In the over 80 years since its founding, Easterseals NH has provided exceptional services to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. With an operating budget of over $90M, it is one of the largest independent state-wide Easterseals in the country. As a leader in social services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, Easterseals NH employs more than 1,850 individuals who serve more than 25,000 children, adults and seniors every year. As a multi-state organization, ESNH has 13 core programs and includes subsidiaries Easterseals Vermont, Easterseals Maine, and the Farnum Center. In 2018, ESNH served more than 28,000 children, adults, seniors and veterans in communities throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
The candidate we seek will be a proven and effective leader who is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and special needs.This entrepreneurial individual will bring leadership characterized by a visionary outlook; the ability to garner broad internal and external support; extraordinary success creating strong, effective, collaborative teams; sound business, financial and management acumen; the propensity to increase the visibility and philanthropic resources for the organization; and, the fortitude to carry forward major new projects and initiatives.
With a strong focus on planning and management, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership developing a compelling and inspired vision and mobilizing the organization in its achievement. Experience nurturing a culture of collaboration, innovation and excellence among staff in a complex enterprise is desired. A proven track record of successful strategies to identify, recruit and retain talent is essential. The ability to lead employees in multiple locations as an effective team of closely coordinated, highly professional, accountable staff members is a must.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated management acumen utilizing sound business principles. The preferred candidate will understand large enterprise management and is knowledgeable of current and possible future policies, practices, and trends affecting the organization. Given the diversity of revenue streams at the organization, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of successful financial management as well as negotiating large, complex agreements. Experience with board governance, development, management and engagement is preferred.
As a strategic leader in fundraising and other revenue activities, the successful candidate will have the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with funders, potential donors and other sources of financial support. Experience in or understanding of relationship-driven philanthropy involving individuals, foundations and corporations is preferred; personal experience soliciting resources is a plus.
A good listener, he/she will lead through influence, collaboration and innovation and always adhere to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs in decision-making. The candidate will have a strong communication style, both verbal and written, and possess the ability to relate to a wide variety of constituents including elected officials, municipal, state and federal bureaucracies, businesses, civic groups, donors, regulators and other advocates. Possessing superior political savvy, he/she will have experience maneuvering through complex political situations effectively, anticipating challenges and planning his/her approach accordingly.
A bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree is preferred. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state or national professional associations and continuing education and professional development is a plus.