General Description: Responsible for the leadership, administration, and fiscal viability of the Lighthouse in accordance with the strategic goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors. General Responsibilities: The ED, with authority delegated by the Board of Directors, is responsible for the overall administration of the programs and services of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Inc. The Executive Director carries out the agency's program activities within the budget and in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors. The areas of responsibility include: 1) Fiscal Control, 2) Programs, 3) Personnel Management, 4) Policy, 5) Community Relations, and 6) Fundraising & Development. Specific Responsibilities & Essential Functions: The responsibilities and functions of the position may require the assistance of the Board of Directors, or committees thereof, along with designated staff. 1) Fiscal Control: a. Analyze and direct all financial operations of all programs and services b. Prepare and adhere to an annual budget c. Work closely with the contracted accounting firm to maintain standards of accounting applicable to non-profit business practice d. Negotiate contracts and agreements with funding sources in accordance with the guidance of the Board of Directors e. Submit requests for funding from a number of funding sources 2) Programs: a. Identify the needs of the population to be served b. Establish program objectives, and ensure objectives are achieved c. Carry out programs that meet national accreditation standards and achieve the objectives of each program d. Oversee and supervise all rehabilitation programs, including holding regular staff and case management meetings, policy and procedure reviews, curriculum development and staff development/training e. Maintain knowledge of developments in the field of vision rehabilitation f. Locate new sources of funding and oversee grants proposals & applications 3) Personnel Management: a. Carry out sound personnel practices and policies in accordance with the Personnel Manual and current professional standards b. Recruit, employ, supervise, evaluate, and discharge all personnel c. Encourage professional growth of staff 4) Policy: a. Helps set and carry out the policies and procedures as set forth in the Policy & Procedure Manual b. Recommends changes in policies and procedures c. Presents recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning legal and contractual obligations of the agency 5) Community Relations: a. Initiate new contacts and maintains contacts with other human service Agencies, and network locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally b. Promote awareness about blindness and low vision within agencies, businesses, and organizations in the community c. Initiate and participate in public relations activities of the agency d. Represent the organization in the community 6) Fundraising & Development: a. Serve in concert with the Board of Directors in fundraising Required Experience and Attributes Candidates must have experience and capabilities in non-profit management, including human resources / managing personnel, budgeting, fundraising, community relations, and working with a board of directors. In addition, knowledge of the vision rehabilitation and industries for the blind system is extremely preferred. Ideal candidates for this position will share the Lighthouse's commitment to serving the blind or visually impaired population to help them overcome the challenges of vision loss. Qualified candidates must possess an undergraduate degree (graduate degree preferred), demonstrate a commitment to continued learning, and bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the organization, including: At least 7 years of progressively increasing senior organization leadership experience A strong financial understanding and management of a comparably sized budget and staff A natural propensity toward strategically developing and growing an organization, with a demonstrated track record The ability to set strategic direction, gain alignment, and secure commitment of staff, board, and key stakeholders A team-building, empowering leadership style with a track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships with internal (staff and Board) and external stakeholders, clients, donors, and community leaders Demonstrated experience in and proven track record generating both contributed revenue (including individual, corporate, and foundation giving) as well as earned revenue Relationship developer and sustainer - one who is able to quickly build rapport and trust, and maximizes relationships to continue and grow organization leadership and influence Strong problem-solving skills Self-motivated with an ability to exercise prudent, collaborative decision-making An understanding of image building, marketing, and public relations Exceptional written and oral communication skills An ability to recognize industry trends and keep the organization flexible and responsive to new ideas and opportunit The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. 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