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Company: NADD
Location: Kingston, NY

The NADD provides national leadership in the expansion of knowledge, training and policy for mental health practices that promote a quality life for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and mental health concerns.  It is an association of professionals, organizations, families, advocates, and policy makers.

NADD, a North American based membership association supporting the mental health needs  of persons with developmental disabilities  located in Kingston, NY. is seeking a Chief Executive Officer.  Kingston is in the foothills of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, intersecting with the majestic Hudson River and only 90 miles from New York City.    NADD has a long tradition of providing leadership in the expansion of knowledge, training, and policy for mental health practices. The new CEO will be replacing the current CEO and founder of the NADD, who will continue as a consultant to the organization. The position is available in the fall 2017.

Position Summary

Responsible to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) works with the Board to review and establish the strategic directions and policies of the organization. The CEO leads the organization in the implementation of policies, annual goals, and objectives while upholding the legal and financial integrity of the organization through oversight of administrative, fiscal, service, product, and program activities. As a professional association, the CEO provides leadership in supporting membership development, and fostering relationships and partnerships with local, state, and national groups to achieve the goals of NADD.  


  1. Mission, Policy and Planning
    1. Effective communication of NADD’s values, mission, vision, and goals
    2. Keeps the Board fully informed on the conditions of NADD and on the important factors influencing it
  2. Legal Compliance
    1. Assures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations
    2. Works with the NADD corporate attorneys to ensure NADD compliance with all state and federal rules and regulations.
    3. Works with the NADD auditing firm to ensure compliance with IRS and other related rules and regulations.
  3. Management and Administration
    1. Provides general oversight of all NADD activities, manages the day-to-day operations.
    2. Ensures that there are appropriate systems in place to facilitate program quality, standards, and control through the day-to-day operations in all areas.
    3. Regularly reviews systems and procedures for quality improvement
    4. Maintain accurate records and generate written reports.


  4. Governance and Board Relations
    1.  Assists the President of the Board or designee as required.
    2. Helps the Board understand its role and responsibilities and that of its committees and individual members.
    3. Works with the Board to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees and individual Board members
    4. Makes recommendations to the Board regarding program and policy changes.
    5. Collaborates with the president and full Board to focus attention on long-range strategic issues and planning.
    6. Assist the Board in the recruitment of new Board members.


  5. Finances
    1. Works with the Audit and Finance Committee to develop and recommend an annual budget for Board approval.
    2. Manages and oversees budget expenditures ensuring that expenditures are within the budgeted amounts. Ensure financial management duties are performed, and all taxes are filed in a timely manner.
    3. Prepare budget revisions as needed through the year
    4. Administer contracts
    5. Assures solid budgeting and accounting systems are in place
    6. Makes sound financial decisions and allocates financial resources to achieve NADD’s goals
  6. Community Relations
    1. Facilitates the integration of NADD into the professional community by using effective marketing and communications activities
    2. Acts as an advocate within the public and private sectors for issues relevant to NADD, its services and constituents
    3. Serves as chief spokesperson for NADD, assuring proper representation of NADD to the larger community
  7. Personnel
    1. Responsible for recruitment, hiring, staffing, and supervision of personnel
    2. Is available for counseling of staff
    3. Determines the need for travel and training of all employees, and approval or denial of staff travel and training requests consistent with the travel and training budget approved by the Board
    4. Responsible for promotion, demotion, annual review, disciplinary action, and exit interviews, in accordance with the Personnel Manual
  1. Identifies and addresses problems and opportunities and addresses them; and
  2. Informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making. Recommends policy positions.
    1. Keeps informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management and governance, philanthropy, and fund development

8.  Fundraising and Resource Development

  1. Design a variety of fundraising plans and strategies, immediate and long term, to meet annual fundraising goals for Board review and approval.
  2. Oversee and participate in fundraising efforts.
  3. Prepare and submit necessary reports in coordination with the Treasurer and Audit and Finance Committee for the Board’s review.

Knowledge and Skills:

This CEO has responsibility for NADD’s operations and for establishing strong and appropriate relationships with the Board, committees, volunteers, staff, donors and other constituencies. This position requires the skills to develop smooth and constructive relationships with executive colleagues, outside agencies, organizations and individuals. The position requires a flexible work schedule and the ability to travel to meet the demands of executive management. The CEO must convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding NADD to the public and private sectors. The position requires demonstrated commitment to continued professional growth and development.

Not-for-profit management knowledge and skills: As NADD’s leader, this position requires an individual with knowledge of, and experience in, non-for-profit management, administration. This position requires demonstrated experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management. Knowledge in the following areas is required:

  • Human services, finance, and personnel
  • Oral, written and digital communications
  • Planning and evaluation
  • Governance and experience with engaging Board members collectively and individually
  • Community relations
  • General knowledge of fund development
  • General knowledge of marketing
  • A high level of personal skills is required to make formal, persuasive presentations to groups and to work effectively with people from all segments of the community

Knowledge of Mental Health and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: As a leader in the field, this position requires that the CEO will develop their knowledge of co-occurring IDD/MI (as required). This includes:

  • Understanding characteristics of people with IDD/MI
  • Clinical practices
  • Programmatic trends
  • Public policy issues

    Interpersonal Skills

    • Effective problem solving skills
    • Executes sound judgments and decision making
    • Ability to establish and nurture trusting relationships
    • Ability to balance diverging and competing points of view
    • Ability to accept constructive criticism
    • Ability to communicate effectively to further the understanding of the role and potential of NADD.


A Master or Doctorate degree in social work, psychology, business or public administration or another related field is required with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior management position.