Hiring: PCIL Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living (PCIL) seeks a fulltime Executive Director to work out of the Harrisburg area. Competitive Salary and Benefits. EOE. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please refer to detailed Job Description (below) for requirements and job duties.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
  • A written statement explaining the reasons you want to lead PCIL and why you will be effective in the role.

Application packet must be sent via email by December 5, 2018 to:

Amy C. Beck, President



PCIL ED Position Posting (pdf download)  |  Position Description (pdf download)

The Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living (PCIL) is a State-wide membership association of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) located throughout the State of Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of PCIL is to provide a system of support for CIL’s in order to ensure that all Individuals living with disabilities not only have choices, but are in control of their lives. As a key member of the PCIL team, the ED reports directly to the PCIL Board and promotes advocacy and establishes an ongoing voice for the IL movement and supports policies that upholds the IL culture and vision.

By setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth, the ED works with the PCIL Board members to maximize advocacy and representation for the IL movement. The ED position requires strong communication skills and the responsibility of being called upon to positively represent the organization in the community and at the state. The ED must maintain the highest level of integrity and lead by example in all areas.


  • Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Results Oriented
  • Mission Driven
  • Business Acumen
  • Decision Making
  • Public Speaking

Role Qualifications:

  • Ability to comfortably and energetically represent CILs and their services to wide-ranging audiences
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Direct and/or indirect experience with disability rights and/or knowledge of the Independent Living philosophy and the ADA preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and work with individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities High-level understanding of all business functions such as Finance, Budget Management and Business Development, etc.
  • Aptitude in sound decision-making and problem-solving in pressure situations
  • Knowledge of the services provided by CILs
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and public speaking skills, both practiced and impromptu
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Word, Excel and Web-based systems
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work with Legislators and Government Officials
  • Proficiency in ASL, Spanish and other languages a plus

Additional Requirements:

  • Proven experience in a leadership role
  • Skilled in organizational development, management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning
  • Excellent people skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team
  • Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to Board’s mission
  • Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding Boards mission and core values forward
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Services, Public Administration, Business or related field.  Master’s degree in business or related field preferred
  • At least eight years of strong operational experience.  At least five years in a senior management role preferred

Location:  Greater Harrisburg Area

Travel: Travel is required; out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected

Schedule: This position requires occasional long hours, evening  and weekend work

Executive Director Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide day-to-day leadership and management
  • Establish policies that promote PCIL’s culture and vision
  • Responsible for achieving IL programming, goals and objectives
  • Help identify Best Practices for CILs
  • Coordinate repository for IL information/resources
  • Set comprehensive goals for CIL ideology, performance and growth
  • Establish schedule of regular meetings with PCIL Board members to stay informed of current operations and identify key issues in each region
  • Responsible for the measurement and effectiveness of all processes internal and external.
  • Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
  • Represent and manage relationships with partners/vendors
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with all members of PCILs constituency
  • Foster a positive and collaborative organizational culture
  • Encourage collaboration and build effective coalitions
  • Coordinate communication between member centers
  • Ensure effective public relations and marketing of PCIL and the IL movement


  • Provide timely, accurate and complete reports on monthly activities
  • Work with Board to develop short-term and long-term strategic plans
  • Collaborate with the Board to develop and implement the strategic plans, operational infrastructure, and committee expectations
  • Design and implement business strategies and procedures
  • Keep Board apprised of organization’s operations, changes, and problems
  • Encourage and lead Board members to maximum performance and dedication
  • Work with the Board to find and bring on new Board members to ensure a vital, energetic Board and to meet agreed minimum Board membership numbers as per the by-laws
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors to ensure the successful operation of PCIL’s mission
  • Conduct and/or organize presentations on PCIL and issues related to disability rights.


  • Maintain current knowledge of policy and legislation that impacts the disability community
  • Under the direction of the Board of Directors, continually seek to address new and emerging trends that may impact the current and future needs of people with disabilities
  • Continuous advocacy for consumer control
  • Participate in legislative and systems advocacy activities
  • Coordinate state-wide advocacy initiatives
  • Participate in advocacy activities, such as events in Washington DC, Harrisburg, local State Representatives offices, Senators offices, national conferences
  • Attend and participate in meetings of legislative committees, and stakeholder planning groups as consistent with the mission of PCIL and directed by the Board of Directors
  • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment with other organizations
  • Act as lead “customer-care officer” through direct contact with state and local government, reps and senators, consumers, customers, staff members and partners when needed
  • Create strategic alliances to enhance PCIL’s position of strength and an influence to become the “go to” organization in the state in reference to people with disabilities
  • Support a marketing strategy that will resonate uniformly among CILs and consumers developed by the PCIL marketing committee and as directed by the PCIL Board
  • Research, develop and utilize new methodology to shape PCIL’s advocacy efforts with policy makers, funding sources, and contracting agencies


  • Apply strong financial management skills to develop and deliver planned revenue and expense results
  • Prepare and manage PCIL operating and program budgets
  • Meet with PCIL Finance committee prior to any Board meeting or as necessary to review budgets
  • Present budget reports to Board
  • Assist in Board finance, policy information, training, and implementation
  • Direct the development and securing of grants and contracts
  • Oversee all development activities including private and public solicitation, special event fund raising, and planned giving

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Adhere to organizations mission, vision and values
  • Adhere to Boards policies regarding time and attendance
  • Comply with accepted dress code and maintain a professional image
  • Demonstrate reliability and trustworthiness
  • Manage time and other resources to meet established goals within the agreed upon time frames
  • Demonstrate flexibility in the acceptance and completion of work assignments
  • Participate with the Board’s performance improvement activities
  • Maintain confidentiality in the management of information

Demands & work environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to travel, access various locations, and be present at long state or public meetings. Be in public arenas and crowed spaces
  • Mental Demands: Stressful due to time constraints and multiple tasks//procedures occurring at the same time. 
  •  Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines

Compliance Provision:

  • This position requires compliance with PCIL’s written standards, including its Standards of Conduct and policies and procedures provided by the PCIL Board such compliance will be an element considered as part of the employee’s regular performance evaluation

Failure to comply with Standards, which may include the failure to report any conduct or event that potentially violates legal or compliance requirements or PCIL’s Written Standards, will be met by the enforcement of disciplinary action, up to and including possible termination, in accordance with PCIL’s Compliance Program Policy and Procedure: Addressing Instances of Non-Compliance Through Appropriate Disciplinary Actions.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement:

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case-by-case basis.