[nfbwatlk] Fw: Executive Director at the Inland Northwest Lighthouse

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Thu Oct 1 01:34:17 UTC 2009

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From: "Don Helsel" <DHelsel at seattlelh.org>
To: <k7uij at panix.com>; "Glenn McCully" <GMcCully at seattlelh.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 1:44 PM
Subject: Executive Director at the Inland Northwest Lighthouse


We just opened the Executive Director position at the INL. This facility
is located in Spokane, Washington. Please distribute as you see fit.

I will attach the posting as a Word document and also paste the contents
of the document in this email. You can find it after my contact

Reg <<INL Executive Director.doc>> ards.

Don Helsel
Director of Recruiting, Orientation and Accessibility
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Phone: 206-436-2160  |   Extension: 2160  |   Fax: 206-436-2244
E-mail: dhelsel at seattlelh.org   |   Web: www.seattlelighthouse.org

Our Mission: To create and enhance opportunities for independence and
self-sufficiency of people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with
other disabilities.

Inland Northwest Lighthouse
Job Announcement

Title: Executive Director
Department: Administration
Reports To: President and CEO
Location: Spokane, Washington
Hours: Full Time M-F, includes some Saturday work

The Executive Director is responsible for accomplishing the mission of
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. at Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL).
Provide leadership, with passion, to address issues facing persons who
are blind, Deaf-Blind and blind with other disabilities.  Educate and
create awareness about the blindness field within the greater Spokane
community.  Provide successful leadership and management of the INL
facility. Align INL initiatives with the strategic plan of the
Lighthouse. Accountable to accomplish specific goals that support the
INL business plan.

Represent the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. and the INL within the
Inland Northwest community.
Participate with the INL Advisory Committee and CEO to develop a vision,
mission, values, and INL strategic and business plans.
Identify, assess, and inform the Advisory Committee and CEO of internal
and external issues that affect the organization.
Foster effective team work among the Advisory Committee, staff, and CEO.

Operational planning and management
Ensure the INL meets the expectations of its customers, employees,
Advisory Committee, funders, CEO and all other stakeholders, including
blindness consumer groups, NIB and its associated agencies.
Oversee the performance management system including creation and
implementation of individual development plans for each INL employee.
Oversee accommodations, accessibility and use of assistive technology at
organizational and individual employee levels.
Give input to Lighthouse HR staff in terms of developing and
implementing policies and procedures that affect the INL.
Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely
stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained.
 Work with Board Support Team to prepare meeting agenda and supporting
materials for the INL Advisory Committee.

Program planning and management
Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization
contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of
the Advisory Committee, CEO and blindness communities.
Work closely with Lighthouse government relations to partner with
agencies and public officials to identify issues and improve
mission-related legislation, services and supports.
Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the
organization to maintain or improve quality.

Human resources planning and management
Work with HR Department, GMO, and GMA to determine staffing requirements
for overall organizational management, program & service delivery.  Work
with GMO as requested to support workforce needs in manufacturing.
Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures
and practices.
Establish a positive, healthy, safe and accessible work environment that
promotes positive open communication in accordance with the Lighthouse
human resources, safety & wellness program and applicable laws and
Recruit, interview and select staff that have the knowledge, skills and
abilities to help further the organization's mission.
Ensure that all staff receives orientation and training appropriate for
their positions.

Financial planning and management
Work with CFO, GMO, and INL Production Manager to prepare a
comprehensive budget.  Monitor actual performance against the budget and
recommend corrective actions to achieve budget as needed.
Work with the Advisory Committee and development staff to secure
adequate funding to meet INL goals.
In conjunction with the Communications Department, coordinate and lead
INL fundraising activities.
Work with Lighthouse CFO to ensure that accounting and recordkeeping
policies and procedures are implemented.

Community relations/advocacy
Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with
community groups, funders, public officials and other organizations to
help achieve goals including funding, donations, customer support,
community responsibility and involvement in the blindness field.
Attend NFB, WCB and AFB meetings and events as appropriate. Participate
and serve as a speaker as appropriate.

Risk management
Identify and evaluate organizational risks to: stakeholders including
employees and persons receiving services; property, finances, goodwill,
and image.  Implement measures to control risks.

Requirements: (equivalent education/and or experience may substitute)
Bachelor degree in business/management and non-profit leadership.

Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to
the mission of the organization.
Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to
non-profit/ voluntary organizations.
Knowledge of sound business practices and principles.
Knowledge of government, political process, fundraising, community
service and service provider organizations.
Knowledge of federal legislation applicable to voluntary sector
Knowledge of human resources management.
Knowledge of financial management.
Knowledge of project management.
Knowledge of disability issues, workplace accommodations and assistive
technology strongly preferred.

Demonstrated blindness skills that support independent living such as
orientation and mobility, cane travel, use of assistive technology such
as JAWS or ZoomText. Braille, or guide dog/cane use are strongly
Leadership, collaboration and teambuilding skills necessary to work
seamlessly with all stakeholders and employees.
Excellent presentation and communication skills are necessary.
Proficiency in the use of computers for Word processing, financial
management, and e-mail.

Abilities and Attributes
Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or
tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness
and efficiency.
Demonstrate Ethics: Understand ethical behavior and business practices,
and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent
with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working
relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve
the goals of the organization.
Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough
and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools
and techniques.
Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations
of the organization and to create new opportunities.
Focus on needs of those being served: Anticipate, understand, and
respond to the needs of disabled employees and community members to meet
or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set
goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational
Leadership: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in
the best interest of the organization.
Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency
and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best
interests of the organization.
Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress
towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals,
create and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results.

Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and
process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make
recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and
conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the

Five or more years of progressive management experience in a nonprofit
sector preferred.
Experience in government and political processes; blindness consumer
groups and issues.

Working Conditions
Work in an office environment within a manufacturing facility.
Work a standard work week, but additionally will often work evening,
weekends, and overtime hours to accommodate activities such as attending
advisory council meetings and public events.

Persons who are legally blind and meet the qualifications are urged to
apply for this position.

Seattle Lighthouse will conduct a nation wide search to fill this
position. We expect this extensive search to take six to twelve months.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs at seattlelh.org  or mail them

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Attn.:  Don Helsel
2501 S. Plum Street
Seattle, Washington 98144
Telephone: (206) 436-2160
 Fax: (206) 436-2244
TTY: (206) 324-1388

For more information about employment at the Lighthouse, and to download
an application form, visit our website: www.seattlelighthouse.org

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