President & CEO

POSTED Oct 03 2017

Framingham, MA

Position Purpose and Objectives


The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) serves to fulfill the mission of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP), an organization that promotes social, political, and economic well-being of community organizations that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, as well as individuals with brain injuries, so that the member organizations have the resources and policy support to provide the highest quality and outcomes of service to these populations.


The President and CEO ensures that the Association serves the needs and interest of its membership and upholds ADDP’s mission and by-laws. S/he is the primary representative for provider interests to elected and appointed officials within all branches of government. The President and CEO works with the Board to develop the Association’s strategic plan, then leads the implementation of the plan to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Association. He/she serves as primary voice for the provider network on issues pertaining to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families and advocates for issues important to the industry. 


The President and CEO ensures that ADDP’s programs, activities, and services directly benefit members. S/he identifies members’ problems, issues, and needs and – with guidance from the board of directors – implements plans and strategies of the association. 


The President and CEO, under the direction of the board of directors, develops and communicates ADDP’s public policy positions consistent with the association’s mission, vision, and strategic plan. S/he advocates for funding, regulatory, and legislative goals and objectives as developed with and approved by the board of directors. 


Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, the CEO will lead ADDP to its next level of impact and results. The CEO is highly visible in the community, further strengthen the mission by engaging public partners, members, and all other constituents to achieve the goals of the organization.








Strategic Leadership

  • Exemplifies ADDP’s mission, values and purpose in all settings.
  • Works with the Board to develop a clear vision for ADDP
  • Works with staff to translate the vision and strategy into an effective work plan and priorities.
  • Partners closely with the Board of Directors to articulate ADDP’s future direction, strategy and   align specific operational and work plans.

o Recommends and maintain high fiduciary standards for governance and oversight.

o Represents ADDP in policy discussions at state levels.



External Affairs and Advocacy

  • Engages productively, as a partner, with government funding agencies.

o Establishes and cultivates positive working relationships with and represents ADDP to

  • All branches of government
  • Funding sources
  • Media and the general public
  • Other trade associations and advocacy groups
  • Executive officers and elected officials
  • State government secretaries, commissioners and all other government officials and their staffs
  • All other stakeholders important to the support and advocacy of ADDP’s members

o   Represents ADDP to all branches of government, funding sources, media

  • Serves as the key spokesperson for the organization demonstrating tangible results and earning the respect of her/his professional peers. 
  • Seeks new venues to raise the visibility and impact of ADDP’s work and advocacy.


Team Management

o Leads and mentors a strong professional staff. 

o Translates strategy into implementation to deliver results while simultaneously reinforcing a

positive and empowering performance culture.


Fiscal Management

  • Develops, implements and monitors the annual budget and other financial activities.  Exercises sound and prudent fiscal judgment to ensure that ADDP meets its financial obligations and annual budget goals.


CEO Board Relationship

  • Raises issues and provides adequate information on matters requiring attention by the BOD.
  • Utilizes delegated authority to effectively manage the organization and execute strategies, plans and priorities established jointly with the BOD.
  • Under the guidance of the Board chair, collaboratively serves as leader of the board of directors to establish agendas for the ADDP Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as well as other board committees. 
  • Develops agenda and serves as co-chair of annual ADDP membership meeting.
  • Coordinates staff support at board and committee meetings.
  • Ensures ADDP committee chairs are kept informed of relevant matters and developments.
  • Participates with Executive Team in recruiting and supporting committee membership.


Qualifications for Consideration  

The President and CEO must work effectively with diverse populations both in public and private sectors. S/he must uphold and value the mission of member organizations and have knowledge and experience lobbying legislators, state officials, and the public on behalf of ADDP’s agenda. S/he demonstrates excellent communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to develop consensus among diverse groups. 


Professional Experience:

  • Advanced degree
  • Significant, executive leadership and management / administration experience:
  • Experience in a well-respected, outcomes-driven, heavily regulated organization requiring

high levels of compliance. 

  • Has operated in an environment with complex regulations and funding that includes government contracts and regulations, insurance reimbursement and other aspects of a managed care environment.
  • A strong and authentic relationship-builder; brings a track record of engaging in, and being responsive

to the needs of diverse communities.  

  • Thrives in a highly visible civic and partnership role with leaders from all sectors, especially government and funders.  
  • Superior management and leadership skills
  • Excellent public speaker that performs well under pressure and is capable of taking the association’s views on different matters to the membership, government leaders / decision makers and the public.
  • Understanding of the Massachusetts’ public/private funding landscape would be desirable.


Leadership and Personal Attributes

  • Mission driven advocacy
  • Sensitive to issues of human diversity and human rights
  • Ability to effectively respond to crises
  • Open, direct interpersonal style; works well as a team member
  • Well organized with capacity to handle high work load with multiple agendas in high pressure environment 
  • Knowledge of the disabilities field
  • Leads by example with integrity and outstanding ethics.
  • Recognized strategic leader with significant personal presence, energy and gravitas to command respect with all constituents and partners.
  • Results-oriented, thoughtful and resilient leadership style; displays sound judgment and courage in making complex decisions.
  • Goal oriented and able to demonstrate outcomes 
  • Team leader and negotiator
  • Organizational skills to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work with a board of directors
  • Ability to manage conflict in pursuit of goals


Required Experience

  • 10 years senior management experience in major organization
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in related field or JD with experience in disabilities policy
  • Experience with multi-level management
  • Knowledge of technology needed to conduct work
  • Professional experience in at least one of the following areas: provider organization, trade association, elected or governmental office, public entity
  • Management experience and/or non-profit governance experience 
  • Written and verbal communications, and public speaking skills
  • Finance/budget management 
  • Knowledge of health and human service systems, regulations and licensing procedures, and service delivery
  • Knowledge of funding requirements and the regulatory environment 



Work conditions


Requires an ability to work flexible hours, attending early morning and evening meetings and weekend meetings or conferences, and the ability to drive own car to frequent trips throughout the state. Ability to tolerate long meetings. 



ADDP offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  

To apply, please submit cover letter and CV in one document to: ADDP Search Manager and send to:


No phone calls will be accepted.