Executive Director - Living Independently For Everyone, Inc. (LIFE, Inc.)

Position: Executive Director

Status: Full time, Exempt

Reports to: Board of Directors

Organization:

Living Independently For Everyone, Inc. (LIFE, Inc.) is a Center for Independent Living with offices located in Blackfoot, Burley, Idaho Falls, and the main office in Pocatello Idaho. LIFE, Inc. serves a total of 18 southeastern Idaho counties which covers approximately 31,700 square miles.  LIFE, Inc. was begun in 1998 with two centers being merged together to form one.  There are three main programs which encompass the activities of this center. 1- The Administration of Community Living Grant which has five core services: advocacy, both community and individual: peer counseling: independent living skills training: information and referral: and transitioning of individuals with disabilities from nursing homes, assistance in keeping them from returning to nursing homes, and assisting youth from ages 14-26 in transitioning from secondary school to independent living. LIFE has an annual budget of $1.89 million and a full- time staff of 15 and oversees attendant care regulations and finances of 120-part time attendees.

The MISSION of LIFE, Inc. is to Enable People with Disabilities to Manage their Own Lives, Make Their Own Choices, and Give Them Information and Knowledge to Assist them to Live with Dignity and Bravado.

 

 Essential Functions: 

The Executive Director, as the Chief Executive Officer, is the administrative agent for LIFE, Inc. Responsible to the Board of Directors for the implementation of the goals and objectives of the organization, the effective supervision of all employees of the corporation, and provides overall management of all fiscal and program operations.  The Executive Director provides vision, leadership, implements Board approved policies and procedures, supervises staff, and sets an example for the LIFE Corporation.

Leadership – Responsible for the overall leadership development within the organization, in partnership with the Board of Directors and the staff.  This includes working directly with and being accountable to the Board of Directors; assisting and directing the staff in leadership development and independent living philosophy.  Responsible for working to enhance the effectiveness of the organization and to improve the visibility, viability, and mission of LIFE, Inc.

Administrative Responsibilities – Supervise and coordinate all office procedures and activities of the Corporation.  Responsible for building and maintaining the organization and managing the day-to-day operations of LIFE, Inc.

Fiscal Management & Planning – Responsible for overall financial management and planning.  The implementation of a sound fiscal management system including development and monitoring of budgets, accounting systems and procedures, and timely, accurate fiscal reporting to the Board of Directors.  Manages financial operations of the organization through supervision of the financial officers.

Personnel Management – Recruitment, hiring, training, and termination of staff within the provisions set forth by the Board of Directors and personnel policies.  Provide for continuous supervision of personnel.

Grant Compliance – Prepare all related grant and financial reports in accordance with Board directives and federal and state requirements.  Provide monitoring, review, and evaluation of the Program Performance Report (PPR) and meeting the Grant compliance indicators.  Monitor carefully with the Fiscal Intermediary Manager all Medicaid Regulations, reports, and requirements necessary for the Fiscal Intermediary program.  Monitor carefully the Payee Program for Social Security regulations and requirements to insure yearly audits and oversite evaluations by the Social Security Administration.

Public and Community Relations – Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with various disability and non-disability organizations at the local, state, and national level.  Specifically maintain close relationships with the Idaho State Independent Living Council, Executive Director, and staff in assisting and involvement of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  Provide public education and outreach activities with other staff, including public presentations, technical assistance, advocacy, training and testimony on disability and independent living philosophy. 

Professional Experience/Skills 

The ideal candidate will come with strong management and leadership experience. A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in social and behavioral sciences, or administration.  A minimum of five years management and supervisory experience in a small to mid-size human services program may be substituted for degrees.

Knowledge of the civil rights movement for people with disabilities, federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is very much preferred.

Excellent presentation and communication skills in public speaking and in communicating with staff.

Ability to solve problems; set clear priorities; delegate, analyze to guide staff and the LIFE organization.

Experience with fee-for-service programs such as Medicaid and Social Security payee services.

Experience in employee supervision with recruiting and retaining a diverse team; the ability to assess employee skills; provide resources to develop and enhance employee skills/performance.

Management of a multi-site organization is an advantage.

Financially savvy, politically astute leader with strong experience in budgeting and financial management at the program and organization level, Accountability for managing a budget approaching $ 2 million.

Knowledge of local area of communities served.

To Apply: 

Submit cover letter, resume, salary history of last job, salary requirements, and reference list. Salary and benefits are open to negotiation and commensurate with the LIFE budget. 

Application Procedure: 

Announcement is open from February 1st till March 2nd.  The Board of Directors will review the resumes and select five individuals for interviews.  These interviews will be held on Saturday, April 7th and may be conducted face to face, teleconference, or possibly by videoconference.  If a candidate is not selected at that time the final two applicants will have one final interview on April 14th and the candidate selected will be notified that day.  A two- month mentorship will begin on April 30th under the current Executive Director and will take over duties on July 1st.

To apply, e mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or fax to Dean at (208-232-2753) or (208-529-6804); or mail to:      LIFE, Inc.

c/o Dean Nielson

 640 Pershing  

Pocatello, ID  83201

Please no phone calls, e mail is acceptable.

LIFE, Inc. provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities upon request.  A criminal background check is required for this position.

LIFE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment based on disability, race, religion, national origin, age, gender, or sexual orientation.  Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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