Chief of Staff

Description: 

About the Children’s Law Center

We help children and families tackle insurmountable challenges that no child should face. No child should have to wonder who to live with when his parent can no longer safely care for him. No child should have to fight for the special education services she needs so she can learn. No child should have to go to court to ensure his landlord fixes the heat and water in his basement apartment during the frigid winter months. We believe that low-income children of color in DC face these problems because of the structural impact of poverty, trauma, and racism on our community. 
 
Founded 23 years ago, we reach more than 5,000 children and families each year -including 1 of every 9 children living in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Using the expertise and experience we gain from working with so many children, we advocate with the Mayor and DC Council for systemic solutions. Knowing that we are stronger when we work in partnership, we multiply our impact by working closely with hundreds of pro bono lawyers, pediatricians and social justice allies. As a result of our advocacy both in and out of the courtroom, more District children are on the path to a better education, good health and a stable, loving family. 
 
For more information on Children’s Law Center please visit the website.

The Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff will be part advisor, part gatekeeper, part problem solver, and all-around strategic partner to the Executive Director in developing approaches to meet organizational goals and to evolve and advance the mission of Children’s Law Center (CLC). This is an exciting new opportunity for the leader who is adept at managing change, who is an exceptional manager of people and projects and a strategist who aims to consistently find ways to improve processes and increase organizational effectiveness. 

The Chief of Staff will wear many hats and manage multifaceted responsibilities. The role offers the opportunity to help shape the Children’s Law Center strategy and direction in key areas – 1. leading the management team and coordinate its work with the leadership team; 2. serving as a member of the senior leadership team; 3. working closely with the Executive Director on various projects and initiatives as necessary; and 4. having exposure to and impact on both the operations and programmatic side of CLC’s work. 

This is a full-time position located in Washington DC.

Candidate Profile

The Chief of Staff of the Children’s Law Center will advance the mission and work of CLC through:

  • Supporting the leadership team’s transition to a strategy-focused team
    • Work with executive director and leadership team to plan annual calendar of topics
    • Ensure LT has materials to prepare for strategic discussions and decisions
    • Ensure meeting effectiveness and post-meeting follow through by creating agenda, taking minutes and sharing assignments
    • Coordinate with management team
    • Identify strategy-development opportunities for individual team members as needed
  • Leading the management team
    • Build team and individual member skills of this newly created team
    • Ensure management team has information necessary to make decisions and proposals
    • Coordinate with leadership team
    • Ensure meeting effectiveness and post-meeting follow through by creating agenda, taking minutes and sharing assignments 
  • Managing development and execution of CLC’s annual planning process and implementation of a strategic plan
    • Establish robust cross-departmental process for annual planning including alignment across program, finance and operations, development, and human resources
    • Manage the annual strategic planning implementation process, act as project manager and ensure alignment between work plans and strategic goals
    • In partnership with the Executive Director and leadership team, establish metrics and accountability measures to ensure that staff are reaching their goal-aligned milestones annually and as a part of the strategic planning process 
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of the Executive Director
    • Manage, implement and provide tactical support on Executive Director-identified projects (e.g. trauma project, energy efficiency/healthy housing partnership, pro bono federal funding project)
    • Ensure Executive Director has information needed to make decisions, participate in meetings
    • Work with the Executive Director to support a highly engaged board of directors

Strategic Leadership and Execution Skills: The Chief of Staff will have experience executing large-scale projects, initiatives, and strategies across a matrixed organization. This seasoned leader requires vision to develop processes and procedures as well as the strategic outlook for successful implementation. They are able to thrive in a fast-paced environment while shaping policy and supporting a high-performing team. The Chief of Staff is consistently able to prioritize work and translate plans into action while being adept at thinking on their feet and comfortable with ambiguity but able to provide clarity when needed.

Systems Building Experience: In consultation with the leadership and management teams, the Chief of Staff will develop and execute organizational systems and structures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organizational management and drive cross-departmental initiatives. 

 
Stakeholder Management Experience: The Chief of Staff will have the ability to cultivate and develop collaborative working relationships with internal partners across all levels of the organization. They are able to work effectively with a range of individuals (i.e., colleagues, Board members, and external partners) and in a variety of contexts (e.g., orally, through written communications, via planned presentations, and in impromptu settings).

Superior Project Management Skills: The Chief of Staff has excellent organizational skills with the ability to set and juggle multiple priorities, manage cross-functional organization-wide projects or initiatives, support team members, and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders. Their strong facilitation skills bring together multiple stakeholders and help drive decisions and outcomes at the leadership level and beyond. The Chief of Staff will be able to demonstrate the ability to plan effectively and the flexibility to handle the unexpected. 

Exceptional Communication Skills: This person will be required to join the Children’s Law Center with a listening-first approach, devoting a significant amount of time to understanding the current state of the leadership team and management structures that exist within the organization. It is imperative that the Chief of Staff be clear, succinct, and direct in communications with staff at all levels. The clear strength that the Chief of Staff brings is the ability to take in significant amounts of information from disparate sources, analyze it, synthesize it, and find methods to communicate it to others in digestible and accessible ways.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Children’s Law Center offers a competitive benefits package amidst a culture that boasts a flexible, family-friendly, inclusive environment for all staff. When pairing the culture with the mission-driven work of CLC, this unique opportunity is ideal for the leader who seeks to find a career home with an organization that speaks to both their professional and personal needs.

Application Instructions: 

Contact

Miecha Ranea Forbes and Christy Farrell of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. Email Miecha Ranea Forbes  and Christy Farrell directly at  mforbes@koyapartners.com and cfarrell@koyapartners.com.  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
 
Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. 
 
Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. 
 
For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.