Are you seeking a high-level leadership opportunity in supporting full and meaningful lives for people with developmental disabilities? Do you enjoy using your skills in critical thinking and collaboration to achieve positive change for all? Do you have a strong understanding of the history of disability and the work that still lies ahead?DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is recruiting for an Executive Director who possesses creativity, strong leadership and initiative, and a deep visionary passion for the mission and goals of the Council. The work of the Executive Director is performed under the direction of the Developmental Disabilities Council appointed by the Governor and with the support of the Department of Human Services.
Ideal candidates will possess a broad knowledge of services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, strong leadership skills to guide the strategic development and oversight of goals setting for the council and evaluation of the effectiveness of state grant programs supporting the lives of people with disabilities funded through the council in addition to the timely completion and submission of complex federal reports on an annual basis, oversight and management of discretionary funds and coordination of resources. The Executive Director must have a demonstrated capacity to administer a multi-faceted agenda as well as perform the full range of supervisory duties.
The PADDC is engaged in advocacy, systems change, and capacity building on behalf of Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Authorized and funded through the federal Developmental Disabilities Act, the PADDC prepares state plans and reports to the federal government on a five-year basis and works closely with other advocacy organizations including the two other federally-mandated partners of Protection and Advocacy (Disability Rights Pennsylvania) and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities). The Council is deeply committed to effecting social change in a broad, generic sense; the meaningful participation of self-advocates in its work; and the disparate impact on the constituencies with whom we engage. We are committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the capacity and ability to live meaningful everyday lives.
The following qualifications of the Executive Director would be met by having experience working in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field as well as management experience which would include supervision and budgeting:
- considerable knowledge of current best practices and highest values in supporting people with disabilities to achieve full and meaningful lives of their choosing.
- knowledge of the primary federal and state programs that provide funding mechanisms for supports to people with developmental disabilities.
- successful knowledge and experience in fiscal management to develop and oversee a complex Council budget including the production of timely financial reports.
- knowledge of organizational management, state and federal legislation and legislative processes, in addition to current public policy affecting people with
- knowledge of the roles and functions of related state and national organizations and agencies.
- experience in program and policy planning, evaluation, and data analysis.
- the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other individuals and organizations in the field.
- the skill and expertise to oversee the administration of the Council office, support Council members, staff, committee members, and work group members in carrying out their responsibilities on behalf of the Council.
- excellent written and verbal communication skills.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
Seven years of professional experience providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities including four years in a supervisory capacity, and a bachelor’s degree; OR
An equivalent combination of experience and training which includes four years of professional supervisory experience providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
For more information about the Council, visit www.paddc.org