Executive Director Search

Children First, the first community-wide initiative in the country with a mission to engage adults in the promotion of the 40 developmental assets, is currently conducting a national search for its next Executive Director.

The Executive Committee of Children First has established a target date of February of 2020 for the new Executive Director to come on board. Due to the retirement of Karen Atkinson, who served for twenty-five years as the organization’s first Executive Director, Debbie Wells has stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director.

More than two decades ago local leaders and residents chose to make St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a community that through its decisions and actions put Children First. It started in March 1992, when the school superintendent spoke to The Rotary Club of St. Louis Park sharing the challenges facing young people and their families. Two entrepreneurs who were members of the club sought a way to address those challenges. What transpired was the creation of a partnership among the business, city, faith, health and education communities bringing the community together to support youth–intentionally making connections and building assets.

The Executive Director serves as the community catalyst promoting the importance of the 40 developmental assets in the lives of young people among those in the St. Louis Park community. The Executive Director understands the importance of leading from different vantage points and building social capital, and balances the work of the initiative with the need to secure funding for its continued success.

Interested candidates for this position will find the Search Prospectus, which describes additional information about the position along with the application procedure here.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2019.

Dr. Bob Tift
Search Consultant
3800 Brunswick Ave So
St Louis Park, MN 55416