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CASA trains, supports community volunteers in advocacy for children in foster care system

FILE PHOTO - CASA of Clackamas County.Child advocacy group Court Appointed Special Advocates of Clackamas County is accepting applications for a new executive director until 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

CASA Executive Director Robin Christian recently announced that she will be retiring in January.

"As I move into the encore stage of my career, I will look for new ways of making an impact that offer more flexibility, less responsibility and extra time for my first grandchild," Christian said.

For nearly three decades, the nonprofit has provided training for community volunteers to advocate in court for the best interests of youth in the foster care system, specifically survivors of abuse and neglect without stable housing. The organization seeks new leadership in anticipation of an increased need for advocacy services as it emerges from the COVID-19.Robin Christian

CASA of Clackamas County has over 100 volunteers working to independently review foster youth cases. Volunteers complete 32 hours of classroom education and 5.5 hours of courtroom training.

CASA's new executive director will be the organization's public face, supporting the board of directors and staff by building and nurturing relationships with government, foundations, individual donors and other CASA organizations.

CASA is seeking a dynamic candidate with nonprofit leadership experience, skills in relationship building, fund development and collaboration with a strong passion for the organization's mission and values.

The candidate selected for the full-time position will play an active role in budgeting and financial oversight, HR, IT and other systems. This person will also mentor and learn from staff, enhance a highperforming team culture, and ensure that the organization has the capacity needed to deliver on goals and commitments.

The executive director will earn an $85,000-$105,000 starting salary, depending on experience. CASA's staff of 12 has been working operating remotely since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but cautiously anticipates resuming in-person once conditions permit.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work with a staff that is passionate about their mission, people who work hard and see daily success in giving opportunity to children facing challenging times," CASA officials said in a statement. "If you have the leadership skills and experience to work collaboratively with talented people to continue CASA of CC's growth and oversee a thriving nonprofit, this may be a great position for you."

"The CASA program touches people's hearts and lives," officials added. "Anyone who has engaged with CASA will speak passionately about the impact CASA volunteers have on the lives of the families they work with. And it is equally impactful for the staff and volunteers who do this work."

To apply, submit a cover letter and a complete chronological resume as a PDF via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. attention: Executive Director Search Committee.

Cover letters should indicate how your experience and skills lead you to be a good fit for the position, what about the opportunity most interests you and how you heard about the position.

For the full job description and to learn more about CASA of Clackamas County, visit: www.CASA-cc.org.


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