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CEO (United Ability)

Company: United Ability
Location: Birmingham, AL

United Ability CEO

BoardWalk Consulting(www.boardwalkconsulting.com) has been retained to find the next CEO for United Ability in Birmingham, Alabama. The organization suffered the loss of its beloved leader of 38 years in early June. UA’s Board of Directors has appointed an interim CEO while the search for the CEO successor is underway. More information is available at: http://bit.ly/UnitedAbilityCEO

The Organization: Founded in 1948, United Ability (UA) provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives. Serving more than 5700 children and adults each year in Alabama through ten distinct programs, UA envisions “a world where disability is neither defining nor limiting”.  UA serves individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, limb loss/deficiency, closed head injuries and a variety of other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Until 2017, the organization served as United Cerebral Palsy of Alabama, changing its name to United Ability to better represent the expanded role of the organization. It is the largest and most comprehensive organization of its kind in the state of Alabama.

 CEO role:  The next CEO will join a highly respected and solidly resourced nonprofit with seven decades of success to its credit.  The CEO is charged with oversight of a $12 million annual budget and a full-time staff of 185 individuals. With assets of just under $43 million and virtually no debt, the organization is on sound footing. 

Priorities for the next CEO will be to:

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships both internally and externally
  • In creative collaboration with the board, the leadership team and other stakeholders, the CEO must refine the strategy, align the resources and empower the staff to produce the desired results and advance the reputation for excellence that UA has honed over the decades
  • Be a thoughtful and compelling advocate for the cause, ensuring that resource development, public relations and communication efforts are strategic, targeted and effective
  • Be a creative force to advocate with organizations and government entities on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Develop a relationship of mutual respect and transparency with UA’s Board of Directors.

The successful candidate:

  • An experienced nonprofit executive with breadth and depth of experience to succeed an iconic CEO
  • Broad experience in a complex organization with understanding of multiple functional areas central to a nonprofit’s success such as board development, fundraising, marketing, fiscal management and development of people and teams
  • A persuasive communicator who can champion the organization in multiple contexts and capitalize on diverse opportunities and media to reach broad, expanded audiences
  • Deep affinity for United Ability’s work, history and opportunities whether formed by professional engagement or personal experience
  • Comfort inviting broad input on key decisions with the confidence to make timely decisions
  • The ability to motivate and meet staff and stakeholders where they. Honoring the great work that has been done while embracing a more robust future

For potential consideration or to suggest a prospect, please send correspondence to UACEO@BoardWalkConsulting.com 

or call Paula Nicholas at 404.420.5851