If you have a passion for empowering people to improve their wellbeing, you might be the next Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW). We are looking for a servant leader who works tirelessly to develop the community they support. This leader is focused on what they can do with the community instead of what they can do for the community. This is a proven and successful leader that maintains a servant's heart and thus encourages their teams and stakeholders to do the same while empowering the community they serve.

The next Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW) will have the opportunity to lead one of the largest Community Action organizations in the country. This is a long-standing organization in excellent operational and fiscal health. CAPRW is an important player in the social service ecosystem that is able to do large scale work with multi-county impact. This is an opportunity to utilize existing infrastructure to take the organization to the next level in terms of executing our vision and collaborating with/rooting into the community. With an annual budget of over $30 million the work of this organization has a significant impact on the lives of the low-income population that it serves. The next Executive Director will have a high profile on major issues in the community. This is an exciting opportunity for a leader experienced with Social Service nonprofits to move this established and well-respected organization to the next step in its evolution.



CAPRW began its part of the War on Poverty in 1964 when St. Paul Mayor George Vavoulis and United Way Planner William Hoffman traveled to Washington D.C. to request funding from the newly created Office of Economic Opportunity. With the funding approved, Ramsey County Citizens Committee on Economic Opportunity (RCCCEO) was created, and William Hoffman became its first executive director. In late 1970, the board of directors changed the agency’s name to Ramsey Action Programs, Inc. to emphasize the agency’s role in taking strong actions against funding cuts that targeted programs for low-income people, establishing new programs including Senior Nutrition and FARE Share, and expanding existing programs like Head Start and community organizing. At the end of 2004, Ramsey Action Programs, Inc., signifying a refocused agency strategy as a community catalyst for change, became Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties. No matter what its name, the agency has always been very deliberate in maintaining the participation of low-income citizens–on its Board of Directors and on the Head Start Policy Council–ensuring that they have a part in decision making, public policy and leadership development. More than five decades after its ambitious beginning, they are still working at the task; the War on Poverty is not yet won. CAPRW continues to voice the issues of the low-income sector and to provide avenues out of poverty.


In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the success of Community Action, the accomplishment of its mission and accountability to its funders, stakeholders, and the communities it serves. The Executive Director is responsible for delegating authority to implement policies and set annual goals and objectives approved by the Board of Directors to his/her senior leadership team members. The Executive Director provides information, counsel, and other assistance as may be required by the Board as it carries out its governance functions. This is of particular importance now with a number of new board members and board leadership recently elected. With 9 direct reports, the Executive Director provides executive level oversight and works with the board to provide the strategic direction of the organization.

The duties of the Executive Director can be broken down into five key areas:

Governance and Leadership

  • Fosters effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff.
  • Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions, which includes acting as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the Agency’s activities, and keeping the Board informed of the Agency’s condition.
  • Together with the Board, ensures the agency has a clear mission, vision, and long-range strategic plan. With the Board Chair and Board Executive Committee, focuses Board attention on long-range strategic issues.
  • Supports the Board’s due diligence process by assuring timely attention to core issues, keeping the Board fully informed on the condition of Agency, and identifying, assessing, and informing the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the Agency.
  • Helps the Board monitor and evaluate the Agency’s service outcomes and effectiveness in conducting its mission. Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those which are appropriate to the Board and/or its committees and facilitates discussion and deliberation.
  • Ensures that existing Agency policies are reviewed annually and that recommended policy
  • changes are brought to the Board as appropriate.
  • Works with the Board in the recruitment and development of representatives for the Board and its committees as established in the bylaws.
  • Provides support to the Board by working with the Board President in preparing meeting agenda and providing supporting materials.

General Management and Administration

  • Provides general oversight of all Agency activities. Manages the day-to-day operations, and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient organization. Assures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Instrumental in developing new programs and initiatives consistent with the strategic plan. Develops an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives consistent with the strategic direction of the organization. Ensures that the Agency’s programs and services contribute to its mission and reflect the priorities of the Board and expectation of funders.
  • Assures program quality, cultural competence, effectiveness and organizational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.
  • Identifies and evaluates the risks to the Agency’s clients, staff, management, volunteers, property, finances, goodwill, and image. Implements measures to control risks, drafts policies for the approval of the Board and prepares procedures to implement the organizational policies; reviews existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in Community Action agencies, non-profit management and governance, philanthropy, and fund development.

