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The Foundation for Independent Living

Executive Director

  • Location

    Coconut Creek, FL
  • Posted On

    August 11, 2020
  • Job Type

  • Category

    Nonprofit Administration
  • Experience Level

    Not Specified
  • Education Level

    Not Specified
  • Salary

    Not Specified

Job Description

The Foundation for Independent Living (FIL), is a private, not-for-profit, community-based program for adults with varying cognitive disabilities and developmental delays. It was founded in 1985 by a group of parents hoping to create an independent living environment for their learning-disabled children.

FIL serves the specific needs of high functioning, differently abled young adults, at least 18 years old, who do not require the structure of a group home but still need guidance and supervision to live on their own. Currently, FIL has about 60 residents ranging in age from 21-70 years old. The program provides a residence separate from family but assures a level of supervision that will meet all crisis and emergency needs. This is inclusive of an apartment complex with 24/365 supervision and an off-site, daily training facility designed for residents to enhance their vocational, independence, and daily living skills.

The Foundation also provides social opportunities for residents, helping them function in a competitive environment and training for later life when direct family support is no longer available. Basic requirements for admission are a diagnosis of a learning disability, a recent psychological evaluation, and an assessment of independent living skills. The program is designed to stress all the elements in a normal routine of life – waking up by one’s self; preparing meals; going to work; making a budget; paying bills; and recreational pursuits. In cases where residents still require practice in establishing a normal routine, the program offers individual training.

The Foundation seeks a proven leader with a passion for the mission who is a strong advocate for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and a believer in their abilities. The candidate will be an experienced, proven, and effective senior leader who is passionate about improving and advocating for quality of life for individuals with disabilities and special needs.  This individual will bring leadership characterized by a visionary outlook; the ability to garner broad internal and external support; extraordinary success creating strong, effective, collaborative teams; sound business, financial and management acumen; the propensity to increase the visibility of the organization; and the fortitude to carry forward major new projects and initiatives.

The next leader will recognize and value the experience and dedication held by the staff.  They will have the temperament and skills to support the development of talented staff, as well as a demonstrated ability to bring passion, vision, direction, business discipline, and inspiration into the organization.  The successful candidate will be a relationship builder skilled at guiding the team towards shared success and positive client experiences.  Having the humility to delegate is important, as is the ability to listen and lead with respect and consistency for staff, clients, and the broader community.

With a strong focus on administration and management, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership developing a compelling and inspired vision and mobilizing the organization in its achievement. Experience nurturing a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence among staff is desired.  A proven track record of successful strategies to identify, recruit, and retain talent is essential.  Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting is required.

The candidate will possess the highest level of oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to effectively work with a broad range of individuals and organizations including Board members, families, professional colleagues, public officials, and community partners. Experience with board governance, development, management, and engagement is highly valued.

A good listener, he/she will lead through influence, collaboration, and innovation and always adhere to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs in decision-making. Important personal qualities include approachability and the ability to relate to people from all walks of life.  A collaborative nature is a must.  The next leader will have the ability to build and nurture a strong organizational culture while creating and supporting internal policies and procedures consistent with the culture and values of FIL.

A Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s degree is preferred. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state, or national professional associations and continuing education and professional development is a plus.

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

To learn more about programs and activities at FIL, visit

How to Apply

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

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