|Disability Law Center of Massachusetts|
|We are Seeking an Executive Director|
Disability Law Center of Massachusetts (DLC) is seeking an Executive
Director to lead this non-profit organization responsible for providing
legally-based protection and advocacy services that advance the rights
of individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
DLC’s next Executive Director will continue to advance the high quality
advocacy, legal representation and connection with the disability, civil
rights and social justice communities in the state.
DLC’s mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. In order to achieve this mission, DLC provides a range of services including information, referrals, technical assistance, trainings as well as individual representation and systemic advocacy regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities.
About the Position
DLC’s next Executive Director comes at a time of great opportunity and challenges for the disability community in Massachusetts. The Executive Director will communicate DLC’s understanding of the challenges faced by the community, and expand DLC’s vision and ability to meet these challenges. More specifically, the Executive Director’s duties include policy and advocacy leadership to the disability community and for the staff, oversight of administrative, human resources, and financial operations of the organization while building the public profile and funding base of the organization. The ideal candidate for this position combines a commitment to the mission of advancing the rights of people with disabilities and a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who has strong non-profit management and fundraising experience.
Summary of Executive Director Responsibilities:
Articulate and implement a strategic vision and leadership for DLC
Management of the enterprise
Maintain, increase and diversify funding resources and provide strong stewardship of financial resources
Raise the profile of DLC through external communications
§ Passionate commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and to the mission of DLC.
§ Demonstrated knowledge of disability and civil rights laws, issues and history.
§ Experience in leading and managing a complex organization including setting strategic vision, implementing business plans, managing personnel, overseeing finances and internal control systems, creating and implementing fundraising plans, fostering good relationships with external stakeholders.
§ Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff and funders.
§ Demonstrated experience working with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including staff, the public, elected and appointed officials, and consumers of service.
§ Keen understanding of public policy issues and processes involving the rights of individuals with disabilities.
§ Demonstrated ability and a desire to develop and expand the resources of DLC.
§ Juris Doctor required.
§ Interest in and commitment to working in Massachusetts.
§ Energy and enthusiasm for policy and advocacy work.
§ Creativity in devising new strategies for managing the organization and growing the funding base.
§ Integrity and fairness in working in a complex environment, particularly with respect to collective bargaining employees.
§ Flexibility in dealing with staff issues, balancing the needs of the individual and the needs of the organization.
§ Ability to listen well to a variety of perspectives, including board, staff and outside stakeholders such as funders.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position of Executive Director of the Disability Law Center, and what you believe you can contribute to the future of DLC and its client community. The letter should be accompanied by a current resume and names and contact information for three references.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in Microsoft Word format. Mailed and faxed submissions will be accepted.
DLC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. DLC is an equal opportunity employer. DLC encourages candidates with disabilities, women, persons of color and others who represent distinct linguistic or cultural communities to apply.
About the Disability Law Center
The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC receives federal, state and private funding but is not part of the state or federal government.