The Board of Directors of Opportunities For Inclusion is excited to announce the search for its next executive leader. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will lead a Waltham, Massachusetts CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certified nonprofit that provides community-based services to children, adolescents and adults with intellectual development disabilities. This is an opportunity for a seasoned professional to bring skills to strategize and grow the agency, celebrating 62 years of providing vital quality services to the greater Waltham area.
The CEO is responsible for the fulfillment of the agency’s mission and the overall management of the organization including 30 staff and seven directors who manage administration, marketing, development, programs and services. Under the leadership of the CEO, managers and direct care staff are responsible for enhancing participants’ independence, dignity, safety, and personal self-care activities. This is done with a core principal of person-centered input and choice. In all programs, human rights and responsibilities are a foundation of the agency.
Ideal candidates will have significant experience leading and managing within a human/social services organization providing direct care programs. Qualified candidates must be knowledgeable about Massachusetts funding sources for persons with disabilities as well as the federal and state legal environment governing social service nonprofits and medical expense compensation; and have relationships with the Department of Developmental Services, MassHealth and other funding agencies. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and proven change agent with the ability to engage and mobilize various stakeholders around an expanded vision for services and internal operations. For more information about OFI organization and programs visit the website: https://www.oppsforinclusion.org/
The CEO is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the organization with ultimate accountability for the administrative, legal, fiscal, program compliance, financial management, marketing, fundraising and staff management in two facilities. The CEO serves as an external representative, inclusion champion, organization builder and internal manager. The leader of Opportunities For Inclusion will be an engaging relationship builder with exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with staff, board, community members, agency partners, the business community, political and government officials, civic groups, volunteers, funders, program participants and families. The CEO will need to be an effective fundraiser, knowledgeable about budget and finances, as well as socially well-rounded, friendly, empathetic and inclusive with the ability to connect and engage with participants and their families. The success of the agency is attributed in large part to the dedicated and caring staff at Opportunities For Inclusion. The CEO will be a proven effective manager of human services staff as a leader, role model, motivator and coach.
Strategic Leadership and Management
Opportunities For Inclusion has an annual operating budget of $3.2m. The three-year strategic plan, developed in 2017, prioritizes expanding program participation through outreach and marketing, and possible collaborations with other providers to expand its services. In partnership with the board and staff, the CEO will lead and manage the needs and growth strategies of a community-based organization ensuring the sustainability of effective programs, activities and initiatives while always looking for new opportunities.
As the primary spokesperson, the CEO will develop and strengthen partnerships and relationships with all community stakeholders, and engage board, staff and community in new and exciting ways. Responsible for ensuring the financial health of the organization, the CEO will develop and implement diversified funding strategies with specific milestones and defined goals; strengthen relationships with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and other funding agencies to increase client referrals and help ensure adequate budget support; expand networking and relationships with corporate partners, foundations, government and other funding sources; and build upon the legacy and reputation of Opportunities For Inclusion as a thought-leader and service provider.
Board of Directors
• Maintain communication regarding agency operations – personnel, financial, facility and long range planning.
• Assist in acquiring and orienting new board and corporate members.
• Formulate a Strategic Plan with the board.
• Submit for board approval the following: Annual Audit, Annual Board Self-Assessment, Operational Plan, Performance Analysis and ADA Accessibility Summary.
• Ensure daily uninterrupted delivery of quality programs and services. Oversee progress of the Annual Operational Plan.
• Maintain a safe and respectful workplace environment for agency participants and personnel.
• Oversee facilities upkeep including repair, improvements, safety and cleanliness.
Staff Management and Supervision
• Oversee an organization of 30 staff and a management team of seven responsible for hiring, training, assessments, corrective actions and terminations.
• Lead regular management team meetings, as well as standing committee meetings.
Fiscal Management and Development
• Oversee the financial outsource company in long range, annual and monthly agency budgets.
• Work with funding sources and lead efforts to identify new agency revenues.
• Receive and review annual independent audit.
• Maintain Risk Management Policy & Procedure.
Policy & Procedure and Compliancy Accreditation
• Review and revise agency and program policies and procedures.
• Implement training plan(s) for participants and staff.
• Maintain risk management policies and procedures.
• Maintain all standards and directives for compliance with DDS, CARF, DMA, MRC and other accrediting or funding source.
Marketing and Development
• Direct and collaborate with Marketing / Development Director to plan and implement annual marketing and fundraising activities and appeals.
• Oversee marketing staff grant-writing efforts.
• Seek additional revenue sources, donor development, fundraising and foundation opportunities.
• Supervise updating of print and electronic materials, including Opportunities For Inclusion website.
• Represent Opportunities For Inclusion in community events, media, university interface, advocacy groups, and with legislators and all stakeholders.
• Attend and participate in trade organizations’ efforts to promote a positive agency image.
• Support agency and statewide legislative efforts to improve programming for special populations.
• Attend community service organization events.
Minimum Qualifications and Credentials
• Bachelor and Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health, Public Health, Special Education, Psychology, Vocational Rehabilitation, Non Profit Management, Business Administration or a related field.
• Seven to ten or more years of experience administering direct care programs.
• Five or more years of experience as chief administrator or senior manager in a related field or organization.
• Experience building teams, mentoring, coaching, and positively engaging and collaborating with staff and managers.
• Ability to develop and manage the whole of the organization contributing in an accountable fashion to the general community.
• Strength in tackling complex problems, defining appropriate plans, organizing and implementing solutions, integrating systems and motivating people inside and outside of the agency.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, evaluate and communicate assessment results, and communicate with diverse populations.
This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks with Transition Consultant Patricia Duarte. All submissions are confidential. Electronic submissions sent via this link are preferred.
Interested candidates should include a resume and a cover letter outlining relevant experience and fit with the mission and the role. Please include how you learned of the opportunity and attach any other relevant information (e.g., published articles).
All applications will be acknowledged and accepted until the position is filled, ideally early in the new year. Due to the pace of this search candidates are encouraged to respond immediately.
Opportunities For Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. People from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.