Chief Executive Officer

Published 6 days ago

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities (Quality Trust) is currently soliciting applications for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position to succeed Tina Campanella at the end of 2021. Tina has served in the top leadership role at Quality Trust since it began operations in 2002. She has been working closely with the Board of Directors over the past two years to plan for this transition in the top leadership role as part of our strategic planning. Committed to the Quality Trust mission and the people we support; Tina has indicated her willingness to continue to advance the mission of Quality Trust in a different role after the successful recruitment of a new CEO to ensure a smooth transition.

Quality Trust serves as an independent advocacy and monitoring organization in the District of Columbia. Initially created as part of a settlement agreement in long standing class action litigation, Quality Trust has grown into a multi-dimensional organization providing support and assistance to children and adults in the District of Columbia and beyond. Quality Trust is known for its commitment to supporting people with developmental disabilities to live the best life possible and provides national leadership around the promotion and exercise of individual rights through projects like the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making (30TUwww.supporteddecisionmaking.orgU30T). We are seeking a visionary leader to work with the staff and Board of Directors to lead Quality Trust into the future.

The new CEO will work with a diverse volunteer board that represents the stakeholder groups Quality Trust supports including people with disabilities. Quality Trust also ensures that the full range of people with developmental disabilities have a strong voice in setting the priorities for its work. It works closely with the local self-advocacy organization (Project ACTION!) and serves as the fiscal agent for this group. Fulfilling its mission also requires working with a variety of government and community stakeholders. Quality Trust serves as a leader and independent advocate for innovation and policy change in DC. These activities are informed by our direct interactions with people and families as well as our partnerships with other advocacy and service organizations. The knowledge and ability to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders while keeping the interests and needs of people with disabilities at the forefront of all activities is essential.

Quality Trust has a dedicated, passionate, professional staff and an annual budget of over $2M. Quality Trust’s revenue comes from a variety of sources, including donations, and grants, contracts, and investments. The new CEO will need to ensure Quality Trust’s continued success with its core activities of advocacy and monitoring while developing new, high-quality, and accessible programs to address emerging needs. Resource and business development, through fundraising, grant writing, fee for service activities and other revenue generating activities will be critical to achieving this goal.

Quality Trust has a strong foundation and reputation thanks to its current leadership and years of successful advocacy. This is an outstanding opportunity for the right leader as Quality Trust continues to build on its traditions and commitment to supporting children and adults with disabilities. We encourage all qualified and interested applicants to apply and encourage others to share this announcement with qualified candidates that they may know. The full job description is available at along with details for how to apply. Applications must be received by the close of business on June 30, 2021.

Major Function: Quality Trust’s CEO serves as chief executive of the organization and, in partnership with the Board of Directors, is responsible for the successful operation and growth of Quality Trust as an independent, nonprofit organization. Together, the Board and CEO assure Quality Trust accomplishes its mission and vision, remains relevant to the communities it serves and is accountable to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the diverse supporting constituency.

The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the CEO, who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the directions and policies established by the Board. The CEO provides support to the Board as it carries out its governance functions.

RESPONSIBLE: The CEO is supervised by, and reports directly to, the Chair of the Board of Directors. The CEO also works closely with the Board Executive Committee on policy and budget decisions as well as reports regularly to the full Board about critical organizational activities, programs, accomplishments and challenges.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The CEO directly supervises key management and leadership team members. The CEO also has overall responsibility for ensuring effective supervision, support and direction is provided for all employees.

Essential Functions:

1. Mission, Policy and Planning

a) Works with the Board of Directors to establish Quality Trust’s values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals.

b) Develops and presents an annual strategic plan to the Board of Directors for approval.

c) Assists the Board of Directors to monitor and evaluate Quality Trust’s relevancy to the communities it serves, its effectiveness, and results.

d) Keeps the Board of Directors fully informed on the condition of Quality Trust and on all the important factors influencing it.

e) Identifies challenges and opportunities and addresses them; brings those which are appropriate to the Board and/or its committees; and, facilitates discussion and deliberation.

f) Informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policymaking. Recommends organizational policies to the Board for consideration, deliberation and approval.

g) Keeps the Board informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management and governance, philanthropy and fund development.

