President/Chief Executive Officer

Community Connections, Inc.

Job Description

 

President/CEO needed for new disabilities services provider in SW Colorado.

Our Own Lives is a new nonprofit serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in SW Colorado. Beginning July 1, 2024, Our Own Lives will be taking over direct services for adults and children with IDD from Community Connections, Inc., a non-profit serving our region since 1985. Annual revenue of 3.5 million and approximately 40 employees are anticipated. Our Own Lives is hiring a CEO to lead the transition beginning in the fall of 2023.

Our Own Lives will provide quality support on clients’ own terms, for clients to be free to be themselves. We will center the disabled community to be heard, and we will build each other up to change our world. Clients are all experts in their own lives.

Our organization will be committed to creating a work environment that is inclusive, respectful, and empowering. We believe that our work is strengthened by the diverse perspectives and experiences of our staff, volunteers, and the clients we support.

The ideal candidate will have experience in nonprofit management, a commitment to social justice for people with disabilities, and a knowledge of disability services. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Remote work options available.

FT with benefits, annual salary range $104,000 to $115,000 per year; new employees generally start at the bottom of the range. More details and application available at www.communityconnectionsco.org. Contact Community Connections at 970-259-2464 with questions.

Job Title: President/CEO

Reports to: Board of Directors

FLSA: Full-time, Salaried/Exempt with Employment Agreement
Location: Southwest Colorado (Durango; Cortez; Pagosa Springs) with Remote Work Option Available

Overview:

Our Own Lives is a new nonprofit serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southwest Colorado. Community Connections, Inc., a non-profit that has provided IDD and developmental services for adults, children, and families since 1985 is transitioning the direct service programs with revenue of 3.5 million and approximately 40 employees to Our Own Lives around July 1, 2024. Our Own Lives (through Community Connections) is hiring a CEO to assist during the transition and be ready to fully take over the transitioned departments around July 1, 2024.

Our Own Lives will provide quality support on clients’ own terms, for clients to be free to be themselves. We will center the disabled community to be heard, and we will build each other up to change our world. Clients are all experts in their own lives.

Our organization will be committed to creating a work environment that is inclusive, respectful, and empowering. We believe that our work is strengthened by the diverse perspectives and experiences of our staff, volunteers, and the clients we support.

Through our programs and activities, we will strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve and the broader community.

Position Summary:

Our Own Lives is seeking an experienced CEO who is passionate about our mission and able to lead our organization with excellence. The CEO will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations, including fundraising, program development, financial management, and staff supervision. As a mentor to staff, the CEO will motivate and empower the team to achieve their best work. As a servant of our clients, the CEO will be dedicated to supporting and magnifying the voices of people with disabilities.

In addition to their operational responsibilities, the CEO will be a passionate leader who inspires others to engage with our mission. They will work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization is fulfilling its mission and serving its constituents effectively. The CEO will also be responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, partners, and community leaders.

Our ideal candidate will be a motivational leader with a proven track record of success in nonprofit or disability services management. They will be passionate about our organization’s mission and committed to achieving our goals, including helping our clients realize they are strong and can do anything. The CEO will be a strategic thinker who is able to balance short-term needs with long-term planning. They will have excellent communication skills and be able to represent our organization to a variety of audiences.

Key Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership and Board of Directors Relations:

Collaborate with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization is fulfilling its mission.

Provide regular updates to the Board of Directors regarding the organization’s operations and performance.

Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement policies and procedures that support the organization’s mission and goals.

Work with the Client Leadership Council to ensure client voice is included in the decisions of the organization.

Staff Management & Mentorship:

Serve as a leader to the organization’s staff, providing guidance, motivation, and support to help them succeed in their roles.

Foster a positive work environment and promote teamwork and collaboration, encouraging staff members to contribute their unique perspectives and talents.

Provide regular feedback to staff members, both in the form of ongoing coaching and formal performance evaluations, to ensure that they are meeting performance expectations and growing in their roles.

Develop and implement staff development plans to support the ongoing growth and professional development of each team member.

Model and promote the organization’s values and culture, setting a high standard for ethical and effective behavior in all interactions.

Ensure that staff members are fulfilling their roles effectively, and work with them to identify opportunities for improvement and growth.

Financial Management & Leadership:

Oversee the organization’s financial management in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), ensuring that the organization is financially sound and operating with financial prudence for long-term sustainability.

Develop and oversee the organization’s annual budget, working with the CFO and other staff members to ensure that it aligns with the organization’s goals and priorities.

Monitor financial performance on an ongoing basis, tracking revenue and expenses and making adjustments as needed to ensure that the organization is operating within its budget.

Ensure that financial reports are accurate and provided to the Board of Directors in a timely manner, working with the CFO to provide detailed financial analysis and reporting as needed.

