Executive Director

Prevent Child Abuse New York


Prevent Child Abuse New York
33 Elk St. 2nd Floor
Albany, NY, 12207


Capital Region

Job Type:



Full Time



Job Description:

The Opportunity


Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) is looking for an Executive Director to build on a
strong foundation and lead the organization into the next phase of its development, expanding and deepening its impact throughout the state. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly organized, collaborative, and hands-on leader with exceptional relationship-building and communication skills. Reporting to and working in partnership with the Board of Directors, s/he will balance attention to internal and external affairs. The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include:
• Oversee all agency programs and initiatives
• Strengthen PCANY’s vision for the future and translate that vision into action
• Continuously improve the agency’s organizational capacities – its human resources,
systems and business processes – as it continues to deliver quality services
• Attract, develop and retain a skilled and dedicated staff
• Board development and support
• Oversee, review and approve agency and grant budgets
• Revenue development and diversification
• Increase the visibility and recognition of PCANY
• Serve as the public face of the organization, speaking persuasively on its behalf to media,
elected officials, and other public and private audiences
• Lead advocacy initiatives
• Cultivate existing and developing new partnerships and collaborations with organizations
committed to preventing child abuse and fostering healthy families
• Lead the agency to the next level of excellence and ensure its operational integrity
Organizational Overview
Prevent Child Abuse New York is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1980 as the Federation on Child Abuse and Neglect. Through statewide leadership and collaboration, PCANY’s work
ensures the healthy development and prosperity of New York’s children, families and
communities. With a focus on community programs and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start, PCANY is aimed at ensuring that child abuse and neglect never occur. 
PCANY provides training, education and referral services to nearly 100,000 people each year.
Countless more benefit from legislative advocacy efforts, which have successfully established
and sustained proven child abuse prevention programs for at-risk children and families.
Throughout its history, PCANY has worked to ensure the well being of New York’s children by
bringing together players from non-profit agencies, state government and the business
PCANY has a budget of approximately $1.2 million (in 2012) and a staff of 16, with eight staff
at the central administrative office in Albany and eight training staff in home offices throughout
the state. The administrative team currently includes an Associate Executive Director/
Communications Director, Finance Director, Director of Development and Outreach, and
Director of Training and Staff Development.
PCANY’s values, which inspire and inform its programs, are that:
• Children are the foundation of a sustainable and prosperous society.
• All children have the right to safe, secure and supportive environments.
• All parents have the right to the support and knowledge that child rearing demands.
• Child abuse prevention requires strengthening families and communities.
Programs and Partnerships
Prevent Child Abuse New York’s programs include:
• The Parent Helpline
• Healthy Families New York Training and Staff Development
• Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference
• Enough Abuse/NY Partnership for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
• NY State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP)
• The Prevention Network
The Executive Director will oversee all programs and provide support to the staff directly
responsible for each.
PCANY is a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. The Executive Director will assure
compliance with Chapter requirements and represent PCANY on national and state boards and
The organization has recently increased its focus on child sexual abuse. PCANY has been
instrumental in establishing and supporting quality child abuse prevention efforts in New York
State and is poised to take these activities to the next level.
For more information about PCANY, visit www.preventchildabuseny.org
Priorities for the New Executive Director
The organization faces important current challenges, including the transition to new leadership;
building the strength of the Board; fundraising and diversifying financial resources in an
increasingly challenging funding environment; increasing PCANY’s visibility and reach;
Critical to the new Executive’s Director’s success in the first 12-18 months will be:
• Creating a smooth transition
• Building and cultivating strong, trusting internal and external relationships.
• Assisting the Board in continuing to strengthen and develop policies and procedures that
best serve PCANY’s current and future needs.
• Vigorously nurturing a culture of support, trust, openness, integrity, and positive
• Developing and implementing a fundraising strategy and exploring other opportunities
for revenue generation.
• Assessing current staffing and providing recommendations to the board regarding staff
roles and responsibilities.
• Assessing current systems and resources, and identifying and implementing
improvements to ensure effective and efficient use of staff time and skills.
• Improving visibility.
• Strengthening advocacy and expanding impact.
• Increasing engagement of board members, reviewing board composition and developing
a plan to ensure that it best serves the needs of the organization (effective fundraising,
advocacy, increased visibility, geographic reach, etc.)
• Clarifying board and staff roles and responsibilities and ensuring accountability.

How to Apply:

To nominate a candidate, or to apply (by forwarding resume and cover letter), please contact us at Email: apply@preventchildabuseny.org

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Required Skills/Experience:



• Building, strengthening, and working with a not-for-profit Board of Directors and its
• Credible leader with strong knowledge of client-centered, community-based organizations.
• Demonstrated management experience including recruiting, mentoring and developing
staff, building high-performance teams and creating positive organizational cultures.
• Proven track record of leading change, growth, and organizational transformation.
• Leadership in revenue generation, diversification and fundraising, including but not limited
to grant writing.
• Knowledge of and experience with program development, operations and continuous
improvement and evaluation methods.
• Knowledge of relevant state and federal agencies and regulations.
• Strong, effective partnership-building experience.
• Understanding and knowledge of child abuse prevention and the child welfare system a
• Vision, strategic planning skills, and ability to transform ideas into action.
• Business savvy, problem-solving skills and presence.
• Strong program evaluation skills and a history of using performance management methods.
• Excellent communicator with the ability to expand the organization’s visibility, influence
and impact; someone who can be passionate, compelling and persuasive.
• A convener, exceptional relationship-builder and collaborator who is able to frame issues
in ways that pull people together to work in partnership.
• Politically savvy.
• An advocate who is able to balance the needs and agendas of competing stakeholders.
• Skilled at recognizing and creating opportunities and leveraging resources; able to build
momentum around ideas and initiatives.
• Analytical; uses data to make thoughtful decisions.
• Commitment to and passion for PCANY’s mission.
• Commitment to cultural competency and sensitivity; experience working with individuals
and groups from diverse racial, cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
• Commitment to service and excellence.
• Entrepreneurial and hands-on: willing to pitch in wherever necessary.
• Agile, flexible, and invigorated by challenge.
• Inspirational, energetic and positive.
• Commitment to the highest standards of integrity.