The Executive Director of PEAL is responsible for leadership and overall management of the organization, including: planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects, programs, policy, fiscal matters, personnel, and administration. The Executive Director reports directly to PEAL’s Board of Directors, and is responsible for implementation of policies and annual goals and objectives set by the Board of Directors. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Overall leadership of staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of short and long range plans, policies and activities.
  • Ensuring that all activities of the PEAL Center are aligned with its Mission Statement and the goals and focus of the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) project and other awarded mandates.
  • Financial management, including the development and implementation of the annual budget.
  • Development, implementation, accomplishment, and evaluation of the annual work plan and strategic plan, as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Liaison and collaboration with other organizations and partners.
  • Providing information, advice, and counsel with the President of the Board of Directors, Board Committees, and Board of Directors, in the creation of policies, budgets, programs, and strategic direction of PEAL.
  • Support activities associated with the Board of Directors, including meeting locations, orientation of new Board members and meeting materials.
  • Administration of the overall operation of PEAL, including reviewing and evaluating the results of program activities; ensuring that continuing contractual and funding obligations are fulfilled; allocating resources for greater program effectiveness and efficiency; and developing organizational and administrative policies and program objectives for Board consideration.
  • Oversight and supervision of PEAL Center personnel, including hiring, supervising, addressing personnel matters and staff performance evaluations.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the PEAL Center by promoting a positive public image of the PEAL Center.
  • Participate in fund-raising efforts to supplement the resources for PEAL programs as requested by the Board of Directors.
  • Identify and apply for additional grant opportunities that support the broader PEAL mission.


The Executive Director promotes the mission and vision of the organization and maintains its focus on the organization’s goals, plans and policies. Promotes a positive public image of the PEAL Center and promotes collaborative relationships with other programs and partner agencies. Promotes an organizational culture of equity and inclusiveness, continually builds an internal culture that considers, assesses and learns from disparities and internal biases.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  1. Direct responsibility for supervision of approximately 16 project staff and subcontractors, including planning, assigning and directing of work; performance appraisal of staff; providing incentives and positive discipline to employees; addressing personnel matters as necessary and appropriate, including termination of employment; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
  2. Overall responsibility for developing job descriptions, advertising positions, interviewing, hiring, orienting and training employees.
  3. Supervision and monitoring projects and activities, including development of timelines and assignment of staff responsibilities.

Management Responsibilities:

  1. Identify priorities, and develop and recommend goals, objectives and action plans for the approval of the Board.
  2. Monitor and evaluate all services and report progress to the Board of Directors; make recommendations for change as needed.
  3. Promote and maintain a positive culture, welcoming diversity, and addressing issues or concerns in a timely and decisive manner.
  4. Oversee the development of budgets with the support of the senior staff and accounting assistance, for submission to the Board; prepare a budget for each grant annually for Board approval; ensure operational compliance with approved budgets; monitor expenditures; propose revisions as necessary and oversee the annual audit process.
  5. Provide reports and information to the Board of Directors and its Committees.
  6. Provide for the appropriate control and accountability of all funds, physical assets, and other property.
  7. Protect PEAL’s legal interests and maintain its operations within the law.
  8. Oversee the human resources function to ensure optimum staffing and utilization of competent staff, recommending policy changes to benefits, compensation, employment, training and other areas as appropriate.
  9. Establish and maintain an effective system of communication throughout the organization and the larger community to build and maintain a positive image.
  10. Ensure PEAL is represented in its relationships and partnerships with governmental, non-profit, parent, and other organizations as needed.


Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Required Skills and Knowledge:

Project Management
Personnel Management


Has a child, or family member with disabilities or is a self-advocate.


Statewide travel and occasional out of state travel is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Following are essential characteristics, identified by the PEAL Center Board of Directors, for the position of Executive Director.

Leadership: The candidate …

  • Clearly articulates an understanding of the mission of the organization.
  • Promotes family leadership.
  • Relates well to families and other individuals who receive services or partner with PEAL.
  • Drives a vision to fulfill PEAL’s mission and mandates in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
  • Actively engages and energizes the PEAL Board members and supports a strong Board of Directors.

Project Management: The candidate …

  • Demonstrates an understanding of effective management practices and procedures.
  • Has experience in organizing and completing projects.
  • Has experience in developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Regularly evaluates project components to measure successes that are effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.

Supervision: The candidate …

  • Has experience in the supervision of staff.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of current personnel practices and procedures.
  • Has the skill and expertise to oversee the administration of the PEAL Center office, support PEAL Center staff, committee members, and work group members in carrying out their responsibilities on behalf of the PEAL Center.

Advocacy: The candidate…

  • Advocates for the rights of children and all individuals with disabilities.
  • Articulates strategies that help parents and students develop advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the law regarding the education of students with disabilities.
  • Has considerable knowledge of current best practices and highest values in supporting people with disabilities to achieve full and meaningful lives of their choosing.
  • Exhibits knowledge of the primary federal and state programs that provide funding mechanisms for supports to people with disabilities and health needs.

Training: The candidate…

  • Articulates the value of training and development in achieving the Mission of the PEAL Center.
  • Collaborates with staff to organize and present training activities and events.
  • Articulates a vision of effective strategies for training and outreach, and build the organization’s capacity to develop and deliver effective training.

Personnel Management: The candidate …

  • Treats staff fairly and equitably.

Builds and fosters a positive internal culture that considers, assesses and learns from disparities and internal biases, and emphasizes racial diversity, equity and inclusion.