About the CEO Commission for Disability Employment:
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) founded the CEO Commission for Disability Employment with Voya Financial and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2018 to advance disability-inclusive employment by inspiring and engaging business leaders to drive change through policy, practice and culture. NDSS manages the daily operation of the CEO Commission for Disability Employment. Since its formation, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment has been involved in strategic advocacy, outreach and collaboration with policy makers and like-minded organizations on program and policies that address barriers to an inclusive workforce.
National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS):
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, NDSS supports and advocates for the Down syndrome community by focusing on three key areas of programming: Resources & Support, Policy & Advocacy and Community Engagement. Within these focus areas NDSS engages in various activities, events and programs on topics that are critical to our community such as federal and state advocacy and public policy, health and wellness, education and employment. NDSS creates resources to support individuals with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers across the lifespan and hosts community events throughout the country. Visit www.ndss.org for more information about NDSS.
Reporting directly to the President and CEO of NDSS, the Director of the CEO Commission for Disability Employment is responsible for leading all CEO Commission program initiatives. This role collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to develop partnerships, resources and campaigns that advance the employment of individuals with disabilities. The Director of the CEO Commission sets the vision, manages priorities, and ensures execution of initiatives designed to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. We seek to achieve this goal by building a diverse coalition of private-sector organizations, including businesses of different sizes, including both for-profit and non-profit entities. Through effective collaboration and research, the Director of the CEO Commission will develop and promote best practices among CEO Commission members, and actively recruit and onboard new organizations and businesses to join the CEO Commission. Working closely with the CEO Commission committees, this position will disseminate and promote program events, current initiatives, and materials in service to the community.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
To perform in this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
- Develop strategic priorities for the CEO Commission to advance disability employment objectives
- Plan and execute meetings with members, potential members, and policy makers to advance the goals of the CEO Commission
- Represent the CEO Commission at public events
- Collaborate and create meaningful digital content for the website, email newsletters and social media
- Track and report data on effectiveness, measurable outcomes and deliverables to the CEO Commission founding members, membership, and donors
- Oversee annual budget and report on financial health to founding members and other key stakeholders
- Implement budget controls to meet financial targets
- Manage complex projects that include various administrative duties
- Recruit new members to the CEO Commission through direct outreach and ongoing discussions
- Develop and promote the benefits of the CEO Commission to new members and on-board companies
- Develop robust annual programming and deliver webinars, events, etc. to membership
- Identify and secure potential funding opportunities to support program initiatives
- Communicate with membership current and future initiatives
- Guide membership to drive change within their own organizations
- Track and manage committee priorities of the CEO Commission and coordinate efforts on various initiatives
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
- 5+ of professional work experience in a related field
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Comfortable engaging with C-suite and senior leadership of member companies
- Proven ability to navigate corporations and understand corporate structures
- Proven ability in effective constituent outreach and interaction
- Corporate background is strongly preferred
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Excellent project management skills
- Excellent public speaker
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Energetic with the ability to multitask
- Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Experience planning and hosting corporate events
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
- Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, while maintaining confidentiality
- Proven ability to work non-traditional hours. (Some early morning, evening, and occasional weekend hours due to the nature of our organization)
NDSS currently offers full competitive employee benefits including medical and dental insurance, LTD, STD and Group Life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, flexible time off and paid holidays.