The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council seeks new Executive DirectorClick To TweetBACKGROUND
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking qualified candidates for the Council’s Executive Director position. This is a high-level position that is responsible for the operation of a federally funded non-profit organization charged with implementing the federal Developmental Disabilities Act in Florida. Candidates must possess knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities, organizational management, advocacy and public policy, personnel supervision, and system planning, as well as a demonstrated capacity to manage a non-profit organization with a multi-million dollar budget.
The Executive Director reports to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. The Executive Director is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all activities of the organization, including:
- The organization’s status as the designated state agency to receive, disperse, and report federal funds from a formula grant award through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health & Human Services.
- Implementation of the Council’s 5-year State Plan as required under the Federal Developmental Disabilities Act.
- Lead liaison to all federal, state, and regional agencies that plan for and/or budget for supports and services for persons with developmental disabilities.
- Responsible for the day-to-day operations and performance of the organization.
- Eight years working in a nonprofit executive capacity.
- Broad based educational background. At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree is required.
ADDITIONAL EXPECTED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Experience in the sector of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including issues and systems. Considerable knowledge of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act).
- Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation, without micro-managing key personnel.
- Transparent and high integrity leadership.
- Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the Council, staff and partner agencies (Mission driven and within objectives of 5-year plan).
- Experience in advocacy, public policy, state legislation, and the activities of state agencies.
- Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills which provide the ability to clearly and accurately interpret government regulations, financial data, and operational needs.
- Track record of building strong collaborative partnerships with agencies in order to achieve the “systems change” sought under the new 5-year plan.
- Extensive personnel management experience, including interviewing, hiring, and evaluation of staff. Demonstrated appreciation for staff, solicitation of their input, and a positive working environment that encourages professional growth and autonomy.
- Experience and skill in working with a large Board of Directors.
- Ability to manage a multi-million-dollar budget.
- PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION – The Executive Director is responsible for the development and implementation of the Council’s work to achieve its State Plan goals. Objectives to demonstrate meeting these responsibilities include the following:
- Ensures the effective management of the council’s operations, of the programmatic management system for council-funded projects, of the council’s public policy activities, and of the council’s marketing and public relations activities.
- Ensures that the work of the council is effectively planned and implemented.
- Provides sound reliable advice and guidance to the Council relative to meeting the intent and requirements of the DD Act, Council By-Laws, applicable state laws, and Council policies and procedures.
- Provides lead staffing responsibilities for the Executive Committee, other committees and full Council meetings.
- POLICY / ADVOCACY – The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the effective advocacy of public policy positions that furthers critical needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the coordination of all advocacy efforts with AIDD/DHHS, state agencies, the Florida Legislature, Office of the Governor, state and local disability advocacy organizations, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.
Objectives for meeting these responsibilities include:
- Provides effective legislative education and advocacy activities to support Council policies before the State Legislature.
- Provides effective education and advocacy activities at the federal level either directly, or via the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.
- Participates on select policy-related groups that will further the goals of the Council.
- PROGRAM PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION –The Executive Director has lead responsibility for the development and implementation of the Council’s 5- year State Plan. Objectives for meeting these responsibilities include:
- Ensures that a system for programmatic and contractual management of the council-funded projects is implemented in a manner that ensures that the projects achieve the intended outcomes, comply with contractual requirements, and meet the federal obligation and liquidation schedule.
- Ensures that the Council’s State Plan is based on thorough planning, reflects the vision of the Council, and provides direction for the work of the Council.
- FISCAL – The Executive Director assures appropriate oversight in the receipt, disbursement and reporting of all funds, including federal funds through AIDD/DHHS and the Federal DD Act. Objectives for meeting these responsibilities include:
- Ensures that the financial, budgeting and accounting operations for the Council are managed in a manner that ensures the Council’s compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and requirements and that the federal obligation and liquidation schedule is met.
- STAFF MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION – The Executive Director is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, supervision, and termination of all council staff. Objectives for meeting these responsibilities include:
- Ensures that staff receives the training, support and guidance necessary to effectively perform the responsibilities of their positions.
- Ensures the effective performance of staff in carrying out the work of the Council.
To apply for this position, submit resume and cover letter here.