APSE, the Association for People Supporting Employment First, is seeking a dynamic leader to become its next Executive Director. APSE, a 501(c)6 non-profit located in Rockville, MD, is a 3,000+ national and international membership organization whose mission is to advance employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities through public policy, education and advocacy. APSE is a stable, 28-year old organization, highly visible within its field and is healthy and growing. APSE has a 5-person staff and is governed by a Board of Directors. APSE currently has an annual budget of nearly $1.5 million, generated via membership dues, two national conferences, a professional certification program, along with additional revenue sources.
Executive Director Duties
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of APSE, while achieving the strategic direction and goals established by the Board. Specific duties include:
Direct the implementation of the APSE 5-year strategic plan, inclusive of priority responses to legislative changes
Oversee and implement APSE’s annual conference, Regional Institute conference, and other APSE events and programs.
Build and maintain positive relationships with APSE members, and work to continuously increase membership.
Build and maintain positive relationships with APSE chapters (40 currently), and work to strengthen existing chapters, and create new chapters where APSE does not currently have a presence.
Oversee and implement of APSE’s Certified Employment Support Professional program.
Oversee and implement APSE’s public policy and advocacy efforts to advance APSE’s mission and vision.
Ensure sufficient revenue is available to support APSE’s programs and services, and identify and seek additional revenue ventures and opportunities.
Manage a diverse communication strategy plan for both members and external stakeholders, including but not limited to newsletters, website, social media, etc.
Hire, retain, and supervise all staff and consultants.
Effectively manage the organization from fiscal, administrative, and infrastructure perspectives.
Maintain a strong relationship with the APSE Board of Directors.
The ideal candidate will bring to this position:
Demonstrated history of public policy advocacy at a national level.
An ability to strongly support and build on APSE’s education and advocacy agenda for expanding employment of all citizens with disabilities within the general workforce.
Strong skills in effectively managing a membership organization from both a fiscal and operational perspective.
The ability to organize, market, and manage large conferences, with over 1000 attendees.
An ability to build and expand the organization’s membership base while maintaining a strong focus on the organization’s vision and mission.
The ability to expand the organization’s revenues to ensure its long-term fiscal strength.
Possess ideas, energy, and creativity that will enable APSE to continue to move forward and grow in its efforts to be a strong voice for employment and full inclusion in society for all citizens with disabilities.
Specific position requirements include:
Minimum of five (5) years in organizational management.
Sufficient diversity of knowledge and skills to effectively manage the organization including: personnel management, fiscal management, membership management and growth, advocacy, event management, communications strategies, and building of partnerships and coalitions.
Ability to set priorities, delegate responsibilities, and mentor, motivate, and develop others.
Strong ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.
Strong creative and entrepreneurial spirit that enables the organization to grow and expand its influence within its vision and mission.
Demonstrated understanding of governance issues, including board management and dynamics.
Experience working with a governing board on strategic planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (minimum).
Either currently living in or willing to relocate to the DC area.
Additional Salary Information: Interested individuals should email their 1) letters of interest, 2) resume, 3) names and telephone number of three references, and 4) salary requirements to: