Center for the Study of Social Policy

Posted: 6/5/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: Washington

Postal code: 10006

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:

CSSP is a national, non-profit policy organization that connects community action, public system reform, and policy change to create a fair and just society in which all children and families thrive. We have offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, as well as partners in 30 states around the country.


Position Details:

Job Description:

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (“CSSP”) is seeking an innovative, inspiring, and passionate leader to be its next President. This is a unique opportunity to build on 40 years of strong leadership impacting America’s most vulnerable families, children, and communities, while guiding CSSP into the next 40 years of work creating a more fair, just, and equitable society. The President will lead a national organization with a proven record of reform at the national, state and local levels, promoting social change through innovative practice, system improvement, community change and policy development.

The President is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of CSSP, including oversight of all programs and fund development efforts, as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the organization. In close partnership with the Board of Directors and a strong leadership team, the President oversees an annual budget of approximately $13 million and 51 high performing staff who are deeply committed to social justice and equity. The President also serves as the primary spokesperson for CSSP with policy makers, funders, and partner organizations.

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the helm of a highly influential organization known as an incubator and innovator of ideas that advance social justice. This stage in CSSP’s trajectory offers the new President the chance to be bold and do innovative and meaningful work for children and families while elevating and growing CSSP’s impact on a national scale.




The Center for the Study of Social Policy works to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. CSSP translates ideas into action, promotes public policies grounded in equity, and supports the development of strong and inclusive communities.


Since its founding 40 years ago, CSSP has been at the forefront of our nation’s most significant reforms in child welfare and family support services, combining rigorous standards for policy analysis and nurturing innovation in communities. In its early years, CSSP led national efforts resulting in progressive welfare reform legislation based in employment opportunities and the creation of the earned income tax credit.

Over the last 20 years CSSP has built a healthy organization, continuing its work in child welfare reform and family support while growing a portfolio into early childhood, LGBT youth, housing, and community development. This work has all been driven by a commitment to ensuring that all populations receive equitable opportunities and supports and that disparities based on race, ethnicity, ability level, and sexual orientation and gender identity and orientation are eliminated. CSSP is on a journey towards becoming an anti-racist organization and has made progress over the last decade in examining and altering its internal policies and operations and ensuring that its work in the field and policy development analyzes and confronts inequities wherever these show up.

Our Work

CSSP’s efforts toward achieving a racially, economically and socially just society are carried out through a comprehensive set of priorities which include:

  • Developing a strong national anti-poverty policy that centers around equity and is supportive of all the organization’s areas of work.
  • Ensuring that young children get the best possible start in life by advancing local early childhood systems and parental leadership.
  • Bridging and transforming child health interventions and policy, to promote stronger ties with comprehensive community services and supports.
  • Building public systems that empower youth, build on their strengths and link them to opportunities.
  • Connecting LGBTQ youth to families and communities.
  • Giving expectant and parenting teens the support and resources, they need so they and their children can be successful and thrive.
  • Creating a national child welfare system that is fair, equitable, and effective.
  • Demonstrating that inclusive communities are platforms for economic mobility and affordable, high quality housing.
  • Generating evidence about the power of communities, and the ability of young people and adults to lead and achieve lasting change.
  • Advocating for proactive use of more inclusive and equitable forms of evidence to guide public policy and philanthropic practice.

For more information on the Center for the Study of Social Policy, please visit


The President will be a visionary leader with a genuine passion for CSSP’s mission. This individual will have knowledge of the ways that systems and policy perpetuate inequity, with a compelling vision for CSSP’s role in deconstructing these barriers to opportunity. The President will be a creative thinker and will have the ability to innovate, impact policy, and effect social change. Politically savvy, this individual will intuitively understand how to achieve CSSP’s mission during polarizing times. The President will be committed to evaluation and research that documents the impact of CSSP efforts.

In addition, the successful candidate will have the following professional competencies and personal characteristics:

Passion for the Mission: The President will have a passion for the mission of CSSP and a demonstrated commitment to social justice for children and their families. This respectful, empathic leader will be a clear advocate for equity and inclusiveness. The President will display the highest degree of integrity in the role and will embody CSSP’s values. Intellectually curious and humble, the President will display an authentic commitment to engaging with and learning from CSSP’s constituents.


Change Agent and Innovative Mindset: The President will have a history of implementing innovative, strategic programming with a focus on measurable results. This bold leader will be open to new ideas and previously unexplored strategic alliances. A risk taker, the President will seize on opportunities that are aligned with CSSP’s mission and history of impacting the wellbeing of families and children. With awareness of current trends in the field and the ability to anticipate opportunities, the President will mobilize CSSP and its partners to collectively take innovations to scale.


Strategic and Visionary Leadership: The President will be a strategic leader and visionary thinker who will have the drive and passion to build on CSSP’s 40-year history and lead the organization into its next evolution. Working closely with the Board of Directors and staff, the President will create an inspiring and unified vision for the organization that honors CSSP’s history and culture. This courageous and decisive leader will work collaboratively to drive an equity agenda and advance the rights of underrepresented communities. An intellectual powerhouse, the President will identify new opportunities for CSSP to drive policy and expand its local and national impact in this contentious and turbulent political environment.


Expertise in Fundraising: The President will bring to the role a measurable track record of success in and genuine enthusiasm for development, including a strong background in foundation giving and government funding. This person should also have expertise in corporate, and individual giving and help guide CSSP in considering diversifying its revenue streams into these arenas. With impressive networking skills, this charismatic fundraiser will have a strategic vision for long-term revenue generation, including increasing unrestricted funding, and will lead innovative ways to increase funding.


Organizational Development and Human Capital: The President will be a strong and experienced organizational manager, with a thorough understanding of best-in-class nonprofit management practices. With a collaborative leadership style, the President will build trust with staff and establish clarity on roles, responsibilities, and targeted outcomes. This individual will have a vision for helping CSSP capture the influence it is having and be outcomes-oriented and will demonstrate the ability to build, nurture, and retain a strong team of diverse professionals, maintaining a culture of accountability and high expectations for performance.


External Relations and Communication: The President will be an effective spokesperson for CSSP and will be able to communicate with and garner respect from a diverse group of stakeholders. The President will strengthen and facilitate relationships with a broad range of constituents, including academic, philanthropy, policy, and nonprofit leaders. The President will excel at articulating and motivating others around CSSP’s mission and vision, creating a powerhouse of champions and allies to collectively move a progressive policy, system and community change agenda forward and raise the national profile of the organization.



Not Specified


$175k +

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Center for the Study of Social Policy has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Stephen Milbauer. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Stephen at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan

Managing Director

[email protected]

Stephen Milbauer


[email protected]

Center for the Study of Social Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard ace, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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