Executive Director - Morris & Berger - Sacramento, CA

  • Posted on: 13 August 2018
  • By: Amanda Prange




(Sacramento, CA)


The California Alliance of Child and Family Services (or Alliance) is the unifying force in the charge to lead change and impact the lives of the state’s children, youth and families. For those dedicated to improving the lives of these at-risk populations, the Alliance stands apart as the champion and leading voice for organizations that advocate for children and families, and for advancing policy and services on their behalves. The California Alliance of Child and Family Services promotes an aggressive legislative and regulatory agenda on behalf of its member agencies and the children, youth and families they serve.

Numbering over 125, the members of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services are child and family serving organizations with programs and services in the areas of child and youth welfare, adoption and permanency, juvenile justice, special education, and behavioral health treatment.

Mission: Champion, partner and advocate for policies and practices that improve outcomes for children, youth and families.

Vision: All children, youth and families thrive in loving, healthy, safe communities. For more information visit: http://www.cacfs.org/


The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for driving the mission and strategic direction of the Alliance. The Executive Director presides over all Alliance advocacy, administration, member services, executive support activities, and supervises all Alliance staff. Together with the Board, the Executive Director will provide vision and leadership for the organization’s future growth and development.

• Provide consistent, forward thinking leadership to the Alliance and its member agencies in strategic direction, public policy, advocacy, member services, executive support and organizational development.
• Listen to member agency chief executives and senior staff in order to understand the issues important to them and effectively act on them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • With the Board of Directors, engage in annual review and long-term planning for the organization.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Assure the Alliance is fiscally healthy, effectively managed, and transparent and ethical in its financial and business dealings.

• Actively work with the Board, program committees and staff in the development of policy goals for the Alliance. Develop and direct application of effective strategies for achievement of policy goals, including use of legislation, budget, regulatory process and litigation.
• Advocate and oversee advocacy efforts with members of the Governor’s administration and the legislature to move policy positions into law from conceptualizing legislation through passage of a bill and signing into law, and using the state budget process to promote policy positions and achieve adequate funding for member activities.
• Testify and assist/support members testifying before legislative committees and other governmental bodies.

Executive Support
• Lead planning of member conferences.
• Provide or provide for consultation to and consultative support of member agency executives in pertinent areas.
• Respond to member inquiries.
• Represent the Alliance at selected member events.

• Assure full communication to members regarding progress of public policy agenda through e-newsletter, emails, webinars and conference calls, and workgroups, as appropriate.
• Speak at membership conferences and other member related conferences.
• Oversee development and utilization of website, Facebook page and other e-venues.
• Act as the voice and face of the Alliance to external groups and the media.
• Assure media are utilized to best advantage to advance the Alliance agenda.

Strategic Partnerships
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with representatives of the Administration, state agencies, the Legislature, and other governmental bodies.
• Build and maintain positive working partnerships with representatives of advocacy groups, philanthropic organizations, and other entities with allied interests.
• Represent the Alliance in formal and informal advocacy groups focused on Alliance public policy issues.
• Build and maintain productive alliances with national advocacy organizations and accrediting bodies.

Organizational Management
• Develop and maintain sound financial practices and fiscally responsible budgeting processes.
• Work with the staff, Executive Committee, and the Board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
• Maintain official records and documents to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local regulations and reporting requirements (such as annual audits and tax returns; payroll withholding and reporting, etc.).

Personnel Management
• Assure the Alliance has talented, knowledgeable and skilled staff and consultants who completely, cheerfully and competently carry out the mission.
• Effectively manage personnel, leading as a role model.


The Executive Director must be a strong, entrepreneurial and visionary leader with a high level of energy and initiative combined with a sincere sense of dedication to the mission of the organization. The successful candidate should be an assertive advocate with the ability to serve the current needs of members while also identifying trends and issues of significance for the future. Strategic thinking should be combined with tactical and pragmatic implementation. The Executive Director will demonstrate sound judgment, initiative, and an ability to manage multiple priorities with a sense of urgency. This person must also be politically astute and culturally sensitive with the ability to navigate complicated political structures. The successful candidate will be an experienced team leader for whom the ownership of ideas is less important than the result of the collaborative effort. It is important that this individual be diplomatic but decisive and able to accomplish goals through motivation and delegation. The successful candidate will be able to create harmonious relationships, develop quick rapport, and be a person of vision while also being comfortable as a hands-on manager and an enabler of others.

Since much of the role is catalytic and facilitative in nature, it is particularly important that the successful candidate be able to earn the trust and respect of members and develop long-term relationships within the membership as well as with other varied external audiences. The Executive Director will be a moderator of complex discussions with a variety of stakeholders and as such, should be able to distill ideas, clarify issues, and have the intellectual depth and pragmatic know how to facilitate dialogue among colleagues, peers and a variety of different interest groups. Demonstrated capacity to absorb complex issues, develop strategy and effectively carry to completion is desired.

The Executive Director will act with integrity and be personable and engaging. A team player who enjoys working collaboratively with Alliance staff, representatives of other advocacy groups, and members of the Legislature and staff will be valued. The successful candidate will have strong executive presence, exceptional interpersonal skills, and highly-developed writing and speaking skills, with demonstrated experience conveying key messages. A sense of humor would be valued.


The Executive Director will have at least ten years of relevant senior level leadership experience at an association or other nonprofit organization. Public policy experience in the areas of child welfare or children’s mental health is highly desirable. Experience in an association setting is preferred. Experience working with a board of directors of a nonprofit will be highly valued. A deep passion for the issues facing children and families is essential.


While a relevant master’s degree is strongly preferred, candidates with undergraduate degrees and extensive experience may also be considered.


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including resume and a compelling letter of interest in confidence to:

Jay Berger Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203

Electronic submission is encouraged.