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Title: Executive Director

Responsible for overall agency relations including personnel and fiscal management, fund development, and public relations within a vibrant multi-service, mult-site nonprofit agency operated by Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind people.


Board Administration and Support: Reports to the Board of Directors for DEAF, Inc. and partners with the board in creating and implementing the long term vision and sustainability of the organization.

Program, Product, and Service Delivery: Works with the management team to oversee the creation, planning, and delivery of programs and services consistent with the agency's nonprofit mission.

Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management: Work with the Finance Director to develop the budget and analyze and monitor the financial performance of the agency, which has a budget of $1.5 million. Maintain agency compliance, accountability, reporting, and service delivery performance in accordance with state/city contracts and IRS requirements.

Human Resource Management: Maintain personnel management and staff development procedures as well as competitive benefits planning. Support staff leadership through effective selection, training, and development of staff.

Community and Public Relations: Work in conjunction with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, and DeafBlind people from all cultural and ethnic groups to pursue promotion of social justice, access to communication, and development of services that support independence, education, employment, health, safety, and community well-being. Establish effective and collaborative working relationships with government agencies, service providers, businesses, and consumer organizations.

Fundraising: Responsible for grantwriting and securing funds from city, state, corporate, and private foundations as well as United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Establish and maintain collaborative and effective relationships with current, past, and potential funders from government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Develop and implement, working with the Board, a comprehensive fund development plan to accomplish the above.

Qualifications: M.A. degree and 5+ years of experience in human service administration especially in the nonprofit sector. Background in grants and contracts management, program planning, and staff supervision. Ability to negotiate for, analyze, and oversee funding and service contracts. Knowledge of multicultural Deaf community groups. Demonstrate proven leadership skills and ability to interact with board, staff, and consumers as well as represent the agency to the community-at-large. Must be fluent in American Sign Language and experientially involved in the Deaf community.

Desired Characteristics: Upon commencing employment with DEAF Inc, the new Executive Director will embark on a three-year strategic planning process. We are seeking an action-oriented self-starter, who will energetically advance the goals and objectives of our agency which has served this community for 25 years.

DEAF Inc offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package that includes a 401K, generous vacation and health insurance benefits, and employer paid short-term and long-term disability and life insurance.

Developmental Evaluation Adjustment Facilities, Inc. (DEAF Inc) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage minorities, Vietnam Veterans, persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, DeafBlind and/or who have disabilities to apply.

To apply, please contact Heather Harker, Board President at or print our online application form and mail to the below address. This form must be returned along with a resume and cover letter. DEADLINE: POSTMARKED NOVEMBER 30, 2002.

Mail Application to:
Heather Harker, Board President
P.O. Box 1062
Marlboro, MA 01752

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