Job Opportunities

Looking for a career in childhood bereavement? Here are current job opportunities available at NACG & Member Organizations.

Director of Clinical Programs for Judi’s House/JAG Institute (Aurora, CO). Full-Time. 

Position Overview

The Director of Clinical Programs is passionate about developing and implementing best practice standards for bereavement care in Metro Denver and beyond. With a balance of clinical expertise and program administration, the Director manages and oversees all aspects of in-house, community-based, and clinical training functions in line with legal, ethical, and organizational standards while addressing the practical and cultural needs of the community. Using strong critical thinking and communication skills, the Director of Clinical Programs applies experience and expertise in managing family-based therapeutic programming and ensures that Judi’s House follows the Comprehensive Grief Care Model to support bereaved children and caregivers. A core member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team, the Director collaborates with the Chief Clinical Officer to strategically plan the direction and growth of clinical programming. The Director is responsible for the operational success of Judi’s House’s clinical programming by ensuring seamless team management, appropriate program development, quality service delivery, adequate revenue generation, balanced budget management, strategic community partnerships, and accurate stakeholder reporting. The Director is a thought partner for all the Judi’s House/JAG Institute staff, improving collaboration, leading cross-functional teams, and facilitating understanding of clinical programming. The Director establishes and maintains a culture of learning within Judi’s House/JAG Institute that encourages staff to ask questions, be creative, and collectively work toward achieving the full potential and impact of Judi’s House/JAG Institute.

For more information about the position, contact Micki Burns:

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Bilingual Grief Counselor for Judi’s House/JAG Institute (Aurora, CO). Full-Time. 

Position Overview

A Judi’s House Bilingual Grief Counselor is a passionate, committed, and dedicated mental health professional who wants to contribute to the organizational vision that no child should be alone in grief. The Grief Counselor participates in direct service and training by leading the therapeutic group process, conducting psychosocial assessments, providing individual and family counseling, aiding in the professional development of trainees, supporting the research initiative, presenting/participating in outreach and education opportunities, and supporting volunteer recruitment. The role supports Spanish-language clinical services at Judi’s House by contributing to the clinical milieu, guiding best practices, and advancing the JEDI initiative at the organization. A dedicated learner who enjoys a collaborative team environment, the Judi’s House Bilingual Grief Counselor has the desire to offer the highest standard of care to bereaved children and families and embodies the core values of Respect, Compassion, Courage, and Accountability.

For more information about the position, contact Micki Burns:

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Post Graduate Trainee for Judi’s House/JAG Institute (Aurora, CO). Full-Time. 

Position Overview

Postgraduate Trainees are early career professionals pursuing licensure in Colorado who work closely with the Program Team to provide the highest standard of direct service to grieving children and families. This person participates in developing the clinical culture, leads the therapeutic group process, conducts psychosocial assessments, provides individual and family therapy, aids in interns’ professional development, and conducts community outreach and education opportunities. Valued team members, Post Graduate Trainees contribute to ongoing program improvement and the organization’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
For more information about the position, contact Micki Burns:
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Development Director for the Uplift Center for Grieving Children (Philadelphia, PA/Hybrid). Full-Time. 

Position Overview

Uplift Center for Grieving Children (formerly The Center for Grieving Children), located in Philadelphia, PA, provides free peer support groups for children and their caregivers grieving the death of a close loved one. Uplift also provides community-based groups in schools, post-crisis support for schools where a student dies, and trainings for professionals who work with grieving children and families. Uplift believes that no child should grieve alone.

Uplift is seeking a dynamic, team-oriented development professional with experience in procuring resources from public (local, state, and federal government), private, corporate, and individuals (small and major gifts). The selected individual need not have expertise in all areas of development, but needs to prove ability to learn an area(s) of fundraising and currently has transferable skills and experience. A preference will be given to candidates with significant experience in individual major gifts, corporate donations, and individual/corporate event sponsorship. The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic about building and managing relationships with current and potential donors, staff and board members, and all other relevant stakeholders.

Primary responsibilities include: 1) partner with the Leadership team members (Executive Director and Clinical Director) to understand Uplift’s strategic goals and secure resources to achieve them; 2) building and diversifying Uplift’s revenue portfolio through effective development and stewardship of partnerships; and 3) providing direct supervision, mentoring, and professional development to the development team consisting of two fulltime positions (Development and Communications Associate and Grants Manager) and one part-time position (event planner).

The successful candidate will have an understanding of the mission critical role of development to the success of a non-profit, be an innovative thinker on how to generate resources, and possess the willingness and ability to work with a diverse team and individuals who perform varied roles with the organization. In addition, the individual should be prepared to work at a fast, but thoughtful pace; be numbers driven; hold self and team members accountable; ask for support when needed; and collaboratively address challenges.

