Due to the impending retirement of our current Executive Director, we are seeking a qualified individual to lead our Agency into the future.
Main Purpose of the Position
The Executive Director, who reports to the Board of Directors, has overall accountability and responsibility for strategic, programmatic, financial (to include development/fundraising outreach) and management operations of the organization with the objective of fulfilling the mission through the highest quality programs and services; fiscal integrity, establishing current and long range objectives; developing plans and policies; and representing the organization to internal and external constituents.
Provides oversight to insure that all Agency line and staff operations are carried out according to established procedures, policies, and programs and are managed and carried out in a manner consistent with all contractual obligations and government regulations. Insures that programs are in place and are followed to monitor and improve Agency services. Insures the physical plant is maintained adequately and is appropriate for the programs located in the assigned space.
Works with the Board of Directors (BOD), assisting them with Board development and with oversight responsibilities with regard to financial management, selection of independent auditing firms, human resources management, service delivery practices and philosophy, program reimbursement, regulatory compliance and evaluation of the quality and scope of programs and services. Keeps the BOD abreast of changes in regulatory requirements and in new and/or evolving program models.
Provides direction and has overall responsibility and involvement for major development/fundraising projects/activities.
Identifies risks to the organization and develops strategies to lessen and/or ameliorate these risks in order to strengthen and ensure the continued growth and viability of the Agency. Determines alternate means of sustaining existing programs and services and develops new services to better meet the needs of individuals served.
Attends all Board meetings and ensures the preparation and presentation by senior staff of management, operational, and financial reports and information to enable the BOD to monitor
Agency progress, attainment of objectives, and to make recommendations and policy decisions accordingly. Defines the overall strategic plan with the Board, develops general guidelines for controlling the plan and participates in the setting and revision of Agency mission and goals when appropriate.
Oversees the Agency budget preparation process and periodic budget variance and justification reports by the CFO. Reviews and submits to the Board for approval the annual Agency operating budget and the proposed capital expenditure program. Directs the development of adequate measures to monitor and track Agency fiscal needs.
Assures the development of an effective organizational structure and table of organization as well as the establishment of effective management and coordination among Agency departments and personnel. Ensures that essential organizational design and planning activities and recommendations are implemented and maintained. Sees to the effective interaction and relationships among the senior management team through the fostering of a climate of open communication, team building, and individual initiative.
Directs the overall public relations and (financial) development program ensuring Agency participation on various committees and public and private commissions that relate to the policies and services provided by the Agency and contribute to effective relationships with the professional and business community and increases Agency recognition and awareness.
Maintains active and open communication with officials and representatives from OPWDD/DDRO, SED and NYC with regard to regulatory and programmatic issues affecting individuals served by the Agency, problem solving, changing trends and legislation affecting programs and services.
Sees to the training, growth, development, and evaluation of senior management staff through regular meetings, coaching, goal setting, approval of continuing educational and professional development activities. Provides opportunities for attendance at forums with local and statewide trade associations to gain expertise, knowledge and contacts within the Agency’s field and to help shape local and statewide policy regarding services and supports.
Represents the final and official position of the Agency on various matters of interest to the public, contracting agencies, funding sources, media and other institutions.
Makes final decision on recommendations given by the Incident Review Committee (IRC) and outcomes of incident investigations. Has ultimate and final decision making responsibility with regard to labor policies and negotiation of terms with CSEA.
Represents the Agency at appropriate executive level forums and participates in Agency, community and professional planning with regard to future development and growth.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Understanding of and knowledge in ID/DD services and other issues related to this field.
Understanding of and experience in business management practices
Ability to make high level decisions
Ability to manage a multifaceted organization
Ability to manage resources to achieve successful implementation of long and short-term strategies and objectives
Knowledge of and experience in working with State and City funding sources
Ability to motivate a high-level management team
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural workplace
Conflict resolution and problem solving skills
Highest level of personal and professional integrity
Ability to communicate effectively in verbally and in writing
Demonstrated leadership qualities
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Business Administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: At least ten (10) years in the human service, health care, non-profit management, ID/DD or related field, a minimum of five (5) years as an executive level administrator and prior experience working with Boards of Directors.
About The Guild for Exceptional Children
The Guild for Exceptional Children is a not-for-profit agency that was founded in 1958 by parents and friends of people with developmental disabilities. The Guild grew from a dedicated group of parents volunteering their time to support each other to a leading-edge advocacy agency that spearheaded community living options, opening the very first group home in New York City in 1970.
Our mission is to assist children and adults living with developmental disabilities lead dignified and satisfying lives, reaching their fullest potential and assisting families in every step of their journey.