Mission: Families Forward exists to help families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency though housing, food, counseling, education and other support services.
Starting with five rented apartments in 1984, Families Forward has expanded to work with hundreds of families to regain economic independence and find a stable home for parent(s) and their children. Families Forward’s vision is to end homelessness for local families. One of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population is working families with children struggling to make ends meet. The high cost of basic living, including rent, transportation, healthcare and childcare, coupled with the significant lack of affordable housing puts many families at risk.
Families Forward works with homeless families to find realistic solutions for sustainable housing and build individualized plans to return each family to self-sufficiency. By stabilizing these families and giving them tools to build a future, Families Forward creates a stronger community for everyone. A key factor for success is Families Forward’s commitment to collaborate with many organizations to end family homelessness in Orange County, including Orange County United Way, the Commission to End Homelessness, the Children and Families Commission and many other partner agencies and foundations.
Providing supportive services to improve lives, Families Forward also reaches out to low-income families to help reduce the pressures that can cause homelessness and help them maintain their stability. Through various safety-net services, those at-risk are given access to assistance such as on-site food pantry, counseling, career coaching, financial and life skills education. Families Forward helps families recover from a financial crisis so they can maintain their self-sufficiency.
Families Forward holds strong to their commitment of five fundamental values:
Dignity: Honor each individual through an atmosphere of respect, trust and confidentiality.
Empowerment: Inspire self-sufficiency through the development of courage, confidence and pride.
Accountability: Accept responsibility for commitments and accomplishing our goals.
Community Spirit: Realize our vision through teamwork, cooperation and collaboration.
Hope: Share a belief in new beginnings and allow dreams of the future to emerge.
To learn more about Families Forward, please visit https://www.families-forward.org/
The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for developing effective partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances with government agencies, corporations, foundations, Board members and other sources of funds and services within the nonprofit industry, as well as with individuals; represents Families Forward to prospective and current major funding sources.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer as a member of the Executive Management Team, the Chief Advancement Officer is also responsible for communications and community relations activities to sustain and expand Families Forward’s programs and services. The Chief Advancement Officer manages a team of 6 staff members who support the agency’s $6 million annual operations through private philanthropic donors and private and government grants. The CAO will manage the agency’s fiscal growth and expansion, ensuring stability over the long-term change and development. The primary functions include cultivation of potential new donors to support the agency’s annual campaign and any future campaigns. Increasing grant revenue from government, corporate, and private foundations. Promotion of Families Forward to the community at large in order to engage donors and volunteers to support Families Forward through contributions of financial and human resources. This role will also be responsible for planning and implementing strategies to secure new and steward existing donors and contributions in support of the organization. The CAO will provide oversight of the fund development program and monitor development activities.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED:
The successful candidate will be a strategic, highly motivated, hands-on professional with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. The individual will be a compelling, charismatic leader with the ability to move a team forward by inspiring and motivating people with creativity, energy and a sense of humor. The Chief Advancement Officer should be highly collaborative, resourceful and results-oriented with the ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, prioritize, plan, and set goals and objectives, and support the team.
Leading candidates will have a minimum of seven years of demonstrated high-level leadership success developing and implementing comprehensive development or external relations programs of comparable size. Team management experience is required, and the successful candidate will have a clearly articulated management philosophy which supports high performance and employee retention. The ideal candidate will have experience in all areas of fundraising including annual giving, major gifts, grants and events, as well as an understanding of volunteer-supported organizations, and a fluency in databases that support fundraising. Exceptional financial, organizational, project management and administrative skills are essential and expected. The Chief Advancement Officer should be comfortable working in and representing a homeless services agency and be a compelling spokesperson on its behalf.
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
$100,000-$150,000. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including resume and a compelling letter of interest in confidence to:
Elizabeth Childs – Director of Human Resources
Irvine, CA. 92618
Electronic submission is encouraged.