Learn more about Uplift Center for Grieving Children by visiting their website: Uplift Philly – Uplift Center for Grieving Children

For more information about the position, contact Dominique Downes

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Executive Director of the Collective for Hope (Omaha, NE). Full-Time. 

The Collective for Hope
Executive Director
Omaha, Nebraska
March 2023

Organization Overview
The Collective for Hope combines the strength of its program brands and co-located services to lead response to loss, elevate the value of grief companionship, and promote healthy survivorship. Their vision is that no one has to grieve alone. The
agency provides compassionate free grief support programs as well as professional education and training. They support their program participants of all ages and partners by providing peer support groups, day camps, overnight retreats, educational
workshops, and technical assistance.

The agency believes everyone should have access to grief support and that the community is made more compassionate, stronger, and resilient as a result. To that end, the agency is steadfast in its commitment to improving and expanding its outreach and
inclusion work. All services are designed to level the playing field, mitigate vulnerabilities, and foster positive outcomes for all who are grieving.

The Collective for Hope has three primary programs: Grief’s Journey, Ted E. Bear Hollow, and HEALing Embrace. They began serving the Omaha community in 2001, and in 2019, the three brands were combined to form the Collective for Hope. They
currently have three dedicated staff members who oversee programming and report to the ED. The organization has a strong reputation in the Omaha area for its quality programs.

TCFH has a strong culture and dedication to its mission. The staff, board, contractors, and volunteers often have a personal connection to the mission, which is evident in the high quality work they do. Even though the work is about grief, there is also a culture of keeping the journey through grief positive and hopeful. Staff appreciate that there is a good work/life balance with opportunities for autonomy and flexibility.

The organization has a stable financial position and a current budget of $435,000. TCFH owns a 1.25 acre property with two commercial tenants.

TCFH will establish a permanent home on this property by constructing a 7,500 square-foot building to serve as a community resource and regional hub for grief and survivorship-related programs and professional education. The capital campaign is underway and has already received support, including a Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act grant. Building plans are fully developed and a project management company has been hired.

Position Overview
The new Executive Director of the Collective for Hope will be a dynamic leader, prepared to raise funds and support staff in all aspects of their work. This includes collaborating with three highly-experienced staff members, Director of Operations,
Director of Programs, and Development and Marketing Manager. In addition, the ED will work with a part-time administrative assistant, five contracted coordinators, a contracted grant writer, and a contracted events team. The ED will be the primary representative of the organization in the community, while also overseeing the fiscal, HR, and administrative systems that support the mission.

The ED is responsible for working with the Board of Directors on the long-term strategic direction of the organization, including growing both the staff and programs. Priorities for the New Executive Director in the First Year TCFH is currently conducting a capital campaign to raise funds for the new building. The new ED will work closely with the board to ensure the campaign and associated new construction is completed in a timely manner. This will involve building relationships with existing and new funding sources. In addition, the new leader will need to demonstrate to the community that the organization is strong, stable, and ready to take on this project. Equally important is for the new ED to support the staff, maintain a strong culture, and develop relationships with all partners.

Desired Attributes of the New Executive Director
The Collective for Hope is looking for a new ED with the following attributes:
● Dynamic leadership with eight years of progressively responsible experience in the nonprofit sector
● Highly collaborative with staff to develop and empower them for their best work and with outside partners
● Visionary who is able to develop and share a vision for the organization

● Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills including high emotional intelligence and empathy
● Proven ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies and donor relations resulting in major gifts
● An appreciation of the value of providing grief support to families and individuals

● Complex project and organizational management experience including planning, delegating, and process development
● Exceptional communication skills including public speaking and presenting
● Readiness to engage in the hands-on work of the organization
● Strong financial management skills, including budgeting, analysis, decision making, and reporting
● Deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
● Proficient in standard computer applications and database management
● Able to pass a criminal background check

The salary range for the position is $80,000 to $95,000 depending on experience. Additional compensation is possible through incentives and future organizational growth.

The successful candidate will be expected to work 35-40 hours per week, including some routine in-office hours. The position offers flexible scheduling and the opportunity to work remotely some of the time. This is an at-will exempt full-time position. The benefits package includes 15 days paid time off and 14 paid holidays. In addition, employees receive a retirement plan match, life insurance, short term disability insurance, and a generous health insurance stipend.

The Collective For Hope is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Application Process:
The executive search is being conducted by the Collective for Hope Board of Directors with support from Ingrid Kirst Consulting. All complete submissions (resume and cover letter) will be acknowledged and are confidential. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but should be sent by April 10, 2023 to ensure full consideration. To apply, please submit a cover letter with resume to Ingrid Kirst, Search Consultant, at

Please send questions about the position to Ingrid Kirst at Successful candidates will complete a screening interview and two rounds of interviews with the committee as well as reference checks.

The target start date is as soon as possible after the completion of the hiring process
(early summer 2023).

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