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Executive Director

Cedar Rapids, IA

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The Arc of East Central Iowa seeks energetic and committed individual to lead a life-changing organization.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief executive responsible for setting the strategic direction, and conceiving, implementing and directing the policies and programs of the organization.  

The Organization
The Arc of East Central Iowa mission is to empower people with intellectual and related disabilities to engage in lifelong opportunities to live, learn, work and play with dignity, freedom and full inclusion in their communities.

The Arc provides supports and services to over 800 individuals, families and caregivers.  The Arc offers Home and Community-Based Waiver funded supports as well as services funded by United Way and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Arc is governed by a 23-member Board of Directors, operates with a $4.6M budget including an established and growing endowment, and employs 350 staff, 37 of which are full-time, including a 5-member senior leadership team.

Executive Director Duties
•Direct, delegate, supervise, and manage multiple programs and services;
•Attend all regular meetings of the Board, presenting annual budgets and periodic progress reports;
•Develop and present sound organizational policies to the Board;
•Institute appropriate and effective management controls.
•Plan for further expansion and/or modification of programs and services.

Public Relations and Fundraising Duties
•Interpret programs and policies to program participants, membership, other agencies and the community;
•Assume leadership for increasing public awareness and understanding of the nature and needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
•Keep members and citizens up-to-date on programs and legislative developments;
•Promote and maintain working relationships with public officials, agency administrators, and assist in promotion of state or local community program development;
•Participate in community planning through membership in professional organizations, interdepartmental or inter-agency committees;
•Facilitate cooperation with other organizations.

Experience and Attributes
•Demonstrated ability as a passionate advocate for The Arc’s mission and people with intellectual
and related disabilities;
•A minimum of 5 years of experience in a related, senior organizational management position;
•Demonstrated leadership in community relations and fundraising;
•A facilitative, consensus-building leader with a track record of building and maintaining strong
working relationships internally and externally;
•Experience with organizations and governing boards with exposure to policy governance;
•Strong and effective written and oral communication skills and excellent public speaking skills;
•High energy and initiative with an ability to exercise prudent, independent judgment;
•Bachelor’s degree required (Business, Public Administration or other relevant discipline), Master's preferred.

Application Process
To apply, email a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, three professional references and a personal statement explaining how your interest fits the mission of the Arc to  Only electronic applications will be accepted.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Competitive salary and benefits offered.  EOE.  Visit for a complete job description.                                  

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Executive Director

The Arc of East Central Iowa

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Posted 04/19/17

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