Employment Opportunities

Job Posting: Executive Director

Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) seeks a strong, compassionate Executive Director to lead Rhode Island’s statewide Independent Living Center with its continuing mission to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.  

The Organization   Since 1988, Ocean State Center for Independent Living has served as Rhode Island’s “go-to” agency for information, services and/or resources related to disability.  In adherence to federal regulations for all Centers for Independent Living, OSCIL’s principal governing board of directors is comprised of a majority of individuals having significant disability.

OSCIL adheres to the philosophy of Independent Living and, through self-direction, works with people with disabilities to address barriers that prevent independence in the home and community.  OSCIL’s long-tenured Executive Director is retiring and the Board is seeking an experienced executive to direct and expand the center’s services. 

  • OSCIL is the only Center for Independent Living in Rhode Island, with locations in Warwick and Pawtucket.
  • It is a key agency for information and referral for Rhode Islanders, their families and other community and state agencies.
  • OSCIL provides nursing home diversion services, addressing barriers to independence in the home with both home modifications and assistive technologies.
  • OSCIL provides nursing home transition and youth transition services.
  • OSCIL provides individual and group peer support opportunities.
  • OSCIL provides individual and systems advocacy and offers programs such as services for the Deaf community, YMCA Connection and housing assistance.
  • OSCIL also operates a small Personal Care Attendant Program.
  • OSCIL has a budget of nearly $2 million and a staff of 24. 

The Position   The Executive Director provides leadership both inside and outside the organization, continually increasing OSCIL’s mission impact.  Toward these ends, our near-term priorities for the new Executive Director for the next twelve months include:

·         Develop an understanding of the organization’s operations and how the Center best meets the needs of the communities served.

·         Review and update organizational structure, policies, and procedures.

·         Become the face and voice of OSCIL.

·         Communicate regularly with staff, board, legislators and partner agencies.

·         Understand the federal and RI state systems that impact our work.

Key Responsibilities   Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director will provide leadership to the organization and manage its day-to-day affairs.  Primary responsibilities include:

  • Serves as spokesperson and represents OSCIL to local, state and national advocacy groups. Acts as primary contact with all federal and state funders.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, supervises and evaluates all agency activities, including planning and priority setting, supervising staff, supervising and evaluating programs.
  • Responsible for federal and state reporting requirements. 
  • Directs the development of proposals for funding of specific projects, new programs and ongoing organizational priorities including grant writing and reporting.
  • Meets regularly with the Board of Directors, management team and agency staff to assess progress toward goals and objectives, identify needs, set priorities, and develop strategies.
  • Oversees human and financial resources of the organization and assures that proper records are maintained and reports are filed.
  • Negotiates contractual agreements with government contractors and other funding sources.
  • Consults with the Board of Directors, staff and consumer groups throughout the state as appropriate on financial, program and policy planning.
  • Assures an ongoing public information program to apprise citizens of the services of the agency and the rights of citizens with disabilities; and communicates the programs, policies and purpose of the agency to public constituencies, government bodies and staff in a way which will motivate them to support organizational operations, goals and objectives.

Experience and Attributes  Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to OSCIL’s mission and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to OSCIL, including:

  • A college degree (Masters preferred) in a related field
  • At least ten years’ experience in non-profit or advocacy organizations, specifically addressing the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to oversee financial matters and preparation and oversight of annual budgets.
  • Demonstrated well-rounded leadership and management experience in an organization with comparable budget and staffing.
  • Knowledge of public policy issues and experience advocating with state government and the legislature.
  • A fair and equitable leader who engenders trust, is willing to empower staff, and understands the relationship within and among departments in the organization.
  • An outcome-driven and visionary leader who is willing to delegate responsibility, set guidelines and hold staff accountable.
  • Experience supporting a Board in its governance role, fostering its ongoing development, engaging its members in strategy development and keeping it well-informed.  
  • Skills to effectively negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.

Salary and Benefits  This is a full-time salaried position, and evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.  The salary range is $75-80K.  OSCIL offers the following package of benefits:

·         Health/Dental:  Currently 76% of an individual plan (The Board establishes OSCIL’s matching share each year.)

·         Life Insurance

·         Retirement: OSCIL has a non-matching 403(b) plan

How To Apply  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to oscil.jobs@oscil.org by Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 5:00 pm. 

  • OSCIL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Individuals having disability are encouraged to apply.
  • OSCIL is committed to prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, (creed), gender identification, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or veteran status. It is also committed to an affirmative action policy that will ensure fair employment practices.