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.
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.
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.
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