Position Description

Executive Director


Reports to: The Board of Directors

Classification: Regular, Full-time, Exempt


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of The Arc.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.


Specific Committee Responsibilities:

  1. Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress
  2. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board
  3. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work
  4. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations
  5. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field


In Communications, the Executive Director will:

  1. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all the important factors influencing it
  2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals
  3. Establish sound working relationship and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations
  4. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public


In Relations with Staff, the Executive Director will:

  1. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers
  2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place
  3. See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place
  4. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization
  5. Maintain a climate that attract, keeps, and motives a diverse staff of top quality people

In Budget and Finance, the Executive Director will:

  1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices
  2. Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the board in preparing a budget and see that the organization operates within budget guidelines
  3. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work
  4. Jointly, with the president and the secretary of the board, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents


  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services field or equivalent experience
  • Familiar with DMAS and DBHDS regulations an asset
  • Experience with advocacy, fiscal and personnel management, public relations, grant development and management, and community collaboration

Language Skills: Must have the ability to:

  • Speak
  • Write data and complete reports
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from the general public
  • Represent The Arc professionally with diverse individuals and groups

Mathematical Skills: Must have the ability to:

  • Apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Develop and adhere to budgets for development events and activities

Reasoning Ability: Must have the ability to:

  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Make decisions and carry them out to their conclusion

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • The employee must have the ability and willingness to work evenings or weekends when necessary to complete assignments or for meetings or events

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The workplace is a tobacco- and tobacco product-free environment.