Executive Director, Child Support Directors Association of California

Location: Sacramento, CA

The Board of Directors for this highly respected association is seeking dynamic, engaging, and highly qualified professionals for consideration as Executive Director with the Child Support Directors Association of California. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced executive with strong leadership skills to manage a member-centric organization and further expand the impact and reach of services offered including education, training, and monitoring legislative activity on behalf of its membership. The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to the Association’s mission with proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. The Executive Director will have strong communication and interpersonal skills and will frequently interact with a wide array of members, stakeholders, and supporting organizations in the diverse communities served.


$116, 000 – $136,000 annually


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Association, staff and programs as well as execution of its mission and program expansion. This executive level position is “at-will” with the full Board of Directors serving as the hiring authority.

In addition to providing leadership and strategic vision, and working extensively through the committee structure, this executive position requires an experienced professional that will focus on the following specific areas of responsibility:

Leadership, Management, and Collaboration

  • Ensure an on-going, excellent level of performance as well as rigorous evaluation and consistent quality of education, communications/public relations, and systems;
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, and seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for state and federal advocacy efforts; and
  • Select, lead, coach, develop, and retain the Association’s small yet very effective and efficient staff.

Advocacy and Communications

  • Provide active and engaged involvement in legislative and advocacy activities on both a statewide and national basis;
  • Be seen as the spokesperson for the Association; promote the successes of the Association as a model for best practices on both a statewide and national basis; and
  • Serve as a key media contact for the Association; deepen and refine all aspects of communications.

Membership Programs

  • Lead the way with personal involvement in membership recruitment and retention programs;
  • Contribute professionally to membership publications;
  • Oversee and help develop CSDA’s periodic updates and develop an Annual Membership Report; and
  • Contribute and oversee all marketing and communication activities.

Strategic Planning

  • Build partnerships with complementary organizations; enhance allied business relationships with government and professional organizations as well as with community and local government leaders; and
  • Creatively expand revenue sources; expand Association revenue generation through conferences and educational programs to support existing Association operations and future opportunities.

Administration and Fiscal Management

  • Oversee all financial activities of the Association including management of budget and related fiscal activities; and
  • Ensure the ongoing fiscal health of the organization through sound financial reporting and efficient and cost effective operational activities.

With a relatively small staff and a geographically dispersed membership base, the Executive Director is often in direct contact with Board members and member county entities address

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or a related field is strongly desired. An advanced degree may be a plus. At least five years of senior management experience in child support or other related social services area including a track record of effectively leading and managing an outcomes-based organization is ideal. Prior experience leading a member-based association is not required. Candidates with non-profit or other public sector experience as a generalist are also encouraged to consider this opportunity if transferable skills are evident.

How to Apply

This is a highly confidential process. Professional references will be required later in the process once mutual interest has been established.

To be considered, candidates must submit a compelling cover letter, and comprehensive resume by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at apply@csdaca.org. A release will be required by top candidates at a later date to verify employment and education. In addition, extensive background and reference checks will be conducted.

This will be a multiple part evaluation and selection process, including an interview and potential presentation to the CSDA Executive Director Search Committee during mid-March in the Sacramento area. The tentative selection schedule also includes a potential “Meet & Greet” and an interview with the full Board of Directors for the top finalists during the week of March 19, 2018, also in the Sacramento area. Ideally, the new Executive Director will join CSDA in April, 2018.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please call at 951-955-4205 or email dkilgore@rivco.org. Confidential inquiries are welcomed.

For more information, visit Child Support Directors Association of California at www.csdaca.org.

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