Articulate and implement a strategic vision and leadership for DLC
• Complete, articulate, and implement a strategic vision and leadership for DLC. Complete and implement a strategic plan, including identifying resources needed to accomplish the plan. Clearly communicate vision to internal and external stakeholders.
• Position DLC to meet the challenges of the disability community.
• Motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward vision and goals.
• Expand DLC’s agenda for systemic change to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, leveraging policy opportunities, and effectively understanding and working within the political landscape.
• Assume a position of leadership for DLC within the disability, civil rights, social justice and other key stakeholder communities.
• Assist the Board of Directors in its development of knowledge and skills for its stewardship of the organization. Keep Board of Directors apprised of programmatic, resource, and employee relations matters and timely notify Board of any significant issues.
Management of the enterprise
• Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, work with staff to balance workload and effort.
• Affirm sustainability and growth of DLC.
• Build the skills of key staff in the organization, so that they can mentor, encourage, and motivate staff. Provide regular feedback so that key staff can continuously improve their supervision and mentoring skills. Provide advice to key staff on personnel and resource allocation issues. Oversee performance management and professional development for staff.
• Create an inclusive and collaborative environment enabling the staff to provide accessible, equitable, and culturally competent services to clients with disabilities of all backgrounds
Maintain, increase and diversify funding resources and provide strong stewardship of financial resources
• Assure adequate resources are available now and in the future to accomplish the mission of DLC.
• Engage in long-term fiscal planning to provide for the fiscal stability of the organization.
• Develop annual budgets that reflect long-term fiscal goals.
• Create fundraising plans in concert with the Board of Directors. Develop and cultivate relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors. Conduct research on viable foundation funding opportunities and grant writing opportunities.
• Ensure that all reporting and compliance requirements are met for each funding source.
• Notify Board of Directors of fiscal status and highlight fiscal issues that may require the Board’s attention.
• Negotiate contracts on behalf of DLC, including external contracts as well as the collective bargaining agreement for unionized staff.
Raise the profile of DLC through external communications
• Serve as an active spokesperson for DLC through personal contact with media, finding opportunities to promote the policy agenda of DLC and increase public awareness of the DLC mission.
• Communicate the programs, policies, and purpose of the agency to public constituencies, government bodies (executive, legislative, judicial) and staff in a way which will motivate them to support organizational operations, goals, and objectives.
• Foster effective working relationships with other agencies involved in service to citizens with disabilities, and civil rights and social justice organizations.
• Passionate commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and to the mission of DLC.
• Demonstrated knowledge of disability and civil rights laws, issues, and history.
• Experience in leading and managing a complex organization including setting strategic vision, implementing business plans, managing personnel, overseeing finances and internal control systems, creating and implementing fundraising plans, fostering good relationships with external stakeholders.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff and funders.
• Demonstrated experience working with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including staff, the public, elected and appointed officials, and consumers of service.
• Keen understanding of public policy issues and processes involving the rights of individuals with disabilities.
• Demonstrated ability and a desire to develop and expand the resources of DLC.
• Juris Doctor required.