Chief Program Officer -- Child Welfare and Juvenile Law

to Lead
Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Programs
Reno, Nevada
Salary Range: $108,000-$158,000 per annum, DOE
FLSA Status: Exempt
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), a non-profit organization headquartered in Reno, Nevada, is seeking a Chief Program Officer to lead its child welfare and juvenile law programs, and to build on the exceptional 80-year record of improving courts and systems’ practice and raising awareness of the core issues that touch the lives of many of our nation’s children and families. As a leader in continuing education opportunities, research, publication development, technical assistance, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the NCJFCJ is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide. For an overview of NCJFCJ’s major initiatives, please go to
The mission of NCJFCJ is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice. NCJFCJ values staff that is independent, creative, tenacious, resourceful, dependable, and passionate about their work. NCJFCJ staff work collaboratively in a team setting to achieve this mission.
The Opportunity
The NCJFCJ is seeking a dynamic Chief Program Officer (CPO) to continue the vision and direct the overall work of the child welfare and juvenile law programs. This experienced leader will be key in working with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior managers in transitioning the organization during a time of exciting growth and development. The right candidate is hands-on, ambitious, can demonstrate a track record of strategic leadership, and can advocate passionately for healthy courts and their connection to healthy communities. The CPO will lead a dedicated team to continue accelerating and enhancing NCJFCJ’s work in child welfare and juvenile law programs.
The ideal candidate will have the following experiences and abilities:
  • Senior level nonprofit management experience.
  • Strong understanding of juvenile and family law, court systems, and related activities.
  • Advanced content knowledge in child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, juvenile and family drug courts, and general family law matters and dockets is essential. National-level presence/reputation in at least one of these areas strongly preferred.
  • Accomplished at public speaking (including impromptu events, such as with all forms of press, legislative testimony, public Q&A, town halls, etc.).
  • Ability to identify grant and funding opportunities, write, and coordinate proposal development and submission.
  • Ability to serve as content expert and author articles, blogs, briefs, etc. and serve as primary media contact for interviews on child welfare juvenile law issues and topics across case types (e.g., trauma, education, mental health, etc.).
  • Ability to serve as faculty at internal and external conferences, etc. Advanced skill in curricula development and providing dynamic training is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to coordinate with senior program staff on cross-project efforts and visioning for program growth.
  • Experience managing or administering grant-funded programs or working with grant funders.
  • Significant experience in program budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Familiarity with public policy issues related to child welfare and juvenile law.
  • Ability to represent the organization before local, state, and national governmental bodies, and participate in local, regional, and national organizations and activities.
  • Comfortable representing child welfare and juvenile law programs at Executive Team meetings, Board of Directors meetings, Executive Committee calls, etc.
The ideal candidate for the Chief Program Officer to lead child welfare and juvenile law programs will embody the following attributes:
  • Think strategically, solve problems, and build relationships, while also being able to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
  • Well-organized, purpose-driven, inspiring leader who can motivate staff to continue achieving excellence.
  • Culturally sensitive with good interpersonal skills and an open mind to various approaches for building relationships, credibility, and trust with all stakeholders.
  • High-level communication skills appropriate with participation on the Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and other program or Board committees as assigned.
  • Respect, understand, value, and seek out individual differences to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
  • Administrative skills conducive to managing a multi-million dollar budget and a staff of approximately 20 (many of whom are nationally-recognized experts in their field with advanced degrees).
  • Integrity and ethical standards that help guide decisions and overall atmosphere of the organization.
  • Action-oriented in an inclusive and collaborative manner.
  • Flexible, creative, and entrepreneurial.
  • Ongoing interest in courts, communities, families, children, and victims of domestic violence.
Progressive senior leadership experience and an advanced degree in a relevant field such as law, social work, or public policy preferred (JD or Ph.D. preferred). Experience with judicial education organizations is highly valued.
The NCJFCJ offers a benefit package that includes medical/dental/vision/prescription coverage for full-time employees and their dependents, life insurance, and retirement savings plan with employer match after one year. If you are a dynamic and professional individual who appreciates demanding yet gratifying work, we invite you to submit your completed application materials.
This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer. A complete position profile is attached.
The deadline to apply is July 9, 2017.
FOR FULL CONSIDERATION, applicants must submit the following:
• Tailored Letter of Interest
• Résumé or CV
• National Council Application form
Submission by email, in MS Word or PDF format, is preferred. Please direct all of the required application materials to:
Hard Copy:
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Attention: Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
All submissions will receive an acknowledgment of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your submission, please contact Human Resources at 775-507-4853.

For individuals needing accommodations in obtaining and completing the NCJFCJ application, please call 775-507-4853.

Once completed application materials are received, they will be reviewed to determine if employment experience matches with present staffing needs. Candidates whose qualifications most closely align with our open positions will be contacted. Please be advised that the screening/selection process may take two to eight weeks after an announcement has closed.

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