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Executive Director

Fond du Lac, WI, USA

The Arc Fond du Lac seeks a proven, strategic leader who is passionate about its mission and the right of every individual to define and lead a meaningful life within the community. Candidates should have a desire to support persons with disabilities, as well as knowledge of relevant services and funding mechanisms, including Medicaid and other sources of government and private funding.

The successful candidate will be a relationship builder and will be skilled at inviting others into support of the organization. This individual must be an empathetic, outward focused, positive and fully collaborative leader. They must have the interpersonal awareness and orientation to engender deep levels of trust in The Arc among clients, their families, donors, and the community while inspiring and ensuring all staff do the same.

The ideal candidate will be kind, thoughtful and articulate, while always operating in a personal, positive, and fully genuine manner. They must have the patience, humility, and interest in details to periodically assist with administrative tasks, support clients at programs or events, or provide a helping hand to staff when needed while holding all staff accountable to the same. The successful candidate will dedicate themselves to staying at the forefront of innovation in the disability community to support the long-term objectives of The Arc.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to articulate a compelling vision and keep staff focused during challenging times, as well as develop opportunities to invite new partners into the mission. The highest level of oral, written and interpersonal communication skills is essential to effectively work with a broad range of individuals and organizations including clients, staff, families, Board members, funders, professional colleagues, public officials and community partners, as well as the media.

Areas of Responsibility: 

General Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for the agency’s approximately $3.7 million annual budget, 84 full-time employees, and 14-member Board of Directors. The Executive Director will:

  • Provide vision, inspire and guide staff through a positive internal culture that supports the achievements of people with I/DD;
  • Think strategically to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization’s programs and services;
  • Lead strategic and financial planning, budget control, outreach, development planning, fundraising, communication/marketing strategy, resource and revenue development, and Board development;
  • Raise resources to support the organizational mission and cultivate a culture of development;
  • Promote best practices; and
  • Serve as a service leader and advocate on behalf of the I/DD community in Fond du Lac County and surrounding areas.

Specific Responsibilities

Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate and aligned with the organizational mission.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff. Support managers in the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and hiring/firing of staff of the organization ensuring consistency with organization policies and applicable rules and laws.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate metrics to assess organizational performance and drive decision making.
  • Identify and respond to significant financial, governmental, policy, contractual, and other issues that may have significant impact on the organization through collaboration with management, the Board of Directors, and other stakeholders as appropriate.

Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the short-term and long-term financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Lead financial operations that generally anticipate operating within the approved budget, ensures appropriate resource utilization, and maintains a stable financial position for the organization.
  • Identify and develop new or existing revenue streams to support the organization’s mission in addition to engaging in fundraising activities including grant writing.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Ensures the organization’s mission is fulfilled through its programs, services, strategic planning, and community integration.

  • Enhance the organization’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with professional, civic, and private organizations.
  • Develop and support a strategic plan, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, to ensure the organization can fulfill its mission into the future successfully.
  • Ensure all programs and services are aligned with the organization’s mission through implementation, review, and discontinuation of programs and services.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance the organization’s mission.

Board Governance: Works in collaboration with the Board of Directors to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Communicates effective with the Board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Leads the organization in a manner that supports and guides the mission as defined by the Board.
  • Supports the Board President through attendance at all meetings, organization of Board meetings, serving on committees, providing staff support for Board committees, and assisting the Board in developing sound organizational policies.
  • Collaborates with the Board President to recruit, develop, and retain Board members with the appropriate skill sets to advance the organization’s mission.
Educational Background: 
A bachelor’s degree
Five or more years of management experience

The Arc Fond du Lac seeks an Executive Director with the following professional qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams.  
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission, vision, and values to staff, donors, volunteers, and the overall community.
  • Demonstrated ability to envision, communicate, and create investment in the organization’s strategic future to the staff, Board, volunteers, and donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish positive relationships with individuals and organizations of influence.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand budget documents, profit & loss statements, capital investment plans, and other relevant data points for informed decision making.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with demonstrated success as a public speaker.

Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, 401k, PTO

Organization Info

The Arc Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac, WI, USA
51-200 employees
About Us

We are a human service organization that empowers adults and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become independent and integrated into the community through advocacy, education, training and support.



The Arc Fond du Lac Programs & Services

Adult Day Services

The Opportunities Center (OC) at The Arc Fond du Lac is a community-based adult day habilitation program. The OC supports people with I/DD in achieving greater independence and integration in the community through community integration, skill development, and socialization. The OC serves approximately 50 clients Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm. The OC is equipped to provide a variety of levels of care to clients. The OC follows State of Wisconsin program guidelines but is not a licensed program.

A person-centered program, the OC routinely solicits feedback from its clients regarding activities and programming. Recently, the OC launched the “Self Selection Space” – a dedicated space for activities that clients choose. Programs in the Self Selection Space have included adaptive dance, Traveling Trunks (display from the Fond du lac County Historical Society), Health Matters (healthy lifestyles program with The Arc Wisconsin), yoga, card making, and more. These programs are led by community members allowing The Arc’s staff to focus on supporting clients. 

Youth Services

The Youth Community Enrichment Program (YCEP) provides after school care, in-home respite, and summer day camp services for children with I/DD. YCEP staff receive additional training to best support children with I/DD including training in non-violent crisis intervention strategies. The Arc Fond du Lac has dedicated space for youth services at its main location including both a sensory room and a destimulation room. Additionally, The Arc’s outdoor spaces include a variety of opportunity for learning and play including gardens, accessible playground equipment, and a covered pavilion with seating.


The Arc Fond du Lac manages a fleet of 23 vehicles to provide transportation for its own programs as well as limited external contracted routes. The Arc has 4 passenger cars, 8 minivans, 5 ADA-accessible minivans, 1 Transit ADA-accessible van, 3 ADA-accessible mini buses, 1 mini bus, and a maintenance truck. Each residential facility operated by The Arc has a vehicle assigned and held at that location. Contracted external routes support other provider agencies as well as local school districts.

Community-based Enrichment Services

The Community Enrichment Program (CEP) is a community-supported and community-based program that provides recreational and social activities for people with I/DD. The CEP program hosts approximately 20 evening and weekend activities per month on a $5/$10/$15 cost scale with transportation available for $5 roundtrip. CEP logs hundreds of individual contacts with people with I/DD each month. Approximately 75% of CEP programs occur at a community location or with a community partner business. The Arc Fond du Lac’s Special Olympics agency (4-12) is hosted within CEP. The Arc participates in a number of Special Olympics sports in addition to offering other athletic programs including inclusive fitness, powerlifting, soccer, jump rope clinics, and more.

Residential Services

Special Living Services (SLS) at The Arc Fond du Lac supports 37 residential clients. The Arc operates 8 Adult Family Homes and 1 Community Based Residential Facility. The Arc owns 6 of the 9 homes; 3 homes are owned by Arc Housing. There are 3 homes in North Fond du Lac and 6 homes in Fond du Lac. The majority of The Arc’s homes are staffed from 3pm to 8am Monday to Friday and 24 hours on the weekends. All of The Arc’s homes allow for sleep time and provide staff quarters. A hallmark of the SLS program is that the staff in the home when residents go to bed are the same staff present when residents wake up.

Arc Housing

The Arc Fond du Lac has a management relationship with Arc Housing, a distinct non-profit managing 3 apartment complexes and 3 homes as part of a HUD program. The Arc provides oversight to the Arc Housing manager, manages the facilities, and staffs the 3 homes (part of the SLS program).

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jun 9 2021
Active Until: 
Jul 9 2021
Hiring Organization: 
The Arc Fond du Lac