Executive Director, Florida State Independent Living Council, Tallahassee, FL

About the Position

The Executive Director of the Florida Independent Living Council (FILC) provides leadership, coordination, and administrative support for Florida’s Statewide Independent Living Council. FILC is comprised of 14 to 17 Governor appointed members who volunteer their talents to direct and oversee the development, evaluation and monitoring of Florida’s State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, serves as the public spokesperson for the FILC, and represent the interests of persons who have a variety of disabilities in a statewide capacity.

FILC is a federally mandated Council established under Title VII, Section 705 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, 45 CFR 1329.15 and Florida Statute 413.395. FILC is a nonprofit corporation and through its legislative mandate addresses issues related to the ability of individuals who have disabilities to live independently. A majority of the council members are individuals who have disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred plus 5 years of administrative experience that includes at least 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience applying knowledge of State and Federal laws to administering disability related program outcomes focusing on supporting persons with disabilities living independently in the community. A working knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act as amended. A firm understating of the financial operations of a not-for-profit agency is required. Knowledge of how Councils work and their relationship with their State and federal level administrators is needed.
  • A proven record of accomplishment of collaborating with other consumer driven organizations to reach a common goal.
  • The ability to advocate for the mission of the organization without alienating partners.
  • Work experience in a nonprofit with a disability focus.
  • Strong financial management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word)
  • Must successfully pass a level 2 background screening.

Key Functions and Responsibilities

  1. Provides leadership, assistance, and guidance to the Council (Board of Directors) and Committees of the Council for the development of effective public policy and to ensure the mission of the organization is followed. Coordinates and facilitates Council meetings, Committee meetings, and other meetings necessary to carry out the statutory responsibilities of the Council. 
  2. Under the direction of the Council and in collaboration with Florida’s Network of Centers for Independent Living and Vocational Rehabilitation, prepares the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for submission to the Administration for Community Living. 
  3. Maximize the cooperation, coordination, and working relationships with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs), community groups, donors, and other Independent Living organizations or disability entities to help achieve the goals of the FILC. 
  4. In collaboration with the Council, advocates for the collective needs of people who have disabilities, attends legislative sessions, testifies before the legislature, and works with elected officials, agencies, and organizations to develop and promote legislation and programs that will benefit people who have disabilities. 
  5. Completes research and preparation of Council position papers and decision memoranda regarding policy or operational issues. 
  6. Coordination and facilitation of the Council’s web site and web page. 
  7. Collaborates and coordinates activities with the Florida Rehabilitation Council and other agencies to affect independent living outcomes for persons with disabilities in Florida. 
  8. Oversight and coordination of budgeting and all FILC fiscal activities; prepares the annual budget plan for the Council. 
  9. Monitors local, State and federal publications, and other potential sources of funding to identify potential financial resources to carry out Council’s operations and responsibilities; direct preparation of grant/other funding applications.
  10. Negotiates and executes contracts for the benefit of the Council and as authorized by the Council including, but not limited to, Council meeting sites, corporate purchases and leases, and other such operational agreements. 
  11. Prepares the 704 Annual Performance Report, and all other reports required by governmental/granting authority. 
  12. Supervises Council employees and responsible for the day-to-day operation of FILC office in Tallahassee; perform any other duties and responsibilities assigned by Council.


  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Holiday leave
  • Medical Insurance
  • Retirement contribution
  • Life Insurance

Working Conditions

  • Full-time, salaried, exempt position.
  • In state travel, and occasional out of state travel required.
  • Work from office located within Tallahassee.


Starting Salary $72,000-$80,000.


This job description is available online at www.ilcflorida.org. Criminal background check will be required.

Email resume & cover Letter by March 30, 2018 to Jenny Bopp, Operations Director Jenny@floridasilc.org. Please place Executive Director Application in the subject line.

Florida Independent Living Council, 1882 Capital Circle NE, Suite 202, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, Phone 850-488-5624

Florida Independent Living Council
Tallahassee, FL