Program Director - SAFEchild

Raleigh, NC
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Ask yourself

Are you passionate about eliminating child abuse and empowering families? Do you excel in a collaborative team that is driven by impact and supports each other? Are you ready to lead with expertise and experience while continuing to learn and be curious?

Are you the first Program Director for SAFEchild?


SAFEchild’s impact and team is expanding as the result of community need and strategic direction. They are now seeking their first Program Director to join their compassionate and dedicated team to help achieve their strategic vision. SAFEchild’s goals are to:

  • Prevent child abuse from ever occurring.
  • Empower parents and caregivers to move toward healthy family relationships by breaking negative parenting patterns.
  • Provide specialized intervention and treatment that promotes recovery, healing and promising outcomes for children, families, and the community.
  • Educate and raise awareness about the issue of child abuse in Wake County.

“Every child has the right to mature in an environment free from abuse and neglect.”

What will you do as SAFEchild’s Program Director?

The Program Director is responsible for the successful development, implementation, and management of program services. The Program Director establishes key programmatic performance to fulfill SAFEchild’s mission, vision, values, and priorities. Programs include Moms Supporting Moms, Crianzo con Carino, MOVE, Funny Tummy Feelings, Circle of Security, and the MENS program. The Program Director reports to the Executive Director, serves on the leadership team, and serves as the point person for all program staff on a day-to-day basis.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead current and future program development, monitor processes and performance indicators of programs against expected outcomes and alignment to mission.
  • Provide strategic input into organizational planning processes.
  • Promote and support quality program services and quality systems so that outcome reporting is maintained and actively managed.
  • Evaluate participant and community needs, as well as best practices in program delivery, to determine program components and goals that align with the organizational mission.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to a growing staff including Community Engagement & Training Coordinator, Intake Coordinator and Prevention Program & Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Enable, support, and teach direct reports to perform to the best of their abilities and develop skills necessary to deliver quality services.
  • Routinely observe, coach, counsel, and evaluate program  staff and team performances.
  • Assist with recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of staff for each assigned program.
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Director and Development Director to provide program testimonials, impact statistics and information for grant reporting; from time to time complete program grant reports.
  • Work with Finance & Operations Director to plan and administer budgets for programs, equipment, staffing, and support services.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other agencies and organizations to ensure that services are not duplicated.
  • Attend relevant meetings/committee functions internally and in the community to include peer organizations and advocacy groups and family groups.
  • Work in partnership with  the Executive Director, and SAFEchild leaders to cultivate new relationships that support program needs and goals.

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the Program Director

  • Master's Degree in Human Services field plus three or more years supervisory experience.
  • Experience managing diverse programs and teams with a proven track record of program growth, goal attainment and strategic initiative implementation.
  • Knowledge of performance and quality improvement processes with the ability to analyze and interpret data for program and services improvement and outcomes.
  • Innovative and cutting edge thinker with ability to keep abreast of other organizations’ work to eliminate abuse in whole families.
  • Coaching and supervisory expertise with a focus on accountability and professional development for staff.
  • Ability to evaluate staff and program effectiveness toward agency mission, vision, values, and program goals.
  • Ability to share stories of impact to motivate volunteers, board members, donors, and partners in ways that inspire support.
  • Proven history in building quality relationships with referral sources and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels of an organization and external stakeholders.
  • Sincere compassion and concern for children and families.
  • Ability to work with sensitivity to the cultural and/or socioeconomic diversity of the clients and staff.

Why SAFEchild?

SAFEchild, an acronym for Stop Abuse For Every Child, is Wake County’s only nonprofit child abuse prevention agency providing direct services to children and families. SAFEchild annually protects 13,000 children and empowers 1,650 parents through education, support, and intervention programs.

Founded in 1992 by the Junior League of Raleigh, SAFEchild is today governed by a 27-member board of directors consisting of business and community leaders in Wake County. The agency is staffed by 25 full- and part-time professionals and administrative staff, as well as dedicated volunteers assisting with important service delivery and resource development activities. SAFEchild is supported by an annual budget of approximately $2 million, which is anticipated to grow in the future.

To learn more, visit SAFEchild’s website at

Think you are SAFEchild’s Program Director?

To apply, click on the link to the Program Director position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your compelling cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites. Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

Salary is commensurate with SAFEchild’s budget and the requirements of the position. Benefits include employer-subsidized medical insurance and employee assistance program, with employee-paid options for dental, vision, life, accident, and disability insurance; health savings account/flexible spending account; Simple IRA; accrued paid time off (PTO); and paid holidays. SAFEchild requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID and have up-to-date COVID boosters for employment. 

SAFEchild actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. SAFEchild is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.


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