The Epilepsy Association of Western New York (EAWNY) is the only non-profit organization in the area solely dedicated to people with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Founded in 1947 and based in Buffalo, EAWNY provides a variety of education, counseling, Medicaid service coordination, employment, and family support programs and services that help individuals with epilepsy lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. A member of the Epilepsy Coalition of New York State, EAWNY is led by a Board of Directors comprised of health care professionals and community leaders, with advice and counsel from an advisory panel of epilepsy and legal experts.
EAWNY is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated Executive Director to advance the non-profit organization’s mission and forge a vision for the future. The Executive Director is a proactive leader who advocates the agency, provides management and direction for the organization’s overall operation, and ensures accomplishment of the initiatives authorized by the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities include managing personnel and community relations, accelerating development and fundraising, optimizing programs and services, and devising organizational and financial plans. Paramount to success is developing and executing a long-range strategy.
Advise and formulate recommendations for the Board of Directors on key issues and strategic matters.
Oversee the development, management, and execution of the organization’s programs and services to ensure content, consistency, and quality.
Ensure the fiscal viability of the organization through sound management and development of program, finance, and general operations.
Oversee the organization’s annual audit and provide necessary information, financials, and end-of-year reports to auditors.
Complete paperwork as necessary for taxes, 5500, and disability.
Write and administer grants and RFPs, including submission of required financial and statistical reports and information to appropriate funding sources and contractors completing Consolidated Fiscal Reports.
Continue current fundraising efforts and craft new development initiatives that will increase organizational funds for programs and services.
Communicate EAWNY’s mission, initiatives, and needs to external groups including donors, potential donors, corporate partners, new clients, legislators, media and other organizations.
Proactively communicate with and enlist the support of internal and related groups, from the Board of Directors to other epilepsy organizations, medical professionals, clients, and their families. Includes attendance at Epilepsy Coalition Meetings and United Way Agency Executive Association meetings.
Manage the human resources of the organization, including but not limited to staff hiring, benefits, and payroll.
Supervise, develop, and maintain an effective staff to provide quality programming, with sound human resources practices such as annual objectives, constructive feedback, personnel development, and performance measures.
Ensure staff and the Board of Directors have sufficient and up-to-date information on epilepsy and local, state, and federal regulations affecting individuals with disabilities.
Maintain knowledge of non-profit best practices, including the development of relationships with professional advisors and the adaption of programs and fundraising initiatives as necessary to meet client needs and objectives.
Compassionate and customer-focused leader with a deep empathy for epilepsy patients, their families, and their multiple needs.
Ability to effectively manage a multitude of people, programs, and activities while maintaining a positive attitude and nurturing a friendly work environment.
Strong team player with the ability to build and nurture solid relationships at all levels within the organization as well as external to the organization.
Measurable grant writing and fundraising ability.
Strong knowledge of federal & New York State employment and disability laws.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Self-directed ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing situations and priorities.
Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required. In Business Administration, Health Care, or Human Services preferred.
5-7 years leadership experience required. In non-profit, with fundraising and program management, preferred.
Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits include health insurance and vacation.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending their cover letter with listed salary requirements and resume to address below. No phone calls, please.