Job Opportunities


The Board of Directors of Child And Parent Services, Inc. (CAPS) is looking for a visionary leader with a passion for meeting the needs of children and families to fill the role of President/CEO for our organization. He/she will have the ability to connect with key stakeholders in our community and drive change through engaging staff, community members, and policy makers in our mission. The President/CEO will have ultimate responsibility for revenue, staff and program development, community engagement and execution of the organizations strategy and mission.

What we’re looking for…….
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:
• At least 5 years leadership experience in a mission driven organization.
• Proven and consistent track record of success in business, government or not-for-profit sector.
• Passion for developing people, programs and community relationships.
• Ability to engage in the community to lead and participate in initiatives affecting children and families.
• Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, presentation and written communication.
• Success in developing and executing strategic initiatives.

Educational Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

A little about us……
CAPS was founded in 1976 with a focus on raising awareness about child abuse and prevention. CAPS enjoys the opportunity to operate in a community that works effectively together to support children and families, with remarkable results. In the past five years, the rate of child abuse in Elkhart County has been reduced 26% more than the state average; children in Elkhart County are less likely to be harmed than elsewhere in the state. CAPS plays an important role in leading and supporting community efforts that make this true and continues to be one of the premier nonprofit organizations in our community.

Our mission is to ensure that every child lives a life free from abuse and neglect. We do this through education, advocacy, and intervention with families and the community to support safe, stable, nurturing relationships for all children. With 90 employees and over 100 volunteers, CAPS provides 7 programs serving over 6,000 children and families annually. CAPS operates with an annual budget of $3.7 million; local philanthropy support reaches $800,000 annually.

In 2017, CAPS moved into the newly constructed Joy Rose Center and continues to serve families while remaining debt free. This would not have been possible without the strong support of our community donating $5.7 million for the construction of our building.

Key Areas of Responsibility of this position include:

Board Administration and Support
• Participates with governing board in charting and implementing the organizations mission, vision, and strategic plan in response to the changing needs of the community and service area.
• Recommends, develops, and updates strategic and operational plans to support the organizations philosophy and goals in cooperation with the Board of Directors.
• Keeps the Board of Directors informed regarding current trends, opportunities, problems and.
• Recommends organizational policy positions regarding strategic, operational and legislative matters affecting CAPS.
• Participates and coordinates selection and training of board members.
• Coordinates with the board and other organizational personnel regarding the monitoring of local, state and federal activities to ensure the fulfillment of the communities needs for quality services in the area of preventing child abuse.

Development and Community Relations
• Actively participates in community organizations, philanthropic & professional associations and service clubs to build a strong brand identity for CAPS.
• Encourages the integration of the organization with the community through effective communication and public relations programs.
• Brings community awareness to issues related to Child Abuse Prevention.
• Develops & maintains a personal relationship with donors, routinely scheduling informational meetings.
• Meets with prospective donors and cultivates existing relationships.
• Develops and markets programs to ensure organizational growth and community support.
• Represents the organization in its relationships with other non-profit, for profit, government, and other area agencies on matters of overall organizational direction and strategy.

• Ensures that CAPS programs are continually evaluated to ensure they are effective in meeting the needs of the community
• Monitors community needs and trends and stays current on opportunities at the state and national level. Stays current on research & trends in the field of Child Abuse Prevention.
• Develops strategic program recommendations based on this knowledge.
• Ensures the provision of affordable child abuse prevention services by the acquisition, utilization and organization of resources (human, financial and physical).
Staff and Organizational Management
• Coordinates the efforts of staff, board, and administrative staff in the recruitment, development, evaluation, and retention of key personnel.
• Provides direction to Vice Presidents in establishing departmental philosophy and objectives related to staffing and performance standards, policies and procedures, and job classifications
• Keeps lines of communication open with all staff to ensure high employee morale and a professional, healthful atmosphere.
• Maintains overall responsibility for the culture of the organization.
• Ensures appropriate employee relations initiatives are undertaken. Ensures that the agency has viable avenues for employees to raise concerns and monitors follow up.
• Responsible for ensuring organizational structure is aligned with organizational strategy.
• Coordinates the long range financial development and management of the organization.
• Oversees development an annual budget and prudently manages these resources

This position will remain open until the best candidate is selected. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to hr@capselkhart.org or apply through this website. Resumes will be reviewed by the search committee and selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Compensation for the President/CEO role will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Communications and Outreach Manager - Full Time 


Leads and supports communications and outreach efforts to promote and advance the mission of CAPS. Serves as project manager for marketing collateral for all programs and the organization. Shares responsibility for ensuring the success of the overall goals for the Development Department.

• 4-year degree
• Command of Office Suite and desktop publishing products
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to create and monitor project details and meet deadlines
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to have flexibility in work schedule to accommodate events and special engagements
• Ability to lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds easily.

• Experience working in a non-profit environment
• Experience leading and cultivating volunteers
• Previous professional experience in marketing, communications, or advertising
• Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 6 (Photo Shop and In Design)

Job Classification 

Full Time / Nonexempt / 40 hours 

Schedule:  Typically Monday - Friday with flexibility required for special events and engagements


Parenting Education Director 

This position is responsible for creating and establishing vision, strategic planning, direction, coordination and supervision for all aspects of CAPS parenting education programming.

• Bachelor’s degree with at least 4+ years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
• A minimum of 3 years’ experience leading and managing teams.
• Able to organize, review and analyze data to make recommendations and identify problems.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
• Fluent in Microsoft Office Suite programs.
• Flexibility in schedule for occasional evening class observation and staffing.

• Previous professional experience in education, teaching, or curriculum development roles.
• Knowledge of education theory, practices and implementation
• Previous experience managing in a non-profit environment.
• Knowledge and understanding of the family dynamics of child abuse and neglect; and serving culturally diverse communities/families.
• Bi-Lingual (Spanish) fluency.

  Position Classification:  Full Time/ Salary / Exempt 



CAPS pays an hourly premium rate for nonexempt positions requiring Bi-Lingual Skills. 

All candidates are required to pass a pre-employment drug screening and background checks. 

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.