Rhode Island Disability Law Center

Executive Director

Providence, RI

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Website: Rhode Island Disability Law Center

Executive Summary

The Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC),  a member of the National Disability Rights Network, promotes the independence and autonomy of individuals with disabilities, is directed by their choices, respects their right to take risks, and pursues their inclusion and integration into all aspects of the community.   

RIDLC seeks nominations and applications for its next Executive Director (ED), who will be charged with leading the organization into a new era of strategic service, advocacy, and litigation on behalf of individuals with disabilities across the state. The Board seeks a transformative leader to propel the organization forward with greater compassion, responsiveness, leverage, efficiency, and effectiveness than ever before.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will lead the organization in its delivery of individual services and statewide advocacy and litigation priorities, and will provide thoughtful leadership to position the RIDLC for continued success through this time of change. S/he/they will be an inspiring and skilled leader, establishing strong relationships both internally and externally, and work collaboratively to articulate and implement the next phase of strategic growth. The ED will be responsible for mentoring and growing a staff based in Providence, RI.

The ideal candidate will have significant nonprofit leadership experience, preferably within the field of disability rights and legal services, and a demonstrated commitment to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. S/he/they will pursue opportunities to expand RIDLC’s impact within the state, and elevate its profile nationally. Managing and growing a $1.5M budget, the new ED will ensure compliance with legal and funder requirements, safeguarding the short- and long-term fiscal and programmatic health of the organization. S/he/they will bolster internal capacity and infrastructure, while cultivating meaningful relationships with Board members, key legislators, current funders, prospective new supporters, key social service partners, and advocates across the media, law, and public interest sectors.  

 The ED will have an immovable moral core, exhibit humble servant leadership, have a strong ability to leverage staff effectively, collaborate effectively with the Board, and pursue new fundraising opportunities in both the public and private sector.  S/he/they will represent RIDLC publicly, and will continue to elevate the organization’s image as a critical, impactful agency within the community. S/he/they will have an underlying commitment to ensuring persons with disabilities can meet their fundamental needs, and be assured equal access to opportunities and justice, bringing to the work a sensitive appreciation for the barriers persons with disabilities encounter.

To Apply

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: RIDLC-ED@nonprofitprofessionals.com.  In order to expedite the sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.  

Rhode Island Disability Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.