Current Job Openings

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Executive Director

The Arc of East Central Iowa seeks energetic and committed individual to lead a life-changing organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief executive responsible for setting the strategic direction, and conceiving, implementing and directing the policies and programs of the organization.

The Organization

The Arc of East Central Iowa mission is to empower people with intellectual and related disabilities to engage in lifelong opportunities to live, learn, work and play with dignity, freedom and full inclusion in their communities.

The Arc provides supports and services to over 800 individuals, families and caregivers. The Arc offers Home and Community-Based Waiver funded supports as well as services funded by United Way and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Arc is governed by a 23-member Board of Directors, operates with a $4.6M budget including an established and growing endowment, and employs 350 staff, 37 of which are full-time, including a 5-member senior leadership team.

Executive Director Duties

  • Direct, delegate, supervise, and manage multiple programs and services;
  • Attend all regular meetings of the Board, presenting annual budgets and periodic progress reports;
  • Develop and present sound organizational policies to the Board;
  • Institute appropriate and effective management controls.
  • Plan for further expansion and/or modification of programs and services.

Public Relations and Fundraising Duties

  • Interpret programs and policies to program participants, membership, other agencies and the community;
  • Assume leadership for increasing public awareness and understanding of the nature and needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Keep members and citizens up-to-date on programs and legislative developments;
  • Promote and maintain working relationships with public officials, agency administrators, and assist in promotion of state or local community program development;
  • Participate in community planning through membership in professional organizations, interdepartmental or inter-agency committees;
  • Facilitate cooperation with other organizations.

Experience and Attributes

  • Demonstrated ability as a passionate advocate for The Arc’s mission and people with intellectual and related disabilities;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a related, senior organizational management position;
  • Demonstrated leadership in community relations and fundraising;
  • A facilitative, consensus-building leader with a track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships internally and externally;
  • Experience with organizations and governing boards with exposure to policy governance;
  • Strong and effective written and oral communication skills and excellent public speaking skills;
  • High energy and initiative with an ability to exercise prudent, independent judgment;
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Business, Public Administration or other relevant discipline), Master’s preferred.

Application Process

To apply, email a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, three professional references and a personal statement explaining how your interest fits the mission of the Arc to Only electronic applications will be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately. Competitive salary and benefits offered.

Community Integration Program Specialist

We are seeking Community Integration Program Specialists to be responsible for the coordination and delivery of Arc services to participants in the Day Habilitation Program. Duties include, but are not limited to: coordination of group activities, ongoing communication and documentation with participants and their service team, providing skilled training to participants in numerous areas, including socialization and community involvement. Finally, this position will serve as a role model for participants in a variety of community settings.

Applicants should possess a High School Diploma and one year experience working with persons with disabilities. Advanced degree in human services or other relevant field of study preferred. Candidates should have effective problem solving skills, leadership qualities and strong written/verbal communication skills and the ability to teach program participants daily living skills and competencies. This is a benefits eligible position including PTO and a benefit allowance. Resume Required

Site Based Lead DSP

We are seeking a Lead DSP for our Site-based program. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who wants to play a key role in fulfilling our mission of making a difference in the lives of those with intellectual and related disabilities, and their families. The qualified candidate must be able to work independently, and in group settings, and make responsible decisions concerning the welfare of individuals with disabilities.

Desired candidate should have some experience working with individuals with disabilities. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance. Must have effective communication, ability to use positive reinforcements, and ability to respond to health and emergency situations. Must demonstrate ability to delegate duties, ability to multitask, and ability to engage consumers in activities of interest.

The hours for this position are 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM throughout the school year. Hours will increase during Summer.

Direct Service Professional positions

Do you have the experience or do you have a desire to work with people with intellectual or related disabilities?

Want to work flexible hours providing a variety of services to individuals with intellectual and related disabilities.

Several work settings are available:

Respite DSP (pdf)
Provide part-time care for individuals with intellectual and related disabilities while parents take time off from primary caregiver duties. The Arc has heavy demand for hours between 3pm -8-pm weekdays and anytime on weekends.
Supported Community Living DSP (pdf)
Assist individuals to become more independent in their homes and community. Consistent weekly time availability is needed after work or after school and weekend providing assistance in accomplishing individual goals.
Day Programs DSP (pdf)
After school and early-out time availability is preferred. Assist with activities providing learning experiences for children and/or adults.
Group Care DSP (pdf)
Weekday and weekend care for small groups participating in field trips, games and other activities.

The Arc of East Central Iowa is an EOE.