Company: The Moran Company Executive Search
Posted on: January 16, 2022
Elizabeth Richardson Center
(ERC) is dedicated to "Enhancing Lives, Removing Barriers, and
Creating Opportunities" for children and adults with developmental
disabilities in Northwest Arkansas. Services provided in Benton,
Washington and Madison Counties make ERC the most comprehensive
provider of services to people with disabilities in the region.
Services are supported by a current revenue budget in excess of $
10.5 million and 215 employees. People are supported through four
- Services for Children - Three Child Development Centers,
located in Fayetteville, Huntsville, and Siloam Springs, provide
early intervention and preschool for children six weeks to six
years old. The total capacity of the centers is 138.
- Day Services and Employment for Adults - Both life skills
training and employment training is offered, including community
employment with job coaching and contract work at Richardson
Industries. Currently over 200 people are served.
- Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) - Thirty men and women are
supported at three locations with 24-hour care including medical
- HCBS Waiver Services - ERC provides a variety of services
funded through the HCBS Waiver including supported independent
living and case management. Currently over 50 adults are served
through the Waiver at ERC.
The Executive Director works from the office in Fayetteville.
Northwest Arkansas was formerly one of the country's best kept
secrets, and in 2021 was recognized as one of the "Best Places to
Live" by U.S. News and World Report (ranked #4 in the country). The
area is the home of a world-class art museum, the state's largest
live-music amphitheater, professional sports, great restaurants,
bike and hiking trails, boating, historic and magical downtowns,
and the widely recognized University of Arkansas. Wal-Mart, Tyson
Foods, and J.B. Hunt trucking (each headquartered in Arkansas) all
provide tremendous support to our communities. Excellent medical
care includes a campus of the Northwest Children's Hospital,
University of Arkansas Medical Services, and five hospitals.
"Quality of life" and "best of" recognition has been published by
Time, Forbes, Realtor.com and Money. Also, due to extensive trails
the area has been named one of the best places for cycling in the
country. In short, Northwest Arkansas is an affordable, beautiful
place to live, with excellent schools, and wonderful opportunities
to explore the outdoors and the arts.
The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive of the Elizabeth
Richardson Center and, in partnership with the Board, is
responsible for the success of ERC. The Executive Director
champions the mission and vision, leads in defining the vision,
charts the direction, and drives results of the organization. The
Executive Director manages the organization, stewards its resources
and provides accountability of ERC to its diverse constituents.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses:
- The qualities of an outgoing, passionate, high-energy leader
who relates well to everyone so as to motivate staff and increase
the positive image of ERC in the community; Experience as an
external face of an organization.
- Superior management abilities demonstrated in a large
organization with budget management, profit and loss
accountability, and leading high-functioning teams.
- Skills in refining a vision, operationalizing a strategic plan,
and engaging the board toward growing the organization.
Leadership Responsibilities: The Executive Director has the
authority and responsibility to organize and manage the day-to-day
operations of all ERC programs and services.
- The Executive Director is responsible for creating a culture
that motivates people and creates value for ERC by empowering
others to grow and succeed.
- The Executive Director must walk-the-talk by both emphasizing
and embodying values that are important to the individuals that ERC
serves, ERC staff and ERC stakeholders.
Organization Management: The Executive Director works with staff to
develop, maintain, and use systems and resources that facilitate
the effective and efficient operation of ERC to meet the objectives
of the strategic plan.
- Ensures there is appropriate planning and oversight of the
operations of ERC
- Ensures ERC has the resources necessary to carry out the plans
and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.
- Maintains accountability and responsibility for the operational
and fiscal integrity of ERC.
Financial Management: The Executive Director's role is to see that
the organization's goals and strategic plan serve as the basis for
sound financial management, that solid budgeting and accounting
systems are in place, and that appropriate financial controls and
risk-management strategies protect the organization's assets.
- Supervises the development of operations-based financial
- Coordinates and leads annual budget reviews, monthly and
quarterly reviews, and periodic forecast updates with operational
and senior management for all locations.
- Protecting the assets of ERC against theft, miss allocation,
Organizational Planning: The Executive Director provides leadership
and direction to implement the vision, mission and strategic plan
of ERC and is accountable for the direction of ERC.
- Ensuring compliance with all external legal requirements,
rules, licensing regulations, funding sources and ERC's policies,
procedures, and guidelines.
Organizational Governance: The Executive Director is Responsible
for the development and implementation of policies and procedures
established in conjunction with the Board of Directors and
committees of the Board.
- Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and
informing Board members and interfacing between Board and
- Ensures that the ERC Board is responsibly informed and will
submit regular schedule reports to the board of directors through
the committee structure.
- Ensures all reports are succinct with supporting documentation
available to the Board of Directors upon request.
Organizational Advancement: The Executive Director serves as a
primary spokesperson and public face for ERC. This role has three
- Effectively promoting ERC: Supervises the Organizational
Advancement agenda to identify, cultivate and solicit major
- Advocating for the mission and work of ERC: Ensures that
services and funding relationships are robust enough to meet or
exceed strategic goals and objectives.
- Building relationships with constituent or stakeholder groups
critical to the success ERC: Promote a culture of friend raising
and fundraising in ERC at both the staff and Board of Directors
- Strong organizational skills, consistent follow-through,
self-motivation, ability to maintain confidentiality and the
ability to lead and handle conflict and ability to work with
different constituencies and cultures.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills with a
collaborative management approach.
- Strong organizational leadership skills and ability to manage
multiple projects simultaneously.
- Self-starter with ability to work independently, as well as in
- Ability to analyze and find solutions to complex operational
and financial challenges.
- Ability to communicate passionately the vision and mission of
- Strong public relations, negotiating and budgeting skills are
- High proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products and
comfortable with technology.
- Experience in developing a diverse range of fundraising
opportunities including events, grants and securing of public funds
Supervision: The Executive Director will be supervised by the Board
of Directors and the board is responsible for the annual
Required And Preferred Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree required /Master's Degree preferred.
- At least five years senior leadership experience in a nonprofit
organization required; experience in services to people with
- High degree of commitment to serving children and adults with
physical and cognitive disabilities.
The projected compensation range for this position will be
competitive and in accordance with the background and experience of
the selected candidate. ERC currently provides two levels of
medical plans with life insurance, and a retirement plan with a 6%
matching contribution. Vision and dental insurance are available to
Statement of Non-Discrimination
It is the policy of the Elizabeth Richardson Center to provide
equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status,
veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any
other protected characteristic under applicable law.
To apply for this position, submit resume and cover letter to Bruce
Scott, The Moran Company, through the link below. Within your cover
letter or resume, please be sure to provide a description of your
qualifications related to the Position Summary and "ideal
PLEASE note: ERC requires that all staff provide evidence of being
fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates for this position may
be requested to provide vaccination evidence prior to in-person
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