Company: ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Posted on: February 25, 2021
Salary is generous and commensurate with experience. The agency
provides excellent benefits. Summary of Work North Dakota
Protection and Advocacy Project (P&A) seeks an Executive
Director to lead our dynamic, independent state agency in advancing
and championing the equality and inclusion of people with
disabilities where we live, learn, work, and play. The Executive
Director will lead P&A in asserting the human, civil, and legal
rights of people with disabilities, striving to create an inclusive
society that values every individual. The position is located in
Bismarck, North Dakota. About North Dakota Protection and Advocacy
(P&A) P&A believes that people with disabilities should be
empowered to advocate on their own behalf to the fullest extent
possible. Services provided by P&A promote consumer control in
decision-making and focus on the empowerment of people with
disabilities in order to foster independence, productivity, and
integration into the community. P&A accomplishes this through a
host of advocacy strategies. Partnering with the ND Office of the
Governor, the ND Department of Human Services, and the ND
Legislative Assembly, P&A helped to realize the restructuring
of North Dakota's Olmstead Commission to become an independent
entity with an assigned full-time attorney. In 1977, the Protection
and Advocacy Project (P&A) was established as the federally
designated protection and advocacy agency for North Dakota. Since
then, Congress has passed laws creating new programs and providing
additional federal grants for the P&As, all focused on
promoting and defending the rights of individuals with
disabilities. The P&A in ND currently has nine advocacy
programs. While most P&As across the country are private
not-for-profit entities, the P&A in ND is an independent state
agency with a seven-member governing board. P&A focuses on
empowering people with disabilities with information and tools that
they can use to uphold their civil rights. With stakeholder input,
P&A prioritizes issues that impact the lives of North Dakotans
with disabilities and their families. P&A assists with
referrals and provides information, education, and training to
individuals and organizations. Services provided to eligible
individuals include advocacy assistance and representation, legal
representation, and protective services. P&A is active in
systems advocacy addressing broad disability services and rights
concerns, supporting advocacy groups, and engaging individuals with
disabilities and their families in the legislative process, as well
as the promulgation of state rules and policies that have a
potential impact on their lives. P&A's funding, totaling more
than $7 million biennially, comes from federal grants and state
general funds allocated by the ND Legislative Assembly. P&A has
30 staff members including attorneys, advocates, administrators,
and support personnel located throughout the state in ten P&A
offices, including one on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.
More information about P&A programs and services is available
at ndpanda.org. Duties and Tasks Role of the Executive Director The
Executive Director will exhibit a keen understanding of the
challenges facing North Dakotans with disabilities and their
families. The Executive Director will develop and nurture effective
relationships between P&A and disability-related entities, as
well as with the ND Legislative Assembly and other policymakers.
Collaboration with other advocacy organizations is essential to
achieve impactful outcomes. The Executive Director will lead staff
and stakeholders to respect the governing board's philosophy of
using the lowest level of intervention necessary to achieve
positive outcomes while also facilitating a well-trained and
experienced team of attorneys to advance litigation, when
necessary. The Executive Director is employed at the discretion of
the Committee on Protection & Advocacy (the agency's governing
board). This individual will manage a dynamic leadership team to
effectively execute the organization's mission. Key
Responsibilities of the Executive Director
- Provide visionary, strategic leadership and effective
organizational management including program planning, compliance,
budget development, and financial oversight.
- Serve as the primary public face of P&A with the disability
community, the media, public officials, and the community at large
and represent the organization in its various local, state, and
- Engage directly with people with disabilities and foster clear
communication and trust-building with the broader disability
- Set priorities, supervise planning, and pursue creative
strategies for addressing future challenges for the disability
community and the organization.
- Advocate for and champion full inclusion and equity for the
disability community and work to promote understanding about the
experiences of North Dakotans with disabilities.
- Cultivate strong working relationships with the governing board
and advisory council through effective and responsive engagement
with all members.
- Enhance the organization's capacity to identify, prioritize,
address, and evaluate constituent needs and services, responsive to
- Supervise and mentor leadership staff to promote teamwork,
creative problem solving, and sustainable outcomes.--
- Promote effective, collaborative working relationships with
advocacy groups, government officials, public interest and civil
rights organizations, other associations serving individuals with
disabilities, and the general public.
- Engage fully in the activities of the state legislature,
educate legislative policymakers on issues affecting North Dakotans
with disabilities, and provide testimony on disability-related
- Motivate staff, oversee personnel decisions, and create a
workplace culture of inclusion and cultural competency. Preferred
Qualifications The Ideal Candidate Would Possess
- Demonstrated experience in using systemic advocacy and legal
remedies to achieve social change.
- A deep understanding of the breadth of experiences of, and a
demonstrated affiliation with, individuals with disabilities.
- An unrelenting voice to advocate with individuals with
disabilities and their families.
- A reputation as a consensus-builder and collaborator, and the
wisdom to work toward long-standing solutions rather than a
- Extensive experience in social services, disability rights
advocacy, or closely related field.
- Substantial management experience in an organization with a
comparable or larger budget, including staff supervision, budget
development, financial oversight, and grant and contract
- A Juris Doctor or an advanced degree in public administration,
social work, or another area closely aligned with P&A's
- Strategic vision, problem solving, planning, and project
- Creativity, collegiality, inclusivity, flexibility, and
capacity to motivate and inspire.
- Coalition-building strengths and demonstrated partnerships with
nonprofits, community organizations, and service providers working
within disabilities advocacy and social services.
- Ability to listen and judiciously respond to a variety of
perspectives, including governing board, staff, clients,
policymakers, funders, outside stakeholders, and the public at
- Conflict-resolution, negotiation, and mediation skills;
patience and a calm demeanor.
- An innovative spirit and a willingness to rock the boat when
- Public relations adeptness and political savvy.
- Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills,
and experience effectively communicating with a wide range of
- Familiarity with North Dakota culture; experience working with
ND state agencies and the ND legislative process.
- Advanced knowledge of public policy issues including federal
and state laws and regulations applicable to persons with
- Demonstrated ability to manage staff who are geographically
- Integrity and fairness working in a complex environment, and
seasoned human relations skills.
- Demonstrated experience working with and in diverse
populations, including race, nationality, gender, sexual
orientation, and other social identities. Application Procedures
Interested candidates must submit a letter of application
explaining their interest in the position and the experience they
believe demonstrates their ability to contribute to the future of
P&A; a resume; and a list of three professional references
including someone who supervised you, someone you supervised, and
an additional person. Applicants also are asked to submit a short
(1-3 pages) description of an activity they have undertaken
involving the rights of persons with disabilities. Applications
should be submitted by March 15, 2021 to Karla Buzick:
email@example.com . Questions regarding the application process
should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701.224.0588.
Veterans' preference does not apply to this position. The State of
North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including--sexual
orientation and--gender identity), genetics, religion, age or
disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies
with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act. As an
employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places
of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. -- 23-12-10.
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