Executive Director, Endependence Center, Inc. (Norfolk, VA)

  • Posted: April 10, 2018
  • Position open until filled

About Endependence Center, Inc. (ECI)

The Executive Director is retiring after 29 years in this position, therefore, the Board of Directors is recruiting a replacement.

ECI is a consumer-directed, non-profit organization that provides direct services and advocacy to the disability community as a Center for Independent Living (CIL). ECI is located in an urban area in the City of Norfolk, Virginia. ECI was established in 1981 and is the first CIL established in Virginia. Currently, there are 17 CILs in Virginia. ECI is the largest CIL with 30 employees and a budget of more than $2.2 million (20 funding sources). The catchment area for ECI includes seven cities and counties in the Southampton Roads area (southeastern Virginia region). 

EOE. Salary negotiable. Resume and Cover Letter should be submitted to:

Carol Crabill
Attn: ED Position
Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 East Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502


Responsible for the administration and overall functioning of all aspects of the Center, including fiscal, personnel and programmatic. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to develop Center policies and short/long range plans and is responsible for their implementation. The Executive Director will ensure compliance with all contractual obligations of the Center. The Executive Director represents the Center with State and Local policy makers and administrators.


  • Knowledge of independent living movement, philosophy and major disability rights issues.
  • Experience working at a Center for Independent Living or grass roots disability advocacy organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with advocacy organizations on all levels.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a manager within a non-profit organization advocating with people with disabilities.
  • Strong communication skills and experience with written and expressive language.
  • Public relations experience.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in fund raising, resource development and grant writing.
  • Experience supervising employees.
  • Experience/knowledge of budget development and fiscal management of a non-profit with a budget of at least $1,000,000 annually.
  • Master’s Degree preferred. (Experience can substitute for some education.)
  • Personal experience with a disability preferred.


  • Work together with and report to the Board of Directors on the development and implementation of Center policies and systems advocacy.
  • Monitor all Center contractual obligations to ensure compliance.
  • Oversee all aspects of personnel management; responsible for hiring and firing.
  • Develop and monitor overall operating budget; assure fiscal responsibility.
  • Supervise management staff of Center as well as other positions as appropriate.
  • Implement and monitor resource development and fund raising activities; grant writing.
  • Represent Center in the community and serve as liaison to local, state and national organizations.
  • Develop and implement ongoing short and long-range programmatic planning processes for Center.

D. SUPERVISOR: Board of Directors