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Job Posting

Executive Director

Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc.


The Board of Directors of Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc. (HKYFS, “the agency”) is seeking a dynamic, innovative professional to lead a well-regarded youth and family services bureau that has served the Haddam and Killingworth communities for nearly 30 years. HKYFS is headquartered in Higganum, CT.   The agency’s employees provide individual and group counseling for youth and their families, positive youth development programs, after school and summer programs, parent and grandparent education, first time juvenile offender programs and services, holiday gifting programs and many other services.  The agency oversees the Healthy Communities Healthy Kids Coalition that focuses on alcohol and drug prevention programming with the Haddam-Killingworth community.


Mission:  HKYFS is committed to enhancing child and youth development, enriching families, and promoting healthy Haddam and Killingworth communities.


Collaborations:  HKYFS collaborates with over 100 entities, most notably Regional School District 17, local businesses, civic organizations, court services, The Connecticut Youth Services Association, health professionals, legislators, parent groups, other youth and family service agencies, religious communities, law enforcement officials, local and state agencies and many others.


Funding:  Financial support for this non-profit, 501(c)(3), agency is provided by the towns of Haddam and Killingworth, state and federal grants, individual and corporate donations, proceeds from fundraising events and private foundations.


Summary Job Description:   Reporting directly to the Executive Committee of the HKYFS Board, the Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Overall management of the agency
  • Direction and supervision of all staff
  • Accountability for budgetary and programmatic results
  • Collaboration with Regional District 17 and other key constituencies
  • Fundraising
  • Identification and pursuit of applicable grant opportunities
  • Staff and resource development
  • Research and assessment
  • Advocacy
  • Professional representation of agency to all clients, government and community constituents


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will meet the following profile:

  • An enthusiastic, compassionate and experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to social service and advocacy on behalf of children and families
  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent experience preferably in social work, public health, or related field
  • Demonstrated effective leadership of an organization, especially in the nonprofit sector and/or related to education, prevention, youth empowerment and community organizing
  • Effective experience with nonprofit board development, grant writing and fundraising
  • Understanding/experience with basic budgeting practices and financial statements
  • A dynamic public liaison and partnership builder


Additional desired candidate qualities include:  the ability to balance multiple priorities; excellent oral and written communication skills including presentation expertise; computer literacy particularly with QuickBooks, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point; personal organization.  The successful candidate will be available for periodic community interaction on weekends and weeknights and will pass appropriate fingerprint and background checks.  Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications.



Qualified candidates should submit their resume, references, and cover letter by

October 8, 2021


Via mail to:

Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc.

Attn : Jane Baird

P.O Box 432

Higganum, CT  06441

Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc. offers employment opportunity to all applicants for employment and to all employees regardless of gender, age, race, color, religious creed, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status or disability.


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