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The Mockingbird Society
Seattle, WA, United States
21 days ago
The Mockingbird Society
Seattle, WA, United States
21 days ago
The Mockingbird Society
Seattle, Washington, United States
21 days ago

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Seattle, WA

The Mockingbird Society is an advocacy organization founded in 2000 to provide meaningful opportunities for youth across Washington state to participate in the social justice effort to improve the foster care system. Its first project was The Mockingbird Times, then a monthly newspaper written by young people who have experienced foster care that aims to have a positive impact on the public perception of the children and adolescents who are foster kids. Since then, Mockingbird Society’s work has expanded to include working with foster families, child-placing agencies and others to improve outcomes for both foster kids and foster parents. Recognizing a clear link between experience in the child welfare system and homelessness, Mockingbird also began addressing issues around youth homelessness in 2013. Mockingbird organizes youth leaders to inform policy-making and to advocate for legislation and policies benefiting young people in foster care or who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Mockingbird Society pursues its mission through 1) leadership development and training for youth, 2) Public Policy & Advocacy informed by the lived experiences of youth, and 3) consultation on practice innovation for foster care delivery through the “Mockingbird Family” model.

Mockingbird’s Youth Programs work in partnership with young people, ages 13 - 25, who have experienced foster care or homelessness.  Mockingbird Society believes young people with lived experience are in the best position to know what needs to change. Through their leadership, Mockingbird advocates to change the policies, perceptions, and practices that stand in the way of every young person having a safe and stable home.

Mockingbird’s solutions focus on improving statewide systems of care - systems that serve thousands of Washington's  children, youth and families every year.  With a dual-focus approach of youth development and systems reform, Mockingbird participants develop leadership and self-advocacy skills while effecting positive change for the generations of young people that will come after them. 

For anybody who wants to make a difference in the lives of young people who have experienced homelessness and foster care, The Mockingbird Society presents an unequaled opportunity.  Mockingbird Society directly gives power to youth voice, allowing young people ages 13-25 to be part of the legislative cycle and to help create tangible wins and to effect beneficial change in public policy and practice.

The next Executive Director will join the agency at a critical and impactful time of rebuilding and repair, following the physical, emotional and organizational losses of the past few years.  Social distancing and isolation proved to be huge hurdles and barriers to gathering and organizing  youth voice, and the return to in-person meetings presents the opportunity to rebuild community and youth participation.  The racial unrest and reckoning of the past many months have presented the opportunity to truly re-examine the intersectionality of racism and outcomes for young people in foster care and for youth experiencing homelessness. 

The Mockingbird Society seeks an inspiring, confident and collaborative leader with a profound commitment to the mission, vision and guiding principles of The Mockingbird Society.  With a high degree of emotional intelligence and humility, the next leader will continue the rebuilding of trust and youth engagement and will motivate a community of staff, youth, volunteers and partners to take part in and remain engaged with the mission of the Mockingbird Society.

The Mockingbird Society seeks a leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to inspire and motivate a large and diverse staff, and a proven track record of leading successful strategies to identify, recruit, develop and retain talent. 

The anticipated salary for this position is $150,000 to $170,000, depending on qualifications. To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3y3FapC (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

For more information about The Mockingbird Society, please visit mockingbirdsociety.org. For a sampling of The Mockingbird Society’s advocacy and legislative successes, please see the attached pages

The Mockingbird Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment at The Mockingbird Society is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Alumni of foster care and those who have experienced youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.



Job Information

  • Job ID: 64650784
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Executive Director
  • Company Name For Job: The Mockingbird Society
  • Job Function: Executive/Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time

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