Norwalk ACTS, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Human Resources Department of Family & Children's Agency is recruiting on behalf of Norwalk ACTS, Inc. Norwalk ACTS is searching for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Norwalk ACTS has an exciting opening for an experienced, dynamic and innovative leader who is dedicated to strengthening educational, social-emotional and physical health support systems for the children and youth of Norwalk so all can achieve their potential. Reporting to a Board of Directors, reflecting a cross sector of the community, the CEO is responsible for leading the organization‘s community partners toward Norwalk's vision and goals to sustainably improve outcomes for all children, cradle-to career, using a collective impact approach and related Theory of Action.
Norwalk ACTS adopted a collective impact approach in 2012 when it became clear to leaders from various sectors within the community that outcomes for children were not improving. Traditional ways of addressing complex problems needed systems thinking, improved data, and better integration of services. Norwalk ACTS was created to serve as a 'backbone' entity to align and organize the collective power and influence of individuals and institutions/organizations toward a common vision.
Norwalk ACTS embraced the StriveTogether cradle to career movement and began a journey to improve student outcomes through: engaging and empowering leaders; using actionable data and continuous improvement tools; aligning resources to what works; pursuing local and institutional policy and practices changes; and advocating for equity at all levels of the system. As a member in good standing of the national StriveTogether Network, Norwalk has access to peer learning from 70+ other U.S. communities and to best practices designed to build local capacity.
Norwalk ACTS is valued for the role it plays in collecting and analyzing data to drive action, and in convening cross-functional stakeholder groups to identify and implement improvements across systems that will change outcomes. Norwalk ACTS' relationship with the public school system is strong and work around social emotional, early childhood and summer learning is showing good results. The Board of Directors has identified high school graduation and workforce readiness as priorities moving forward.
In the role of Chief Executive Officer, major responsibilities include:
Character and Skills
The ideal candidate will demonstrate many of the following leadership style elements: influencer, collaborator, problem solver, strategic thinker (yet able to get things done), relationship builder, and effective multi-tasker; and will be outgoing, flexible, adaptive, data-driven, inclusive, charismatic, comfortable using personal clout to facilitate positive change, and able to “read a room”. In a perfect world, the candidate will be in and out of the Norwalk region to be able to leverage the relationships, trust and public will that are essential to improving the effectiveness of local systems.
Because this is a strategic/adaptive role, not a technical/implementation position, the CEO is not expected to have “hyper “ skill sets in any one category. In addition to basic skills of effective organization management, successful candidates must have demonstrated the ability to coalesce diverse groups of stakeholders and have the following transferrable skills:
This position is currently accepting applications.