Executive Director - National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), Alexandria, VA

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) is seeking a strategic, collaborative, and visionary executive director, with broad experience, leadership qualities, and a deep understanding of the values and principles that guide the provision of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, NASDDDS is governed by an eight-member board of directors, and has an annual operating budget of $4M and a staff of 13.

NASDDDS supports state agencies by providing them with up-to-date information on federal policy and funding opportunities, on innovative practices in the states and on developments in research and service design in the field of developmental disabilities. Technical assistance is delivered through impromptu email or phone inquiries and also through onsite extended state based projects requiring travel about 25 percent of the executive director's time.

NASDDDS engages in projects that are multi-state endeavors to improve services and supports through learning collaboratives. The three main collaborative projects include National Core: Indicators, State Employment Leadership Network, and Community of Practice Supporting Families Across the Lifespan. More information is available at www.nasddds.org. NASDDDS also provides state specific technical assistance on topics such as policy redesign, use of Medicaid HCBS Waiver authorities, and implementation of system-wide change. Technical assistance is often done in collaboration with other consulting organizations.

Ideal candidates for this position will share a commitment NASDDDS's mission and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes including:

  • Respect, credibility, and influence throughout the developmental disabilities community (service and policy)
  • Strong history of professional relationship building
  • Ability to provide visionary leadership and make critical decisions
  • Experience in supporting and leading a high-performing staff
  • Capacity to connect with, hear, validate and understand state director members
  • An understanding of the processes within government at the federal, state, and local/county levels
  • Experience in tracking federal budget and other federal level issues
  • Excellent communications skills across a wide-range of audiences
  • Strong business acumen, ability to build infrastructure systems to support the growth of an organization
  • Capacity to add value to conference planning including identifying themes, speakers and panelists
  • Experience as a state director is a plus
  • Professional service or personal experience with individuals with developmental disabilities a plus
  • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, email resume and introduction letter to Tim Young [email protected] by January 25, 2019.

Include the following in the introduction letter:

  • Describe your career highlights that exemplify why you would be a good candidate for this position.
  • Describe your management and leadership experience.
  • Describe your understanding of NASDDDS and why you think you are well suited for this position.


The position is required to be located in Alexandria, Virginia and is to begin July 1, 2019.

NASDDDS is an equal opportunity employer. Resume reviews begin immediately.