Why Work with Child & Family Connections?
CFC is an all-volunteer-based nonprofit. We come to CFC for our own reasons but stay because of the meaningful work with a talented and fun group of colleagues. While some have a personal connection to the mission, we share a passion for helping families living with parental mental illness and compassion for the people we serve. The best outcomes happen when work aligns with an organization’s mission and the individual’s goals and interests. Vital to our success, we give volunteers significant levels of responsibility and autonomy with unfettered access to leadership, company activities, and information.
Our “staff” (volunteers) all work virtually and have the flexibility to make their own hours. We come together in and out of the classroom in support of our programs and for governance purposes. If you have a favorite coffee shop where you’re comfortable working, no problem. CFC is founded on recovery principles of self-direction so the ability (and interest) to work independently is required. This lean model allows us to dedicate nearly all of our funding to help families at risk.
The ‘Right’ Fit
We find that a package of innate intellectual curiosity and a willingness to explore along with adaptability is an often reliable predictor of success. We envision that a good fit for this position will be a senior leader with professional corporate experience who is also comfortable in an entrepreneurial start-up environment. A thinker, a planner, and a creator. An executive with an MBA, perhaps. Proven problem-solving skills. Solid relationship-building skills. Of course, a high degree of integrity and trustworthiness. Comfort working with diverse populations. The ability to meet in Center City Philadelphia, as needed, is necessary.
The Latest Problem We are Solving
In 2017, CFC began development on our most important effort to date: a groundbreaking new program, the first of its kind in the U.S.-SafeTogether-to keep children in the home and out of foster care and the family intact during a parent’s psychiatric ’emergency’. This interactive program will head off the adverse effects of custody loss and the trauma of foster care in many families living with parental mental illness by keeping children in the home in the first place.
There is much work ahead with development, marketing, training, evaluation, and much more. The pilot is funded and we are just beginning curricula development and evaluation design to create the pilot program.