Executive Director



The Arc of Northern Virginia is seeking a dynamic visionary and
collaborative leader to be its next Executive Director



The Executive Director of The Arc of Northern Virginia has announced plans to retire at the end of the year. The Arc is seeking an Executive Director to assume leadership of a well-established, financially sound, and highly effective organization and to lead the implementation of a three-year Strategic Plan encompassing the organization’s core values.



The Executive Director will execute the organization’s mission and vision, with primary responsibility for overseeing fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning, financial management, community relations. and administration. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and serves as a trustee of the Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia. The Executive Director and the Board of Directors work collaboratively to ensure the financial and programmatic health of the organization.



•  Serves as the chief executive officer of The Arc of Northern Virginia and manages a team of more than 20 staff members including 6 who report directly to the Executive Director.

•  Ensures the Arc of Northern Virginia is staffed with well-trained, highly qualified, and engaged employees.

•  Works closely with the executive management team to develop effective hiring, training, and compensation plans to retain talented staff members.

•  Leads and mentors staff members, engaging and empowering them to successfully serve the Northern Virginia disability community.

•  Reports to The Arc of Northern Virginia Board of Directors, serves as a trustee on the Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia Board of Trustees, and is responsible for keeping both bodies informed and engaged.

•  Provides strategic direction for and general management of The Arc of Northern Virginia including oversight of legal, fiscal, and human resources functions.

•  Implements strategies to assess and meet the needs of the disability community, identifies evolving needs, and evaluates progress and quality.

•  Oversees a budget of more than $2.5 million. Approves and monitors all financial and accounting activities, including the completion of an annual audit. Presents and distributes accurate and timely financial reports to the Board of Directors. In cooperation with the Board Treasurer and Accountants, prepares an annual budget to guide the sustainable growth of the organization.

•  Promotes and advocates for The Arc of Northern Virginia to the professional, philanthropic, and general community.

•  Represents the Arc of Northern Virginia and the needs of the disability community at business functions, community events, industry training and events, and networking opportunities.

•  Monitors the Arc of Northern Virginia’s performance by measuring and analyzing results, initiating corrective actions, and minimizing the impact of variances.

•  Leads fundraising initiatives to support the continued operations of The Arc of Northern Virginia and ensures the organization’s future financial security.

•  Creates, directs, and implements development strategies to solidify and expand the organization’s revenue and funding base in conjunction with the Board of Directors and Development staff.

•  Works closely with national, state, and local organizations and related agencies to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

•  Develops and implements a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to raise The Arc of Northern Virginia’s visibility in the community, contributing to the organizational goal of continuously attracting new volunteers, donors, and supporters.



•  Demonstrated success in a leadership role in a nonprofit organization of similar or larger size. This can be shown through current nonprofit leadership experience, nonprofit volunteer experience, or board experience.

•  Experience developing and implementing a multi-year, organization-wide strategic plan to enhance and expand nonprofit community services.

•  At least 10 years of professional experience including management experience in disability services, behavioral or mental health services, human services, education, or a related field.

•  A minimum educational achievement of a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree in a field of study relevant to serving the IDD community preferred.

•  Knowledge of a broad range of disabilities across the lifespan and demonstrated experience with services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

•  Proven success in fundraising, as well as experience generating alternative revenue sources.

•  Demonstrated success in hiring, mentoring, developing, leading, and retaining staff.

•  Strong interpersonal skills including diplomacy, persuasion, oral and written communication, public speaking, consensus building, and decision-making.

•  Excellent written and oral communication skills.

•  Knowledge of governmental, nonprofit, funding, and educational organizations in the Washington metropolitan region.

•  Past success working with a Board of Directors and cultivating board member relationships.



Time Commitment:  Full Time Schedule


Education:  Bachelor’s degree required; relevant advanced degree preferred


Experience Level:  Executive


Salary Range:  USD $125,000 to $155,000 per year



The Arc of Northern Virginia offers a benefit package for full-time employees that includes paid time off, paid holidays, medical, vision, and dental insurance, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and a tax-deferred retirement saving account plan with an employer match.



In 1962, a small group of northern Virginia parents, who believed their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) had rights like everyone else, came together for a meeting. Six decades later, The Arc of Northern Virginia serves more than 39,000 individuals with IDD and their families. The organization provides education, information, and referrals to help caregivers navigate complex disability systems throughout each stage of their loved ones’ lives, and it provides financial management through a Special Needs Trust program.


The Arc of Northern Virginia Board of Directors is associated with The Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia, which manages its endowment and oversees its special needs trust program. Trustees on the Foundation board are experts in disability and business issues and financial management. The Foundation board meets every other month along with Key Private Bank financial advisors to discuss investment strategies and client relations.


Under the leadership of our current Executive Director over the past decade, The Arc of Northern Virginia has expanded programing to better inform, educate, and serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families; created innovative tech tools to help people with IDD live more independently; matured into a recognized force for advocacy among local and state governments; and grown to become recognized as a highly regarded and respected organization providing leadership in the Virginia disability community.



The Arc of Northern Virginia offices are in Falls Church Virginia at 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 200. Staff currently maintain a hybrid work schedule, which generally entails working 2 days per week on-site and 3 days per week remote.



Please submit a cover letter and resume to ExecDirectorSearch@thearcofnova.org.


The Arc of Northern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer.

At The Arc of Northern Virginia, we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their knowledge, skills, experience, and achievements without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


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