The Executive Director will report to the agency’s Board of Directors. Reporting to the Executive Director will be the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Program Officers. More specifically, the responsibilities of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic Leadership/Planning: Demonstrates leadership and communications skills in ensuring development and implementation of strategy for agency’s overall programmatic, financial and operational systems, processes and practices.
- Provides vision and direction in leading executive staff in the development and implementation of short- and long-term plans and policies, assuring that appropriate identification of goals, objectives, strategies, responsibilities, timelines and resources required to achieve the agency’s mission are in place.
- Ensures the undertaking of ongoing risk management analyses and implementing of associated strategies to prevent and respond to perceived and actual programmatic, financial and/or operational risks.
- Creates right internal climate for the agency by consistently and successfully articulating the agency’s vision and mission to staff, by mobilizing broad-based support for achievement of related strategies and by assuring that the agency operates in alliance with its stated values and in adherence to ethical and regulatory standards.
- Serves to motivate staff members so that they are passionate about what the agency has achieved and are committed to working effectively and efficiently toward continual improvement.
Board of Directors Administration: Supports the operations and administration of the board by advising and informing directors on the ongoing condition of the agency and all important factors influencing it.
- Promotes board engagement in strategic planning, resource and financial development, and overall agency soundness by:
- taking a leadership role in driving collaborative process between directors and executive staff in strategic planning and policy setting consistent with agency mission;
- providing information, advice and recommendations that result in board advancement of agency-wide objectives, goals and strategic direction; and
- ensuring timely and accurate submission of annual budget and other material financial documents that strengthen the directors’ budgetary review and approval processes.
- Serves as primary staff person for the board and critical board committees and responsible for ensuring additional and applicable staffing of board committees as needed.
Financial Management: Provides leadership and vision in ensuring closer alignment between business practices and program/operational requirements, particularly in terms of funding methodology, cost controls, revenue management, and agency metrics.
- Leads the agency in adapting to anticipated and unanticipated changes in funding methodologies in a proactive and prudent manner.
- Sees that programs and operations are developed, implemented or modified as needed to maximize financial resources.
- Ensures that adequate control and accounting of all funds are in place and maintenance of sound financial practices is enforced.
- Works with CFO, COO and applicable board committees to ensure timely, prudent budget development processes and appropriate agency-wide adherence to budget.
- Establishes and maintains positive relationships with funders, including government agencies, industry affiliates, foundations, and corporations.
- Successfully involves applicable stakeholders and participants in fundraising and earned income generation. Establishes positive relationships with individual donors.
Operational Management: Advances the maintenance and/or enhancement of an infrastructure that competently supports the agency’s vision, mission and strategic goals and objectives.
- Ensures that an effective senior management team, with appropriate plans for succession, is in place.
- Actively facilitates cross-departmental collaborations and the strengthening of internal communications throughout the agency.
- Champions the design, innovation and delivery of quality programs/services and operational efficiencies and requires development of evaluation strategies and adjustment of systems, processes and structures in response to evaluation findings.
- Promotes positive, multicultural work environment that ensures the agency has diverse staff with skills appropriate to meet the needs of individuals and families supported.
- Serves as lead representative on behalf of agency in all labor relations and collective bargaining negotiations with District Council 1707.
- Makes certain that appropriate systems, physical space and technology to operate efficiently and effectively are sustained.
Advocacy and Public Relations: Assures the agency and its vision, mission, programs and services are positively and consistently represented to all key stakeholders.
- Serves as public advocate on behalf of agency’s constituency by representing the vision and perspective of the agency to government legislators and policymakers, funding bodies, affiliated associations, advisory committees and task forces, associated provider agencies and other disability community members, the general public and any other existing or potential stakeholders.
- Provides leadership in strategizing and coalition building by establishing, maintaining and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders in both public and private sectors and participating in local, regional and national forums aligned with the agency’s philosophy, vision and mission.
- Ensures establishment and implementation of strategic communications that provide a clear and concise message about the agency’s policies and programs.
- Represents agency in all media relations by participating in interviews and other media engagements, developing press releases and delivering public speeches and/or ensuring appropriate representation or achievement of these activities by applicable agency staff.