Maine SILC Seeks Executive Director
The Maine Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) seeks a part-time (20 hour per week) dynamic, entrepreneurial Executive Director.
This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic, self-starter who is passionate about maximizing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Executive Director is responsible for working closely with the Governor-appointed Maine SILC to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Full details are in the position description below.
- Please describe your knowledge and philosophy of independent living.
- Please describe your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Board of Directors and those of the Executive Director.
- Please provide a detailed description of your fundraising experience.
Maine Statewide Independent Living Council
126 Western Ave.Augusta, ME 04330
Title: Executive Director
Mission Statement: The Maine Statewide Independent Living Council is dedicated to ensuring that citizens with disabilities have control over their lives and environments with equal access to options, opportunities, and choices as do all citizens.
The Maine SILC, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Maine Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is a federally mandated council under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Maine SILC advances independent living by engaging in or supporting research, publication, employment, community organizing, advocacy, and systems reform. The Executive Director will answer directly to the Maine SILC and will be supervised by the Maine SILC Chair.
- Plans, monitors and implements organizational goals and objectives
- Responsible for oversight of all SILC meetings, including the taking and distribution of meeting minutes
- Ensures all activities of the Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) are successfully implemented
- Responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) under the direction of the Council
- Analyzes Independent Living (IL) needs and trends and establishes goals and objectives in consideration of available resources
- Develops and implements an annual timeline of required activities related to the SPIL
- Schedules meetings of the Council, assuring adequate public notice
- Coordinates and makes all arrangements for Council meetings, including but not limited to, preparing agendas and sending in advance, reserving meeting space, inviting speakers, engaging caterers, preparing and distributing minutes in a timely manner, and providing and funding reasonable accommodations and coordinating member transportation, as needed
- Identifies the need for and coordinates all aspects of public meetings addressing independent living
- Develops and implements new efforts and activities to further the mission
- Prepares and submits timely reports, including the annual 704 and annual report of SILC activities in conjunction with state partners
- With the Council, develops and implements an annual resource development and utilization plan including target needs
- Develops and implements trainings, seminars, webinars and with guest speakers that meet mission and fund development objectives
- Develops and cultivates positive relationships with persons interested in supporting the work of the Maine SILC
- Confers with state and federal legislators, IL organizations and other disability organizations to exchange information, interpret laws, regulations and policies, and build a common agenda
- Maximizes the cooperation, coordination and working relationships among IL organizations or disability entities
- Plans, coordinates and implements statewide IL trainings and conferences, SILC retreats and/or training workshops
- Plans, develops, and coordinates public and community relations, meetings and hearings
- Represents the Council as directed by the SILC Chairperson
- Responsible for overseeing a web site, publication of an annual report and other external marketing products
- Develops and distributes information and educational materials
- Solicit new SILC member applications
- Facilitate, in consultation with state partners, the membership process with the Council and the Governor’s Appointments Office to assure that Council membership is in full compliance with the requirements in the Act
- Update the SILC Member Orientation Manual
- Develops, schedules and plans an annual orientation to new members and ongoing training to all members, as needed
- Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- A clear understanding of the philosophy of independent living
- Five years of work experience in a nonprofit or with a disability-associated organization; executive director experience preferred
- Working knowledge of MS Office (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word)
- Strong financial management skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Excellent analytical and organizational abilities
- Proactive, works independently, accepts responsibility
- Ability to create and implement strategies and tactical plans