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The World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit public policy center, whose mission in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security, and health care for persons with disabilities. WID creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, public education, training, and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance. WID's mission is realized when there is full employment at the same rate as the general population; the barriers to asset building are removed, and people with disabilities have the tools, information, and resources to achieve economic security and build wealth; and people with disabilities have seamless, continuous access to affordable, quality health care and support services.

Currently WID operates with a staff of 17 employees and regular volunteers, a budget of 2.2 million dollars, and is located in downtown Oakland, California. Since its founding in 1983, WID has earned a reputation for high-quality research and public education on a wide range of issues. The Board of Directors and staff, over half of whom are people with disabilities, are respected national leaders in the disability rights field as well as in industry, government, and social services. This enables WID to bring a cross-disability perspective to the policy arena. Information on WID's programs can be found at


The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and provides vision and leadership for WID to achieve its mission. He/she advances this mission with public, private, and governmental agencies; national and international organizations; and political leaders. The individual is responsible for the overall management and development of the organization. He/she is a strong manager who is capable of translating Board policy and WID's mission into operational objectives while mentoring and guiding staff. The Executive Director assists the Board of Directors in maintaining and evaluating operational programs at WID and serves as WID's spokesperson and liaison to other organizations. He/she reports directly to the WID Board of Directors.



  1. Develop, plan, and implement goals, objectives, and new programs
  2. Evaluate WID's effectiveness in accomplishing its goals
  3. Serve as spokesperson and advocate at events, meetings and development activities representing WID before various constituencies:
    • Local and state governments
    • Federal government
    • Legislative bodies
    • State, National and International associations
    • Disability organizations
    • Funding agencies
    • Foundations, corporations, etc.
    • Media
  4. Relationship with the Board of Directors:
    • Staff the Board of Directors
    • Develop policy proposals for Board review and action
    • Organize committee and Board agendas and supervise preparation for meetings
    • Attend committee and Board meetings
    • Prepare Board minutes
    • Implement Board policies
    • Keep Board informed on general program activities and trends in disability policy
    • Orient new Board members
    • Provide for Board development
  5. Fiscal Responsibilities:
    • Fundraising
    • Plan and develop an annual budget
    • Review and analyze monthly financial statements
    • Manage income and expenses within budgets limits
    • Respond to annual audit
  6. Personnel Responsibilities:
    • Develop personnel policies for Board consideration, and implement policies
    • Supervise staff by meeting with staff to obtain feedback, provide information, assign responsibilities and priorities, delegate authority, monitor goals and objectives, perform biannual performance appraisals and give overall direction
    • Interpret all policies to staff
    • Establish and oversee affirmative action objectives and ensure WID personnel reflects the full diversity of programs and disabled populations
  7. General Business Management:
    • Provide for adequate offices space and maintenance
    • Maintain and review WID's insurance portfolio
    • Maintain policy and procedures and manuals
  8. Confer with legal counsel on all matters dealing with legal aspects of WID
  9. Other duties as assigned

Special Job Demand:

1. Travel required


COMPENSATION based on experience, plus benefits


Send your complete application package (cover

letter, rรฉsumรฉ, list of references, and a writing

sample that best exemplifies your written communication ability) to: Executive Director Search Committee

World Institute on Disability

510-16th Street, Suite 100

Oakland, CA 94612-1500

FAX: (510) 763-4109 NO CALLS PLEASE


(WID acknowledges receipt of applications by email.)

Application Deadline: July 15, 2009



WID typically does not cover travel or relocation costs, but encourages all interested applicants to apply. All persons, including disabled persons, elders,

women, and racial and ethnic minorities, are encouraged to apply.


Cell Phone: 510-206-5767

Devva Kasnitz, PhD


University of California, Berkeley


Eureka Home Mailing Address:

1614 D St

Eureka, CA 95501

Voice: 707-443-1973

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