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New York State Council on Divorce Mediation Position Posting

December 7, 2010

New York State Council on Divorce Mediation Position Posting

Position Description: Executive Director

Quarter-time position (approximately 40-hour per month) for independent contractor to become part of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation (NYSCDM) team. Must have knowledge of the practice of mediation and be committed to the growth of the field of mediation. Working directly with the President, the contractor will work to fulfill the mission of NYSCDM, oversee and coordinate the work of Council staff, administer and coordinate day-to-day functions of NYSCDM. Opportunities to grow and expand position over time to include executive level functions for the right person. Contractor will work from own location (home or office), as well as on-site when requested (four Board meetings per year, annual conference, and strategic planning meetings). Contractor must provide own computer, internet access, phone (using our number), copying and fax capabilities.

Necessary Skills:

Highly organized
Articulate communicator – oral and written
Excellent computer skills – proficiency in Microsoft Word, general understanding of and ability to learn database software, Quickbooks, and online programs
Awareness and sensitivity/familiarity and alignment with the values of the family and divorce mediation field and committed to the Mission of the NYSCDM.


Contractor reports directly to the President of the organization. Written reports made to Board of Directors four times per year. Annual review by Executive Committee of the Board (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Past President).


$1,000 per month (40 hours per month @ $25 per hour) and $100 monthly materials allowance (i.e. copy costs, office materials). Cost of travel and accommodations for onsite meetings paid.


General Administrative Duties
· Answer NYSCDM phone and respond to inquiries from members and the general public
· Solicit contributions for Monthly Mailer and send to membership (either in print or email)
· Schedule phone conferences and send invitations to committee and ad hoc committee members for meetings
· Support all committee Chairs in carrying out their duties and tasks

Board of Directors
· Make reservations for and coordinate board meetings (arrange meetings, hotel, meals, etc.)
· Prepare and distribute agenda for each meeting
· Attend meetings, take minutes, and distribute to members
· Follow up with board members regarding tasks as requested

Annual Conference
· Oversee print, design, and distribution of conference materials
· Coordinate conference hotel, presentation rooms, onsite electronics (i.e. microphones, projectors, etc.), and meals
· Keep minutes of phone conferences, distribute, and carrying out tasks in support of committee
· Assist with conference registration and deposits

Marketing/Public Relations
· Maintain distribution list for press releases or identify and work with company to distribute press releases statewide
· Write, edit, and distribute annual press releases (i.e. Board elections, award presentations, annual conference, one day conferences)

· Assist One Day Conference Chairs with arrangement of locations, meals, etc. as needed
· Assist with distribution of materials, registration, etc. as requested


Application is open to the membership of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, as well as the general public. Please send cover letter and resume including any special training or experience in the field of mediation by January 15, 2011 to: Daniel Burns, President, NYSCDM,

Applicants will be notified of receipt of their application within one week. Final notification regarding the position will be sent to applicants no later than February 10, 2011 with an expected start date of March 1, 2011.

Posted by:
Bill Hoefer, Esq.
Divorce Mediation and Law Office
1135A Morris Park Avenue, Suite 202
Bronx, New York 10461
(718) 928-9968


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