Senior Vice President of Rehabilitation and Educational Services
The Chicago Lighthouse
January 10, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
The Chicago Lighthouse, one of America’s most comprehensive nonprofit agencies serving people who are blind, visually impaired, disabled, and veterans, provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities and assistive technology for people of all ages. Among these programs are the nation’s oldest vision rehabilitation center, a nationally-acclaimed school for children who are blind with multiple disabilities, a radio reading service for those unable to access print media, an assistive technology center, a pro bono legal clinic, and a comprehensive training and employment services program to help those with vision impairment find or maintain jobs.
As a critical new role within the Lighthouse team, the Senior Vice President position will lead several of the rehabilitation and educational services foundational programs that help clients optimize remaining vision, meet developmental and educational milestones, find employment and lead more independent lives.
Reporting directly to the President and CEO, this position will be part of the executive team and encompass some of the responsibilities previously held by another lead individual within the organization. Primary areas of focus include but are not limited to Educational Services, Employment Services, Assistive Technology and The Tools for Living Store. The Senior VP will also assume responsibility for preparation of compliance, quality, maintenance of strategic goals/objectives, business plan and re-accreditation processes.
The successful candidate will be a proven leader with at least ten years of professional experience, including five years or more in senior level management. Candidates must demonstrate vision and skill in business development as well as a commitment and passion for the Lighthouse mission of providing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. Previous experience with visual impairment, blindness, and/or multiple disabilities is preferred, as is a record of membership in an organization closely related to rehabilitation or visual impairment.
Important personal qualities include high emotional intelligence, kindness and a heartfelt concern for both staff and community partners. The Lighthouse enjoys and values a family-like atmosphere, where team members hang their egos at the door and roll up their sleeves for the benefit of the mission. A collaborative, collegial, diplomatic nature is a must.
A master’s degree in rehabilitation administration, business administration, public administration or a related field is required. Health or education backgrounds would be desirable, as would be evidence of continuing education, certification and executive level training.