Chief Executive Officer (Washington, DC)
St. John’s Community Services (SJCS) is a $32 million 501(c)(3) direct service provider, a community builder, and a fearless, pioneering, and passionate advocate for people with disabilities. We are fully committed to self-direction, full citizenship, and equal rights for everyone, at home and at work. All of our services are provided “without walls” right in the community. We know firsthand how lives and communities are enriched when people with disabilities are integrated into all aspects of community life.
We advance our mission through practices that offer innovative models for other agencies and governments through advocacy, education, and collaboration as part of the service and policy creation process. We’ve earned a reputation for being restlessly innovative in our approach to direct service, serving people with the greatest needs, tackling the most difficult problems, learning, developing, and refining our business model – blazing a path forward for others to follow.
At every turn in our 150-year history, we’ve chosen the path that’s right, and never what’s easy. We were pioneers in delivering community-based services and competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Our success in delivering community-based services became a rising tide that lifted all boats. At SJCS we seek out the toughest challenges, first finding new ways to solve problems, then advocating for the best solution with funders, and then freely sharing our expertise with others. We view our direct service work as a research and development laboratory helping us better understand how we and others can help people with disabilities to fulfill their potential. Our advocacy and technical assistance are firmly grounded in our practical experience – it is not theoretical or academic. In providing direct service, we learn what works, how to advocate for smarter funding mechanisms, how to respond in unique ways to address individual circumstances, choices, and dreams for the future, and how to learn with and teach our peers and funders.
Our deeply experienced senior leadership team and our 800 well-trained and dedicated employees are adept at breaking down barriers that stand in the way of full workplace and community participation. At every level of our organization, we believe that each person we interact with should be included, respected, and valued; have ongoing information, experiences, and expectations from which to make choices; form a variety of relationships; live and participate in the communities of their choice; have a career, dreams for the future, and the ability to make meaningful contributions.
We’ve always adapted to our times, earning the respect of families, funders, and regulators for our strict evaluation protocols and impeccable health and safety practices. We’ve received the highest levels of accreditation and recognition for quality services, including CARF accreditation in all of our state subsidiaries.
Having pioneered the community engagement approach now mandated by funders, but facing escalating service costs and declining Medicaid funding, we know the time has come to evolve our business model to adapt to the current environment.
As our Chief Executive Officer, you will lead our organization through its next evolution, setting the strategic direction for our future, ensuring that SJCS extends its policy and program leadership, is financially sound, operationally excellent, sustainable for the future, and that teams at all levels are functioning to their greatest potential.
To date, the vast majority of our funding (95 percent) has been via Medicaid, delivered through six state-level contracts in Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. We know there are additional populations of people we can serve (perhaps where our expertise in outcomes-based service delivery and an empowering model of positive behavioral support could make a significant impact). We know there are other significant sources of local, state, and federal government funding we could pursue (Department of Education, Department of Labor, or other funders where our expertise in program development for a difficult-to-serve population could make a significant impact.) We believe there may also be significant private funding available, including building a medical model of care where our expertise in providing support for the social determinants of health could make a significant impact.
Your role will be to work with internal and external stakeholders to understand these new opportunities, explore which ideas are most closely aligned with our mission and capabilities, evaluate where our work can be sustainably funded, and decide where we can make the most significant impact. You will enjoy the full support and resources of our volunteer leadership as you consider the many possibilities. SJCS is currently governed by a parent board of trustees, a board of directors for the foundation, and boards for each of the regional offices.
Our Current Services
Your First Year Priorities as Chief Executive Officer
Reinforce and build upon the organization’s strong values-driven culture while ensuring organizational efficiency, compliance, quality, person-centered service excellence, and financial sustainability, advancing the SJCS mission and continuing our legacy of innovation and advocacy.
We expect that during your first year, you will:
Qualifications and Experience
Attributes of a Successful Chief Executive Officer
What’s Attractive to the Right Chief Executive Officer Candidate?
To Apply for the CEO role with SJCS:
You can Apply on this page, or email your resume to Bob Corlett at email@example.com with “SJCS – CEO / 2017-2230 SA” as the subject of the email.
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