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Director of Development

Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is expanding our robust fundraising efforts by bringing on a Director of Development. This critical role is perfect for a seasoned fundraiser who can attract and cultivate meaningful donor relationships. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will design, develop and implement a comprehensive major donor and corporate giving program to secure gifts from new and existing major donors. Successful candidates will passionately lift up our mission to ensure a safe and permanent home for every child through donor identification, cultivation, personal solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects, with an emphasis on closing gifts of 4-figure and 5-figure levels (and higher).

We seek a results-driven, dynamic professional to successfully build relationships with major donors and reach fundraising goals. The Director of Development is responsible for supporting organizational efforts to strategically seek funding from individual donors, corporations, banks, government sources, foundations and other philanthropic organizations to further CASA’s mission. In collaboration with senior management, this role will work with cross-functional teams to provide strategic insight, and specifically manage, execute, and write proposals which includes progress reporting and database tracking.

The Director of Development develops and manages a portfolio of key donors through a moves management process, leading them on a donor journey to maximize their lifetime value.

Job Duties:

  • Thoughtfully Plan. Create a plan of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship and then faithfully and on a timely basis, execute that plan to retain and upgrade supporters (both individuals, organizations, corporate and foundations).

  • Research. Developing and identifying new funding opportunities with individuals, corporations, foundations, banks and government sources by providing recommendations and briefings to the Executive Director.

  • Cultivate + Solicit. Build relationships with donors and ask them to make 4 & 5-figure+ contributions, write and submit proposals when needed and, when appropriate, name Passaic County CASA as a beneficiary in their estate planning. Write and edit persuasive, clear, and accurate grant proposals and reports, and oversee full submission packages including tailored budgets and financial reports when required.

  • Steward. Communicate with, educate, inspire and celebrate donors to give consistently and additionally through annual fundraising campaigns.

  • Achieve Results. Be accountable and responsible for fundraising results.

  • Track. Ensure that information regarding donors and prospective donors learned in the course of cultivation is maintained in the donor database.

  • Learn. Attend fundraising seminars and/or trainings that are relevant to the position and to the organization’s overall mission.

  • Guide. Lead the organization through best practices in philanthropy in conjunction with leadership staff.

  • Collaborate. Play an active role in the Senior Leadership Team to provide strategic guidance to colleagues and information as requested. Perform other duties as assigned by organization leadership.

Qualifications of a successful candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree with advanced degree or training in related subject a plus

  • At least 5 years of on-point experience, preferably in nonprofit development, communications, or public/corporate relations, and a proven track record of raising major gift funds is preferred

  • Very likable and uniquely people-oriented with an innate desire to connect, chat, build relationships and work in a team environment with humor and a generous spirit of camaraderie

  • Demonstrable progression and advancement in career

  • Proven track record of donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with excellent follow-up and follow-through skills

  • Skilled at working with and engaging boards, high-level donors, and prospects

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, with a talent for translating complex, detailed information into clear and compelling language to audiences of varying expertise 

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment with tight timelines and multiple deadlines, while also completing priority projects and long-term goals 

  • Available to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and night hours as needed

  • Organized and detail-oriented, a go-getter, able to manage and deliver on multiple priorities

  • Strong interpersonal skills – including ability to respond productively to direction and feedback, maturity to work with staff and leadership at all levels and the presence and personal style to represent the organization to multiple constituents

  • Proactive and self-starting – able to work independently, with keen issue-spotting and problem-solving capabilities

  • Applicants must have demonstrable experience and commitment to child welfare, foster care, family law or policy issues with the ability to excite anyone about our mission and provide them with a unique experience as a supporter

Requirements:

  • Ability to travel throughout the United States

  • Valid US Driver’s License

  •  Above average technical skills in using the Internet and a variety of computer software applications including various database/CRM platforms, Google apps, Microsoft Suite, etc.

  • A passion for our mission that invigorates and excites everyone with whom you share it

  • Outstanding communication skills, articulate and persuasive, with well-honed relationship building skills

  • Drive and sophistication, excited by the opportunity to help shape the future of the fundraising department and the organization as a whole

  • A team-orientation and strong work ethic, essential for this demanding environment that continually strives for excellence

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills

Must be dedicated to advocate for the best interests of children. All staff members of Passaic County CASA must complete required training and serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for one case upon hiring.

Salary and Benefits: $50,000-$60,000+ based on experience, generous PTO, retirement benefit, healthcare stipend, professional development opportunities

TO APPLY: Email resume and personalized cover letter including your fundraising accomplishments, experiences and why you are the best candidate for this position to Erica Fischer-Kaslander, Executive Director at Resumes@passaiccountycasa.org


Child Visitation Specialist

This position serves as the Child Visitation Specialist for Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), responsible for ensuring the best interest of children in the foster care system by assisting staff and volunteer advocates with visiting children residing across the state of New Jersey.

