CDRC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The CDRC Board seeks an Executive Director inspired by the transformative mediation approach and motivated to lead the organization into a secure future during unpredictable times.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROFILE
The Board of the Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) invites nominations and
applications for the position of Executive Director.
CDRC has offices in both Ithaca and Elmira. We serve the regions of Tompkins, Chemung, and
Schuyler Counties in upstate New York. We envision a future in which CDRC is the lead resource
for nurturing constructive responses to the conflicts that inevitably occur in our communities.
As a result of our work, the three counties we serve are places where individuals value
themselves, value others, and value relationships.
Using the transformative approach as an anchor to the work of CDRC, we provide services in
mediation, conciliation, conflict coaching, group facilitation, and training. We rely on the
strength of twenty-six volunteer mediators who commit to extensive training and provide the
services our communities rely on. We have six full time and one part time staff in addition to
the Executive Director role to coordinate volunteer training and scheduling, fulfill requests for
mediation, process court agreements as well as perform as mediators.
Since 1983, CDRC has been an important service to our communities. A significant portion of
funding is provided by the NY State Unified Court system and is supplemented by the generous
support of funders such as Tompkins County, the Tompkins and Schuyler County United Way,
the Elmira City School District, individual community members as well as fee-based income
from facilitations and trainings.
At the CDRC, we deeply value diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage candidates with
diverse perspectives to apply so that we can advance our mission and goals. We provide a
competitive salary and benefits that include health insurance, and a generous vacation, sick and
personal time package.
The CDRC Board seeks an Executive Director inspired by the transformative mediation
approach and motivated to lead the organization into a secure future during unpredictable times.
Position is full time, exempt with benefits. Pay is based on experience ($73-78,000).
The Executive Director is responsible for leadership of the agency, including responsibility for
the quality of the agency’s work and fidelity to the agency’s mission. S/he is also responsible for
fiscal and human resources, daily operations, and direct supervision of the Director of CDRC
Programs and the Office Manager. S/he works with staff to sustain a well-trained and supported
group of volunteer mediators. S/he also oversees all facilities, as well as newsletter and annual
report publication. S/he is the agency liaison with the Unified Court System and other funders.
The Executive Director reports to CDRC’s Board of Directors.
Ensure that all programs meet or exceed the quality standards delineated by the Board, funders,
and statewide and national organizations.
Ensure fiscal resources to meet agency goals
• Provide fiscal management for the agency by monitoring the flow of income and expenses
• Oversee accounts payable and accounts receivable
• Prepare vouchers to agency funders
• Prepare and monitor agency budget
• Prepare fiscal reports for finance committee.
• Oversee the agency’s annual audit
Manage human resources for all offices
• Develop and manage staff training plan
• Manages benefits for all employees and ensures labor standards compliance
• Advertise for and hire new staff
• Prepare semimonthly payroll
Work closely with program staff to build and strengthen all CDRC programs
• Supervise Director of CDRC’s Programs and Office Manager
• Prepare and submit all required funding requests and grants
• Prepare and submit reports to all funders
• Manage all aspects of the agency’s case coordination and related compliance issues
• Oversee and/or prepare monthly reports for the Board of Directors
• Set program goals and work to meet them
• Participate in community-wide committees and meetings on issues relevant to program work
• Explore opportunities for program development and outreach in the community
Oversee training provided to volunteers
• Ensure that all training of volunteers meets or exceeds minimum standards set by funders
• Ensure that training is provided by a state certified trainer
• Ensure that volunteer mediators are given high quality ongoing in-service and coaching
• Oversee the development of curricula, working closely with program staff and other trainers
Oversee and/ or direct service for vendor and infrastructure relationships
• In-house technical support
• Purchase of agency equipment
• Agency’s social media, including webpage and Facebook account
• Facilities and utilities
• Oversee and/or prepare periodic agency newsletters
• Act as primary liaison with the Board of Directors and subcommittees
• Participate in agency planning and staff meetings
• Work with Board of Directors on professional goal setting and development
• Participate in self-reflection as it pertains to all of the above items
• Other duties and tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors
• Advanced degree in relevant field with at least five years of management, supervisory or
• Any equivalent combination of training, experience, and education sufficient to indicate
ability to perform the job.
Required Knowledge and Skills
• Knowledge of the legal, criminal justice, and family court systems
• Experience in case coordination
• Ability to supervise the work of others
• Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people
• Excellent listening and questioning skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
• Ability to handle confidential information
• Good organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking
• Computer literacy, especially with word processing programs.
• Valid Driver’s License and access to a vehicle
Preferred but not required
Experience with the Transformative model of mediation and/or cooperative conflict resolution
• Knowledge of various community resources and the skills needed to network with them
• Ability to set flexible hours, to include occasional evenings and weekends
• Notary Public
To apply, please email a completed application (see below), cover letter and current resume to
Deadline to apply is September 30, 2022.