March 14, 2012

Deadline Extended to March 23 for FV Executive Director Application


Family Voices, Inc. seeks an outstanding individual with strong leadership and management skills to become its next Executive Director.  Family Voices invites applications from candidates who possess and can demonstrate the skills, characteristics, and experience described below.

Organizational Background

Family Voices, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization based in Albuquerque, New Mexico with staff in four locations supporting a national grassroots network of family leaders, families and partners across the country.  Family Voices' mission is to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.  Through our national network, we provide families resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.  Family Voices is involved in a number of major projects that focus on mentoring upcoming family leaders, promoting families as decision makers, outreach to communities, data and research activities, policy development, supporting family/professional partnerships, youth leadership development and self-advocacy, and general maternal and child health issues. 

Critical Leadership Challenges

The overarching responsibility of the Executive Director is to lead the organization in carrying out its mission through managing the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the agency.  The agency currently has a $1 million budget and a staff of 11.  A number of consultants also support the work of the organization.  Financial support is from cooperative agreements with the federal government, contracts with partner organizations, and private donations.   A 12-member board of directors provides strategic, fiscal, and policy oversight and brings valuable knowledge and experience to the organization.

The outgoing Executive Director of five years has been a visible and respected leader.  The new executive, with the help of the board and staff, must ensure a smooth leadership transition and build upon the established foundation while exploring new opportunities and supports. Expectations of the incoming Executive Director include implementing the most recent strategic plan, aggressively pursuing opportunities to broaden the funding base, increasing public understanding and visibility of Family Voices' mission and programs, and expanding and strengthening the network of family leaders.  The Executive Director also must ensure that the message of family-centered care, partnerships, and the inherent value of all children and youth is delivered to the general public and policy-makers at the national, regional, state and local levels.

The Executive Director must exemplify and encourage a climate of accountability, innovation, and adaptive change.  Family Voices is a vibrant organization that is poised to meet new challenges that families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities face in the 21st century.


Key Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

1.  Providing information to assist the Board of Directors in the decision-making and governance process.

2.  Developing and monitoring an annual budget that reflects the strategic goals of the agency.

3.  Implementing the financial and administrative policies of the agency.

4.  Generating revenue through contracts and grant development.

5.  Raising charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

6.  Implementing the current multi-year strategic plan.

7.  Increasing public awareness of the organization and serving as its main spokesperson and advocate.

8.  Overseeing the development and provision of top quality support to a national network of family leaders and partners.

9.  Providing leadership and guidance to  talented staff and consultants in multiple locations as a virtual organization.

10.  Leading efforts to create new partnerships and collaborations with other organizations to advance the Family Voices mission.

11.  Creating an environment that encourages continuous improvement of products and services.

12.  Assuring that all Family Voices internal and external activities meet the standards of exceptional nonprofit corporate practices.

13.  Demonstrated skill in building and sustaining relationships with governmental agencies.


Desired Skills, Characteristics and Competencies

The Executive Director should have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

1.  The capacity to articulate a clear, collective vision and embody that vision through words and actions.

2.  A proven ability to secure financial support, including major gifts.

3.  Expertise in developing relationships with decision-makers of major funding sources and the ability to develop and support other staff in generating contract revenue through such relationships.

4.  A management style that values diversity of talents and ideas, appropriate decision-making, an ability to delegate, and open, honest communication among all staff levels;  a style that also fosters creativity among staff and board members and values quality work.

5.  Personal qualities of trustworthiness, honesty, and respect for confidentiality;  a firm and fair decision-maker.

6.  A creative, strategic thinker and continuous learner committed to identifying new directions and opportunities for the agency.

7.  Ability to serve as the organization's highly visible public face through attendance at meetings and conferences and strong, respectful relationships with all stakeholders.

8.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and articulate in a variety of situations.

9.  A collaborative professional style that seeks out and respects diverse ideas coupled with the ability to achieve consensus.

10.  Culturally competent, including the ability to work effectively with a wide range of groups and individuals.

11.   Ability to honor the past without being inhibited by it.


Required Qualifications

1. Family member of a person with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

2. Master's degree or higher in public administration, nonprofit management, the social sciences or related field OR Bachelor's degree plus eight years' managing a nonprofit organization.

2.  Minimum of eight years of senior management experience, including budget oversight in a nonprofit environment at the national level.

3.  Knowledge of federal policies, grant compliance, and federal fiscal management guidelines.

4.  Demonstrated experience in fundraising and development at the national level.

5.  Knowledge of / experience with health care issues for children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

6.  Willingness to relocate to, if not currently residing in, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

7.  Ability to travel out of state frequently and extensively.



Salary range is $70,000-$80,000 annually dependent upon experience and qualifications


Guidelines for Candidates

Candidates must provide a detailed resume and cover letter addressing how they fit the

Executive Director Profile.  References will be requested in advance of an interview.


Applications should be sent to


For additional information about Family Voices, please visit our website at