ED Job Openings


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The Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) – a statewide membership organization, representing 300 community-based licensed child care providers (family home, group home, and center), parents, community leaders, and other child advocates throughout Alabama – seeks an experienced, visionary executive to follow in the footsteps of Sophia Bracy Harris, our founding Executive Director who is stepping down after nearly 43 years. Under her leadership, FOCAL has remained atheart a grassroots organization, led by our constituency, and has expanded to embrace a broader membership, working with a number of other organizations addressing issues for working families. The new leader will work with the board, staff, and constituency to continue the organization’s cutting edge advocacy to address the needs of children and families—especially in low wealth communities of color—as economic, political, and social conditions continue to shift.


FOCAL was born in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama, and formed by a group of African Americans who were determined to control the care and education of their young children and who were unwilling to succumb to messages of powerlessness and inferiority. Examining how these unconscious messages are lived out in parenting and in communities influenced FOCAL’s creation of a unique approach to organizing. Our organizing model is rooted in a democratic belief in the ability of people and communities to act on their own behalf with the best that is within them: to envision better futures, identify external and internal barriers to success, develop plans, and work collectively as their own best advocates to achieve their goals.

FOCAL has a budget of $600,000 and our membership is 75% African American, 25% white, 95% female, and 5% male. We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. We serve a majority of African American Childcare Centers and families because we are addressing historically rooted racial oppression in our state. We are currently reaching out to include Hispanic community members. For more information, visit www.focalfocal.org


The FOCAL Executive Director is at the heart of the organization, providing overall leadership, direction, and support to board, staff, and members to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. The new Executive Director will ensure that FOCAL lives out our founding vision and commitment to social justice with effective advocacy, organizing, and empowerment strategies. To accomplish this the Executive Director will implement effective partnerships with key allies and stakeholders; assure ongoing fundraising success, increase political relevance and strength, programmatic impact, and innovation; and continue pride, cooperation, and good working conditions among and for staff.



Our ideal candidate has exceptional analytical and political savvy, gumption and good judgement, and a sense of strategy and finesse. She or he creates relationships of integrity, understands on-the-ground organizing, is comfortable in a wide variety of community settings, and communicates well with diverse people from parents and providers to legislators and agency decision makers.

FOCAL’s next Executive Director is passionate about the well-being of children and families, addressing women's rights and racial, economic, and social injustice, and giving voice to the voiceless.She or he isapowerfulconnectorwhocanalignthestaff,board,members, allies, andcommunitysupportersaroundFOCAL’s compellingmission, vision, and values with the courage and experience to empower marginalized families to speak for themselves and act on their own behalf. She or he isequipped to lead FOCAL in its next stage of organizational development. With first-hand knowledge and understanding of the cultural context of Alabama and the South, she or he is excellent at framing issues, making strategic decisions, and ensuring their timely execution.


  • Set a compelling vision for the organization and develop effective strategies to realize it
  • Serve as lead ambassador and primary fundraiser working with the board and staff to increase private support for the organization’s programs and services
  • Lead the staff in the effective delivery of the organization’s programs, fund development, and administration
  • Develop and maintain strong external relations with partner organizations, members, volunteers, and other supporters in the community
  • Communicate effectively internally—engaging, supporting, and holding accountable staff at all levels
  • Ensure sound fiscal operations of the organization and meet financial goals and objectives
  • Effectively carry out priorities and policies set by the board of directors


  • A passion for the mission
  • A minimum of 5 years of successful leadership as an executive or senior manager in a similar organization, or equivalent, translatable experience
  • Successful track record in leading fundraising efforts from individuals, foundations, and corporations and partnering with board, staff, and constituents in fundraising efforts
  • Experience providing advocacy tools and voice to individuals and families with a sensitivity to women's issues and a clear understanding of the effects of institutionalized racism
  • Experience and effectiveness in engaging and partnering with a nonprofit board of directors
  • Experience in the issues and policies of childcare in the Southern region of the US
  • Experience and understanding of community organizing and empowerment strategies
  • Proven ability to develop and mentor staff to achieve a high level of performance
  • Strong track record of finance and/or business management, including setting and meeting financial goals and ensuring quality financial reporting and compliance
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence and highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work with people from diverse cultural, religious, educational, vocational, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • MA/MS/MBA in an appropriate field, or equivalent experience



The salary for the position ranges from $50,000 to $70,000 annually depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Benefits include medical, dental, and retirement.


FOCAL has retained CompassPoint to conduct the candidate search. Applicants should send their resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest to FOCAL.EDsearch@compasspoint.orgby May 29, 2015. Please reference “FOCAL ED Search” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Desired start date is November 2015.

FOCAL is an equal opportunity employer.




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