Family Law CASA - Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time

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Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a Seattle based non-profit, is appointed to some of King County’s toughest custody cases.  The program’s mission is to advocate for the children in these high-risk custody cases so they have a chance for a safe, secure home life, significantly reducing the risk of abuse and neglect.   When a King County family law judge or commissioner becomes concerned about a child’s safety and well-being, and the family has no resources or services available, the court calls upon Family Law CASA.  By providing a fair and objective voice in court, CASA volunteer advocates aim to lessen the conflict in the family, provide safety and stability for the child, and end the generational cycle of drug use, family violence, and poverty.  

Over the past 17 years, Family Law CASA has provided advocates for more than 2,300 children in more than 1,200 cases.  These CASA volunteer advocates help vulnerable children by working within a structured program.  With professional guidance and support, volunteer advocates go to children’s homes to learn about their needs and alleged risk factors.   Through their work, the volunteer advocate makes recommendations for services and schedules that are summarized into one or two comprehensive reports submitted to the court.   A typical case requires 75-100 volunteer hours over 6-12 months.  This all occurs as part of a litigated high-conflict custody case, so the volunteers’ work must withstand legal scrutiny from multiple sources.   There are currently more than 225 active volunteer advocates who are trained, supervised, and supported by the staff at Family Law CASA.   

Family Law CASA runs entirely on community support, receiving no government funding.  It has good financial support with an excellent reputation with King County Superior Court and donors and has a talented and engaged board of directors.   The staff is highly skilled, respected, passionate, and dedicated.  The business and operations are well run.   The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Family Law CASA Board and manages a team of roughly eight (8) with six (6) direct reports (Development Director, Program Attorney, three Advocate Supervisors, and an Office Administrator).  

 You can learn more about Family Law CASA here.

 To view a brief video providing a Volunteer Advocates’ perspective, click here.

Accountable to Family Law CASA’s Board, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Family Law CASA’s staff, program, finances, and execution of its mission. Specific areas of accountability include Leadership and Management, Fundraising and Communications, Strategic Planning and Execution, Budgeting, Fiscal and Program Management, and Community and Stakeholder relations.

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills. Family Law CASA is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:


  • At least three years of experience leading a well-functioning non-profit organization, or significant department or division, with a $1M+ annual budget and staff of 5+.
  • Successful leadership, development, and relationship management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in raising money from foundations, individuals, corporations, and other funding sources

Commitment to: 

  • Child welfare, social justice and diversity, and inclusion.

Ability to:

  • Inspire, motivate, and engage others as a persuasive and passionate presenter and public speaker.
  • Engage with a wide range of stakeholders and cultures. 
  • Manage and empower teams and other managers.
  • Lead annual business planning and real-time strategic planning processes.
  • Optimize operations and build efficiencies while maintaining quality and meeting mission.
  • Oversee the organization’s budget and finances. 
  • Head up a complex array of multiple, simultaneous projects, programs, and initiatives.

This is a full time, exempt position with a target starting salary range of $110,000 - $120,000 depending on experience. Family Law CASA offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance; Simple IRA plan with an organizational match of up to 2% of annual salary; paid vacation and sick leave, eleven paid holidays per year, and paid parking.


To be Considered

The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of November 29, 2019.  Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by mid- November. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter as a single, combined DOC or PDF at

You may direct questions to Amy Burton at or 206-718-5122

As an EOE/AA employer, Family Law CASA will not discriminate in their employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and/or veteran or disability status. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.