Executive Director
Executive Director - (30 hours/weekly)
This position:

- Requires to be fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and the ability to clearly connect with Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, Deaf Plus clients in their preferred mode of communication.

- Strong involvement and investment in the community and nuanced understanding of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, Deaf Plus culture and linguistic competencies.

The Executive Director of Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc. (ODSC) will work closely with the Board of Directors to oversee the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization.  Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.  S/He will provide leadership to build organizational capacity.  The position reports directly to the Board of Directors


- Overall administration of the agency per Board directive

- Supervision of staff

- Support to the Board of Directors

- Financial Support for the agency through grant writing, fundraising, contracts

- Participate network with DV/SV agencies

Specific responsibilities will include:


       Grant research, writing and reporting and work closely with grant writers.

       Pursue contracts with government agencies

       Participation in various fundraising campaigns on behalf of the agency



       Oversees annual budget development with the Board of Directors’ oversight

       Oversee all contracts and obligations (including government agencies)

       Works with bookkeeper for managing monthly billings and bookkeeping

       Assist Board of Directors with the production of fundraising events



       Recruit, hire and train new personnel

       Supervise current and future staff to include Cultural Supervisor, Cultural Broker and Victim Advocate

       Staff development

       Maintain/update employment policies



        Develop strategic planning and implementation

        Coordinate annual program planning and oversee progress through regular staff meetings



         Promote publicity for the agency on a local, state and national level

         Represent ODSC to community and organizations, donors, grantors, supporters,  participants

         Promote victim advocacy as needed

Advocacy and Relationship Development

         Advocate for legislative and policy initiatives that are responsive to the needs of Deaf/Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind                 victims of SA/DV

         Develop, cultivate and maintain relationships with statewide and local SA/DV organizations


Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor level degree or higher preferred

  • Basic knowledge of SV/DV preferred

  • Management Experience: Minimum 5 years related management/supervisory experience.

  • Experience working in an environment requiring flexibility and managing change.

  • Strong management skills, including planning, delegating, time management and task facilitation, evidenced by experience

  • Solid, hands‐on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision‐making and reporting

  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation

  • Demonstrated talent and experience in building resources: grant writing, solicitation of corporate support and major gifts, non-profit fundraising strategies and donor cultivation, business development

  • Strong marketing and public relations skills, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Experience working with Board of Directors

  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse clientele and staff

  • Required to be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and have cultural competence in Deaf culture and sign language.

  • Proficient computer skills and knowledge of MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Moderate travel is required; must possess a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license and have reliable transportation. 


Note:  The successful applicant will be subject to a background check including CORI.


To Apply:  Send a cover letter, updated resume and 3 letters of references (all together) to Sue Philip, ODCS Board President, through email at


Position available until filled

Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Survivors of interpersonal violence, Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened persons, persons of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ-identified persons are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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