Examples of Duties

  • Maintain detailed records and reports of all activities and contacts.

  • Conduct monthly face to face visits with children at their home for children placed more than 60-90 minutes away from Passaic County.

  • Drive to locations across the state of New Jersey as required by the organization caseload to access information or conduct in-depth interviews. (Requires reliable personal vehicle, mileage and toll reimbursement)

  • Interview and maintain contact with service providers, caretakers, and educators in order to promote the best interest of the child to the Court.

  • Enter all data and activity into “Optima” database system, uploads documents electronically to system, and proofread documents as needed.

  • Assists Program Director and Case Supervision staff with substitute monthly visits to children as needed.

  • Performs various clerical duties, including, but not limited to, answering telephones, faxing, copying, filing, maintaining file integration, and electronic and hard copy filing system.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of an associates degree in criminal justice, social work, paralegal, child welfare or related degree required.

  • Bachelors degree preferred.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Ability to meet all employer and department hiring requirements, including child abuse registry check, and criminal background check.

  • Working knowledge of standard office practices and computer programs used by the department, and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations. Working knowledge of family court, child welfare, and/or child focused social issues and knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crisis relating to child abuse and neglect preferred.

  • Excellent English grammar skills, spelling and punctuation, and ability to prepare various documents and reports as required.

  • Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

  • Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written and oral instructions, and present findings in oral or written format.

  • Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment.

  • Ability to work on several tasks at the same time and work rapidly for long periods, often under time pressure.

  • Ability to plan and layout assigned work projects, and apply knowledge of people and/or locations. Ability to occasionally work extended, weekend, and/or evening hours, and occasionally travel out of town for training, sometimes overnight.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license and a demonstrated safe driving record. 50% or more of this position requires travel in personal vehicle. Mileage and tolls are reimbursed.

  • Bilingual Spanish candidates encouraged to apply.

Supplemental Information

The successful candidate will perform duties both in a standard office environment and on the road using a personal vehicle, involving sitting/walking at will, sitting for long periods, lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds, keyboarding, close vision, color perception, handling/grasping objects, speaking clearly and hearing sounds/communication. Incumbent occasionally works extended, weekend, and/or evening hours, traveling during the work day and occasionally travels out of town for training, sometimes overnight. This position is full time- 40 hours per week.

Salary: $32,000.00 to $35,000.00 /year

TO APPLY: Email resume and personalized cover letter to Erica Fischer-Kaslander, Executive Director at Resumes@passaiccountycasa.org



Bilingual Advocacy Case Supervisor

Passaic County CASA provides high quality advocacy services to abused and neglected youth in the child welfare and family court system. We are committed to serving every child in need of an advocate. You have the opportunity to join this dynamic and powerful organization as a full time bilingual Advocacy Case Supervisor. (Spanish)

Job Description:

The Bilingual Advocacy Case Supervisor manages CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers with the goal of ensuring that abused and neglected children in the foster care system receive effective advocacy and permanency planning. The Bilingual Advocacy Case Supervisor is responsible for volunteer supervision and coordination of cases who have children or family more comfortable communicating in Spanish. Additionally, the Advocacy Case Supervisor will assist the Outreach Coordinator and training team with recruitment, screening, and training of bilingual community volunteers as needed.

Our staff is a tight knit team of highly driven individuals who are committed to the mission of the organization. Each team member is responsible for his or/her own responsibilities but also has ownership of the overall organizational success.

The Bilingual Advocacy Case Supervisor will work with a team of up to 30 volunteers and their cases to deliver high quality court appointed advocacy services to children in foster care. The successful applicant for this position will be experienced in the family court and/or child welfare system. The candidate will be highly detail oriented, tech savvy, and able to think quickly on their feet.

The position requires attending regular court hearings, accompanying volunteers on home visits as needed, and supporting volunteers with regular office hours. Regular, detailed case documentation is required to maintain compliance with standards. The Advocacy Case Coordinator is the point of contact for all child welfare stakeholders and the main support for the volunteer advocate. Successful candidates must be flexible to attend occasional evening and weekend trainings and organizational events.

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree, Masters/J.D. Preferred

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $36,000.00 to $42,000.00 /year

Experience:

  • Child welfare: 2 years (Required)

  • Family law: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

  • Master's (Preferred)

Language:

  • Spanish (Required)

TO APPLY: Email resume and personalized cover letter to Erica Fischer-Kaslander, Executive Director at Resumes@passaiccountycasa.org.