Executive Director

Website Child First Authority

Child First Authority, Inc. (CFA), a non-profit organization committed to developing youth and strengthening families in Baltimore City by providing high quality after-school and in-school programs, seeks a champion and leader on behalf of Baltimore’s children and families. Since its founding in 2006, CFA has become widely recognized as one of the leading education advocacy organizations in Baltimore City. With the expressed goal of engaging parents and community stakeholders as equal partners, CFA builds strong relationships with community organizations, educational institutions, students, and families to create enriching, high-quality learning opportunities that support positive outcomes for young Baltimoreans. Today CFA partners with 14 schools throughout Baltimore City, including 10 after school programs and 13 community schools, and serves over 6,000 students.

CFA is seeking an Executive Director who will build upon the organization’s successes and guide us into the next chapter. The Executive Director will lead, manage, and oversee all aspects of the organization, from strategy development and programming to community relations, fundraising, and day-to-day administration. Working with a committed and engaged Board of Directors, staff, parents, funders, and other partners, the next CFA Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead a ground-breaking organization that has been and will continue to be a catalyst for change for children, families and communities in Baltimore City. S/he/They will collaborate with a small and dynamic team deeply invested in the mission.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced organizational leader, a consummate relationship-builder, and highly-skilled listener and communicator who is deeply dedicated to meeting the needs of students and families. S/he/They will possess strong management and financial skills, a demonstrated ability to successfully fundraise for nonprofits, and a track record of innovation. Candidates must have a proven commitment to the city’s youth, families and communities, a deep understanding of Baltimore’s racial dynamics, and a history of creating systemic change and equitable opportunities.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Strategy
    • Continue the implementation of CFA’s strategic plan, which ends in 2025, and make data-driven decisions to sustain CFA’s mission and core values.
    • Prepare and guide CFA through its next strategic planning process.
    • Establish annual organizational goals in support of the strategic plan and assist CFA teams to identify and achieve supporting goals.
    • Oversee the creation and implementation of innovative, cutting edge programs with positive, measurable impact.
  • Fundraising
    • Raise the annual budget ($4 million in FY23) in partnership with the Board of Directors and development coordinator. CFA seeks to increase its unrestricted funding stream.
    • Steward existing funders and donors, and expand the revenue base to meet projected expenses in future fiscal years.
  • Advocacy
    • Build and manage relationships with strategic partners in the public and private sector, including aligned local, state and national organizations to advocate for policy and resources in support of CFA’s mission.
    • Serve as an ambassador for CFA and the families served, mobilize broad-based community support, and inspire action. Generate earned media and consistently communicate CFA’s mission and message.
  • Administration
    • Cultivate and maintain a solution–focused relationship with the Board of Directors.
    • Ensure the financial integrity and resourcing of all CFA programs by developing and implementing the annual budget, negotiating and complying with all contracts, grants, agreements, applicable statutes and regulations.
    • Conduct annual pay equity analysis, identify competitive salaries for staff, and plan the annual budget to match.
    • Attract, lead, manage, and sustain the team, and help employees grow professionally.
    • Oversee all aspects of a smoothly-run organization while modeling CFA’s culture of playfulness and joy.


We encourage applicants who possess the skills and characteristics below to apply.

  • Exceptional ability to build, lead and manage teams, and create a culture of belonging.
  • Demonstrated career progression with management and leadership experience.
  • History of setting and achieving strategic objectives and overseeing a team to successfully operationalize the vision.
  • Skilled in cultivating and sustaining relationships with stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of generating funding leads, acquiring major gifts, and stewarding donors. Knowledge of the Baltimore philanthropic community is preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people and engage a wide range of communities and cultures. Experience working with students and principals is a bonus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with a knack for marketing, public relations and storytelling.
  • Ability to build and manage a balanced budget.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to apply an equity lens to both internal and external-facing work.
  • Proficient with basic office technology.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • A desire to work hard, have fun, and be part of a team that recognizes their colleagues’ humanity while achieving the organization’s mission.


CFA is offering a competitive salary of $175,000 with a one-time signing bonus, which reflects the responsibilities and level of authority required by the position as opposed to individual candidates’ qualifications. The salary offer is firm as a result of an intentional effort to mitigate pay inequities that are in part driven by systemic and implicit racism and gender bias impacting negotiation and career trajectories over time.

CFA offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including health, vision, and dental insurance, PTO, 403 B/contributions after one year, and professional development. CFA observes nine federal holidays and closes the week between Christmas and New Years’ Day. Administrative staff work remotely on Fridays. This is an onsite position.

How to apply

Please read qualifications carefully and submit a compelling cover letter and resume to CFAexecutivesearch@gmail.com. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by January 18, 2024. All interviews for selected candidates will be held in person, beginning February 1 and February 2. Visit www.childfirstauthority.org for more information and to view our equity statement. CFA will respond to all applications. No phone calls please.

To apply for this job email your details to CFAexecutivesearch@gmail.com