Executive Director Recruitment

Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc. (CAPCO) Executive Director (ED)/Agency Profile 2021


Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc. (CAPCO) is in search of their next Executive Director to lead this dynamic agency. CAPCO is the designated Community Action Agency serving Cortland County in Central New York. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Community Action Network of national and locally focused organizations that connect millions of children and families to greater opportunity. CAPCO has been providing services, supports, resources, and education in Cortland County to low-income people in our community since 1974. CAPCO is “dedicated to providing and advocating for community-wide actions and programs that increase individuals’ dignity and self-reliance and improve community conditions, engaging all sectors of the community in Cortland County’s fight against poverty.”


Focused on helping people move out of poverty, CAPCO serves more than 3,800 low-income individuals, 1800 families each year in Cortland County through management and delivery of a variety of local, state, and federal contracts, programs, and services. These include Head Start / Early Head Start (through ACF), Women Infants and Children (WIC) (through USDA, NYSDOH), Energy Services/Weatherization Assistance Program (through USDOE, NYSHCR), Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program and Volunteer Transportation Program (Medicaid), Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP), and Healthy Families (through NYS OCFS) and Family Development (CSBG). These programs address the many needs and challenges faced by low-income people in our community including health, nutrition, housing, education and literacy, personal/professional development, family stability, and employment.


CAPCO’s 2021 annual agency budget is $10.5m. CAPCO is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and is one of the area’s largest employers with more than 375 employees. With a 47-year history of administering grants with Federal, State, Local, and foundation resources, CAPCO has extensive experience in record keeping, reporting, fiscal management. CAPCO’s work is overseen by a

tri-partite board of directors, comprised of publicly elected officials, community partners, and low-income representatives.


Located in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region, Cortland County offers the very best of upstate living; good schools, a wondrous four-season climate, affordable real estate, attractive downtown areas, and home to the State University of Cortland. As the state’s geographic center, Cortland has easy access to Syracuse and Binghamton via Interstate 81. Ithaca is nearby and is home to Ithaca College and Cornell University as well as several state parks. Agribusiness flourishes in the county as well as light industry, Guthrie-Cortland Medical Center, and small business. The area offers the ability to play outdoors in all four seasons where the vistas are beautiful in this elevated plateau called the Crown City.


Description of the Position

  • To provide leadership to the highly experienced and qualified staff team
  • To be visionary and a big-picture thinker for the agency and the community
  • To be a strategic planner
  • To continue community presence, partnerships, and leadership to reach the needs of the underserved residents
  • To maintain collaborations and partnerships locally, regionally to include Board representation, State Associations, Advisory Boards
  • To maintain a positive relationship with the tri-partite Board of Directors
  • To maintain a fiscally conservative budget
  • To understand federal and state regulations for each program along with each program’s budget and contract


Personal skills

  • Four-year college degree with a minimum of 6 years of management experience
  • Program development experience
  • Effective communicator
  • Approachable, trustworthy, ethical, decisive, confident, and flexible
  • Bonus designations such as CCAP, FDC, and/or ROMA


Going Forward

  • Development and consistent fundraising
  • Consider avenues to continue effective provision of services (may include virtual) and opportunities post-pandemic
  • Maintain and expand on collaborations and partnerships locally, regionally and beyond
  • Address the need for more physical space
  • Through strategic planning identify, develop and implement new efforts in the community to address causes of poverty, educate the community about poverty and strong responses to eradicate poverty
  • Continue collaborating with the YWCA and the City of Cortland for the possession of Parker School project


Qualified candidates can view the official job posting and apply under Employment Opportunities on the CAPCO website or by visiting the following link: https://form.jotform.com/NYSCAA/edapp