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Job Announcement: Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (Washington, DC / Remote)

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is currently seeking an Executive Director to succeed the Interim Executive Director, Darrell Lynn Jones, with a target start date of January 1, 2023. NCIL encourages all qualified applicants to apply for this exciting opportunity to lead one of the nation’s premiere organizations for disability rights and independent living.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, NCIL is the longest-running, national, cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities, and individuals with disabilities throughout the United States.

The Executive Director will lead a complex grassroots organization that is led by a Governing Board and informed by its membership. The ability to work with a mission-driven board, members, and grassroots stakeholders is key. The Executive Director will also direct a dedicated, passionate staff of seven and administer an annual budget of nearly $2M. NCIL’s revenue comes from a variety of sources, including membership dues, conference registrations, donations, and grants and contracts. Ensuring NCIL’s continued success with advocacy and policy, resource development, and operating high-quality, accessible programs and events will be critical.

NCIL approaches disability rights through the Independent Living (IL) philosophy perspective—that disability is a natural aspect of human life and that the barriers people with disabilities face are rooted in ableism and discrimination. NCIL is committed to disability justice which addresses the intersections between disability and diversity, equity, and inclusion. NCIL is also committed to proactively confronting and undoing the harm of racism and injustice entrenched in disability rights, IL, and society at large. The next Executive Director must be committed to these same values to continue NCIL’s path towards universal justice. We also believe that a diverse staff enables us to better understand and serve our members, audience, and community.

This position is an outstanding opportunity for the right leader as NCIL approaches a new strategic plan following a recent comprehensive organizational assessment. If you believe you are the right candidate, we hope you will consider applying or share this announcement with qualified candidates that you know.

The following job description details the responsibilities and required qualifications for the position, as well as instructions to apply. Applications must be received by the close of the business day, October 7, 2022.  

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