Leake and Watts Services

  • Senior Vice President of I/DD Services

    Job Locations US-Yonkers
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/7/2018 1:45 PM)
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  • Overview

    Rising Ground and its subsidiary Edwin Gould provide supports and services to roughly 300 adults and children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including residential services (IRAs and ISS), Day Habilitation programs, Community Habilitation services, and Pre-Voc and SEMP employment services.   We are committed to helping individuals lead fuller, richer and more independent lives connected to community.  We are looking for an energetic leader for our well -regarded and expanding portfolio of programs and services.

    The Senior Vice President of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (SVP/IDD) Services reports to the Executive Vice President/Chief Program Officer.  The SVP/IDD Services is responsible for setting the overall direction and day-to-day management for the organization’s various programs and services supporting individuals with developmental disabilities funded by and regulated by NYS OPWDD/DOH.

    The SVP/IDD Services is responsible for setting the strategic direction of programs and services, supporting quality, encouraging positive and productive community and funder/regulatory relationships, overseeing compliance with relevant regulations and policies, creating and managing budgets, and ensuring that programs and services to individuals supported are person-centered and person-directed.  The individual leads management efforts to recruit individuals to be supported by the organization, develops new programs, oversees the hiring, training and development of a qualified workforce, and effectively navigates the changing landscape of funding and regulations.


    • Oversee the organization’s diverse and expanding services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Ensure that programs and services are adequately staffed with appropriately qualified, trained and motivated staff.
    • Guarantee that programs and services meet and exceed regulatory requirements and clearly demonstrate a person-centered and person-directed approach to providing individual supports. Develop and reinvigorate programming to meet the changing needs of the population supported.
    • Inspire management team to guide and oversee programs and services. Set direction and tone consistent with mission.   Provide consistent, as well as direct and unannounced, oversight and observation personally and along with management team. 
    • Establish and implement short- and long-range goals, objectives, plans and policies as part of organization’s strategic plan.
    • Review programs’ performance and results through internal and external audits and measures including Performance Effectiveness Indicators. Devise interventions to improve program outcomes and impact.
    • Develop new programs and services to expand the organization’s reach.
    • Assure fiscal viability of programs. Provide financial oversight, including developing and adhering to budgets.
    • Represent the organization with internal and external stakeholders, including OPWDD and DOH, associations of I/DD providers, local I/DD councils, community partners, and with individuals supported and their families and caregivers.
    • Identify potential organization leaders and through an individual development plan, including on- the-job stretch opportunities, coaching/mentoring and formal training, lay out a path for their growth as well as increased responsibility within the organization.


    • Masters Degree in Social Work, Education, Psychology, Business or related human services field.
    • Thorough knowledge of provision of services to individuals with developmental disabilities and related legislation and regulation.
    • At least five (5) years of senior management experience, preferably in the field of developmental disabilities services with experience supervising multiple program sites.
    • Cultural sensitivity to the diverse needs of the organization’s client and employee population.
    • Demonstrated leadership in mobilizing staff.
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Sense of humor.
    • Demonstrated commitment to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities through a person centered and directed approach.


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