Executive Director DisAbility Rights Idaho Boise, Idaho

DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) seeks a strong humanitarian Executive Director to lead this 42-year old organization that serves as the protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Idaho.

Salary Range: Negotiable


DisAbility Rights Idaho is a non-profit disability rights agency, providing advocacy and legal services to protect the rights of people with disabilities.


The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer for the corporation. He/she is responsible to the Board of Directors for the implementation of all policies and procedures approved by the Board, the timely implementation of the organization’s goals and objectives, and the effective supervision of all other corporation employees, and the achievement of the organizations mission.

Leadership Outlook and Near-Term Priorities

The Executive Director provides leadership both inside and outside the organization, continually increasing DRI’s mission impact. Toward these ends, our near-term priorities include:

Develop an understanding of the organization’s business model and the needs of the client populations we serve.

  • Communicate regularly with staff, board, legislators, and partner agencies.
  • Understand the Idaho state systems that impact our work.
  • Strongly advocate for our clients.
  • Represent the organization to the National Disability Rights Network.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide leadership to the organization and manage its day-to-day affairs. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, supervises and evaluates all agency activities.
  • Negotiates contractual agreements with governmental contractors and other funding sources.
  • Consults with the Board of Directors, staff and consumer groups throughout the state as appropriate on financial, program and policy planning.
  • Meets regularly with the Board of Directors, management team and agency staff to assess progress toward goals and objectives, identify needs, set priorities, and develop strategies.
  • Assures an ongoing public information program to apprise citizens of the services of the agency and the rights of citizens with disabilities.
  • Communicates the programs, policies and purpose of the agency to public constituencies, government bodies (executive, legislative, judicial) and staff in a way that will motivate them to support organizational operations, goals and objectives.
  • Assists in the development and the promotion of local, state and national services for citizens with disabilities.

Minimum Requirements:

Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to DRI’s mission and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to DRI, including:

  • Current license to practice law.
  • Preferably a minimum of five years’ experience in non-profit legal services or advocacy organization addressing the rights of people with disabilities or civil rights.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and advocate for persons with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated well rounded leadership and management experience in an organization with comparable budget and staffing.
  • Ability to prepare annual budget and oversee financial matters.
  • An outcome driven and visionary leader who is willing to delegate responsibility, set guidelines and hold staff accountable.
  • Experience supporting a Board in its governance role, foster its ongoing development, engaging its members in strategy development and keeping the Board informed.
  • Knowledge of public policy issues and experience in advocating with state government and the legislature. Experience or interest in public policy and ability to testify in front of the state legislature.
  • Excellent written and spoken skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships.
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively within a team framework that includes transparency, willingness to communicate with staff and promotes an open environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and in diverse populations.
  • Skills to effectively negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.


Please submit a letter of interest, resume, references and writing sample electronically to: kimberly@disabilityrightsidaho.org or by mail to Kimberly Hollonsyde-Knisley, Disability Rights Idaho address: 4477 W. Emerald Suite B100 Boise, Idaho 83706.

Submissions will be accepted until March 15, 2019. Reasonable accommodations for any portion of the application or interview process are available upon request.

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