ABOUT THE REGIONAL CENTER
Based in the City of Redding in Northern California, Far Northern Regional Center (FNRC) is seeking an Executive Director to oversee an agency that provides services and supports to over 8,100 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the nine northeastern counties of California (Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Lassen and Plumas). FNRC employs over 190 staff and has offices in Redding, Chico, Mt. Shasta, Yreka and Lake Almanor.
Far Northern Regional Center is one of twenty-one regional centers in California. Regional centers serve as points of entry into the State’s developmental service delivery system and provide life-long services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. FNRC is a non-profit corporation, and has an annual contract of approximately $172 million with California’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Far Northern Regional Center provides an array of services to persons with developmental disabilities that include intake and assessment, determination of service eligibility, diagnostic evaluations, and the development of an individual program plan based on each person’s individual abilities and needs. Regional center staff assist each individual in obtaining services either through referral or the purchase of services. Services may include community living arrangements, education, vocational support, medical or dental care, mobility and the use of transportation, physical therapy or other supportive services, among others. In addition, staff provide information and services to families at risk of having children with developmental disabilities or families who have children with special needs.
Far Northern Regional Center is committed to providing services and supports that allow persons with developmental disabilities to live productive and valued lives as welcomed members of their communities.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Under the policy direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership to the staff and community; plans, organizes, develops and directs the operations and services of the regional center. The Executive Director is responsible for the planning, organization, development and direction of the operations and programs of the Regional Center in accordance with its contract with DDS and the policies established by the Board of Directors.
The Executive Director is accountable to a 20-member Regional Center Board of Directors. The Board is composed primarily of individuals with developmental disabilities and family members and is representative of the diversity of the community it serves.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will provide overall leadership for the regional center within the framework of existing legislation, state regulations, state contracts, policies and goals established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is expected to develop/lead a strong management team with a client service, person-centered orientation. The incumbent will work closely with staff to develop and refine existing programs in response to individual and community needs.
Examples of responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Provides advice, counsel and information to the Board in order to assist in setting policy and monitoring the performance of the regional center. Researches and recommends policies, programs and action plans for Board approval.
- Executes all policies and decisions of the Board.
- Represents the Board and serves as principal liaison between the Board and staff, clients and families, service providers, the local community, state and local governments.
- Identifies areas requiring planning; develops and recommends goals, objectives and action plans for accomplishment to the Board.
- Identifies areas requiring policy decision; develops and recommends policy for consideration by the Board.
- Provides for development, implementation, operation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, standards, guidelines and procedures for implementing the policies and plans adopted by the Board and for overseeing the effective administration and control of the regional center.
- With the Administration Division, develops a budget for Board review and approval.
- Provides for appropriate control and accountability of all funds, physical assets and other property.
- Provides for development, revision, negotiation and approval of all collective bargaining agreements.
- Directs the development and implementation of a sound human resources system, including policy, procedures, practices, classification/compensation plan, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal system, staff development and other organizational activities.
- Assumes overall responsibility for recruitment, employment, training, supervision, evaluation and when necessary, corrective action and/or termination of staff.
- Acts as liaison to other health and human services agencies, public and governmental agencies on the local, state and federal levels.
- Represents the regional center in the community to promote FNRC’s purposes, goals and programs, and to seek input in identifying community needs.
- Serves on Statewide committees representing regional centers and their clients.
- Serves as consultant to voluntary and government agencies regarding the programs and services of the regional center.
- Provides executive level oversight and support to staff regarding client issues and advocacy.
- Responsible for implementation of the fair hearing process under the California Welfare and Institutions Code.
- Responsible for acting on behalf of the Director of DDS as guardian/conservator as required by the California Welfare and Institutions Code.
- Responsible for the consent to medical, dental, surgical and other treatment pursuant to the California Welfare and Institutions Code.
- Serves as principal liaison to DDS.
- Prepares and reviews various technical, narrative and statistical reports and summaries.
- Interprets directives and directs agency personnel in accordance with those directives.
- Negotiates with DDS on matters related to regional center interests.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS: The Executive Director must have a thorough knowledge of the regional center service delivery system. The incumbent must be diplomatic and decisive, but cognizant of the impact of decisions and sensitive to the process of building consensus. The Executive Director must be able to develop and maintain respectful business relationships both internally and externally. The individual should be an accomplished speaker and presenter, have strong community building skills and be a compassionate but strong leader with a visionary focus. Knowledge of community and governmental relations, experience working with volunteers and volunteer boards and effective media and public relations skills are essential. Ingenuity, compassion, dedication and enthusiasm are key candidate attributes. Above all, the Executive Director must be committed to serving persons with developmental disabilities and their families with respect and dignity.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Thorough knowledge of the field of developmental disabilities, its issues and challenges.
- Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, statutes and regulations.
- Thorough knowledge of regional center service delivery systems.
- Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of organization, administration, management and professional development of staff.
- Knowledge of administration to include planning and policy development.
- Strong knowledge of budgets and overall financial management, including budget development and management of complex multi-million dollar budgets.
- Strong leadership and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated skill in developing and implementing sound programs and policies.
- Skill in effective communication, both orally and in writing, to diverse groups on a wide variety of issues.
- Skill in leading a large, highly complex and highly regulated non-profit organization.
- Skill in establishing effective relationships with staff, the public, Board, clients, families, providers, state and local governments, and other agencies.
- Skill in collaboration across the organization with a team approach in a collegial administrative structure.
- Skill in working effectively with culturally and economically diverse populations.
Required Education and Experience:
Requires an advanced degree in a relevant field, including but not limited to human services, health, business or public administration, or related field from an accredited university and ten years of increasingly responsible and relevant experience in high level management or executive positions in health or disability services organizations, at least five years of which are in the field of developmental disabilities. California regional center experience highly preferred. Experience may substitute for education.
The Executive Director must have demonstrated experience in planning, policy development, program administration, staff supervision, budgetary development and fiscal management, as well as experience in a complex organization with an ethnically and culturally diverse staff in a fast-paced environment. Experience with a board of a directors preferred. Must have experience working with professionals in medicine, nursing, allied health, education and social work on complex and sensitive client-related matters. Experience working in an organization funded by state and federal agencies with an annual budget preferred.
A valid California driver’s license and transportation, or acceptable substitute are required for this position. Regular travel throughout FNRC’s catchment area and the state is required, as is occasional travel out-of-state.
COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including retirement pension plan with California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
Resumes and writing samples will be accepted through March 18, 2019.
Please submit resume, writing sample of your choice and cover letter with salary requirements to (please include “Executive Director” in the subject line):
Email (preferred): EDSearch@farnorthernrc.org
Far Northern Regional Center
Attention: Executive Director Search Committee
P.O. Box 492418
Redding, CA 96049-2418
Fax: (530) 222-0104