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Career Story: Chief Executive Of A Developmental Disability Agency

Chief Executive Of A Developmental Disability Agency

Job Title: CEO Of A Not-For-Profit Agency.

Type of Company: I work for a not-for-profit agency serving people with developmental disabilities. The agency provides residential, day support and family support services.

Education: BA, Political Science, LeMoyne College •• MS, Vocational Rehabilitation, Syracuse University

Previous Experience: I started my present employment in 1974 and have had the same job, as CEO, for 35 years.

Job Tasks: A typical day might include a number of meetings with my executive staff to discuss strategic issues. I have seven subordinates who report to me directly and each is responsible for a separate department in the organization.

I meet with each director bi-weekly to review the progress they've made in meeting their goals and to coach them as needed. Three or four evenings a month I devote to board issues including a monthly board meeting and attending three standing governance committees. As a non-profit the board is not paid and meetings are normally held in the evenings to suit their convenience.

Each day I start by reviewing e-mails and correspondents with my administrative assistant. The bulk of my day is spent in supervisory meetings and interdisciplinary team meetings. My primary responsibility is to insure that the staff stay on track with the strategic goals of the organization and receive the necessary support from the Business Office, Human Resources, IT, and Public Relations. My primary task is to ensure that the principals cooperate and to ensure we have a developed strategic plan and adequate deadlines for achieving our goals.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is watching an organization provide meaningful services and grow because of contributions I'm made or been responsible for. Since I have long tenure I can see progress made over time and the quality of the services improve. The worst part of the job is being force to give a bad evaluations to someone.

Job Tips: being lucky plays a role in reaching most top administrative posts. But understand your competencies and your shortcomings. Take a personality profiles and make sure you pick a career that matches your gifts and abilities. Surround yourself with competent people, but don't be afraid to terminate.

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