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EITAS - Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County

Executive Director

  • Location

    Kansas City, MO
  • Posted On

    March 29, 2022
  • Job Type

  • Category

    Nonprofit Administration
  • Experience Level

    5-10 Years
  • Education Level

    Bachelor's Degree
  • Salary


Job Description

Executive Director


Kansas City, MO

EITAS Background

The mission of EITAS is to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with services that respect their choices, increases their opportunities, encourages their independence, and assists their inclusion in all aspects of the community.

In 1969 a state statute was enacted that allowed the citizens of Missouri counties to vote on a tax levy to support various local services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The tax levy passed, and the state boards created became commonly known as “SB 40 Boards” after the Senate Bill that created them. The voters of Jackson County approved adopting a “SB 40 Board” in 1976, and EITAS’ first Board of Directors was appointed in 1977. Located at 8511 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO, EITAS operates with an operating budget of $17,896,010 and employs 145 people. EITAS serves over two thousand individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They currently allocate funding grants for fifteen provider agencies and are responsible for assuring facility maintenance and upkeep on ten facilities leased to provider agencies.

EITAS offers an array of services, including:

  • Support Coordination
  • Training for those working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Community Outreach and referrals for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Transportation

EITAS is seeking an Executive Director to replace the longtime incumbent. This position will lead the organization, build, and strengthen partnerships and collaborations with provider agencies, manage and motivate staff, and ensure strong programming and financial standing.


Defines and Champions the Vision, Mission, and Strategies of EITAS

  • Gives direction to the formulation of the organization’s long-range vision, mission, and strategic plan, and ensures consistent and timely progress of annual objectives and goals consistent with the organization’s mission.
  • Ensures that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are central to decision making.
  • Ensures that the organization has a thriving future in front of it and that the staff, board, and external stakeholders/supporters are aligned on the vision.
  • Ensures best practice in service delivery for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Ensures that EITAS maintains a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion with staff, persons supported, and providers.

Charts the direction, and drives for results

  • Ensures the organization makes a difference, delivers on its promises, that its work results in genuine social impact, and that the organization is a good steward of resources and is constantly striving to improve.
  • Ensures an external focus, building relationships with the legislature, government officials, state and local officials who make decisions impacting the organization’s future and funding.
  • Ensures development of appropriate policies and procedures for operational and administrative activities as needed and directed by the board, and reviews operating results to ensure satisfactory results.
  • Plans, coordinates, and controls the daily operation of the organization through the organization’s leadership team and ensures that operations are being executed in accordance with the organization’s policies.
  • Ensures that systems and services are in place to maintain the highest level of CARF accreditation.
  • Ensures that all programs and services funded by EITAS comply with their contracts and maintain acceptable levels of quality and services.

Provides External Leadership

  • Serves as chief spokesperson for the organization.
  • Interacts positively with the community, individuals supported, parents, and guardians to ensure appropriate care and supports are being provided and needs assessed.
  • Builds EITAS external stakeholder community and acts as EITAS principal advocate.
  • Acts as the voice of EITAS concerning the impact of disparity issues on the IDD community and advocating for and giving a voice to those in our community dealing with oppressive attitudes and policies.
  • Ensures advocacy at the local, state, and national level.
  • Works cooperatively and in collaboration with the agencies and organizations funded by the EITAS board and ensures that EITAS educational and training programs developed for local providers and the community enhance services and knowledge of developmental disabilities and promote best practices.

Manages the Organization and Stewards its Resources

1) Personnel

  • Ensures the implementation of personnel training and development plans and programs that will improve employee leadership capacity, provide the human resources necessary for the achievement of the organization’s mission, and provide for succession.
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates top quality people.
  • Promotes and implements a positive corporate culture, encouraging creativity and enthusiasm among staff.
  • Ensures adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff and volunteers.

2) Financial Stewardship

  • Ensures that the organization has good systems and management controls in place to ensure consistent quality in its work and that its services are cost effective and meet professional standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees the major funding sources of the organization, ensuring that programs are administered with transparency and in compliance with local, state, and federal standards; reacts to regulatory mandates, and assures statutory observance.
  • Directs the management of funds and investments of the board, including tax levy dollars, Medicaid funding, state, local and federal grants, and other outside funding that supplements board funds.
  • Ensures development and management of the annual capital and operating budget.
  • Ensures management of all contracts and agreements with state and federal entities as well as local service providers.
  • Prepares and submits grant applications and funding proposals as appropriate.

3) Provides support to the Board(s) of Directors

  • Facilitates the orientation of new board members.
  • With the Chairperson of the board, develops agendas and reports for the meetings, so the Board can fulfill all its responsibilities effectively.
  • With the Chairperson of the board, enables the board to fulfill its governance function, and facilitates the optimum interaction between management and the Board of Directors.
  • Informs the board and the chairperson about the condition of the organization in all crucial factors influencing it. Advises and makes recommendations to the board on policies and issues. Protects the board from actions contrary to law or its own policies.
  • Works with the Chairperson to recommend the composition of board committees and makes the committee structure of the board function effectively.
  • Attends Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS) as a representative of the EITAS Board.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Social Services, Special Education, Psychology, or related graduate level specialist degree in developmental disabilities. Master’s Degree preferred, but significant related work experience may substitute. Eight years of experience working in top-level administration of social service programs in developmental disabilities, mental health, or related areas. Minimum of eight years’ experience in long-range planning, contract development, budget preparation, and fiscal management. Significant knowledge of the Missouri Medicaid Waivers, the Missouri Department of Mental Health system and regulations, state and federal transportation funding and grant management preferred.

  • Ability to build relationships with the community that EITAS serves.
  • Excellent communication and people skills.
  • A visionary who can conduct the mission of the organization.
  • A convener, bringing providers and funding sources together to build a better system of services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families.


The projected compensation range for this individual will be competitive and in accordance with the background and experience of the selected candidate. Compensation is supplemented by a strong benefits package.


EITAS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Application Process

The search for the Executive Director is being conducted by The Moran Company.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume to Ann Graff at The Moran Company. Resume should include all professional experience, dates of employment (month and year), position/title, and organization names. APPLY NOW

How to Apply

Application Process

The search for the Executive Director is being conducted by The Moran Company.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume to Ann Graff at The Moran Company. Resume should include all professional experience, dates of employment (month and year), position/title, and organization names. APPLY NOW

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