Collaborate with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings, while also ensuring that the organization remains financially stable and sustainable for the long term.

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices in nonprofit financial management and ensure that the organization’s financial policies and procedures are in compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines.

Fundraising and Development:

Develop and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and development strategy that aligns with the organization’s mission and goals.

Identify and cultivate relationships with high-level donors, foundations, and other potential funding sources, working closely with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to engage donors and secure major donations.

Work with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to establish fundraising priorities and opportunities, including annual giving campaigns, special events, and grant applications.

Provide leadership and direction to staff and volunteers involved in fundraising and development activities, ensuring that all efforts are aligned with the organization’s goals and priorities.

Develop and oversee donor stewardship plans to maintain strong relationships with donors and secure ongoing support, including regular communication, recognition, and engagement opportunities.

Ensure that the organization raises enough funds to meet its annual goals and expand its mission reach and impact, monitoring progress toward fundraising goals and making adjustments as needed.

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices in nonprofit fundraising and development, and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to continuously improve the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Program Development and Management:

Develop and implement a strategic program planning process to identify programs that align with the organization’s mission and goals, working closely with staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to ensure that programs are effective, efficient, and meet the needs of the organization’s constituents.

Manage the day-to-day operation of programs, working with staff, clients, and volunteers to ensure that programs are executed with excellence and create the most impact for the mission of the organization.

Evaluate program outcomes on an ongoing basis, using data and feedback from stakeholders to make adjustments and improvements as needed.

Work closely with people receiving services to ensure that programs meet their needs and expectations.

Expand programs and services as appropriate to fulfill the organization’s mission, working with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for growth and innovation.

Ensure that programs are implemented in accordance with all relevant regulations and guidelines, maintaining compliance with legal and ethical standards.

Promote the organization’s programs and services to key stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, community partners, and the media, to increase awareness and support for the organization’s mission.



Marketing, Communications & Public Speaking:

Develop and oversee a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to increase the organization’s visibility and reach.

Support the creation and maintenance of the organization’s brand and messaging across all channels.

Act as the organization’s spokesperson and represent the organization at public events and speaking engagements.

Include client leaders in public education, advocacy, and marketing efforts.

Develop and maintain relationships with media outlets and reporters to secure press coverage and promote the organization’s activities.

Strategic Planning:

Work with the Board of Directors, staff, and clients to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan.

Conduct regular assessments of the organization’s performance and adjust the strategic plan as needed.

Identify opportunities for growth and expansion and develop plans to pursue them.

Ensure that the organization’s programs and activities align with the strategic plan and the organization’s mission and values.

Facilities and General Administration

Oversees the creation and monitoring of a facilities plan working with Leadership to ensure for capital improvements and that information systems are functional, adequately protected, and meet HIPAA requirements.

Core Competencies:



  • Command Skills
  • Compassion
  • Decision Quality
  • Directing Others
  • Innovation Management
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Managerial Courage
  • Managing Vision & Purpose
  • Perspective
  • Political Savvy
  • Strategic Agility


Knowledge and Abilities

  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and development.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit financial management and budgeting.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, Board of Directors, donors, sponsors, and other stakeholders.
  • Performs job functions in an environment that promotes individual autonomy and independence; most job functions are performed in an office environment.
  • Must be able to operate office equipment including but not limited to telephone, computers, including software programs such as Outlook email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and fax and copy machines.
  • Must have ability to travel to statewide meetings including the ability to commute for business, when needed. If driving, must possess a drivers’ license in the state they reside and current auto insurance.
  • Satisfactory completion of all background checks and references, including Motor Vehicle Record is required. ***

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a related field and at least five years’ experience in organizational management which includes budget development, administration, and personnel management or,
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with at least ten years’ experience in organizational management which includes budget development, administration, and personnel management or,

 

  • Related life experience, including leadership in disabilities services. Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

 

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and development.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit financial management and budgeting.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, Board of Directors, clients, family members, donors, sponsors, and other stakeholders.
  • Passion for the organization’s mission and values.

Physical Demands of the Job: These essential tasks may be performed with or without accommodation or assistive technology. Employees in this position may spend significant hours on the computer writing and corresponding. The employee must be able to read text on the computer and paper documents. Communicating with stakeholders and employees via email, letters and telephone is required. An employee in this position will use a laptop computer and may also have documents and files that they will need to transport within and outside the office. This employee must be able to effectively present information to groups, both in person and virtually. The employee will be required to attend meetings, training, and other community activities within the region of Southwest Colorado, with the possibility of occasional travel within Colorado or out of state to training or conferences. Equal opportunity employer.

***Please consult Human Resources for questions regarding specific criminal convictions and/or traffic violations that may preclude employment.

Flexible work from home options available.

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