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Relisting--The Disability Rights & Resource Center (DRRC) is searching for an Executive Director.  DRRC serves the counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania and the cities of Danville and Martinsville in the Commonwealth of Virginia.     


Responsible for the administration and overall functioning of all aspects of the Center, including fiscal, personnel and programmatic. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to develop Center policies and short/long range plans and is responsible for their implementation. The Executive Director will ensure compliance with all contractual obligations of the Center. The Executive Director represents the Center with State and Local policy makers and administrators. 


·      Knowledge of independent living movement, philosophy and major disability rights issues 

·      Experience working at a Center for Independent Living or grass roots disability advocacy organization

·      Demonstrated ability to work with advocacy organizations on all levels

·      A minimum of five years experience as a manager within a nonprofit organization advocating with people with disabilities

·   Strong communication skills and experience with both written and verbal language

·      Public relations experience

·      Experience and demonstrated success in fund raising, resource development and grant writing

·      Experience supervising employees

·      Experience/knowledge of budget development and fiscal management of a nonprofit with a budget of approximately $250,000 annually

·      Master’s Degree preferred (Experience can substitute for some education)

·      Personal experience with a disability preferred 


·         Work together with and report to the Board of Directors on the development and implementation of Center policies and systems advocacy

·         Monitor all Center contractual obligations to ensure compliance

·         Oversee all aspects of personnel management; responsible for hiring and firing

·         Develop and monitor overall operating budget; assure fiscal responsibility

·         Supervise management staff of Center as well as other positions as appropriate

·         Implement and monitor resource development and fund raising activities; grant writing

·         Represent Center in the community and serve as liaison to local, state and national organizations

·         Develop and implement ongoing short and long-range programmatic planning processes for Center 

D.     SUPERVISOR:  Board of Directors 

DRRC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other protected category.  We strongly encourage people with disabilities and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

Application Deadline:  August 19, 2018

Send cover letter and resume to 

Previous applicants need not apply.


 Training Module/Simulator Certification Program

 American Health Care Act


The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) is concerned about the American Health Care Act and what it means for the future of available and affordable health care for people with disabilities. Resources provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia for health care services and community supports are inadequate now. Provisions in the American Health Care Act will significantly increase the cost to states for critical services, thereby further stressing the resources now provided by the Commonwealth.

 Along with our national organization, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), we are concerned about provisions in the American Health Care Act that would repeal or phase out key aspects of health insurance coverage and Medicaid provisions that are critical to people with disabilities. Paying for repealing the Affordable Care Act by cutting services for low income people is wrong.

 Medicaid is vitally important to people with disabilities who have low income, including people who need supports to live independently in the community and avoid placement in nursing facilities and other institutions. The American Health Care Act would restructure Medicaid into a per-capita cap system, replacing the current funding structure. The proposed changes are intended to cut costs, regardless of need. The Virginia Medicaid program is already lean with low income thresholds and strict eligibility criteria. The Commonwealth will have to commit significantly more funds for Medicaid or people with disabilities who have low income and others will see eligibity restricted and services cut.

 We agree with NCIL that “This proposed legislation will be incredibly dangerous for people with disabilities. If it passes, affordable coverage will once again be out of reach for many people with disabilities, and our ability to live in our homes and communities will be at risk.”

 Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a plan to maintain and improve existing coverage and access to health care and critical supports would be dangerous. Over the next few weeks as Congress deliberates the American Health Care Act it will be imperative that people with disabilities and other advocates learn about proposed changes and that we continue to educate Congress and the Virginia General Assembly about these important issues.