Disability Rights California

Executive Director

Sacramento, California

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Website:  Disability Rights California 


Disability Rights California (DRC), the largest disability rights agency in the nation, is driven by a mission to advocate, educate, investigate, and litigate to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities. Having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018, DRC continues to pursue cutting-edge, interconnected strategies to protect rights, prevent abuse, continue to challenge barriers to services, and put an end to discrimination.

DRC seeks nominations and applications for its next Executive Director (ED), who will lead the organization into a new period of strategic service, advocacy, and litigation on behalf of individuals with disabilities across the state. The new ED will lead a dedicated team of over 260 spread across 28 offices, providing vision and strategic direction that empowers those dedicated staff members to foster DRC’s continued dedication as a leading disability rights advocate in California, and nationally.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the next ED (they) will lead an organization delivering individual services, fostering statewide self-advocacy, and pursuing strategic litigation. They will provide thoughtful leadership to position the agency for continued success. DRC seeks an inspiring, skilled leader who will establish strong supportive relationships, both internally and externally, and work collaboratively to articulate and implement the next phase of strategic evolution for the organization.

The ideal candidate will have significant nonprofit leadership experience, within the field of disability rights advocacy or a closely related field, as well as a demonstrated commitment to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. They will oversee all internal finances and the management of a $33 million annual budget. They will also ensure compliance with legal and funder requirements, safeguarding the short- and long-term fiscal and programmatic health of the organization.

The ED will have an immovable moral core, exhibit humble servant leadership, have a strong ability to effectively empower staff, collaborate with the Board. They will represent DRC publicly, and will continue to elevate the organization’s profile as a critical, impactful agency, both across the state and nationwide.

They will have a passionate commitment to ensuring persons with disabilities are empowered to meet their needs, assured equitable access to opportunities, and afforded their due rights under the law. The next ED will ideally bring to the work lived experience that engenders deep appreciation for the barriers and injustices that persons with disabilities encounter.


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: DRC-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.

Disability Rights California values diversity among their employees because unique perspectives allow them to more effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, DRC hires without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.


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Tamar Datan

Tamar joined NPAG in 2015, as its first Senior Advisor, with 30 years of nonprofit experience as a board member, officer, funder, chief executive, program manager, consultant, advocate, and advisor. 

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