketing and communications efforts in order to expand awareness and support of CWOP’s mission;

• Manage CWOP in a fiscally responsible manner, strengthening financial oversight


The Executive Director should have a strong interest in, knowledge of and commitment to organizing and advocacy in child welfare.

• Personal experience with child welfare and/or juvenile justice a plus.

• Some college or College Degree Required, graduate degree in a relevant field considered a plus.

Applicants should email a cover letter describing their strengths and salary requirements, a resume, and a brief writing sample (3 pages at most) to: Applications will be held in the strictest confidence. CWOP is an Affirmative Action Employer.

Salary, hours and benefits to be negotiated. ED begins part time.

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