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Director of Employment and Community Services (NASDDDS)

Company: National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
Location: Washington DC metro area
The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) represents the nation's agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. NASDDDS promotes visionary leadership, systems innovation, and the development of national policies that support home and community-based services for individuals with I/DD and their families.

One of NASDDDS' top priorities is to support states in their efforts to increase the availability of competitive integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a partnership of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston (ICI). The SELN was launched in 2006 to provide technical assistance and guidance to state I/DD agencies to develop more effective employment systems and partnerships. Although research has demonstrated the positive economic and social value of competitive integrated employment, change has been slow. The network is a place where states can connect, collaborate, problem-solve, and share resources that address the pressing employment-related issues that states face.

Employment is recognized as a key social determinant of health. The availability of operative employment supports for individuals with I/DD is a key component of any successful, person-centered service delivery system. NASDDDS is seeking an innovative leader to carry on the work of the association in this area who can assist in building upon the existing strengths. This position will be key in NASDDDS' efforts to also continually identify systemic barriers within our systems and devise strategies to overcome them, for all individuals with disabilities regardless of race, religion, gender, language, or sexual identity. NASDDDS has established itself as a trusted advisor and key resource on the national landscape on issues related to employment and we seek a candidate that can continue that high caliber of performance.

The Director of the Employment and Community Services will be responsible for leading NASDDDS efforts around employment, with partners in the SELN, federal legislative and executive branch colleagues, as well as among national advocacy and educational peers. In addition, this position will serve as a key staff person on issues related to innovative day supports for individuals while they are not working and financial and policy strategies to achieve positive outcomes.
The director will be responsible for developing new initiatives in support of states revising service options that lead to outcomes that assist individuals to achieve competitive integrated employment and further develop their social and human capital as fully participating citizens of their communities.

Essential Functions
• Directs the State Employment Leadership Project (SELN) and related Employment and Community Participation Projects
o Recruits participant states and manages state agreements.
o Manages SELN, grant, and contract revenue and expenses; approves related expenditures.
o Manages communication with state agencies.
o Provides training and technical assistance for new and participating states.
o Manages the collaboration/partnership with the U Mass Boston including negotiating the subcontract budget, approving expenditures, and measuring performance.
o Develops, prepares, and oversees research studies, publications, and reports.
o Develops and administers surveys and reports.
o Conducts special projects and studies.
o Prepares employment-related data reports summarizing current research, program initiatives, and national trends for distribution to SELN participating states and association members and for inclusion in association reports, newsletters, and publications.
o Presents at national conferences and meetings.
o Promotes SELN to all NASDDDS members.
o Promotes SELN to public and private national entities and the DD network (UCEDDs, P&As, and DD councils).

Manages Grants and/or Projects
o Develops budget and reporting tracking systems in accordance with grant and contract requirements.
o Manages revenue and expenses: approves expenditures.
o Manages work plan development and implementation.
o Oversees grant subcontracts.
o Provides on-site technical assistance as required by the grants and contracts.

Technical Assistance
o Provides technical assistance to states on any areas of expertise according to NASDDDS policies including phone consultation with states and on-site technical assistance.
o Assists member state agencies in developing effective strategies for measuring and improving performance in the area of employment and community participation as outcomes of services.

• Supports colleagues in gaining an understanding of employment supports and effective integration of employment objectives in all bodies of NASDDDS work.
• Supports association efforts to further racial equity and cultural humility in all aspects of work.
• Utilizes effective strategies to ensure high-quality deliverables are provided within reasonably established timeframes.
• Contributes content for the NASDDDS website in areas of expertise/assignment.
• Attends public policy and research committees.
• Represents NASDDDS in meetings with various associations, committees, and workgroups with state or federal agencies, national associations, and serves as an expert as assigned.
• Writes articles for NASDDDS publications.
• Prepares reports and makes presentations to the board on activities and plans falling within the incumbent's areas of staff responsibility.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Master's degree or higher preferred. Bachelors may be considered in conjunction with significant related experience.
• Must demonstrate professional judgment and discretion that comes from at least three years working in the field of human services, with experience in developmental disabilities.
• Demonstrate experience in person-centered thinking and practice for the implementation of services.
• Proven experience in employment supports and community services for individuals with I/DD.
• Knowledge of state systems supporting individuals with I/DD; Medicaid knowledge essential, particularly related to HCBS.
• Must be collaborative, resilient, flexible, diplomatic, confident, patient, and possess a professional presence.
• Ability to manage multiple projects.
• Ability to learn about and actively engage in shaping the agency's core product offerings and development needs, including membership relationships.
• This position requires an individual who has experience devising and leading effective, accessible efforts to improve employment outcomes and who has excellent written, listening, and oral communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide array of audiences is a plus.
• The position requires the ability to think creatively and demonstrate innovative thinking for the development of current and future solutions to the Association's needs. A successful candidate has proven knowledge and experience in establishing initiatives and sourcing strategies.
• Experience working within state government is a plus.
• Knowledge of the multiple systems individuals with disabilities can access for employment services.
• This full-time position may be offered to the right candidate for a remote work arrangement. The association offers a competitive benefits package; salary negotiable commensurate with experience.
• Some travel is Some travel is required.


Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and relevant work samples by November 29, 2021, to Karol Snyder, Director of Administrative Services at ksnyder@nasddds.org.

NASDDDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer