disAbility Resource Center (dRC), a Center for Independent Living, is seeking a dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking person for the position of Executive Director. dRC provides a variety of services to people with disabilities, regardless of their age or type of disability to empower them to be independent in their home, work, school and community. dRC provides services in 5 counties in the eastern region of North Carolina with the primary office located in Wilmington, NC.
The next Executive Director (ED) has the exciting opportunity to lead us as we begin providing services for the NC Healthy Opportunities Pilot Program (HOP). The Healthy Opportunities Pilot program is the nation’s first comprehensive program to test and evaluate the impact of providing evidence-based, non-medical interventions related to housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety and toxic stress to high-needs Medicaid enrollees.
All applicants must submit by email the following: Cover letter, current resume and a completed dRC application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to apply for the position is April 29, 2022 at 5:00pm. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
General Statement of Duties: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall program, fiscal management, supervision and direction of dRC as a federally funded Center for Independent Living. The Executive Director is also responsible to ensure that policies and directives of the governing Board of Directors are carried out.
Reports To: dRC Board of Directors
Supervision Exercised: The Executive Director directly supervises the Independent Living Program Manager, the Independent Living & Housing Specialist, and the Community Outreach and Resource Development Director.
Employment Classification: Full-time Exempt
Salary: Based upon candidates’ education and experience
Benefits: Vacation and Sick time accumulated biweekly and paid holidays
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide organizational leadership, supervision, financial/fiscal management, and general administration of the Center and its programs.
- Oversee all grants and programs and ensure they are implemented as directed and goals are met.
- Develop additional funding sources to expand, diversify and build long term sustainability through grant writing, fundraising, donor relationship building, fee for service events or activities, etc.
- Monitor grant compliance of the Administration of Community Living, and other grant and income sources.
- Evaluate all programs to ensure they are meeting established goals.
- Research, develop, and write contracts, grants, marketing materials and promotional items as needed.
- Adhere to policies and procedures and recommend changes as needed.
- Travel independently within our five- county service area.
- Meet contract deliverables.
- Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required by designated deadline.
- Serve on agencies, councils, and boards at the local and state level.
- Delegate responsibilities and supervision of personnel as needed
- Report to the Governing Board every month or as required by the Board.
- Carries out other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors
- Master level degree in Human Services preferred with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a position with significant management responsibility with a non-profit or similar organization, or
- Bachelor level degree with a minimum of 4 years’ experience in a position with significant management responsibility with a non-profit or similar organization.
- An equivalent combination of education and directly related job experience may be considered
- Significant knowledge base of the Independent Living philosophy and disability rights.
- A minimum three years’ experience in developing budgets with working knowledge of accounting procedures and experience managing local/state/federal grants.
- Demonstrated knowledge of effective and oral written communication skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of regulations governing Centers for Independent Living and Medicaid reimbursement programs.
- Experience working with County, State, and Federal agencies.
- Experience working with diverse disabilities on a variety of disability issues.
- Ability to work independently, one-on-one or in a group setting to provide support with the ongoing daily operations of a non-profit organization.
- Excellent organization skills and flexibility are a must. Ability to successfully multi-task, prioritize projects and meet deadlines, often on a short notice.
- Experience in recruiting, training and supervising staff and volunteers.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- A strong passion and commitment to implement and promote the Independent Living philosophy
- A highly motivated, self-starter individual able to work independently to accomplish Board and organization goals and objectives in keeping with the Independent Living philosophy and the disAbility Resource Center’s mission.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively work with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, donors, consumers, the public, elected officials and other key stakeholders.
- Strong leadership skills to supervise, motivate, and develop staff to perform at highest expectations.
- Friendly, outgoing, cooperative and able to handle crisis situations with a calm and professional demeanor.
- Ability to meet deadlines in a timely, accurate, and proficient manner and to keep board informed when deadlines are not going to be met.
- Excellent planning, organization, and time management skills.
- Possess strong computer skills. Ability to use Microsoft products such as Outlook, Excel, Power Point, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, etc.
- Ability to coordinate virtual meetings using Zoom, Webex and other virtual platforms
- Knowledge of disability and human service delivery systems, especially those that provide critical supports for independent living.
WORK SITE: Work is performed primarily at our main office in Wilmington, NC. Must be able to travel within our 5-county service area to meet with other key stakeholders and consumers, as well as attend meetings, conferences and events as needed.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position will primarily be in an office setting but will be required to travel to meetings, events and occasionally to a consumer’s homes or another accessible location if consumer’s home is not accessible. May require someone to sit for long periods of time, talk on the phone and enter information into the computer for a large part of the day.
- Utilizes effective and appropriate communication and listening skills with consumers and staff.
- Utilizes and promotes “Person First” language.
- Utilizes skills that show understanding and accurate interpretation of consumers’ needs and concerns to assist them with effective goal setting.
- Works toward resolution of interpersonal conflicts as they arise.
- Develops cooperative and collaborative work efforts that benefit all involved parties.
- Demonstrates the initiative to meet the needs of the agency by assisting coworkers.
JOB PERFORMANCE AND STANDARDS
- Always maintains a professional relationship with consumers.
- Completes work with accuracy and within program time frames.
- Demonstrates the ability to set and meet objectives with minimal supervision.
- Understands and appropriately applies the chain of command in relation to job position and supervision.
- Adheres to policies and procedures of the disAbility Resource Center.
- Acts as a role model both inside and outside the Center.
- Maintains a positive and respectful attitude and demonstrates a passion for the mission.
- Meets work commitments and accepts accountability.
- Reports to work on time prepared to perform the duties of the position.
dRC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, dRC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
dRC expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of dRC’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
Consumer choice, autonomy and control define the Independent Living
The independent living philosophy holds that individuals with disabilities have the right to live with dignity and with appropriate support in their own homes, fully participate in their communities, and to control and make decisions about their lives.”
-The National Council on Independent Living