Posted — 01.16.24

Executive Director

Options in Community Living, Inc.
Madison, WI
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Position Summary

Options in Community Living, Inc. is a non-profit organization with over 40 years of success providing supported living services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. One of the first supported living providers in the country, Options has been a leader in establishing the effectiveness of supported living services, with an emphasis on social justice in assisting people to find and maintain their home in their community.

Options believes that every person has the right to live in a home in the community as an active and accepted member of the community, and provides support and coordinates services to enable adults with IDD to live in their own homes. The agency assists people to make informed choices and reach their own goals, with support available to the extent and for as long as it is needed.

An international innovator in IDD services, Options fulfills its mission through the work of 375 employees and an annual budget of more than $15 million. Options in Community Living, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

With the 2024 retirement of the current executive director, who has served in this position for 25 years, Options seeks a values-driven leader with extensive experience in the IDD field. The executive director leads Options’ long-term planning; supports a person-centered approach to supportive living services; manages growth; sets priorities; and guides daily operations of the organization that create opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. The executive director develops and maintains excellent relationships with people supported and their families, staff at all levels of the organization, funders, and other organizations that provide support services. The executive director provides advocacy and leadership within the IDD service community, and shares information about Options’ services with community members.

The city of Madison and surrounding communities rank among the best places in the country to work and live. The University of Wisconsin–Madison and several other colleges are located here. Madison offers fantastic bike trails, distinctive locally owned businesses, cutting-edge technology, safe neighborhoods, great health care, green resources, excellent education, and amazing music venues and restaurants.

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Applications must be received by noon central time on February 19, 2024. Employment start date planned for early summer and is negotiable.


Required Qualifications
• Significant lived experience or direct support of people with IDD that demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to working in partnership with people with disabilities and their allies as well as an understanding of and commitment to the values of supporting people with disabilities to be part of community life.
• Strong financial skills, including the ability to ensure sustained financial health and accountable management of the organization, and ability to identify and pursue sufficient funding to support the work of the organization through a variety of sources including fund raising efforts.
• Strong program management skills, with experience in meeting program reporting requirements and supervising staff performance.
• Knowledge of the long-term care service system and ability to develop and sustain good working relationships with long-term care service providers and policy makers.
• Significant experience as an employer, managing compliance with laws and regulations.
• Ability to build relationships with people supported, their families, guardians, and staff at all levels of the organization.
• Capacity to ensure that all staff, at all levels of the organization, feel valued and supported.
• Experience in working in the non-profit sector under the direction of a board of directors and in providing prompt and accurate updates to the board.
• Skills and experience with managing a complex organization and with cultivating and sustaining its collaborative organizational culture.
• Experience in developing and implementing long-range plans.
• Excellent written and verbal skills, and an ability to represent Options at conferences and in meetings, newsletters, social media, and other public venues.
• Skills to develop and sustain good working relationships with key affordable housing, finance, home ownership, development, and regulatory organizations at federal, state, and local levels.

Roles & Responsibilities

Duties of Options in Community Living’s Executive Director
Leadership, accountability, and administrative management form the executive director’s core duties, specifically to:
Provide Values-Based Leadership within Community by
• fostering a mission-driven spirit of cooperation among staff, board, people supported, and colleagues in community-based support services;
• cultivating positive communication with public and private organizations that affect the mission, goals, and objectives of Options; and
• publicly representing the agency at forums, hearings, meetings, and events, and in the media.
Provide Values-Based Leadership within the Organization by
• providing leadership, direction, and supervision to other leadership staff;
• fostering and recognizing creative ideas, and actualizing them within the organization;
• recruiting new staff, supervising, training, and supporting staff performance;
• evaluating staff growth and performance;
• assigning duties and compensation for all staff; and
• overseeing agency compliance with human resource and employment regulations.
Ensure Fiscal and Program Accountability by
• developing and maintaining a business model that produces exceptional services and sustains financial stability for the organization;
• evaluating and managing risks and opportunities;.
• securing and administering necessary funding to sustain agency services;
• assisting board of directors in agency governance, serving as staff to the board;
• holding end-point responsibility for management of all support and employment-based concerns; and
• managing resources in ways that protect and nurture people supported, staff, and the long-term stability of the organization.
Exercise Sound Administrative Management by
• working with the board of directors and staff to develop, implement, and evaluate the day-to-day work and long-term plans of the organization; and
• developing and supervising the implementation of policies, management systems, and procedures; and
• ensuring adherence to all laws and regulatory requirements.

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