Life's WORC offers an attractive salary and benefits package.
ABOUT LIFE’S WORC: Life’s WORC’s mission is to provide services and support that facilitate an independent and fulfilling life experience for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. For over 50 years, Life’s WORC has provided comprehensive service and support to people with intellectual disabilities and autism and their families in Queens, Manhattan, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Today, the agency supports more than 2,000 people across its residential locations and community programs. Additional programs for both families and people with intellectual disabilities include at-home support, skills development and behavioral intervention, social recreational programs, and vocational training opportunities.
Life’s WORC is and always will be a values-based organization that is deeply rooted in its humble beginnings. Vicki Schneps, the mother of a former Willowbrook State Institution resident, founded the agency in 1971. Together with Geraldo Rivera, the reporter who first uncovered the state institution’s deplorable conditions, she established an organization dedicated to ensuring that people with various disabilities are afforded opportunities to live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit lifesworc.org.
FUNDING: Life’s WORC has a current annual operating budget of approximately $60 million. The primary source of revenue is Medicaid; other sources include contracts with school districts, private insurance, private pay, and fundraising.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The CEO reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors. He/she/they will lead the organization’s strategic direction, operational management, program delivery and business development through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing executives and staff. The role is public facing, and the CEO serves as the brand ambassador to the community. Involvement in policy, regulatory, and financial forums at the community, regional, state, and federal levels occurs on a regular basis.
In partnership with the Board of Directors, the CEO will increase visibility and awareness of Life’s WORC, and forge and foster relationships with government agencies, referral sources, funders, community partners, and the people and families they serve. The CEO will alert the Board to opportunities for expanding outreach and services, ensure that programs and services are consistent with the agency’s core mission and community needs, and are delivered with the highest possible quality standards and measurable outcomes.
Commitment to the Life’s WORC mission.
Extensive track record of effective senior leadership in a not-for-profit healthcare or human services organization, particularly for vulnerable needs populations.
Successful history of building upon successes and driving change and innovation.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with an engaged board of directors.
Experience with IDD in New York State, OPWDD, and the tri-state marketplace.
Current knowledge of funding and legislative changes.
Strategic thinker capable of forecasting short- and long-term objectives.
Connector and networker.
Change agent and builder.
Strong business and financial management skills.
Current with trends facing human service providers in NYC and NYS as well as regionally and nationally.
Commitment to best practices, continuous quality improvement, and outcomes measurement.
Pledge to serve as an advocate for individuals in Life’s WORC’s care and their families.
Polished communication and presentation skills.
Experience with marketing/branding/positioning.
A team builder and motivator—able to lead with compassion and empathy.
Track record of recruiting and fostering a diverse team with a focus on equity, inclusion, and access.
Strong negotiating ability.
Warm, approachable demeanor.
Ability and willingness to attend day/evening community events and to serve as a visible member of and spokesperson to the community served by Life’s WORC.
Master’s degree in a relevant field is required.
Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel for business-related purposes.
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