Executive Director

Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Providence, RI


The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer for the RI CDHH and is
accountable to the board of Commissioners for carrying out overall policy and program

Status: Exempt
The Executive Director works under the direction and on behalf of the Commission. The
Executive Director is expected to perform independently, with initiative and with minimal
supervision. Office priorities and objectives established by the Executive Director must
be in accordance with the Commission’s direction and priorities.

The Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RI CDHH),
established by Rhode Island General Law, Chapter 23, Section 1.8 is the principal
agency in the State of Rhode Island on behalf of people of all ages who are deaf and
hard of hearing. The Commission within state government serves as the principal
agency representing the population of over 213,671 Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
The Commission is also authorized by other State and Federal statutes which specify
service delivery to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Reports to: The Commissioners appointed by the Governor.
Supervises: Program Manager, Director of Emergency and Public Communication
Access Program, Interpreter Referral Specialist, and contractors.

Within the limits of the constitution and bylaws and policies, the Executive Director as RI
CDHH’s chief executive officer is responsible for, is charged with providing effective
leadership, and has authority to accomplish duties set forth in the following areas:
1. General Administration
2. Financial Management
3. Personnel Management
4. Advocacy
5. Program Development
6. Board Relations
7. Public Relations
8. Community Relations

 Plan, develop, direct, coordinate, administer, review and evaluate the activities of
the Commission with effective leadership.
 Work with members of the Commission to accomplish the goals and objectives of
the Commission, under the direction of the Commission.
 Act on issues impacting Commission management and statewide operation
 Perform other work as assigned by the Commission.

 Prepare, develop, review, control, and monitor the agency's budget.
 Prepare annual reports to the Governor and General Assembly on fiscal status,
programs and progress.
 Seek additional funding resources and prepare grant applications in accordance
with the Commission's goals and objectives.
 Prepare and manage consultant and service contracts.

 Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of
staff. Assure proper orientation, motivation, training and professional
development for staff.
 Perform supervisory functions so that efficient and orderly operations will be
fostered and maintained
 Ensure that performance reviews are completed for all staff
 Provide control and direction for personnel function including compliance with
personnel policies, approval of personnel actions and training
 Exercise delegation of authority and conduct annual performance evaluations.
 Recommend disciplinary action, suspension, and/or termination of employees
when required

 Under Commission direction, review and testify on legislation of interest to and
having the potential to impact Deaf and Hard of Hearing constituents.
 Represent the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people on state and other
advisory boards.
 Work to affect change in policies and programs of public and private entities to
reflect the needs and interests of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
 Initiate the development, implementation and evaluation of its various programs.
 Conduct the quality assurance in existing programs and services to ensure
satisfactory to Deaf and Hard of Hearing constituents with over-arching goal of
increasing the level of efficiency and effectiveness of existing programs and
 Oversee in-house Statewide Interpreter Referral Service (statute mandated)

 Participate in RI CDHH meetings (except those relating to her/his performance or
when otherwise deemed appropriate by the Commission) as a non-voting
member and provide status reports on Commission activities.
 Report directly to the Commission.
 Provide the necessary liaison and staff support to committees and their chairs to
enable them to properly perform their functions.

 Represent the Commission and act as spokesperson on behalf of the
Commission in fulfillment of its mandates.
 Promote public awareness through presentations, workshops, training, and
information dissemination to the general public about the needs of the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing.
 Plan, coordinate and conduct a public relations program to enhance awareness
and acceptance of the Commission.
 Promote mutually beneficial relationships with state and local entities.

 Establish and maintain positive relationships with health associations,
professions and industry, government agencies and officials, public and private
organizations and vendors as necessary to promote the needs and interests of
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
 Represent the CDHH in affiliation with federal, state, local, non-profit, multiagency and other organizations to develop linkages, enlist participation and
coordinate programs and services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
 Provide consultation, advice and recommendations to state agencies and
departments on programs and services benefiting, or having the potential to
benefit, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
 Maintain consistent contact and seek feedback from community groups and
organizations representing the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.

 BA/BS (Master's Degree preferred) from an accredited college or university in an
appropriate discipline.
 Five years of progressive experience as an administrator of programs and/or
services related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
 Knowledge of Deaf Culture, the impact of hearing loss and various methods of
communication used by Deaf persons and others with hearing loss.
 Knowledge of services and programs for the deaf, hard of hearing.
 Sensitivity and ability to work with a variety of people, especially Deaf and Hard
of Hearing persons.
 Fluency in American Sign Language.
 Written English and public presentation skills.
 Ability to identify and solicit alternative sources of funding and grant writing
 Ability to carryout major long and short-term strategic planning.
 Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
 Knowledge of state and national resources including organization to appropriately
research, design, and implement a service delivery infrastructure.
 Strong computer skills and knowledge of computer applications including Internet
 Knowledge of the ADA, Section 504, IDEA and other pertinent legislation and
implementation at the federal, state and local levels.
 Knowledge of the deaf and hard of hearing legislation, regulations, policies and
 Comprehensive understanding of issues facing both Deaf and Hard of Hearing
 Effective leadership and management experience and organizational and
analytical skills.
 Demonstrated ability to build positive working relationships and facilitate effective
work teams.
 Willingness to participate in community organizations.
 Rhode Island residency preferred.
 Ability to engage with the community related to systematic advocacy and policy
 Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf-Blind, or Deaf Plus preferred.
RICDHH is a welcoming and affirming place of employment for all people.

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Application Closing Date: June 21, 2019

For more information or to apply:

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $72,394.00 to $88,275.00 /year

Benefits offered:

  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance