Apply now to be the Executive Director of Zoey’s Place CAC

Being Executive Director at Zoey’s Place Child Advocacy Center means having lots of responsibilities in a small non-profit organization. You’ll be responsible for furthering our mission to reduce trauma, seek justice, and foster hope and healing for abused and neglected children and their non-offending caregivers.

What do I need to be considered for this position?

  • A Master’s degree is preferred, but at minimum you need a Bachelor’s degree in social services, nonprofit management or a related field.
  • Five years of professional experience leading and administering a team or organization.
  • A strong understanding of financial, administrative, and personnel management.
  • Grant writing experience.

Most importantly, you need to have a deep understanding of child welfare and development, how to relate to kids and families in a professional manner, and have a desire to help children and families improve their quality of life — often during the most traumatic moment of their lives.

Forensic interviews and victim advocacy are our core service at Zoey’s Place. You don’t need to be a forensic interviewer or victim advocate to apply. But you will need to conduct interviews and understand these core functions as part of your work. Once hired, you’ll begin receiving the necessary training to become a forensic interviewer and victim advocate.

What is it like working at Zoey’s Place?

As Executive Director you’ll report to the Board of Directors. You’ll also manage one other person who works as the primary forensic interviewer. Together, you’ll work hard to make sure every child that comes through our doors — about 10-15 a month — are your top priority. 

You’ll work closely with a multidisciplinary team (MDT) that includes law enforcement and investigators at all levels, prosecutors, Indiana Department of Child Services caseworkers, physicians and/or nurses, and mental health professionals.

A day at Zoey’s Place might include:

  • Serving as a Victim Advocate in some cases.
  • Conducting a portion of forensic interviews.
  • Visiting a local service club to talk about Zoey’s Place and encourage them to volunteer or donate.
  • Managing requests from staff for time off or building maintenance issues.
  • Writing a grant proposal to help further the CAC’s mission.
  • Reviewing budget and board reports or requests.
  • Talking with a journalist about the CAC’s work and community needs.
  • Discussing case needs with law enforcement, Department of Child Services caseworkers, and prosecutors.
  • Visiting a local school to talk about body safety and child abuse prevention to students or faculty.

What else should I know?

CACs are Level 1 Emergency Response facilities, meaning you may need to conduct a forensic interview late at night or on weekends during emergencies. Many fundraisers and outreach events will also occur during evenings and weekends.

You’ll work in a small team that can grow to match your ambition if you find the funding. You’ll meet with local and state leaders, investigators, and supporters often. You’ll also learn from your colleagues at Indiana’s 28 other CACs.

This job might not be a great fit for you if:

  • You’re unable to be available during nights and weekends for emergency cases or events.
  • You’ve never led or managed a team, a budget, or organization before.
  • You don’t have much or any experience working with kids and teens.
  • You’re uncomfortable asking people for help, funding, or writing grant applications.

How do I apply?

We’ve set up a form for you to submit your resume and answer a few questions. You can start your application now. Only complete applications submitted online will be considered.

  • A complete job description is listed above.
  • Pay is $50,000-$65,000 a year, commensurate with experience. This amount could include a $3,000 health insurance stipend. The CAC’s budget is firm, and so are these numbers.
  • Applications and resumes are due by January 4, 2023 at 4:00pm. Only completed applications and resumes will be considered.

If you have questions, email board@zoeysplacecac.org.

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