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Written by Lindsay McDaniel NNEDV

Cornerstone Advocacy Services, Inc. (Cornerstone) is a nationally recognized and respected organization providing support and services to victims of domestic violence.  Founded in 1983 by a small group of volunteers, the organization has since grown into a significant entity providing an array of high quality resources and programs. Cornerstone has a long history of innovation and has built a nationally recognized array of innovative programs.  The organization originally served the communities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, St. Louis Park, and Eden Prairie.  Two very successful Violence Against Women Act grants to develop a new systems change model that improves the criminal justice response to domestic violence has enabled Cornerstone to begin expanding into the northwestern Hennepin County communities of Brooklyn Park (in 2012), Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Maple Grove, and Robbinsdale in 2014.

Position Announcment: Executive Director

The Executive Director is the chief executive of the agency and, as such, responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, grant writing, budgets, and external relations.  Above all, the Executive Director is charged with delivering on the mission and growth goals of the organization in a fiscally sound manner.  This person will play a leading role, working closely with the Board and staff, in refining and articulating the strategic direction of Cornerstone and in implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives.  At the same time, she or he will play a key role in the greater community, requiring the ability to prioritize between internal and external focuses.  In particular, the new Executive Director needs to take the lead in establishing and building strong partnerships and relationships throughout the communities served.  This includes identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities and programs and collaborations.