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Headquartered in Seattle, TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization providing civil legal aid to vulnerable youth across Washington State.  The mission of TeamChild is to uphold the rights of youth involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild works to help youth secure the education, healthcare, housing, and other supports needed to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.

TeamChild achieves impact through three main program strategies: civil legal services, training and consultation, and policy advocacy. Our broad impact goals include (1) decriminalization, decarceration, and abolition, (2) expanding and investing in community-led and community-based alternatives and resources, (3) increasing equitable access to education, healthcare and housing supports, and (4) shifting power and repairing harm in BIPOC communities.

TeamChild is dedicated to amplifying and advocating for effective strategies aligned with long term wellbeing and success for youth. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services to combat root causes of justice involvement for youth. TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s Network of Organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders.

At TeamChild we believe that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. In support of this belief, we are building an equitable and inclusive organization and providing our team of staff and Board members with the tools to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression. All members of our team are responsible for providing and supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment that will enrich our interactions with each other and our services. This responsibility provides the foundation for shifting power to the youth and families that we serve so their needs are justly represented, and their goals amply fulfilled.


TeamChild is seeking a strategic and multi-faceted leader to join the organization as the next executive director. The person in this role will work collaboratively with all people throughout the organization and will also take the lead on cultivating and stewarding external relationships. Other critical responsibilities for this role include evaluating the ever-changing landscape of the juvenile justice system with an intersectional equity analysis, communicating the organization’s vision internally and externally, and ensuring a strong financial position for the organization. The person in this role will report to a team of 15 board of directors and has five direct reports. (Director of Legal Services, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Community Engagement and Anti-Racism Director, Director of Investments and Partnerships, and Director of Finance and Administration).


Specific responsibilities of the executive director include, but are not limited to the following:


Strategic Leadership


    • Provides a future-oriented mindset for the organization that emphasizes increased impact.
    • Leads collaborative processes to develop and refine strategic plan
    • Assesses the changing environment of the systems serving youth and ensures advancement and relevancy of the organization.
    • Builds strong and trusted relationships with all stakeholders through individual networks to advance TeamChild’s standing and ability to influence.
    • In conjunction with the Director of Legal Services, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Community Engagement and Anti-Racism Director and staff, supports effective implementation of all three program strategies (legal services, training and consultation, and policy advocacy) to better serve youth and achieve impact goals.
    • Leads and oversees the development of short-and-long term revenue growth plans.
    • Identifies and pursues financial opportunities that will support scalability and increased impact.
    • Leads and oversees strategic prospect development and cultivates relationships with private foundations, individual donors, and public funders.
    • Expertly brokers and negotiates new partnerships or makes changes to existing partnerships that tap into the power of collective grant making.
    • In conjunction with the Director of Investments and Partnerships, ensures the grant development process is robust and effective.
    • Responsible for building the board, communicating effectively with the board, and fostering a strong working relationship with all members.
    • Is highly engaged with board members to leverage and secure resources to support TeamChild’s mission.
    • Ensures open communication regarding the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals with the Board.

Operational Leadership (Fiscal, Administrative, and Infrastructure)


  • Leads efforts to create and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and fundraising plan to ensure brand integrity.
  • Oversees the financial status of the organization to ensure that the flow of funds permits TeamChild to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.
  • Negotiates state contracts in partnership with Director of Finance and Administration, Director of Legal Service, and contract management staff (annually).
  • Monitors state revenue forecasts and biennial and supplemental budget development.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Finance and Administration, ensures that financial controls and sound accounting practices are established and are being followed.
  • Provides support to directors and managers in areas of human resources, such as values-based hiring, staff evaluation, professional development opportunities and risk management.
  • In conjunction with the director of legal Services, director of policy and advocacy, community engagement and anti-racism director and staff, provide leadership of legal services, policy advocacy, and training and consultation.


TeamChild is a unique, values-driven organization that is boldly committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that supports collaboration, inclusion, shared-accountability, distributed power and non-hierarchical operations. At its core, TeamChild fights for effective solutions and community-driven strategies that nurture and develop the health and wellbeing of young people, instead of exclusion and incarceration. Individuals who work for TeamChild are naturally aligned with the following:


  • A commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectional equity analysis.
  • A focus on relationship building.
  • An ability to listen with an open mind and a deep commitment to including and respecting diverse viewpoints.
  • Values collaboration and inclusive decision-making.
  • A proactive, passionate, and collaborative attitude.
  • A foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.



An impactful executive director for TeamChild will be an individual who can provide strategic leadership to the organization, ensuring sustainability and relevancy in an ever-changing and unprecedented time. The executive director will be a champion for innovation, shared decision-making and productive disruption. A successful executive director will also have:


  • The ability to be compelling and persuasive in their communication of TeamChild’s vision and work.
  • A commitment to amplify the voices of marginalized youth and families with the purpose of changing systems that serve youth.
  • A systems-thinking approach and strong understanding of systemic oppression and intersectional analysis.
  • The ability to build agency and advocacy skills amongst all members of the organization.
  • A view towards opportunities to create new partnerships and allows others to leverage existing partnerships.
  • An understanding of non-profit fundraising and philanthropy (ie, cultivation, stewardship, etc.).
  • A commitment to building and growing diverse teams.
  • The ability to communicate in clear and compelling ways (written/verbal) and adapts appropriately for the environment.


Successful executive director candidates will likely possess the following:


  • Senior leadership experience – nonprofit experience preferred
  • Fiscal stewardship, management, budgeting, or P/L responsibility of an organization with an annual budget of $3m+ (nonprofit finance experience preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and communicate with a broad range of stakeholders, including community members, policy makers, and funders.
  • Solid understanding and strong racial equity analysis of youth serving public systems and court processes.
  • Board relations experience.
  • Track record of public speaking and strong writing abilities.
  • Experience and/or commitment to a shared leadership and decision-making model.
  • Proven track record of mentoring and coaching team members; fueling the professional/ personal growth in others.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience (i.e., private donors, foundations, and public funding).
  • Contract negotiation experience.
  • Lobbying/legislative experience is helpful but not required.


Individuals with lived experience in the systems TeamChild works within are particularly encouraged to apply.

Compensation & Benefits

TeamChild is committed to providing employees with a competitive salary and benefits package. TeamChild offers full benefits including medical, dental, vision, EAP, generous paid time off, long- and short-term disability, and options to set up FSA and 403b retirement accounts. TeamChild typically offers a $1,000 per employee annual wellbeing benefit, as well.

TeamChild is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TeamChild is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, Board, and staff. All interested individuals, including people with lived experience, people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply by providing a current resume via email to nicole@diversityrecruiters.com.

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