County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board - Tallmadge, OH

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The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board’s mission is to offer a lifetime of services and supports to eligible individuals and families that enable people with developmental disabilities to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities. Summit DD’s vision is to be the primary community force to ensure people with disabilities receive the highest quality of services and supports; that our communities are ones which support and embrace every individual, regardless of disability; and that each eligible person is provided the opportunity to achieve his/her full potential.

The 2007 – 2012 levy period was a turning point for Summit DD, as the Board redesigned its service delivery system around Medicaid to support a 40 percent increase in the number of individuals served by the Board. While serving more people, the Board eliminated both the core day and the congregate residential services waiting lists and reduced operating costs by 2.9 percent.

In 2012, the Board conducted a series of focus groups with multiple stakeholder groups to obtain feedback about how Summit DD could best serve the community and individuals with developmental disabilities. The 2013 – 2015 Long Range Plan is a blueprint to meet those needs and is built upon six pillars of excellence: Quality Services for Persons Served, Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement, Provider Collaboration, Sustainability, and Citizenship. Key objectives identified in the 2013-2015 Long Range Plan are:

1. Support Persons Served in the best fit employment environment. Implement a customized employment process for high school graduates and adults to support all individuals who want to work in Integrated Employment settings.

2. Support an aging population of Persons Served with inclusive adult day programs and volunteer opportunities in the communities where individuals live.

3. Collaborate with and support community-based environments for children, providing opportunities for families to receive early intervention, and childcare services in integrated settings in the communities they live. Identify additional supports that families need during transition points.

4. Collaborate with community-based transportation providers to offer on demand transport for Persons Served.

5. Improve and innovate services and programs with the development of advocacy groups and community resources.

6. Implement an outcomes management system to optimize the service delivery chain and a positive intervention culture.
Each year, Summit DD develops an Operating Plan that represents the operational framework for the goals that are outlined in the Long Range Plan. The 2013 Operating Plan outlines the ambitious initiatives that will help position the Board to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in Summit County despite a slow economic recovery for the region. In 2013 the Board expects to experience overall revenue decreases due to a continued trend in decreasing property taxes, the accelerated phase out of tangible personal property taxes and decreases in State revenues. Summit DD expects modest growth in the number of individuals it serves for a total of 4,135 individuals served in 2013 while continuing to operate with no waiting lists for services. Summit DD'S 2013 annual operating budget is $72,816,236.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, the Superintendent serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Board. The Superintendent is responsible for ensuring compliance with policies adopted by the Board and applicable state/federal laws, and the day-to-day administration of the agency.


  • A master’s degree in business administration, public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of twelve years’ full-time paid senior leadership experience in a medium-to-large county or agency (i.e., operating budget in excess of $10 million) including eight years’ experience in a management capacity in administration, supervision, early intervention, instruction or habilitation of individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Proven experience leading an agency composed of a diverse workforce with multiple disciplines and expertise. Experience in all of the following areas strongly preferred: collective bargaining processes; employment laws; budgeting and finance; communications/public relations; technology; and facilities, residential and fleet management.
  • Eligible to obtain an Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent certification.
  • Extensive knowledge of developmental disability service delivery systems and related Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Administrative Code, and Ohio Departments of Developmental Disabilities and Education rules and regulations. A commitment to the delivery of the highest quality service to the community and individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Extensive knowledge of Medicaid Home and Community Based Waivers and funding streams.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in the following areas:
o Strategy development and execution – A broad knowledge and perspective of current and possible future practices and trends in the developmental disabilities field. Ability to create and implement strategies and solutions, manage the creative process of others, and resolve problems with effective solutions. A proven track-record of managing change in a large, complex environment.

o Managing organizational performance – Experience in establishing organizational objectives, goals and metrics, and evaluating results. Capacity to identify and manage priorities and use resources effectively and efficiently. A proven track record of selecting, assembling and developing a talented staff.

o Managing relationships – Success in building constructive and effective relationships with internal and external customers and gaining their trust and respect. An ability to diplomatically and tactfully defuse situations. An aptitude for relating well to and genuinely caring about people, and the ability to work in and promote a diverse environment and inspire and motivate others.

o Communication – The capability to effectively communicate in a variety of formal and informal settings. The ability to communicate controversial topics and data as well as a compelling vision and sense of core purpose. Remains calm under pressure and adversity.

o Influencing others and collaboration – Success in accomplishing goals through both formal channels and informal networks. Proven track record of encouraging collaboration and gaining trust and support of others. The skill to negotiate in tough situations with both internal and external groups while being both direct as well as diplomatic.

Critical Responsibilities and Knowledge Base

  • Superior understanding of the Service and Support Administration function of a county board of developmental disabilities (CBDD) and its impact on quality services and supports; individual health and welfare; rule and statute compliance; and budgetary impacts.
  • Superior understanding of the monitoring and investigative functions of a CBDD and application to ensure quality services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract, retain and lead highly-motivated and well qualified staff according to the Table of Organization approved by the Board and promote their professional development. Serve as appointing authority for the Board.
  • Oversee the administration and monitoring of early intervention, habilitation, residential, transportation and vocational training services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities of all ages determined eligible for Board services. These services and supports may be contracted or directly provided by the Board and shall be designed to meet the needs of those served and the community in conformance with the Board’s philosophy and goals.
  • Establish, implement and manage operational plans, budgets and structures to ensure delivery of agency services and supports according to strategic directions authorized by the Board.
  • Implement levy planning as approved by the Board to sustain established strategic directions and projected persons and families to be served.
  • Promote and increase strong relationships with individuals and families served, providers, the community, and government agencies throughout the county and state.
  • Maintain the highest levels of ethical standards and professionalism.
  • Observe, enforce and implement all legal provisions and Board policies.
  • Provide information to the Board as requested or required. Make recommendations to the Board regarding organization, services and supports needs, finance, construction, plant maintenance and other phases of the capital operations of the program.
Prepare within established levy planning parameters annual operating, capital, construction and supplementary budgets and present for approval to the Board.

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the efficiency and efficacy of services and supports to ensure that the needs of persons and families served are met and that consistent quality improvement is attained.
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities designed to promote professional growth and contribute to the advancement of the profession. Maintain appropriate involvement with state wide issues and policy discussions.
Application Process

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 19, 2013. Please submit a resume and a cover letter including salary history and a short response to the following question, “What do you think is the most significant challenge facing Ohio’s DD boards over the next three years and what would you do to address it?” to:

Mr. Randy Beach

Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities

73 E. Wilson Bridge Road

Worthington, OH 43085

Inquiries can be directed to:
Ms. Lynn M. Sargi

Director of Human Resources

County of Summit DD Board

89 E. Howe Road

Tallmadge, OH 44278


Summit DD is an equal opportunity employer.

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