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Executive Director Search
Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, (MCIL) is seeking an experienced Executive Director who is well respected in the disabilities field and excels at building strong relationships internally and externally. The leader must be able to provide strategic vision, servant leadership, fundraising and general management for a dynamic multi-service nonprofit. He/she will build on the organizations past successes, expand reach and influence and broaden support for the organization and its programs.
The Executive Director, (ED) reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The ED provides leadership to the Board in the areas of public policy, planning, and program development. The ED is the organization’s chief fundraiser and spokesperson, and is responsible for cultivating partnerships with government, corporate and foundation leaders, individual donors and disability leaders in Minnesota and nationally. The ED leads and directs MCIL staff, and provides support and assistance to volunteers, including the Board of Directors and committees. The ED will oversee a $5 million annual operating budget.
The successful candidate will be an experienced entrepreneur, with a results- oriented approach to nonprofit management and a track record of leadership and financial success. He or she will have the ability to develop relationships with and win the confidence of a range of stakeholders, including disability leaders, foundation leaders, donors, government officials, volunteers, staff and partners.
- The successful candidate will be a proven leader in the nonprofit multi service arena and have the ability to accurately assess the needs of the disability community to create and implement agency strategic direction, policy and programming over multiple years.
A strong strategic thinker, who can enhance and refine MCIL strategic vision, priorities, goals and measures to meet consumers outcomes, engage staff and partners and deliver sustainable results.
- Demonstrated success in building and sustaining a comprehensive fundraising program, ideally with experience across a full range of funding sources including individuals, corporations, foundations and government.
Assure a sustainable business model and develop new resources and partnerships at scale, including public and private funding, contracts for services, and program partnerships.
- Significant experience creating, building and managing partnerships with an array of groups and individuals.
Knowledge of management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique and the effective use of time and resources.
- Experience in fiscal planning and budget management for an organization of similar size and scope.
- Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.
- An innovative leader who focuses on taking risks, spurring staff’ ingenuity and autonomous thought. Knowledge is valued and challenges are viewed as learning opportunities.
- High level of comfort with public relations and public speaking as well as communicating information to a wide range of audiences, from policy makers, donors and volunteers to the press and the general public.
- Experience with government relations processes and working with other local, state and national groups in the disability field.
Ability to network and build collaborative relationships and partnerships with community agencies, public and private sources, donors and disability leaders.
- Experience reporting to and supporting a governing Board.
- Effective interaction and work with a board range of consumers and staff who have disabilities.
- Deep understanding of the history of the disability and independent living movement.
- Ability to build a highly effective leadership team.
- Comfortable and assertive in many different social and professional circles including consumer, donors, public officials, funders, government, etc.High degree of energy, integrity, creativity as well as the intellectual, organizational and personal qualities to earn respect and cooperation from all stakeholders.
- Demonstrated cultural competence with a focus on diversity.
- A deep commitment and passion to MCIL mission and work.
- Superb communications skills, both oral and written.
- Creative with the ability to think out of the box.
- Approachable and a good listener.
- An authentic leader who serves as a role model for moral and fair behavior with a transparent approach earning esteem and confidence from employees.
- A leader who coaches effectively and is seen as a mentor who supports employee growth. Employees are nurtured towards achieving their highest levels of performance.
- Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g., social sciences, public administration, business administration)
7-10 years executive/senior management experience in social service or related organization.
- Demonstrated leadership in and knowledge of the disability and independent living movement, programming for consumers and representing diverse cultures.
- Experience in developing and maintaining a diverse workforce
Governor Dayton directs state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities.
Gov. Mark Dayton has directed state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities, seeking to reverse an alarming decline in the state’s hiring of disabled people.
The governor this week signed an executive order that directs state agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities to 7 percent by 2018, up from 3.2 percent in 2013.
The directive is a response to concerns that Minnesota has fallen behind much of the nation in the hiring and recruiting of people with physical and developmental disabilities. It also is seen as a way for Dayton to gain support among the nearly one in five Minnesotans who have a disability, defined as a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s ability to perform a major activity.
MCIL offers its strong support for this executive order, and applauds Governor Dayton’s interest and intitiative on behalf of Minnesotans with disabilities.
MCIL has been a leader in its implementation and participation in a unique, national model of IL and VR cooperation, in partnership with MN DEED. Our IL/VR Collaboration enables MCIL to place IL specialists in each of the metro area Workforce Centers. This effort allow MCIL to work side-by-side with VR to provide IL supports concurrent with VR job training efforts. The intent is to provide these parallel services to increase a positive employment outcome. We believe that a positive employment outcome is enhanced by having good IL skills, and a successful IL experience includes meaningful employment.
Since its inception in 2008, the IL/VR collaboration has served between 1,000-1200 people per year, and has a 67% success rate of employment outcomes.
These efforts, among many other initiatives, along with Governor Dayton’s executive order will allow Minnesota to continue to address the significant unemployment of people with disabilities.
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