Our client, Options For All (OFA), is an organization that gives individuals with disabilities more options for living their lives to the fullest. Founded in 1985, Options For All (optionsforall.org) serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping empower them to become fully-participating members of their communities. The organization serves as many as 1,300 individuals who face the challenges of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, learning and intellectual disabilities, and severe behavioral disorders.
OFA seeks to create and support opportunities for these individuals in making choices to live and enjoy life in their communities with dignity and respect. OFA works to achieve positive perceptions in the community and among employers about the value and abilities of these individuals.
Options For All offers its participants programs to enhance life skills, employment, and independence. These include assistance with banking, budgeting, and money management; computer and writing skills; job interview techniques; nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and exercise; and learning personal responsibility such as taking directions and social skills.
The following OFA programs and services have effectively assisted in providing vocational opportunities and affordable housing to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Riverside counties:
• Community Engagement: Participants experience community acceptance and benefits through volunteering, working, and socializing.
• Enhanced Community Engagement: Participants who have traditionally not been well-served in day programs receive extra care and attention.
• Independent Living Services: Participants are taken through an 8-step process to secure suitable community-based housing and learn life skills including meal preparation, money management, public transportation, and community safety.
• Film & Media Studio: Partnering with studios, participants develop the necessary skills to find employment in film & media production.
• Options For All Productions: An in-house production company teaches participants the skills they need to become part of a professional film crew.
• Social Enterprise: Small business partners and support specialists train and employ participants who are not suited for large corporate jobs.
• Supported Employment: Participants, often paired with a Job Coach, gain a sense of purpose, responsibility, and independence through employment or volunteer activities at more than 200 local businesses.
• Tailored Day Services: Participants are free to pursue the goals that are most fulfilling to them, with flexible schedules and flexible assistance.
• Project College: A week-long orientation to college life for 17-22-year-olds with disabilities.
Participants consistently give OFA’s services an overall satisfaction rating of 98%.
OFA’s staff of 350 are very dedicated to the cause. Approximately 20 of those employees are located at the San Diego headquarters offices. OFA has an annual operating budget of about $15 million.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Options For All staff, its programs, expansion, and the execution of its mission. The CEO applies deep knowledge of the core programs, operations, and business plans to guide the organization to achieve the strategic plan. This position directly oversees the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Finance Officer, and the Executive Assistant.
Specifically, the CEO position requires ensuring programmatic excellence; designing and executing the strategic plan; building a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors; inspiring, supporting, and motivating the staff; developing long-term financial plans; ensuring a flow of funds from donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations; executing marketing, branding, and development strategies; building partnerships in new markets; and developing a local and national presence.
• The CEO must also create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization.
• This position represents an outstanding opportunity to provide leadership for a successful community organization and develop plans to take the organization to the next level.
• Approximately 30% travel will be required.
||PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (in priority order)
Successful candidates will have the following combination of experience that will allow them to achieve the outcomes noted above:
• 10+ years of professional experience in a business-to-consumer service industry
• P&L responsibility for a company or unit over $10M
• Experience scaling a business unit (serving more people or serving them in more ways)
• Management responsibility for 50+ employees
• Management responsibility for multiple sites
• Nonprofit experience (could be as a volunteer)
• Experience working with a Board (could be as a volunteer)
• Experience in fundraising (could be as a volunteer)
Successful candidates will have the following education that will allow them to achieve the outcomes noted above:
• Graduate degree or work equivalent
CULTURE (in priority order)
The ideal candidate will possess a work style and personality that will create an
excellent fit with the organization’s culture and structure:
• Compliant with applicable laws and regulations
• Dedicated to the participants they serve
• A fair and positive culture
• Alignment with what defines success and driven towards such
COMPENSATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS
• The compensation package includes a base salary of $225,000-$250,000, a contribution to your 403(b), and health insurance valued at about $8,000 per year.
• Pre-screened, selected candidates will be invited to interview in San Diego, with the Search Committee, on December 12, 2019, with second interviews the following morning.
PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY
For confidential consideration, at your earliest convenience and no later than November 22, 2019, please email your chronological resume (to include description and size of current/prior organizations and responsibilities) and compensation expectations.