The Redlich Horwitz Foundation seeks an experienced program manager and strategist to serve as program officer. The Foundation, based in New York City but serving children and families throughout New York State, works to keep children, youth and families in New York’s child welfare system supported and thriving. The Foundation believes children do best when they are raised by their families of origin, where they have a strong sense of love, belonging and community. The Foundation specifically prioritizes goals that advance racial equity in child welfare. The Foundation’s trustees recently adopted new Race Equity Values and a more racially just approach to grant-making. All new grants and initiatives will be determined and evaluated through a racial equity lens, and the team is currently working to refresh its strategic priorities to reflect the Foundation’s commitment to racial equity.
Founded in 1986 by Catherine Redlich and Robert Horwitz, the Redlich Horwitz Foundation has provided financial support and implementation assistance to improve outcomes in areas of interest to them, most recently in foster care practice and policy. While the Foundation is now best known for its efforts to ensure that every child has a safe and loving home, in its earlier years RHF supported diverse initiatives in education, criminal justice, drug policy, child welfare, and global health. In 2012, after moving to upstate New York, Cathy and Rob made the decision to narrow the Foundation's grant-making focus significantly. Their objective was two-fold: to increase the impact of the Foundation's giving, and to become more proactively involved trustees. To that end, the Foundation hired its first executive director in 2013 and began a strategic planning process to determine the direction the Foundation would take going forward. The staff and trustees met with respected thought leaders, government officials, advocates, and philanthropies to learn more about opportunities and challenges facing New Yorkers and the systems that serve them. The result was a decision to focus the Foundation's mission on improving New York's foster care system to achieve better life outcomes for children in care and for those young adults aging out of the system.
The approach always used by the Foundation is rooted in collaboration. Although grant-making is at the heart of the Foundation’s work, the Foundation strives to maximize the impact of initiatives by providing technical assistance, strategic support, and access to other information, resources, and connections. The Foundation supports and works collaboratively with other stakeholders to implement thoughtful, data-informed policies and programs that: Promote child welfare systems that are racially just and prioritize family preservation, engagement and family-based care; Ensure that every child exits the foster care system into a permanent, loving family through timely reunification, adoption, kin guardianship or another lifelong adult connection; and improve the overall well-being of youth and families involved with the child welfare system in New York.
These stakeholders and partners include county and state leaders, the courts, nonprofits, foundations and grassroots advocates. Together, the Foundation and its partners seek to accelerate change and improve practice and policy in support of:
Increasing preventive services;
Reducing residential placements through kin-first practices;
Improving supports for all foster families;
Increasing community-based services for children and families; and
Implementing other strategies proven to keep families safely together or expedite to permanency.
With its partners, The Foundation invests proactively in its corps belief that children should remain with their families whenever possible, and that all caregivers — birth, foster and kinship — should have access to the same types and levels of support, including financial, programmatic and therapeutic.
WittKieffer is assisting Redlich Horwitz Foundation in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received as soon as possible.
Application materials and a detailed Leadership Profile are available on the WittKieffer portal: https://candidateportal.wittkieffer.com/description?jobID=22351
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Equality and equity are core values at the Redlich Horwitz Foundation. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. The Foundation is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristics protected under federal, state or local law.