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Community Living Alternatives, Corp. (CLA) is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit charitable organization operating exclusively in Northern Virginia since 1989.   

CLA's mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing community-based personalized residential support services.

We challenge assumptions and expand the boundaries of what is possible through the following values:

- Involving individuals and families in the design, operation and monitoring of services
- Recruiting, training and developing caring direct support staff
- Tirelessly advocating for person-centered services
- Fostering the development of functional life skills
- Maintaining family-sized homes in the individual's own community
- Fostering the development of relationships with other community members
- Striving for continuous improvement.

The Opportunity 

Community Living Alternatives, Corp., (CLA), a nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities in Northern Virginia, is seeking its next Executive Director. CLA’s new leader will build on the organization’s successful 29-year track record of maximizing the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities by providing individualized support services, housing,

community-based services and lifestyle opportunities. CLA provides 24/7 comprehensive group home and other residential supports at locations in

Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax and Springfield. With an annual budget of approximately $6M and a staff of 106, CLA is led by the ED in partnership with an experienced senior leadership team. A dedicated volunteer board of directors, comprised of experienced leaders in their professional fields,governs the organization. To support individuals with developmental disabilities in leading a life of quality, the next ED will maintain CLA’s commitment to: ensuring excellence in providing supports and housing, understanding the needs of each resident, and ensuring ongoing staff training. The incoming ED will evolve the

organization’s services based on a changing environment that includes growing demands for services, and changing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Required Experience, Knowledge and Capabilities

Mission-Driven Advocacy: A commitment to CLA’s mission; political acumen and the ability to build relationships and advocate effectively with policy makers at all levels, particularly within the county,state and federal government.

Disabilities Knowledge: Familiarity with the disabilities field and Medicaid Waiver services for those with developmental, physical and/or behavioral disabilities; awareness of trends in public funding, healthcare policy and licensing/certification in Virginia.

Team Leadership: A track record of rallying a strong senior leadership team around a shared vision, embracing change and taking calculated risks; abilities to nurture a team that has diverse personalities, and ability to delegate appropriate tasks to capable team members. Must be able to build an organization where the day-to-day decision making is delegated to an experienced management team allowing the Executive to focus much of their attention on outreach, advocacy , resource development and political management.

Communication Skills: Outstanding writing, presenting and interpersonal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with multiple constituencies including individuals supported, families, staff, the Board, community leaders and government officials.

Broad Organizational Management including Government Contracting: Substantial senior management experience including staff leadership, financial management, facilities oversight, and government contracting and compliance.

Business Acumen: Demonstrated ability to plan, develop and adapt services and resources in a dynamic environment and oversee administrative functions. Influential factors in CLA’s current environment include the demand created by a shift from institutional to community-based care and changes in federal, state and county funding.

Familiar with Technology: Understands the potential of technology to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative systems, programs and and will be able to modernize our operations using technology to help us compete in an era of ever-tighter market and fiscal conditions.

Ability to self- motivate and work without direct supervision.

• Bachelor’s Degree, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership positions in developmental disability services as described above.

• Must pass these checks: Nationwide criminal history check, a child abuse registry, and a Medicaid registry background checks.

• Must have a car, clear driving record, and adequate insurance.

Helpful Background and Capabilities

Advanced degree (Master or better) in healthcare policy and business, medical social work, psychology, aging or related field preferred.

Knowledge of public finance, the Virginia Medicaid system, and fundraising.

Experience working with a board of directors for a 501(c )(3 ) public benefit nonprofit corporation.

Experience working with or living with persons with developmental disabilities, mental health issues and/or other populations with a need for chronic care services (e.g., physically disabled, medically fragile and/or aging individuals).

CLA operates 24/7 and is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of a vulnerable, special needs population that is highly regulated and subject to intense governmental scrutiny. For that reason the ED is required to remain on call except when a back-up person is appointed.

The ED is expected to understand and practice CLA’s code of ethics, adhere to CLA’s conflict of interest policy, and refrain from any conduct during or outside of work hours that could discredit the organization.


Competitive salary, plus a generous benefit package including health, dental and life insurance and a 403b retirement plan. This is a full-time, exempt position.

How to Apply

Please submit the following  via email to by November 2, 2016.

• A cover email or letter that reflects how your previous experience qualifies you to become the

next Executive Director of Community Living Alternatives.

• A complete chronological resume.

All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

Community Living Alternatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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