Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) seeks an inspirational Executive Director who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the mission of advancing the rights of people with disabilities. The Executive Director for DRTx is an effective leader who empowers volunteers, energizes the staff, and collaborates with like-minded organizations, agencies, and other officials to support the achievement of its strategic goals. The Executive Director fosters an environment of cooperation and enthusiasm for DRTx’s vision and mission and brings a background in organizational management, preferably in a nonprofit setting, and has experience working with and on behalf of persons with disabilities. The Executive Director is results-driven, is technologically savvy, demonstrates a deep understanding of DRTx’s governing documents, and can communicate effectively to multiple audiences about the organization’s work.
In 1977, DRTx opened its doors as the state's Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agency following the 1975 legislation passed by Congress that mandated each state establish an organization to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Mission To advocate for, protect, and advance the legal, human, and service rights of people with disabilities.
Vision People with disabilities are respected, empowered, and equal members of an inclusive society.
DRTx is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors. The organization’s current budget is $21.4M with revenue sources that include federal (79%), state (12%), and other sources (9%). DRTx boasts a staff of more than 160 in nine offices located across Texas.
Programs and Strategic Priorities
To serve its constituents, DRTx attorneys and advocates work to impact the lives of Texans with disabilities by providing legal assistance, protecting rights, educating policymakers, informing people with disabilities about their rights, and making referrals to program and services.
For FY2019-2022, the following strategic priorities emerged as most important to serving the community while advancing the mission and complying with federal law and funders’ requirements:
Because unknown issues and challenges may arise within a four-year period defined by the strategic plan, the Board of Directors with the Executive Director reviews the priorities at least once a year to ensure the organization invests its resources in areas of highest need. The Board of Directors will implement its next strategic priority setting session in July 2022.
For more information about DRTx, please visit https://www.disabilityrightstx.org/en/home/.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will facilitate and provide leadership to further the organization’s development, mission, and status as an integral part of the state’s disability, legal, civil rights, and social justice communities. The Executive Director will communicate DRTx’s understanding of the issues faced by the disability community, and expand the organization’s vision and ability to address those issues. The Executive Director directly oversees six department Directors (i.e., Human Resources, Communications, Finance & Technology, Client & Program Services, Operations), as well as the Executive Assistant.
Leadership Outlook and Near-Term Priorities
The Executive Director provides leadership both inside and outside the organization, continually increasing DRTx’s mission impact. Toward these ends, the Executive’s near-term priorities for the next 12-18 months include to:
Primary responsibilities include to:
Skills and Attributes
The Executive Director must have experience protecting and advocating for people with disabilities and must demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with the Board, PAIMI Council, staff, and other stakeholders for maximum impact. Successful candidates will have:
Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) seeks an inspirational Executive Director who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the mission of advancing the rights of people with disabilities. The Executive Director for DRTx is an effective…
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements via email to Adrienne O’Rourke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “DRTx Executive Director Application” in the subject line. Resume review begins immediately.
Decisions regarding the recruitment, selection, hiring, compensation and promotion of candidates and Staff will be made without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by federal, state and local laws. Due to the nature of DRTx's mission and work, individuals with disabilities are encouraged to inquire about employment in any open position to which the organization seeking to fill.
About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group
On behalf of DRTx, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with the Board of Directors to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies like DRTx. Learn more about our work at http://marcumllp.com/industries/nonprofit-social-sector.