Executive Director, Access to Independence, Madison, WI

About the position

Access to Independence (ACCESS) is a consumer-driven, consumer-managed organization serving four (4) counties in South Central Wisconsin. ACCESS provides independent living services and offers innovative ways to meet day-to-day needs of individuals of any age with a disability while advocating for their independence and civil rights.

With a current annual budget of $1.3 million and a staff of 13 ACCESS offers five mandated core services to consumers: (1) systems and individual advocacy, (2) information and referral, (3) independent living skills training, (4) peer counseling, and (5) transition (nursing facility to community and school to adult life). Additional support services include: residential accessibility consultation assessments, assistive technology, work incentives benefits counseling, equipment loan program, and coordinates the Wisconsin peer specialist initiative. 

The Executive Director represents the agency, those whom the agency serves, and the community. We are seeking a dynamic individual with vision. Excellent communication skills to interact with employees, peers, legislators, current and prospective donors, the media, and community are required.  Most importantly, this person must truly believe in and live the philosophy of independent living – that individual choice and personal decision making are the mission of all involved in this agency. Must have the proven ability to advocate for disability rights and to increase public awareness on disability-related issues.

The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall management of ACCESS and service provision to individuals in the four-county area.  Excellent demonstrated team leadership, a strong business and financial acumen, and communication skills are requirements.   This position requires an individual knowledgeable about programs, services and barriers that affect people with disabilities and those who are older.  The Executive Director must act in an ethical manner and adhere to grant regulations.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in human service or management fields.

Experience: Five (5) years of human service program provision and/or administration; minimum two years of supervisory experience. 


Responsible for the overall fiscal management including budget preparation and monitoring.  Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short-range goals.  Set financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of its programs and staff. 

  • Spearhead advocacy efforts. 
  • Prepare and submit appropriate grant applications that are consistent with the agency mission.  Coordinate all fundraising activities as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and development strategies to ensure consistency throughout the organization and enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies and corporations utilizing all aspects of social media as appropriate. 
  • Lead the management team, hire, recruit, train, motivate and supervise staff members including conducting staff performance evaluations. 
  • Understand the needs and issues of in the four-county area.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate new programs and coordinate existing services in the four county service areas. 
  • Liaison to the Board of Directors and Standing and Ad Hoc Committees. 
  • Act as liaison to local, state and national organizations and legislative entities to promote services for people with disabilities.  This includes but is not limited to participating in achieving the goals and relevant activities of the Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers (WCILC) as appropriate. 

SALARY:   Compensation and benefits are commensurate with experience and with Access to Independence budget. Further questions will be answered if an interview is offered.

START DATE:  March 1, 2019

APPLICATION:  Email cover letter and resume to directorsearch@accesstoind.org. The cover letter should address your qualifications for the position, approach to leadership, and your personal philosophy on serving people with a disability.  Application must be submitted by January 5, 2019 to be considered.

ACCESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.



Access to Independence
Madison, WI
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