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Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of Voices for Virginia’s Children (Voices) seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will design, plan, and lead the organization through a major effort of growth in geographic reach, impact, and name recognition.  The CEO who will lead Voices into the future will be a passionate advocate for all children and embrace racial equity in ensuring positive outcomes for children, be strong in organizational leadership, employ sophisticated critical and conceptual thinking, have comfort with fund development, and be a capable developer of people.

The mission of Voices for Virginia’s Children is to champion public policies that improve the lives of Virginia’s Children.  Voices collaborates with agencies across the Commonwealth using data-driven, evidence-based approaches to support its advocacy work.  Voices covers core policy topics that are likely to have the greatest impact on a child’s success, including foster care and adoption, family economic security, health and wellness, early childhood care and education, mental health, and trauma-informed care.

The next CEO will have the opportunity to:

  • Be a thought leader regarding serving children and families and ensuring opportunity for all young people
  • Advocate for effective, child-centric statewide policies and laws
  • Empower local communities to influence laws and policies that affect the lives of their children and families
  • Expand Voices’ reach and recognition throughout Virginia

The CEO will report to the Board of Directors and have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Voices’ staff, programs, and execution of its mission. The following are what the Board envisions as some critical success factors.

Strategic Leadership:

  • Plan and organize Voices’ work to achieve the strategic goals set by the Board of Directors
  • Recognize and organize Voices’ proactive work to address children’s ongoing needs, and pivot quickly to respond to emerging needs
  • Work effectively with Voices’ audiences and stakeholders, ensuring that Voices remains and continues to be perceived as nonpartisan
  • Incorporate the perspectives of Racial Equity and Trauma Informed Care in all internal and external action
  • Seize opportunities for Voices to put forth a persuasive point-of-view on issues relating to children through writing, speaking, and becoming known as an authoritative voice on children’s issues throughout the Commonwealth

Team Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, partnership among service areas, continuous improvement, and consistent quality of finances, administration, fundraising, outreach, and communications
  • Develop annual plans that ensure the achievement of strategic goals and include measurable progress, outputs, and impact
  • Design and implement effective internal systems that drive the activity of each organizational area
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement
  • Lead and develop our high-performing staff 

Outreach and Development:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and state-wide expansion
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of outreach — from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Develop relationships in Richmond and throughout the commonwealth to generate new opportunities for visibility of our work and mission

Successful candidates will:

  • Have a minimum of 15 years of progressive responsibility that includes strategic leadership, fundraising, and team leadership
  • Demonstrate a passion for children and an understanding of the central and complex issues that help or hinder their success
  • Model an understanding of and respect for the various dimensions of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Exhibit excellent communication skills
  • Have the compassion, agility, critical thinking skills, and creativity to respond to unexpected events
  • Have experience in advocating for a cause at any level
  • Live in the Richmond area or be willing to relocate to the area
  • Be able to travel approximately 30% of their time, mostly within the Commonwealth
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher

Voices offers a competitive salary with benefits that include health/dental insurance, retirement plan, holidays, and PTO.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia, Interim CEO. The need for confidentiality is understood.  Finalist candidates should expect background and reference checks.  This position will remain open until filled. EOE.

Intern, Data and Research Program

Voices for Virginia’s Children is seeking to fill a master level data internship position for the summer of 2022. This master level internship opportunity in applied data research would fill up to 210 hours, and would be paid a stipend of up to $3,150. The internship would start in summer 2022 and/or fall 2022 if necessary to complete the requirements. This position intends to be remote, with potential to work in our Richmond office if desired.  This position will be directly supervised by our Research Director, with the potential to work with other departments such as fundraising, policy, and outreach. Experience in data maintenance (downloading, cleaning) with excellent Excel skills required. Preferred experience with SAS, SPSS, or other analytic database software.

Voices for Virginia’s Children is a statewide multi-issue policy, advocacy, and data organization. Our research and data program is home to the KIDS COUNT DATA center. We represent Virginia in being the go to statewide source for the child health and wellbeing data with the most variety and depth of topics at both the state and locality level. Tracking hundreds of indicators over time and by categories like race, education, income, and gender, we apply our data to the policy and advocacy process creating the best solutions for all children in Virginia.

To apply, please send an email introduction with resume and any internship requirements to Lauren Snellings, Research Director by COB June 30th.