COA Youth & Family Centers (COA) helps Milwaukee children,
teens, and families reach their greatest potential through a
continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs
offered through its urban community centers and rural camp
facility. As a multicultural agency, COA values diversity and
promotes positive social interaction. COA programs are intended to
help children and families build new traditions of achievement and
success. The Children’s Outing Association was founded in 1906 by a
dynamic group of Jewish women who sought to provide families in
poverty the means to achieve self-sufficiency and raise healthy
productive, successful children. Following the framework of Jane
Addams’ Hull House in Chicago, these women established Milwaukee’s
first Settlement House and through this holistic model of community
service they provided an array of resources for families. Over the
last century, COA has continued to evolve this continuum of
services and today serves over 10,000 children and families through
comprehensive, family-centered early child, youth, and community
COA’s mission and family-centered philosophy reflect its
understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the challenges faced
by low-income children and families it serves. COA is driven by the
knowledge that parents’ ability to support and directly engage in
their child’s learning and development is vital to the impact of
programming. Family is at the center of each of our three core
focus areas: Early Child Development, Youth Development and
This leadership position necessitates a relationship driven
professional who seamlessly interfaces with the diverse
constituents COA interacts with. This includes government entities,
funder partners, community stakeholders and more. COA’s Executive
Director is a collaborative leader who develops and oversees all
program activities and operations in the agency in accordance with
its stated purpose and mission and within the general policies as
formulated by the Board of Directors. She or he is to provide
leadership, direction, and coordination in all activities that will
provide information on changing community needs. In turn, the
Executive Director will modify agency programs, services and/or
policies accordingly in such a manner to insure maximum benefits to
the constituents and community.
Within the limits of the agency’s program, policies, procedures
and budget, the Executive Director is responsible for and has
authority to perform overall administrative duties. The Executive
Director leads in a manner which insures full integration of the
contributions and feedback of the board, staff, volunteers, and
greater community. The Executive Director is directly accountable
to the Board of Directors as well as to a broad variety of
stakeholders and serves as an ex-officio non-voting member of all
The Executive Director develops and recommends specific goals
and proposals for the development, expansion, or significant
modification of agency programs or services. The Executive Director
acts as an advisor to the board of directors, keeping it informed
of the agency’s operation so that it has adequate information for
carrying out its policy making responsibilities. Additionally, the
executive director is to provide opportunities for members of the
board of directors to make maximum contribution to the agency
programs and services.
The Executive Director is to provide a setting and environment
for creative work of staff, students, volunteers, and the Board.
Most importantly, she or he must demonstrate a passion for making a
positive difference to the challenged lives of the youth and
families COA serves.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
A. Leadership and Oversight
Oversee COA’s programs, services, and operations ensuring that
they each have the maximum positive impact on the children, teens
and families served by COA.
Participate with the Board of Directors in developing, updating,
and reviewing a strategic plan to guide COA.
Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal
and external issues that impact COA.
Engage in the over-arching community with a focus on raising
COA’s profile and increasing the donor/sponsor/supporter
Manage and lead by example, the culture, vision, and values of
B. Community Relations and Resource Development
Assure that COA programs and services are consistently presented
in a strong, positive image; and communicate with stakeholders to
keep them informed of the work.
Cultivate current and potential funding sources and oversee fund
development plans to increase the resources of COA.
Establish an annual fund development plan that meets or exceeds
Manage the development, implementation, and tracking of all
fundraising efforts including grants, special events, annual
giving, planned gifts, etc.
Cultivate and solicit potential individual major donors, through
COA’s development efforts and personally.
C. Operational Planning and Implementation
Develop a strategic plan with staff, which incorporates goals
and objectives that work toward the overall vision of COA.
Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of COA’s
programs and services.
Ensure that the operations at COA meets the expectations of the
children and families served, the Board and the funders.
Create efficiencies and address on-going needs of the
organization; work with staff to make changes and/or
D. Staff Development
Support staff to ensure efficient and effective operation of
COA; Coach, train, and mentor staff as appropriate to develop team
and/or improve performance.
Continue a climate that fosters trust, mutual respect, and open
Set and maintain a culture centered on the principles of
diversity, equity and inclusion across all program and service
areas; Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment
where staff can grow.
E. Financial Planning and Management
Collaborate with staff and the Board to prepare a comprehensive
Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the
revenues and expenditures of COA.
Lead and oversee the complex fiscal operations, long-range
financial planning, resource allocation strategy, budget
development / monitoring and report to the Board regularly on the
organization’s financial performance in relation to the annual
Bachelor’s Degree is required. Master’s or other advanced degree
Five or more years of successful management experience at senior
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to prioritize, plan and manage multiple projects
Demonstrated skills and experience in fund development, board
development, operational planning, and human resource
Proven ability to develop and maintain meaningful relationships
with internal and external diverse and key stakeholders.
Instructions for Applicants
**For full consideration, please email all items below, combined
into one document , to COA@leadingtransitions.com no later than
5:00 p.m. CT on September 18, 2020:
A letter describing your qualifications for this Executive
Director position, including: your specific interest in COA Youth &
Family Centers’ mission , your management & supervisory experience,
and a description of your salary parameters ; addressed to:
Mindy Lubar Price, President & CEO
Leading Transitions LLC
1345 North Jefferson St., Suite 350
Milwaukee, WI 5320
2. A detailed and updated resume ; an
3. The names of, your relationship to, and contact information
for , three professional references .
References will not be contacted until a candidate has been
Background checks will subsequently be performed, with candidate
All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are
kept in strict confidence.
Leading Transitions is committed to the future vitality of
nonprofit and community-centered organizations. The practice has
been refined to provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to the
intricacies and dynamics of any organization.
Position Title: Executive Director
Company Name: COA Youth & Family Centers
Job Function: Executive/Management
Job Type: Full-Time
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