- Position begins October 1, 2021.
- Qualified candidates must live independently with a significant disability, as the position and center adhere to an Independent Living Philosophy and provide peer mentoring to others who have disabilities.
- Qualified candidates who also belong to other marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.
- Candidates must either live in or be willing to move to NWGA. The office is in Rome/Floyd County, GA.
The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership, advancement, and daily operations of NWGA Center for Independent Living (NWGA CIL). The Executive Director maintains overall responsibility for finances, personnel, operations, programs, public image/representation and community involvement. As part of a world-wide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs), the Executive Director is expected to exemplify the Independent Living Philosophy.
- Bachelor’s Degree with a recommended minimum of five (5) years of experience in independent living.
- Strong team leadership management skills and a recommended minimum of five (5) years’ experience in staff training and supervision.
- Ability to exemplify and promote the Independent Living Philosophy, and advocate for disability rights.
- Have a passion for serving diversely and inclusively. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with consumers, staff, volunteers, Board of Directors members and the community.
- Experience in managing contracts, grants, and programs.
- Familiarity with overseeing budgets and financial operations.
- Experience in resource development.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
- Excellent computer skills and facility with Word, Excel, and social media. Ability to quickly learn and use new software.
- Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours as the job necessitates.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Independent Living Philosophy
- Promote the Independent Living Philosophy, and be sure the center provides the five core services: Peer Support, Advocacy, Information and Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, and Transition.
- Identify barriers, educate decision-makers, consumers and community-at-large for change, and advocate for system changes on local, state, and national levels.
- Attend and participate in local, state, and national meetings to promote the rights of people with disabilities.
- Ensure that the center is recognized by local, state, and national decision-makers and the community as the primary authority on issues impacting people who have disabilities.
- Oversee the Finance/HR Manager and all financial obligations of the center.
- Develop an annual operating budget which is presented to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.
- Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
- Maintain compliance with all contract deliverables and reporting requirements.
- Implement fiscal policies and submit recommendations to the Board for policy revisions.
- Cooperate with the Board of Directors and with annual independent auditors and any other required auditors.
- Imbue staff with the independent living philosophy. Provide a team-oriented and transparent approach and a safe space work environment. Encourage staff development for promotion/career advancement.
- Ensure that management, staff training, actions, records, and center representation always reflect Independent Living Philosophy.
- Oversee and/or conduct all staff hiring/training/follow-through.
- Implement personnel policies and submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for policy revisions.
Program Development and Implementation
- Evaluate contracts and potential grants for alignment with Independent Living Philosophy, center resources and feasibility.
- Design programs, monitor compliance, and oversee programs evaluations.
- Oversee consumer records maintenance.
- Develop the center’s Annual Work Plan based on the Statewide Independent Living Council’s plan, the center’s Strategic Plan and contract deliverables and the results of any focus groups. Develop center calendar and oversees meeting/adjusting Work Plan goals. Develop center budget.
- Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and monitor the Strategic and Financial Plan.
- In consultation with the Board, oversee strategic growth and development of the CIL’s resources and programs.
- Assist the Board of Directors with resource development.
- Act as NWGA Center for Independent Living’s liaison and primary contact with the community. Collaborate with other agencies and organizations to develop working relationships.
- Attend/join other boards/committees/meetings that relate to the center’s mission and advancement, as appropriate.
- Oversee the development and overall image, marketing and promotion of the center’s mission and activities.
- Oversee social media, web site, media relations, presentations, press releases, articles, and make public appearances on behalf of the center.
- Ensure that facilities, programs, and services are fully accessible.
- Ensure that the center’s physical space, equipment and furniture is accessible, appropriate for the center’s activities, up-to-date and well-maintained.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned this position.
The above listed essential job duties are not all-inclusive as other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.
ABOUT NWGA Center for Independent Living:
“To empower people who have disabilities so that they may determine their own future; and to work towards a more user-friendly, accessible community.”
Founded in 2004 as a satellite office of disABILITY LINK then located in Decatur, GA, the center separated to become its own independent CIL in January of 2013.
This small center located in Rome/Floyd County, GA, serves people of all ages who have any type(s) of disabilities in the fifteen counties in NWGA.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NWGA CIL may interview remotely. We may also require masks, social distancing and/or proof of final COVID-19 vaccination for any in-person contact.
Please send your cover letter, resume and three professional references with telephone numbers in Word format
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