Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
July 11, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the
Blind and Visually Impaired
SUMMARY: As the chief salaried executive of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the effective day-to-day operations of the Association; direction of the overall activities of the Association; and for advising and making recommendations to the officers and Board of Directors with respect to all activities and policies. The CEO is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors. This position serves as the liaison between the Board of Directors and association staff. The CEO may help with board development and training.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY: Within the limits of the Bylaws and policies established or authorized by the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for, and has commensurate authority to accomplish, the duties set forth below. The CEO may delegate portions of these responsibilities consistent with sound management practices and authorized policies and procedures, together with proportionate authority for their fulfillment, but may not delegate nor relinquish any portion of accountability for results. The CEO oversees the day-to-day operations of the association once the board approves annual budgets, plans and other macro strategies.
ASSOCIATION AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
In partnership with the President, maintain an effective and representative governance system to guide the mission of the Association. Serve as staff liaison with the Board to achieve the Association's goals. Ensure that agenda and materials for meetings are developed and prepared in a timely manner and in accordance with the Accessibility policy, in concert with the President or the appropriate leader designated by the President.
Ensure that the President/Executive Committee and Board of Directors are kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of the Association, and on all-important factors influencing them, thus enabling this leadership to keep the Chapter and Division leaders and appropriate committee members informed. Create, maintain and facilitate a culture of timely, transparent communication with the Board of Directors and members of the Association.
In accordance with the guidelines and parameters set by the Board, develop, recommend, implement, review and manage the annual budget of the Association. Work with staff, the Board of Directors and collaborative partners to seek out and secure grants and other funding from outside sources.
Develop systems to monitor and manage financial performance. Report financial information on a regular basis to the Board of Directors. Consult as needed with the Treasurer, Finance Committee and when necessary the entire board, on decisions affecting the Association's finances.
Direct and manage all staff financial activities and expenses within the approved annual budget. Establish, implement and monitor financial systems to ensure appropriate financial controls.
Work with volunteer leadership and staff to develop long-range financial and fund development plans. Work with staff and appropriate leaders to actively identify, recommend, pursue and secure adequate non-dues revenue sources through grants and other development opportunities.
Develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws governing association management. Maintain appropriate insurance coverage to protect the fiduciary interests of the Association, its leaders, members and staff. Sign contracts for approved services and maintain all required documents such as Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, minutes, etc.
Create and manage a virtual office space for the work of the Association, maintaining on-going communication with staff using appropriate technologies. Monitor and coordinate the necessary updating of computer systems and office equipment, such that it will be adequate to the needs of the Association and its staff.
Within overall parameters established by the Finance Committee and Board of Directors determine appropriate salary levels for staff, within the guidelines established in the budget. Create and implement annual performance reviews for staff.
Establish a work environment to foster staff teamwork, communications, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Coordinate the staff support provided to all Association committees in fulfilling their responsibilities. Coordinate the staff support provided to assist Chapter and Division leadership in the development and governance of those levels of the Association.
Oversee timely preparation and coordination with the appropriate committees of all issues to be presented to, and voted upon, by the membership.
MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
Recruit and train staff; establish and communicate staff performance expectations in order to supervise and evaluate them as they fulfill professional services to the membership in a timely manner.
Work with leaders and staff to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate membership recruitment and retention programs. Work with leaders and staff to develop and implement strategies to dynamically grow and maintain membership. Ensure that services, products and benefits meet the needs of our members. Work with staff and leaders to pursue additional tangible benefits when appropriate.
Ensure that member records are updated in a timely and efficient manner and that all invoices, correspondence and mailings to members and leaders are professionally prepared, reflect the Association's style and approach, and are sent in a timely, responsive manner in accordance with the accessibility policies of the organization. Develop and implement strategies to ensure accurate and timely responses to questions from membership.
Participate in Chapter meetings when appropriate and financially feasible. Present at Chapter meetings when invited to do so.
Maintain effective relationships with other organizations and arrange for representation of the Association, when appropriate, at meetings and conferences of these other entities.
Work with the Board to determine helpful partnership with other organizations and entities. Seek out opportunities to build strategic partnerships and collaborations that will strengthen the Association and its mission.
Work within appropriate coalitions and consortia as determined by the Board of Directors.
Work with the President of the Association and the Advocacy Workgroup to oversee the monitoring of governmental relations affairs and create an annual national and international legislative agenda. Develop and implement a communications strategy that engages members of the association as advocates and provides ongoing communication regarding key issues impacting the field of blindness and visual impairment.
Oversee and manage the activities of the AER Accreditation Council, including standards for accreditation, processes for site review, participation on the Advisory Board and communication with the Board of Directors and Association Members.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
Work with the approval and guidance of the Board of Directors and International Conference Committee to ensure that staff plan, coordinate and orchestrate Association conferences. Ensure that all legal agreements and correspondence are appropriate and sent in a timely fashion. Oversee selection process for biennial conference sites.
Work with staff and the Publications Committee to ensure that all Association publications are high quality and relevant, produced in a timely and efficient manner, and in accordance with the accessibility policies of the organization. Encourage vigorous submissions of additional publications as appropriate.
Work with appropriate leaders and committees to develop, plan and implement appropriate continuing education and professional development opportunities for the members.
Applicants should have at least 5 years successful experience in a management position. Managerial experience with a membership or non-profit organization will be considered an asset.
Previous demonstration of leadership skills, especially in the areas of resource/revenue development, collaboration, and public relations is essential.
Completion of a bachelor's degree-ideally in the field of blindness and visual impairment, business administration, social services, or related fields.
Travel and weekend meeting/events required.Personal Characteristics:
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent written, oral, and electronic communication skills.Job-Related Characteristics:
Comprehensive budget development and fiscal management experience.
Successful supervisory experience.
Ability to work with a diverse Board of Directors and oversee committee activities.
Ability to manage and maintain appropriate paperwork for the operation of an international non-profit organization.
Ability to collaborate with external agencies, organizations, and stakeholders.
Ability to organize and motivate groups of volunteers and employees.
Ability to manage telecommuting staff in a virtual office.
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate sensitivity to and awareness of issues relating to individuals with disabilities, especially those with blindness and visual impairment. The annual salary is expected to be in the $85,000-$95,000 range and will be commiserate with experience and knowledge.Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, a current resume, a list of references, and other supporting documents no later than July 31, 2018.All cover letters, resumes, references, and any appropriate supporting documentation must be submitted electronically (no faxes) to email@example.com and must be received by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.