About the Position
The Harlem Independent Living Center (HILC), Incorporated seeks a seasoned professional to join our team as the Executive Director. The ideal candidate should be grounded in the independent living philosophy and ready to lead the organization through a transition to its next stage of growth and expansion. If you are a progressive, dynamic, enthusiastic, and passionate proven leader with exceptional advocacy training, who is willing to serve both the unserved and underserved community of people with disabilities, we would like to hear from you.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall day-to-day program administration of all organization operations including, but not limited to, the following:
- Coordinates the logistics for all committee and board meetings and maintains required board documentation, including all meeting minutes.
- Ensures that the programs and services of the agency are consistent with the needs of constituents and the mission of the organization.
- Recruits and develops a dedicated staff by providing the necessary experience and skills to maximize their job performance.
- Provides direct supervision to staff.
- Facilitates development, implementation, and review of the HILC five-year strategic plan.
- Develops and manages annual budget and monitors expenditures, assuring the financial success of the agency.
- Ensure compliance with all rules, regulations, laws, policies, and procedures applicable to the program.
- Upholds and implements Independent Living Philosophy and Center Mission core values.
- Manages the compilation of Federal and State reports for the Center’s activities and submits promptly.
- Manages the supervision of grant writing and research funding opportunities.
- Serves as HILC’s representative to outside agencies, committees, panels, meetings, and conventions. Selects/delegates appropriate staff for the same.
- Prepares and submits timely progress reports to funding sources and the HILC Board of Directors.
- Acts as an official agent for the agency including signing all notes, agreements, and other legal documents.
- Pursues and manages public funds and contracts and maintains compliance with funder requirements
- Cultivates relationships with community leaders and stakeholders to advocate systemic change on behalf of the disability community.
- Represents the disability constituency through participation in community groups and events.
- Acts as the chief spokesperson to the press and the community on issues affecting HILC and/or the disability community.
- Other job-related duties as required.
Minimum of 10 years’ advocacy, administrative, supervision, and regulatory experience in an Independent Living Center (ILC) or board-governed non-profit organization.
- Be familiar with all Federal and State Americans with Disability Act (ADA) laws and mandates.
- Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy.
- Experience leading an effective and comprehensive fund development strategy that includes multiple approaches such as grant writing, donor solicitation, and coordination of special events.
- Ability to effectively use computerized data and information management systems, as well as word processing and accounting software.
- Proven ability to develop and monitor services to persons with disabilities.
- Possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Able to communicate effectively in English.
- Experience in public speaking.
- Experience in negotiating agreements, contracts, and strategic partnerships.
- Demonstrated ability to assess situations, anticipate needs, and work in groups as well as independently.
- Able to take initiative, advocate, organize, prioritize, meet deadlines, and handle stressful situations.
- Able to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the organization’s goals, objectives, policies, and procedures, as well as those of the Community.
- Able to train, coach, and mentor staff.
- Able to demonstrate flexibility in approaching problems, presenting a calm manner towards staff and the community of people with disabilities.
- Personal experience with disabilities.
- Program development and management experience in an Independent Living Center or other disability-related, grassroots organization.
- Bilingual in English, American Sign Language, Spanish, or other languages frequently used in the HILC service area.
- Ongoing professional development endeavors such as active membership in professional associations, completion of matter.
- Ten years of documented management experience in advocacy service.
The Harlem Living Independent Center values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with physical disabilities, and veterans to apply.
Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.
The chosen candidate must show proof of the ability to work lawfully in the United States and be able to verify credentials before hiring.