2. Management and Administration

a) Provides general oversight of all Quality Trust activities.

b) Establishes and makes use of a leadership team to manage the day-to-day

operations, and assure a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.

c) Recommends the organization structure, staffing and funding required to accomplish the organization’s mission to the Board of Directors.

d) Formulates and administers effective personnel policies and procedures consistent with all state and local requirements subject to approval by the Board.

e) Ensures implementation of an effective human resource management strategy including processes for selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating staff.

f) Nurtures a positive and productive work environment that recruits, retains and supports a professional and qualified workforce.

g) Assures the quality and effectiveness of organizational programs through the development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.

3. Governance

a) Helps the Board articulate its own role and accountabilities and that of its committees and individual members and supports the Board to evaluate its performance regularly.

b) Works with the Board Chair or other designated Board member to support the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees and individual Board members.

c) Supports the Board’s corporate governance activities to assure timely attention to core issues.

d) Works with the Board officers and committee chairs to get the best thinking and involvement of each Board member and to stimulate each Board member to give his or her best.

e) Recommends individuals for consideration as prospective Board and committee members.

4. Financial Management and Legal Compliance

a) Ensures that effective financial management policies and procedures are developed, reviewed, approved, and updated as needed by the Board.

b) Ensures programs and services are operated in a cost-effective manner, balancing fiscal responsibility with maintaining standards of professional quality.

c) Oversees all financial activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and auditing.

d) Works with Board to ensure adequate funding to achieve short- and long-term organizational goals.

e) Uses effective business development strategies to develop, implement and monitor a business development plan, including strategies to increase the number and dollar value of grants and contracts from both government agencies and other third parties.

f) Assures an effective fundraising/development program by serving as the chief

development officer or hiring and supervising an individual responsible for this


• Guides and enables the Board, its development committee and individual Board members to participate actively in the development and fundraising process.

• Assists the Board and its development committee to design, implement

and monitor a viable development plan.

• Participates actively in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects.

• Assures the availability of materials to support solicitation.

• Assures the development and operation of gift management systems and

reports for quality decision-making.

• Ensures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors

compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

5) Community Relations

a) Facilitates the integration of Quality Trust into the fabric of the local DC community by using effective marketing and communications activities.

b) Acts as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to Quality Trust, its services and constituencies.

c) Listens to people with disabilities, families, volunteers, donors and the community in order to improve services and generate community involvement. Assures community awareness of Quality Trust’s response to community needs.

d) Serves as chief spokesperson for Quality Trust, assuring proper representation of Quality Trust to the local DC community.

e) Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with community stakeholders.

f) Works with legislators, regulatory agencies, volunteers and other representatives of the not- for-profit sector to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community and address the issues of Quality Trust’s constituencies.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

• Proven record of successfully designing and leading fundraising initiatives from multiple donor sources.

• Proven record of developing new business, including the preparation, submission and receipt of grants and contracts for services offered by Quality Trust.

• Knowledge in the following areas is required: nonprofit management, human service delivery

systems, finance and personnel; oral and written communications; planning and evaluation; and governance.

• Demonstrated comfort with diversity and respectful of people with a wide range of differing

abilities, beliefs and experiences.

• Proven ability to facilitate communication among diverse stakeholder groups for the purpose of collaboration and strategic thinking.

• Personal skill and experience making formal, persuasive presentations to groups representing people from all segments of the community.

• Some experience in the field of philanthropy, not-for-profit management and governance, and community relations is preferred.

Experience and Qualifications:

Quality Trust’s CEO must have demonstrated experience providing leadership and executing managerial functions in a working environment. A strong foundation in services and supports for people with disabilities is also required in order to lead the planning and implementation of the core programs of advocacy and monitoring for Quality Trust. The CEO is responsible for establishing strong and appropriate relationships with Board, committees, volunteers, staff, donors as well as people with disabilities and their families. Developing and managing cooperative and constructive relationships with executive colleagues, outside agencies, organizations and individuals is a core function of the CEO role.

Fulfilling the Quality Trust CEO role also requires critical competencies in two important areas: leading organizational and social change and organizational management and commitment to results.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities (Quality Trust) is currently soliciting applications for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position to succeed Tina Campanella at the end of 2021. Tina has served in the top leadership role at…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    June 30, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Classification: Exempt, Pay Grade: Negotiated


Full benefits package.

Full benefits package.


4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States
Suite 310

How to Apply

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