Child Development Council of Central NY, Inc  



The Child Development Council of Central New York, Inc. (AKA Child Development Council) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been serving Tompkins and Cortland Counties, New York for over 50 years.

The mission of the Child Development Council is to promote the healthy development of children and families at home, in child care, and in the community by:

  • providing resources, support services, information and referrals to parents, child care providers and the community;
  • advocating for the continuous improvement of healthy child development by means of legislative activism and community education;
  • providing pro-active leadership in the community with regard to matters concerning broad child development and child care issues, through inter-agency coordination, collaboration and planning, and by dissemination of public information;
  • providing services regardless of family composition, special needs, sexual orientation, religion, gender, race, age or financial considerations.

In promoting the healthy development of children and families, the various program activities of the agency are aimed at enhancing the quality of care that children receive and the environments in which they grow up, whether in home, child care, school, or neighborhood settings.

The Child Development Council is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated applicant to join our team-oriented organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the consistent achievement of the Child Development Council’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. The CEO leads the organization’s justice, equity, diversity & inclusion commitment in all aspects of the Council: internal relationship building, resource development, community building, visioning and planning, and broader systemic change. Through external outreach and advocacy, the recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce, management of a stimulating and creative work environment, and commitment to the growth and development of healthy children and families, the Chief Executive Officer’s leadership impacts the social and economic well-being of families, child care entities, local businesses and workforce, governments, and the community at large.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; Master’s degree level preferred
  • 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in organizational management in such areas as human resources, resource development and fiscal oversight, grant writing and fundraising, marketing and public relations
  • Knowledge and the ability to effectively advocate and communicate the needs of children, their families, and early care and learning systems
  • Experience collaborating with educational institutions, for-profit businesses, government entities, human service organizations, and related agencies is highly desirable



ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Ensure the steady progress forward in attaining the organization’s goals, mission, vision, values and principles:

  • Develop and maintain a long-range strategic plan reflecting the organization mission.
  • Provide leadership in developing program, organization and financial planning with the Board of Directors and staff.
  • Support the Board in the recruitment, orientation and development of an effective policy-making Board of Directors.
  • Monitor the implementation of services including data collection, analyses and trends, outcomes and evaluation; compile annual reports to be shared with the public.
  • Establishes a strategic role for use of technology and makes key technology decisions at all levels of the organization; respond to technology needs and capabilities.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS & PUBLIC ADVOCACY: Act as the public relations representative of the organization; foster a culture of collaboration, inclusion, diversity, and advocacy:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field; keep the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization and important factors influencing it.
  • Interact consistently with the community; establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Raise the visibility of the agency; oversee the marketing of the organization’s activities, programs and goals.
  • Lead in advocacy efforts; inform funders, including local, state and federal legislators and staff, on early care and learning issues.

HR MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT: Work to ensure a qualified workforce, providing supervision, oversight and support; monitor the administration of programs and services in a manner that ensures quality, effectiveness, and accountability:

  • Recruit, hire and release personnel; maintain a working climate which attracts, motivates and retains a diverse staff of qualified personnel.
  • Supervise and support an effective management team.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Encourage staff development; assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program goals of the Organization.

FUND DEVELOPMENT & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Provide strategic, financial and operational leadership for the agency:

  • Develop and maintain sound financial policies and practices with the Chief Financial Officer, Finance Committee, and Board:
  • Prepare and monitor an annual budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Ensure that records and documents are in compliance with federal and state local regulations.
  • Work with the Board and staff to ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Lead fundraising efforts:
  • Grant writing; maintain contracts; prepare documents for foundation submission.
  • Research donor prospects; cultivate positive relationships with current and potential funding sources; make effective donor asks; maintain donor prospect lists and database.
  • Lead and plan fundraising events.


COMPENSATION: $70,000 – $80,000 annually plus benefits


Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to  Closing date:  5 p.m., June 20, 2021.