Judy Watts Child Advocacy Center
This new entity, which will operate within the current organization structure, is being named after Agenda for Children’s founder and executive director, who led the organization from 1984 until her retirement in 2010. Under Judy’s leadership, Agenda engaged in a wide range of activities to fulfill its mission, ranging from filing amicus briefs in landmark child welfare lawsuits, to founding the state’s first child care resource and referral agency, and from producing publications on the well-being of children to managing a statewide coalition of partners dedicated to ensuring that all kids and families in our state have health insurance coverage. The Center will accomplish this by engaging directly in advocacy, as well as by supporting allies and child-serving organizations in their own advocacy efforts.
Position Summary: The Center Director must have a passion for issues that affect all aspects of children’s well-being. He/she must have experience in developing and implementing a clear strategic vision for an organization and the ability to work with people from all walks of life to achieve its objectives. He/she must understand the political system, have experience in legislative advocacy, have a highly collaborative work style, an ability to listen and foster productive working relationships (among a staff, a board, partners and allies), solicit and encourage differing points of view, build consensus for action and be able to work in a bi-partisan fashion to develop policy solutions. He/she must also have experience using social media and the ability to work with representatives of the media. Finally, the Director he/she will have the capacity to establish a prominent and active presence in the greater New Orleans area.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Public Policy Development
Media & Communications