Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt [Section 501(c)(3)] organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. Through a variety of outreach, CHADD improves the lives of individuals affected by ADHD.
Based in the Washington, D.C. area, CHADD, in addition to the website, publishes a variety of printed materials for members, including professionals to keep members current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. Attention magazine and Attention Weekly are two of the nationally recognized publications. CHADD also sponsors both national and international conferences, bringing together experts who share their knowledge and experiences with other professionals, parents and individuals with ADHD.
Founded in 1987 in response to frustration experienced by parents and their children with ADHD, CHADD has grown to represent more than 5,000 members across the country. About 600 of the members are professionals providing clinical and other support to members. Volunteers are working in chapters across the country to support parents through education, encouragement and advocacy.
CHADD serves as a national clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, provides local face to face family support groups for families and individuals, and advocates on public policy and public recognition in response to needs of people and families with ADHD.
CHADD is seeking a dynamic, inspirational and highly effective manager as its next CEO. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the organization, focusing on its growth. The CEO will provide overall leadership to and support of the hardworking CHADD staff.
The position of CEO is a critical, visible position requiring strong management skills, financial acumen, a demonstrated ability in increase revenue and a successful track record of working with a variety of stakeholders.
The CEO must be a highly intelligent self-starter who shares the Board’s commitment to the organization’s core mission. He or she must have the business experience to ensure that the organization’s human and other resources are effectively deployed and efficiently managed. The CEO must have the ability to work with Board Committees that advocate successfully and passionately on behalf of CHADD’s individuals and families in the public and private sectors. In addition, the CEO should be highly knowledgeable, flexible and entrepreneurial in perceiving the wants and needs of the ADHD community and leading the organization in its mission of improving their lives.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills are critical. The CEO must be comfortable and tactful in communicating with members and local affiliate volunteers as well as corporate executives, elected officials, public agency administrators, school district leaders and the community. He or she must be able to work closely with the Board and staff in a transparent, honest fashion that promotes inclusiveness, cooperation and teamwork. In addition, he or she will be bright, diplomatic, analytical, creative, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor and humility, and compassion.
Management and Administration
Responsible for providing effective management of CHADD’s services, publications, website and conferences consistent with its mission, philosophy, and values
Provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, missions, strategy and its annual goals
Serves as an advocate for the organization and the individuals it serves in the community and nationwide
Organizes and manages work to achieve results and tracks performance to ensure problems are detected early or prevented entirely
Effectively manages and provides leadership of the organization’s human resources according to authorized personnel practices and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations
Evaluates work of staff, makes staff advancement or terminations and ensures preparation of annual evaluation of work performance for each staff member.
Formulates policies, procedures and planning recommendations and presents them to the Board for approval
Plans, organizes, controls and evaluates functions of the organization
Shows an understanding of different cultures in dealing with individuals and families
In conjunction with the COO & Finance Committee, develops the organization’s annual operating and capital budgets which are presented to the Board of Directors for approval
Implements the approved operating/capital budgets and ensures expenditures and revenues are reported in accordance with accepted accounting standards
Provides overall control and direction for all funding and maintains relationships with funding sources
Ensures adequate system of financial accounting and controls in accordance with standards of accounting for nonprofits/state agencies
Continually seeks to identify new sources of revenue including sales of goods and services as well as funding from Federal grants and contracts, foundations and individual donors
Supports operations of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and serving as an advisor on various Board committees
Keeps Board of Directors informed on any issues that affect programs
Works closely with all Board committees and provides reports, information, support and resources as needed
Assists the Board in providing orientation to new Board members
Attends all regular Board and Executive Committee meetings
Acts as an agent of Board as designated
Works closely with committees in developing sound organizational policies, providing such information as may be required, and bringing to the Board’s attention any matters requiring policy decision, clarification or revision
Assumes other duties which may be assigned by the Board of Directors
Community Relations and Public Education
Initiates, maintains, and enhances community relations through advocacy with local, state, and national agencies, organizations, government officials, business leaders
Identifies resources requirements, researches funding sources and assists in the development of strategies to approach funders and submit proposals
Advocates for public policy supporting providers, people with attention deficit disorder and their families
Assists committees in cooperating with other organizations/agencies in order to make the best use of existing programs and services
Promotes and maintains working relationships with public officials, agency administrators and other personnel involved in direct or indirect services to individuals with ADHD
Program Development and Planning
Develops services that meet the community’s needs
Implements new programs and services for the community
Evaluates service provided in relation to goals and objectives
Assists in the planning of annual and other meetings, workshops or conventions
Maintains a clearinghouse of up-to-date information on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Participates in special studies, projects, research activities or such other activities as may be considered beneficial by the Board of Directors
Develops plans for further expansion or modification of programs and services of the organization. Maintains active and continuing leadership in all projects and services and provides direction, coordination and supervision as indicated by goals and policies
Minimum Educational and Experience Requirements:
Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is preferred
Experience should include at least ten (10) years of increasingly responsible executive management experience including, but not limited to the following critical areas: strategic leadership, financial management, and organizational resourcing experience, preferably in a community action agency or similar agency supporting people disabilities
Management experience with specialized background in planning, budgeting, programming, procurement, management and technical expertise in administering federal and state grant funding
Management experience in the unique challenges of growing and maintaining an organization’s revenue
About Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD improves the lives of people affected by ADHD