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President & Chief Executive Officer (Pathfinder Village)

Company : Pathfinder Village
Location : Edmeston, NY

President & Chief Executive Officer

The Search:  Pathfinder Village, Edmeston, NY an internationally renowned residential community and services provider for children and adults with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, seeks knowledgeable, experienced, and committed leader as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. With a focus on community-based programs and outreach, Pathfinder Village provides an array of person-centered supports, including residential, educational, vocational, enrichment, health, therapeutic, and other services to several hundred children and adults annually.

Founded in 1980, Pathfinder Village pioneered and promotes a fulfilling lifestyle that offers people with disabilities opportunities for growth, community inclusion and independence. Our Village culture is rooted in:

  • ·operational excellence and fiscal stability
  • transparency and trust
  • community traditions and village identity
  • staff teamwork, training, and development opportunities
  • strong relationships with families, donors, peer agencies and community partners.

The original Pathfinder Village footprint was designed for autonomy and livability.  A recent capital campaign will unite the Village’s Main Campus and West Campus physically and programmatically upon completion; these improvements will set the stage for future program expansion, improved accessibility, and strong community cohesiveness.

Today Pathfinder Village is a diverse livable community that offers community engagement and life-long opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

Residential: Residents live in well-maintained, safe, comfortable family-style homes and apartments on our campus or in nearby communities.

Educational:  Pathfinder School is an SED approved 853 private school that serves K-12 residential and day students.  Otsego Academy offers young adults a multi-year living-and-learning post-secondary experience that includes academics, employment internships, and independent living skills.

Enrichment:  Pathfinder Village offers an array of fitness, visual art, creative arts, and leisure activities as well as Special Olympics competitions.  Camp Pathfinder offers short summer adventures for young adults The Pathfinder Hand Bell Choir has served as community ambassadors since 1982.

Day Services: Pathfinder Village provides flexible day service opportunities for adult residents and community members, including supported employment; community-based employment, prevocational services, and day habilitation “without walls.” Pathfinder Produce and its Mobile Market are flagship microbusinesses that provide training and paid work for individuals with disabilities who are ready for employment.

Organizational Overview

With an annual budget of $14 million and net assets of 50+ million, Pathfinder Village is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors.  Affiliated non-profit corporations include Cooper Transport, the Kennedy Willis Center on Down Syndrome, and the Pathfinder Village Foundation, each an independent 501 c3 organization.

Funding sources include Medicaid, Medicare, NYS OPWDD, NYS SED, grant revenue and private fee for service.  Key to Pathfinder’s success has been its alignment of Its strategic priorities and services to local, state, and federal priorities as well as collaboration with state, regional and community partners.


Qualified applicants will have an advanced degree (MA, MS) in management, business, health care, education, or related field, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.  A minimum of 5-10 years of progressively responsible executive or senior leadership experience, as well as a demonstrated commitment to assuring quality of life, opportunities, and community engagement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across their lifespan is essential.  The applicant’s career path must show alignment to principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, equal opportunities, and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities and their families. 

Candidates must possess prior fiscal/business management experience, as well as successful fund raising and/or capital project development experience.  Experience in strategic planning, as well as community/government outreach and collaboration are also required. 


Applicants are asked to submit a letter of introduction and current resume, highlighting their qualifications and applicable experience and professional achievements to:

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It is the policy of Pathfinder Village to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. Pathfinder Village prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.


Applications will be accepted until position is filled.




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