Executive Director

MERCI | Los Angeles, California

Job Summary

MERCI is seeking a highly motivated Executive Director with previous experience successfully leading community organizations and initiatives. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this position leads the overall operations of the agency’s programs and administrative functions, including financial and fund development oversight.

The Executive Director will be a successful change manager and focus on leading strategic planning and implementation, creating new fundraising initiatives, supervising HR/operations, and overseeing financial management. The individual must have strong communication skills, be organized, strategic and adaptable, bring a sense of community into the workplace, and engage in community outreach. 


Organizational Leadership

  • Manage all day-to-day operations, including administration, development, human resources, finances, planning, implementation and contract negotiations.
  • Ensure programs, services, and operations are contributing to the overall vision and mission of MERCI.
  • Develop positive and effective working relationship with the Board of Directors, MERCI staff, consumers, families, care providers, service coordinators, and other outside agencies such as the regional center, licensing, government, and community at-large.
  • Support operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and supporting the Directors to fulfill their governance function.
  • Engage in periodic review and updates to reflect changing community needs, while keeping abreast of current trends and legislation regarding the field of development disabilities. 

Strategic Planning and Programming

  • Develop and drive the strategic vision of MERCI, taking a leadership role in creating the vision and planning process.
  • Solidify service delivery aligned to agency priorities and facilitate discussion on new opportunities, including necessary program and policy updates.
  • Ensure evaluation of key agency and programming metrics. Participate in data analysis and report on tangible outcomes and impact, with an eye on cost-efficiency and quality.
  • Inform Board on industry developments and work as a team, update management, governance, and fund development.
  • Oversee program, ensuring staff and consumer safety, dignity, and well-being.
  • Define and evaluate current programming for tangible outcomes and impact.
  • Foster an agency culture to motivate a diverse staff and ensure adequate supervision and support of management staff. 

Fund Development and Financial Management

  • Ensure fiscal soundness of agency, including a fund development strategy and successful implementation (fundraising and grants).
  • Create and lead partnerships with high-level corporate, nonprofit, and community partners to promote the mission and drive fundraising initiatives.
  • Lead financial planning, forecasting, and analytical activities; ensures alignment of financial plan with vision and strategy.
  • Direct and implement appropriate financial and legal compliance, reporting and auditing activities to ensure the financial integrity and viability of the organization.
  • Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage organization's resources within budget guidelines.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson to position MERCI as a leader in serving the developmentally disabled.
  • Ensure that all marketing and social media clearly communicates the agency mission, programs, and services in strong, positive image to stakeholders and public.


  • Undergraduate degree in related field required. Master’s Degree or equivalent in in Special Education, Administration, Psychology, Social Work, or Rehabilitation, or related field highly preferred. Two years of executive experience serving a comparable field or population may substitute for a Master’s Degree.
  • Five years experience in increasing responsibility in similar agency working with children and/or adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities and other special needs.
  • An understanding of the issues and landscape relevant to serving the developmentally disabled population.
  • Ability to work with both grassroots leaders and public officials.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively in both written and oral communication.
  • Able to work with the board includes the ability to motivate them for maximum potential.
  • Ability to raise and manage funds. This includes the ability to seek out additional funding sources to meet agency’s strategic goals.
  • Has a passion and commitment to the cause that is consistent with the vision, mission and principles of MERCI.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences.
  • Has exceptional ability to build rapport and connect with individuals at all levels.