Position Description

Position Description

Braille Institute of America

(Los Angeles, CA)

Title: Chief Executive Officer

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THE ORGANIZATION

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. Braille Institute offers a broad range of free programs, classes, and services serving thousands of students each year of all ages (adults, youth, children) helping to demonstrate that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end.

Braille Institute serves the community from seven centers, and hundreds of community outreach locations throughout Southern California with a full array of services: low vision consultations, technology training, daily living skills classes, arts & healthy living classes, orientation & mobility training, and library services.  Braille Institute also hosts nationally recognized programs like Braille Challenge and Cane Quest

Braille Institute staff and volunteers are fully committed to the mission of Braille Institute.  They have a passion to serve and are highly professional in their day-to-day responsibilities. More specifically, they provide an individualized range of services designed to meet a person’s specific visual challenges and personal goals.  They strive to serve the whole person by meeting a range of physical, social, intellectual, and emotional needs.  Many of Braille Institute’s students receive multiple services and there are no limits on age or length of service.

Since its founding in 1919 by J. Robert Atkinson, Braille Institute has remained highly focused on its singular mission. While the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020-2021 presented life-changing challenges, Braille Institute adapted programs for remote delivery and established the foundation for a new “hybrid” model of service of both in-person at its centers and remotely through online delivery. Extending its reach via digital online delivery is now a core strategy as the number of people who are blind or visually impaired is expected to double in the U.S. to eight million over the next two decades.

Braille Institute’s current annual operating budget is approximately $23 million with an endowment totaling approximately $250 million. In the fiscal year 2020-2021, Braille Institute served more than 11,000 individuals with a staff of 185 FTE and a dedicated team of volunteers.

For more information, please visit www.brailleinstitute.org.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Braille Institute is well-positioned to benefit from a strategic, impact-oriented, and mission-driven leader as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Through a collaborative approach, the CEO will shape Braille Institute’s future and lead the current executive leadership team of seven Vice Presidents to achieve its strategic goals, which include:

  • Grow the number of clients served
  • Improve the quality and impact of programming
  • Improve the professional skills sets of staff and volunteers
  • Strengthen Braille Institute’s technology infrastructure
  • Enhance the strength and visibility of Braille Institute’s brand
  • Increase the number of board members and improve overall engagement
  • Enhance long-term financial sustainability     

THE POSITION

The Chief Executive Officer provides strategic direction and overall leadership to Braille Institute by articulating vision, setting goals, strengthening culture, and empowering the executive team, while working collaboratively with the Board of Directors.  The CEO is responsible for ensuring that Braille Institute’s fiscal, operational, fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology, and program strategies are effectively implemented throughout the organization.

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing implementation of Braille Institute’s strategic plans so that financial and human resources remain aligned with Braille Institute’s core priorities and mission.
  • Providing leadership and direction to Braille Institute’s Vice Presidents and establishing effective and timely decision-making processes.  
  • Cultivating a productive and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors based upon communication, trust, and confidence.  
  • Building a diverse, inclusive, and highly engaged management team and Board of Directors. 
  • Developing, implementing, and refining standardized, high-quality programs and services.
  • Further strengthening Braille Institute’s brand so it remains visible and effective in the marketplace while creating clear and professional communications both internally and externally.  
  • Securing adequate capital resources that enable Braille Institute to make ongoing investments that benefit its mission and long-term goals.  
  • Overseeing the financial integrity of the organization, including long-term financial plans, the annual budget, sound financial controls, and setting financial priorities that support the strategic goals of the entire organization.
  • Facilitating cross-departmental collaboration and teamwork throughout the organization and promoting a positive, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that supports the organization’s strategy, infrastructure, and program delivery.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED

The ideal candidate is an empathetic and collaborative team builder, mentor, and inspirational leader who operates from a strategic perspective, while also attending to all-important day-to-day activities. The CEO will be a strategic and forward-thinking leader with a pioneering spirit, who effectively utilizes strong business acumen and discipline to inform all decisions. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are essential. 

In addition, the CEO will be an active listener, have strong interpersonal skills, and be a highly effective relationship builder. The capacity to partner with the development team and relate comfortably with a variety of donors and partners is also essential.  The CEO must establish themselves as a thought leader among peers and other industry leaders in the blind and visually impaired and general business communities.

Moreover, the successful candidate will possess keen critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and demonstrate sound judgment, technical expertise, financial acumen, strong organizational skills, and clear priority-setting skills. A curious and flexible thinker who seeks to learn new things, the CEO will be able to embrace and respond effectively to change both within and outside the organization. The CEO must also be a consensus-builder who can work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies.

An inclusive leadership style that endorses collaboration, builds trust, and creates open, transparent communication among a highly diverse set of stakeholders will be an essential requirement for success. The CEO will accomplish goals through motivation, the delegation of authority, and the use of systems that are designed to create results and accountability.

The CEO will always display integrity and an impeccable reputation for honesty and trustworthiness.  Above all else, the successful candidate must be a champion for the visually impaired, deeply passionate about Braille Institute’s mission and its students, and demonstrate an abiding commitment to providing the highest quality services possible.

CAREER TRACK LEADING TO THIS POSITION

The successful candidate will bring a track record of excellence in senior leadership positions, ideally from a complex, multi-site nonprofit human service organization recognized for its commitment to exemplary service to the community and its clients. Individuals with transferrable for-profit experience who demonstrate a passion for Braille Institute’s mission will also be strongly considered.

In addition to demonstrated leadership experience, competitive candidates will bring competencies in the following areas:

  • Strategy development
  • Change management/culture shifting
  • Talent development
  • Fundraising
  • Technology and innovation
  • Board relationships
  • Operational excellence
  • Financial management
  • Legal and risk management

Furthermore, significant experience building and motivating teams, while simultaneously enhancing an organization’s talent pool, operating systems, and related processes to enhance impact and financial sustainability will be highly valued. The ideal candidate must also be a dynamic and forward-thinking individual who has shown success in generating widespread support for organizational change.

Finally, the CEO must have a solid understanding of effective, forward-looking fiscal management, demonstrate an ability to recruit, develop, inspire, and collaborate with a diverse staff, and will have a management philosophy that supports a positive team culture, high performance as well as employee development and retention. Excellent relationship-building skills and success in forming strong community partnerships are also essential.   

EDUCATION                                                                                                        

A Bachelor’s degree is required; MBA, MPA, or related advanced degree is preferred.

COMPENSATION

The annual salary range for this position is $375,000 to $425,000 based on experience. Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.  A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.

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