Founded in 1938 in Milwaukee, WI, the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) is a premier organization serving children, adults and older adults with disabilities and special needs through innovative and effective programs and services designed to improve quality of life. MCFI serves as a leading community resource for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, providing quality care and hope to more than 8,500 individuals per year.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization to ensure delivery of the highest quality services. The President & CEO supervises and participates in all activities pertinent to the financial viability of MCFI; presents and engages formally and informally to funders, public officials and others whose engagement in the organization is important to its success; articulates the organization’s core strengths and its vision for the future; establishes an organizational culture and behavior of trust and collaboration; operates from a client-driven perspective; embraces the challenge of maximizing the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities; in close coordination with the Board, directs, manages and evaluates the ongoing financial and operational priorities of MCFI; supervises the development and implementation of plans and programs by monitoring performance and evaluation tools and standards used to determine effectiveness; approves and prepares reports submitted to the state, county, federal and other regulatory agencies; and oversees staff, sets performance expectations and drives the positive culture of the organization.
The candidate we seek will be a proven and effective servant leader with a passion for the mission of MCFI. We seek a leader who has been a catalyst in fulfilling an agency's vision. This entrepreneurial individual would bring leadership characterized by a visionary outlook, the ability to garner broad community support, sound business and management acumen, the propensity to increase the visibility of the organization, and to carry forward major new projects and programs.
We seek a charismatic and relational leader who is mission-focused and dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and special needs.An affinity for the creation and delivery of “cradle to grave” programs and services for individuals with disabilities must be evident through previous experiences.We seek a leader who communicates the agency's mission with enthusiasm. Candidates for this position must have proven leadership qualities to bring vision, direction, a collaborative atmosphere and inspiration to an organization.
The ability to relate to a wide variety of constituents including elected officials, municipal, state and federal bureaucracies, businesses, civic groups, donors, neighbors, regulators and advocates is essential. Successful candidates will have the ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with funders, potential donors and other sources of financial support.
Given the unique and diverse revenue streams at the organization, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of successfully negotiating large, complex, contractual agreements in both the public and private sectors. An understanding of and experience navigating the complexities of an organization of similar size, scope and budget is highly desired. A proven ability to hire, coach, and lead employees in multiple locations as an effective team of closely coordinated, highly professional, self-accountable staff members is a must.
Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven program outcomes. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in operations and business management. Candidates must have proven success in providing mission-driven services utilizing sound business principles. Direct fundraising experience is a plus. Experience making strategic decisions in program design, development, and management in pursuit of board goals is expected.
A graduate degree in a human service related field is strongly desired. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with commensurate post-graduate experience will be considered. Affiliation with and leadership in local, state, or national professional or trade associations related to human services would be a plus.