Covenant House Georgia opened in 2000 to provide shelter and services to Atlanta’s homeless, trafficked and runaway youth. Since then, more than 18,000 youth have received support from CHGA, nearly 1400 of them so far in 2017 alone.
In Georgia, Covenant House’s range of residential and outreach services are provided by a staff of 70, of whom 30 are full-time employees and the balance split about equally between per-diem and part-time staff, including a 10-person contingent from AmeriCorps. Collectively, the staff operate under the guiding principle of unconditional love, and the doors are always open.
The work towards lasting change begins on the street with CHGA’s outreach vans and continues through crisis care and transitional living programs on site. All services are provided free of charge. No youth who comes to Covenant house Georgia is ever turned away without loving help. Over time, a life characterized by chaos experiences structure and stability, and powerlessness gives way to choice.
Of the nearly 1400 youth served to date this year by Covenant House Georgia,
30% had been sexually exploited
32% were in the foster care system
54% have a history with the criminal justice system.
The 700 or so youth who have received shelter at Covenant House Georgia this year were about equally split between men and women. All receive individualized case management, and with very few exceptions all receive full medical exams. Two-thirds of those in the Rights of Passage program (preparing for independent living) leave Covenant House to move into permanent housing.
The organization is governed by a volunteer board of leaders from an array of corporate, professional and civic engagements, and all are donors and advocates.
Covenant House Georgia is a full partner of Covenant House International (CHI), the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and services to homeless, trafficked and at-risk youth. Founded in in New York City in 1972 and still headquartered there, CHI offers services through local affiliates in 30 cities in six countries: the US (24 cities coast to coast), Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), and Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
The Executive Director of Covenant House Georgia will be a highly motivated and accountable leader with genuine passion for helping at-risk youth realize their full potential. While the search committee is open to a variety of career paths and experiences, the strongest contenders are likely to have honed their management skills in a social service context, be connected in a material way to metro Atlanta’s safety net organizations, and enjoy positive relationships with area philanthropists and funders.
Competence: We expect to hire…
A board-savvy leader with the proven aptitude for strategic thinking and strategic relationships
A manager who complements a true affinity for fundraising with operational and administrative acumen
An experienced supervisor able to attract, develop, retain and deploy the staff and financial resources necessary to meet ambitious strategic goals
A persuasive, articulate champion for the mission, adept with a full variety of audiences and media; an effective advocate who can lead the expansion of CHGA’s relationships with local and national corporate, nonprofit and government entities and officials
Culture: We expect to attract…
An inspiring, visionary Executive Director fully at home in an environment of servant leaders
A colleague who reflects the welcoming spiritual values and traditions that underpin CHGA’s work
Someone with the heart and proven potential to advocate for homeless and trafficked youth and yet equally adept with data
A leader with a responsive, motivating management style—“an attitude of gratitude”
A collaborative manager supportive of strong working relationships with Covenant House International and affiliates and with local entities with allied missions or constituencies
A magnetic leader who is inspired by CHGA’s impact to date, energized by the collective aspirations for growing that impact, and persuasive in demonstrating how his or her own success record could be leveraged to collective benefit.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
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