The Opportunity | The Enrichment Center
Our mission is to empower and enrich adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, enabling them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives. We live out our mission by offering a variety of programs that allow individuals to earn a living, be recognized for their artistic talent, and live as independently as they wish to live.
The Enrichment Center helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their full potential and achieve their best life. Through art classes, life skills training, community activities and job placement, individuals build on their abilities and connect to the broader community. These efforts enrich their lives, and the life of our community through their inclusion. Many individuals progress to a level of independence and success that would otherwise be unimaginable.
Founded in 1983 by a group of concerned parents to create a continuous learning environment for their adult children with lifelong intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Enrichment Center is an affiliated chapter of The Arc. Currently, The Enrichment Center serves more than 200 local individuals and their families, empowering them through art, education and employment.
The Position | Executive Director
The Enrichment Center seeks an innovative, visionary leader who focuses on our clients’ needs while maintaining strong relationships with our stakeholders. Operating with the highest ethical standards and practices, the Executive Director will be:
- a creative problem-solver who thinks with vision and strategically to develop and guide plans for growth and sustainability;
- an effective communicator and team-builder;
- committed to the arts-based culture of the Center;
- organized, decisive, and adaptable to changes in environment and regulations; and
- a strong advocate for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and believer in their abilities.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of The Enrichment Center. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic direction of the organization. Other primary duties include oversight of fundraising, marketing, advocacy and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Board Governance: Works with the Board in order to fulfill the organizational mission.
- Responsible for leading The Enrichment Center in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
- Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
- Ensures that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and funders.
Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
- Responsible for the fiscal integrity of The Enrichment Center, to include submission of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization, to the Board.
- Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains a positive financial position for the organization.
- Responsible for cultivating relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations to ensure fundraising goals are met. Also responsible for developing other resources necessary to support The Enrichment Center’s mission including collaborations with other community organizations.
- Responsible for being the key liaison between the local Managed Care Organization and State government officials to advocate for greater resources for the community and the organization.
Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
- Responsible for planning, implementation and evaluation of The Enrichment Center’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
- Responsible for developing a vision and strategic plan, with the Board, to ensure that The Enrichment Center can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
- Responsible for strengthening relationships and engaging thought leaders in the fields of IDD, local and state government, business leaders, and the arts community.
- Responsible for leading and challenging the staff to bring new and effective ways to enrich the lives of the clients through programming and community integration.
Political Advocacy and Collaboration: Works to be a positive change agent in our community.
- Responsible for being the voice of our clients and representing the local IDD community with the state and national ARC, funders and government leaders with the expectation of influencing decisions to obtain the best outcomes for our clients and their families.
Organization Operations: Oversees and directs resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are effective and efficient.
- Responsible for the effective administration of The Enrichment Center’s daily operations.
- Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
- Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
- Understand and comply with all state and federal regulations related to services and programs offered.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related field. Master’s preferred.
- Seven years or more senior nonprofit management experience. Strong preference for experience with special needs adults and the IDD community.
- Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision- making and reporting.
- Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising for non-profit organizations. Strongly prefer both capital campaign experience as well as significant gifts fundraising from individuals and corporations.
- Demonstrated commitment to the arts.
- Experience with advocating for our community with State and/or Federal organizations.
- Ability to understand, clearly communicate and execute complex Federal and State regulations.
Enrichment Center has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be kept confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 ext 208.