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President and Chief Executive Officer - American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Posted 6/11/2015

President and Chief Executive Officer - American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

Posted 6/11/2015

AAPD Description

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) was founded in 1995 as a result of a grant from the Dole Foundation. Paul Hearne and John Kemp, the original founders had a vision to create a national disability membership organization focused on increasing the economic and political power of all Americans with disabilities. AAPD’s initiative and program areas include disability policy, employment, voting rights and political participation, housing, transportation, healthcare, technology, leadership development, internships for students with disabilities, interfaith coalition, and grass roots advocacy and mobilization.

AAPD has become well-known for its internship program, Disability Mentoring Day, Justice for All Awards, and the AAPD Gala. Its span of activity includes stakeholders from the grass roots, Capitol Hill, the White House, and private sector businesses. AAPD is a small non-profit organization currently with four full-time employees, four contractors, and a budget of $1,991,584. The board of directors is composed of members of the disability community, advocacy organizations, and corporate America executives.

Job Summary

The AAPD CEO, with direction from the board of directors, is responsible for advancing the AAPD mission of promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. The AAPD community, including people with disabilities, family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change, economically, politically, and socially. Together, the board and CEO assure AAPD’s relevance to the community, and the accountability of AAPD to its diverse stakeholders. The board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the CEO, who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the board.

Major Responsibilities

Leadership Exercise leadership and move others to action, both inside and outside of AAPD.  Demonstrate a positive, results-oriented style that inspires the people around the CEO and broadens the circles of support for AAPD’s agenda and programs.  Prioritize the goals and strategies approved by the AAPD board as part of the annual budget and strategic plan, and manage staff to realize these goals and implement these strategies.
Ambassadorship Build and maintain relationships with other disability advocacy organizations. Work in close partnership with other disability advocacy organizations and collaborate with such organizations on a variety of disability policy issues and events.
Advocacy Convene stakeholders to advocate for justice for people with disabilities at the state and Federal levels.
Strategic Planning Develop a plan to rebuild the organization and revitalize programs such as the internship program, Justice for All Awards, Disability Mentoring Day, and policy development initiatives as well as exploration of the possibility to develop a national membership structure.  Must also engage in grass roots mobilization on a variety of issues including civic participation and get out the vote campaign.
DevelopmentWork with the board and staff to broaden the financial support for AAPD, growing the budget and programs over time, and helping the organization to transition from short-term funding commitments to long-term fiscal strength.  Align development priorities with the organizational goals and strategic plan.
Communication AbilityUse multiple communication channels to deliver a message that is clear, compelling, and creates a climate where diverse audiences understand the message and, to the extent possible, want to participate and support the message.
Training/Coaching SkillsFoster the professional development of staff through coaching and feedback on results; take decisive action to address any performance problems.
VisionWork with the board to develop and communicate a compelling vision for AAPD, and recognize, create, and capitalize on opportunities for organizational growth and success.
Policy Knowledge– Work with the board and staff to position AAPD as a disability and civil rights policy thought leader by strategically participating in policy development, research, and coalition work.
CreativityDemonstrate openness and creativity in approaching problems and opportunities for AAPD and the disability community.
Fiscal ManagementWork with the Director of Finance and relevant board and staff members to develop, implement, and monitor the annual budget and all other financial activities of AAPD.  Exercise sound and prudent fiscal judgment to ensure that AAPD meets its financial obligations and annual budget goals.
Board Development and Reporting Work closely with the board and assist in board restructuring and governance issues.
Ethics Demonstrate the highest ethical standards and operate with integrity and transparency in conducting the business of the organization.



  • Minimum 5 years of management experience
  • Excellent knowledge of the disability community
  • Excellent knowledge of disability policy and advocacy, with a passion for justice
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with fundraising
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with fiscal oversight
  • Non-profit experience and Washington, D.C. experience preferred


  • Minimum B.A./B.S.; advanced degree preferred

General competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and active listening skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, funders, and coalition partners
  • Strong team-oriented and collaborative ethic and approach
  • Ability to manage conflict towards transformative ends
  • Basic technology skills, including MS Office & Google Suite of Apps, and social media knowledge

How To Apply

Mida Associates, LLC is assisting with this job search. Please email your resume and cover letter to Christine Chew at christine@midaassociates.com with “AAPD President and CEO” in the subject line. Resumes and cover letters are due by June 30, 2015.