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Executive Director

Disability Rights Florida (DRF), a Florida-based member of the National Disability Rights Network, and the third largest Protection & Advocacy agency in the country, works to protect and advance the rights of individuals with disabilities across the state through advocacy and litigation.  A fierce and committed advocate for all Floridians across the disability spectrum, DRF seeks nominations and applications for its next Executive Director (ED). The new ED will lead a dedicated team set to grow to about 85 staff members spread across four offices, while providing vision and strategic direction to the agency in its steadfast goal of being Florida’s leading disability rights advocate.

Founded in 1977, DRF serves as the designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Through their administration of nine federal grants, DRF  provides no cost services at to all Floridians with a disability-related issue, and leads statewide initiatives on disability rights advocacy. Some of the issues and initiatives include, but not limited to: self-advocacy support; investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations; educating policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities; systemic and legal advocacy; monitoring of public programs and facilities; and, where appropriate, litigation.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will lead the organization in its delivery of individual services and statewide advocacy and litigation priorities, and will provide thoughtful leadership to position the agency for continued success through this time of change and growth. S/he will be an inspiring and skilled leader, establishing strong relationships both internally and externally, and working collaboratively to articulate and implement the next phase of strategic growth for the agency. The ED will be responsible for overseeing staff based in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Tampa, and Hollywood.

The ideal candidate will have significant nonprofit leadership experience, preferably within the field disability rights advocacy, as well as a demonstrated commitment to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. S/he will pursue opportunities to expand DRF’s impact within Florida and elevate its profile nationally. S/he will manage all internal finances and growth of a $8.9 million budget, and will ensure compliance with legal and funder requirements, safeguarding the short- and long-term fiscal and programmatic health of the organization. S/he will also bolster internal capacity and organizational infrastructure, while cultivating meaningful relationships and collaborations with Board members, key legislators, current funders, new prospective philanthropic supporters, and other key social service and public interest partners.

The ED will have an immovable moral core, exhibit humble servant leadership, have a strong ability to leverage staff effectively, collaborate effectively with the Board, and pursue new fundraising opportunities in the private sector.  S/he will represent DRF publicly, and will continue to elevate the organization’s image as a critical, impactful agency within the community. S/he will have an underlying commitment to ensuring persons with disabilities can meet their fundamental needs, and be assured equal access to opportunities and justice, bringing to the work a sensitive appreciation for the barriers persons with disabilities encounter.

The DRF Search Committee is being supported by Tamar Datan, Nureen Das, and Javier Garcia of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. 

To Apply

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, salary expectations, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: DRF-ED@nonprofitprofessionals.com.  In order to expedite the sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. 

Disability Rights Florida is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. 

Policy Analyst

Disability Rights Florida has an opening for a Policy Analyst in the Tallahassee, Florida office

The ideal candidate would have significant experience working with legislative and policy issues. This position will assist the Director of Public Policy in developing and implementing public policy strategies, including, educating and informing policy makers, and working with Board members, clients, and other stakeholders on issues affecting people with disabilities. This position will also provide support to the Director of Public Policy in developing and presenting legislative testimony; preparing for face-to-face meetings with policymakers; and conducting other public policy activities. A degree in Public Policy, Political Science or a related field is required; Disability Studies or Social Policy emphasis preferred. A favorable background check is required.

Please submit application (see below), resume, and a writing sample:

  • via email: job0114@disabilityrightsflorida.org,
  • via mail: Renee Jackson, Disability Rights Florida, 2473 Care Dr. Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308,
  • or via fax: 850-617-6691.

Deadline to apply is close of business January 28, 2019.

DFWP/EOE

Accounting Associate - Tallahassee Office

Disability Rights Florida is accepting applications for an Accounting Associate in our Tallahassee office. Salary Range: $28,000 - $32,000 annually

The Accounting Associate is responsible for the entire accounts payable processing cycle including invoices, expense reimbursements, and responding to employee and vendor questions. This position is also responsible for maintaining all vendor and contractor files and depositing all check and cash receipts. The incumbent in this position will support the Accounting Manager and Director of Finance & Administration by maintaining Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and fixed asset inventory. Education and/or experience equivalent to an Associate Degree is required. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A favorable background check is required. We offer an excellent benefits package.  

Please submit application (see below), resume, and a writing sample:

  • via email: job1220@disabilityrightsflorida.org,
  • via mail: Renee Jackson, Disability Rights Florida, 2473 Care Dr. Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308,
  • or via fax: 850-617-6691.

Deadline to apply is close of business January 17, 2019.

DFWP/EOE

Employment Application

When you apply for a position at Disability Rights Florida, you may need to complete our employment application. It is an accessible PDF file that you can fill it out and signed electronically, save it, and send it to us.

If you want to request an accommodation or need any assistance completing the application, please contact us at 1-800-342-0823.