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Executive Director (CIL) Posted on October 28, 2021

Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Berkeley, CA
Position Summary for Executive Director (CIL)

Hours: Full-time (1.00 FTE)
Location: Berkeley, CA

Description: The Executive Director (ED) -- the Chief Executive of TheCIL -- reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the achievement of the organization's programmatic and financial objectives, and provides the vision and leadership to take the organization to the next level of success. The ED leads a seven-member management team currently comprised of a Development Director, Finance Manager, Human Resources Administrator and three mid-level Program Managers. The ED also represents TheCIL’s interests and promotes its message in local, state, and national forums and serves on the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC) Board of Directors.

About Center for Independent Living, Inc.

The Center for Independent Living (TheCIL), based out of the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, CA, is a not-for-profit independent living center that promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities into their community. With both persistent and emerging challenges facing people with disabilities seeking to live, work, and play to the same degree as non-disabled peers, we recognize the important work TheCIL will serve. We seek an Executive Director (ED) who will guide the development and growth of the organization over the next several years. The ED will report to a Board of Directors that is made up of at least 50% of people with disabilities.

Our mission is to provide advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large. Our existing programs provide people with skills, knowledge, and resources that empower them to eliminate damaging and stereotypical notions of disability so that they can strive toward realizing their full human potential. Our service area, geographically situated alongside peer independent living centers operating across the region, covers communities and neighborhoods across Contra Costa and Alameda counties. We benefit from partnerships with a rich network of local entities and community service providers across the bay area, including large and small businesses, educational institutions and universities, and non-profit organizations.

Emerging from the independent living movement of the 1960s, students and community members around the U.C. Berkeley campus joined together in 1972 to form TheCIL an organization run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Since our founding we have offered a number of critical services unavailable to a previously ignored community, including peer counseling, wheelchair repair, assistance finding accessible and affordable housing, and vocational training. Today, our services have expanded to support a more technological and interconnected world, but are still grounded in the peer-based services that have served as a model for roughly 400 independent living centers nationwide, as well as similar programs in 20 countries.

Job Responsibilities/Duties

Essential Job Functions:
1. Lead TheCIL with a deep understanding and commitment to the values and principles of the Independent Living Movement of People with Disabilities, including the reasonable accommodation of clients and staff to services that enable them to work toward the achievement of their goals
2. Manage the immediate and long-term programmatic and financial health of the organization
3. Communicate effectively for the organization and its mission

Key Responsibilities:
Finance, Operations, Program and Strategic Planning
1. Guiding the development, implementation, assessment, and management of short-term and long-range strategic plans, with the guidance of the Board, and assuming overall accountability for program success
2. Seeking out new lines of business, including social enterprises and fee-for-service programs, to diversify and grow TheCIL’s bottom line
3. Leading the development and continuing oversight of the annual budget
4. Approving expenditures and allocation of agency resources
5. Overseeing preparation of management reports and financial statements to fulfill external reporting requirements for review by the Board of Directors
6. Ensuring that TheCIL complies with all relevant laws, regulations and internal policies set by the Board
7. Addressing competitive pay rates and salaries to maintain staffing, with approval from the Board
8. Supporting the Board in its governance role and assisting with Board development, while informing the Board of internal developments

Fundraising and External Relations:
1. Serving as the public face of the organization, representing TheCIL and its mission to the media, the public, government agencies and other stakeholders
2. Developing a fundraising plan to increase revenues in collaboration with the Development Director and the Board members tasked with development outreach
3. Overseeing all funding and project proposals; functioning as the Contract Officer for the agency
4. Raising the public profile of CIL by communicating its mission to various audiences
5. Increasing CIL’s endowment to help make CIL more financially independent
6. Maintaining and improving CIL’s relationships with state and national organizations like the Department of Rehabilitation
7. Demonstrating a growth mindset and leadership for long-term, strategic, programmatic impact and growth of the organization

Advocacy:
1. Working with the Management Team to determine organizational response to current events and issues, with input from the Board
2. Responding to public speaking and disability awareness training requests
3. Collaborating with the network of Independent Living Centers to develop positions and strategy on key advocacy issues that impact consumers
4. Participating in or leading substantive advocacy programs as needed
5. Utilizing modern ideas and progressive thinking to develop new and innovative partnerships and programs
6. Orienting service growth towards marginalized communities, with specific attention to the unhoused and re-entry communities

Human Resources:
1. Supervising Human Resources Administrator; serving as chief risk manager for the agency
2. Ensuring internal policies and practices are aligned with agency mission and values and contractual and other legal requirements
3. Investing in the success of all staff by leading by example, cultivating a climate of inclusiveness at all levels, and supporting professional development
4. Ensuring that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held and sound human resource practices are in place
5. Promoting and committing to reasonable accommodations for staff members
6. Prioritizing diversity in hiring

Required Education and Experience


Qualification Requirements

Professional Experience/Qualifications:
1. 10+ years of management experience in the for-profit or not-for-profit arena. Experience with an independent living center (ILC) especially desirable
2. Deep experience in budgeting at the program and organizational level, with accountability for managing a budget of $2.5 million or more
3. Financial and administrative expertise in organizational management and in state/federal grant processes
4. Deep knowledge and understanding of the civil rights/independent living movement for and of people with disabilities, including both historical and current trends and issues
5. A track record of positive relationships and partnerships with various stakeholders
6. Demonstrated successful fundraising experience

Preferred Qualifications

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
1. Persuasive public speaker and skilled community organizer who can successfully build coalitions across various communities and interest groups
2. Progressive outlook that can help TheCIL take on modern challenges facing our community (e.g., housing, health-equity, inclusive communities, physical and programmatic accessibility)
3. Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written
4. Demonstrated success with Fee-for Service Programs, Sales, and Public Sector funding
5. College degree or equivalent management experience
6. Big-picture thinker who can navigate change
7. Demonstrable client focus
8. Willingness to hold oneself and others accountable while managing with integrity and collaboration
9. Tech savvy; able to operate and excel in an increasingly digital environment
10. First-hand experience with disability is expected

Other Information

Other Demands:
1. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via telephone, video meetings, email and in person with staff, consumers, and community members, with customary assistance as required by disability
2. Must be able to travel to other agencies and organizations

TheCIL is an equal opportunity employer. TheCIL embraces difference and diversity, and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. We provide reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

How to Apply

If you are interested in leading TheCIL team, please submit your application materials online via Idealist.

All job offers are contingent on passing a pre-employment background check.

If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the People and Organizational Development Manager. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

This job posting was added on October 28, 2021