Financial Management and Fundraising

  • Oversees the fiscal activities and ensures the fiscal vitality of the organization through monitoring and reporting on budgets, accounting procedures, grants, capital assets, and audits. Ensures that the Agency’s accounting and financial policies and procedures are current and followed and that the organization complies with all laws and regulations governing its financial operations.
  • Works with the Board to secure adequate funding for the Agency’s operation and support of the short and long-term goals. Works with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget.
  • Provides the Board with regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization.
  • Administers the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitors the monthly cash flow of the organization Approves expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board and the Agency’s Accounting and Financial Policies and Procedures.
  • Assures an effective fund development program; explores funding sources, oversees the development of fund-raising plans and funding proposals. Drives fundraising strategies and campaigns.
  • Promotes programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality.

Personnel Management

  • Models leadership behaviors that lead to a productive, professionally competent workforce in an environment respectful of personal wellbeing and cultural diversity.
  • Oversees the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures, and systems, including compensation and benefits, performance management, and labor/management relations.
  • Determines staffing and financing requirements for organizational management and program delivery. Specifies accountabilities for management personnel and evaluates performance regularly.
  • Assures a work environment that recruits, retains, trains, evaluates, and supports quality staff and volunteers.
  • Disciplines staff when necessary, using appropriate techniques and following procedures; terminates staff when necessary, using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.
  • Maintains a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.

Legislative, Advocacy, and Public Relations

  • Serves as chief spokesperson for Community Action to ensure that its mission and position is properly presented to the public and media.
  • Acts as liaison to all levels of government, providing testimony, advocacy plans, and recommendations for positions on issues to further Agency goals.
  • Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, agencies, funders, policymakers, and other key constituencies to help achieve the goals of the organization.

The next Executive Director must display the following leadership competencies that are essential to success in the environment in which CAPRW operates:

  • Relationship development – High self-awareness and how that relates and impacts relationships with others. Ability to mentor effectively. Fostering team play, caring and respect for others.
  • Self-awareness – A balanced leader who is self-composed and displays selflessness, curiosity, and a willingness to learn.
  • Authenticity – Displays instantly recognizable integrity and courageous authenticity.
  • Systems awareness – Ability to understand the connectedness of business systems, organizational systems, and teams. A concern for the community, and all variations of sustainability.
  • Achievement orientation – Decisiveness, purposeful and visionary – all together. Ability to achieve results while maintaining a strategic focus.

Professional Experience and Education
The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, business administration, community organization, one of the social sciences or a related field
  • Ten years successful work experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity
  • Deep understanding of the population that CAPRW serves, with the proven ability to connect with people and communities to improve their wellbeing. Experience working with a board of directors
  • Budget management experience
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Strong Personal Computer Skills using Microsoft Word applications

The superior candidate will have all of the above plus the following:

  • Master’s degree
  • Ten years executive level experience
  • Experience leading an organization that offers Head Start Services
  • Executive level budget management responsibility
  • Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) certification
  • Strong understanding of board governance
  • Experience leading a large group of diverse yet related programming

Personal Attributes

  • Strong leader
  • Communicator
  • Strategic
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Advocate
  • Spokesperson
  • Strong Presence
  • Ethical
  • Catalyst
  • Change Agent
  • Team Builder
  • Community Focused
  • Servant Leader
  • Relationship Builder
  • Active Listener
  • Visionary
  • Culturally responsive
  • Strong understanding of the impact of poverty

For more information please contact:
Jackie L. Gorman
Senior Partner
Office: 210.648.3339
Mobile: 210-240-2968
E-Mail: jgorman@allenaustin.com

Victoria Lopez Negrete
Office: 281-506-0543
Mobile: 281-536-3597
E-Mail: vlopeznegrete@allenaustin.com

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