President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
September 1, 2020
Dallas, Texas
Job Type


General Description

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the leadership and overall management of DCAC. The central role requires a strong focus on the successful achievement of goals established in conjunction with the Board, with emphasis on sustaining productive relationships with the community to enhance our partnerships and raise the required funds to fulfill our mission. The President/CEO directs the continued evolution of the agency’s strategic plan while embracing a commitment of stewardship and fiduciary accountability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Executive Leadership: Reinforce and articulate the mission of DCAC within and outside the organization, communicate the mission and concentrate resources to achieve organizational objectives. Represent the organization faithfully and consistently to the communities the agency serves, its Partner Agencies, and the organizations and individuals who fund DCAC
  • Staff Leadership: Guide and direct staff so that strategic objectives of the Center are achieved within a healthy culture. Continue to build a diverse team that is trained and motivated and to whom responsibilities may be delegated. Manage staff consistent with sound human resources management practices and guidelines and model a healthy work/life
  • Strategic Growth of Services: Provide high level focus on DCAC services provided to the most severely abused children in Dallas County, as well as trainings provided to those working in crimes against children. Ensure that DCAC services are meeting both state and national standards and that all children who need DCAC’s services, receive them. Assure that all core programs, including case coordination, forensic interviewing, family advocacy and clinical services are working collaboratively with each other and are strongly administered and staffed. Assure that DCAC’s trainings and Crimes Against Children Conference continue to provide best- in-class education opportunities. The President and CEO should also examine opportunities to expand new services and new trainings to better equip those working in the area of crimes against
  • Financial Management: Direct and be accountable for the organization’s financial health. Oversee budgets and approve expenditures within DCAC’s policies. Collaborate with the Board of Trustees and key staff to plan for and provide budgets that meet strategic and programmatic objectives. Support the efforts of the Foundation Board and continue to work with investment committee and investment company to ensure funding is secure and
  • Community Engagement: Share the story of DCAC’s mission and performance, strengthening ties with the community, to enhance fundraising efforts and awareness of the agency. Provide oversight and accountability for fundraising efforts including annual campaign, major gifts, special events, foundation and corporate support, as well as taking on a portfolio to cultivate donors and prospects.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Undergraduate degree is required, graduate degree is
  • At least 15 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years in a substantial leadership role, preferably in a human services organization. Direct experience in the child abuse field is a
  • Successful leadership of an enterprise demonstrated by achieving programmatic and financial goals.
  • Effectiveness in motivating a highly driven staff and partner agencies (who are not direct reports)
  • Accomplished presence in public settings from small to very large
  • Demonstrated experience transforming and introducing change to an organization that improves performance and achieves
  • Commitment to diversity in staff and programs
  • Prioritizes team goals over individual accomplishments
  • Possess integrity, courage, patience and compassion coupled with a business and fiduciary acumen
  • Decisiveness with an achievement orientation
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Models DCAC Core Values: The kids come first in all that we do; we operate a seamless team; we act with a servant’s heart

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at DCAC without regard to race; creed; color; religion; national origin; sex; age; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; genetic predisposition or carrier status; veteran, marital, or citizenship status; or any other status protected by law. DCAC is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

All finalists will need to pass a criminal background check from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS); a background check from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect; a credit check and a drug test.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should apply at

All other questions and correspondence may be sent to

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