We are currently seeking dedicated and qualified candidates who have a passion for helping America’s youth for the following positions:

  • Executive Director

NRS is seeking a visionary and strategic Executive Director to take the nation’s hotline for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and establish a truly national resource for runaway support, awareness and prevention. The Executive Director will provide leadership for mission affirmation, vision-setting, diversified funding efforts, program effectiveness and growth, and budget oversight, all while serving as the public ambassador for NRS nationwide. As leader of the 25-member staff (4 direct reports), the next Executive Director will focus on relationship building, strategic planning, revenue diversification and program execution for the future of NRS.

The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking and dynamic servant leader with proven ability to create strong, meaningful relationships and multiply/grow a program in scale and scope. The next Executive Director will bring the experience of successfully managing complicated relationships with government funding entities and creating and developing private philanthropy programs. Strong experience in youth and prevention services is highly preferred, with the ability to develop strong relationships with the youth services community nationwide.

This position offers a competitive salary with strong benefits. Relocation assistance may be offered. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

The National Runaway Safeline is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.
Specific Requirements Include:

  • A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in leadership and management, with documented ability to manage staff and lead teams (four years desired).
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree highly preferred.
  • Strong experience working directly with/for an engaged Board of Directors. Ability to assist board members in understanding and appreciating their roles and responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with a variety of external constituents, including national leaders, government officials, public leadership, partner organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Track record in developing and executing strategies to successfully increase revenue and diversify funding sources.
  • Proven success in maintaining strong and productive work teams, with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development. Experience leading staff through a significant organizational transition is a plus.
  • Track record of recruiting, training and retaining a dedicated core of volunteer service providers.
  • Demonstrated success implementing strategic technology and communications tools in support of organizational mission.
  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement, and monitor complex plans and translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.
  • Background in youth service programs is beneficial.
  • Experience building a national nonprofit brand, including building relationships with donors and program awareness nationwide.
  • Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.

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To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. Online applications only. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and CEO; Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant; and Alison Lewin, Project Manager of Alford Executive Search. Questions may be addressed to alewin@kees2success.com.

  • Outreach and Prevention Specialist

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), a 24-hour crisis line for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth and families, seeks a prevention and outreach specialist to promote runaway prevention, education and outreach strategies nationwide. This position will market NRS’ information and materials to organizations nationwide, lead a national awareness campaign, write proposals for and conduct workshop presentations at national conferences, provide technical assistance and training in person and online, and collect evaluative feedback on prevention and outreach efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social service or communication field.
  • Five years program implementation experience in a social service agency or educational environment.
  • Proven public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Proven curriculum development, outreach and program management experience.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Requires detail oriented person with strong problem-solving skills, and an ability to multi-task to meet deadlines.
  • Schedule includes some evenings and weekends, which include travel out of state 4-6 times per year. Must have a reliable method of traveling within the city, suburbs, and other areas of Illinois.
  • Experience with Windows-based computers, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Google Analytics, Survey Monkey, GoToWebinar, eLearning authoring tools, and databases are preferred.

Salary:  Upper 30’s, depending on experience.  Submit your resume to Lee Osipchak, Training and Education Manager, National Runaway Safeline, 3141 B North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657.  Via email at losipchak@1800runaway.org or fax at 773.929.5150.  No phone calls, please.

  • Evening Crisis Services Supervisor, Thursday through Monday 4pm- midnight 


The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has an immediate full-time opening for a crisis services supervisor position. The crisis services supervisor position provides solution focused crisis intervention, information and referral and other related services for runaway and at-risk youth and their families via the crisis hotline and across digital platforms (chat, email and forum). The crisis services supervisor will supervise and support volunteers who deliver NRS’ services.  We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-directed professional that enjoys working with a diverse group of people and is sensitive and responsive to cultural differences.  Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field and a minimum of one-year crisis intervention or applicable work experience and/or internship or work-study placement in a social service environment.

We are looking for a detail-oriented individual who is able to conduct multiple tasks in a dynamic environment. Strong communications skills both written and verbal. Must be able to demonstrate empathy, self-regulation, and good social skills and be able to abide by the tenants of NRS’ philosophy (confidential, nonjudgmental, nondirective, non-sectarian, honest and empowering). Must be adaptable, good at problem-solving and able to work as a team player.  Candidates must have good written, verbal and interpersonal skills as well as working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the internet.  Spanish speaking candidates preferred.  Salary: low 30’s.

Please submit resume to: National Runaway Safeline, Amelia Garcia, Call Center Manager, 3141 B N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, E-mail to agarcia@1800RUNAWAY.org or fax to 773-929-5150.  No phone calls, please. 

  • Internship

NOTE:  We are currently accepting internship applications for 2018/2019 positions, see below.

NRS offers internships for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing programs in human services fields such as psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, and human development, or in non-profit management. Interns gain experience in delivering direct crisis services as part of our frontline team while also working on projects related to our training and prevention programs. Learn more about our academic year internship program.  If you are interested in applying, please submit your application.  If you have any questions please Sabrina Hampton, NRS trainer at shampton@1800RUNAWAY.org or 773-289-1722.

  • Work Study

NRS can be excellent training or learning environment for those interested in pursuing a career in social service. Depending on the requirements of your school for work-study programs, you could qualify to be a part of our frontline team. Must possess and demonstrate empathy, self-regulation, and good social skills.  Although the schedule is flexible, must be able to work some evenings and weekends.  $12 per hour.  Submit resume and school-authorized work-study award amount to volunteer coordinator at volunteer@1800RUNAWAY.org. No phone calls, please.

The National Runaway Safeline is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for positions without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, citizenship, veteran/reserve/national guard status, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religious creed, or medical condition or any other similarly protected status. We also comply with all applicable laws governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of unlawful criteria.


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