Executive Director Posting

December 16, 2016 ē By The Arc California    

For more information on the Executive Director position, click here.

 Organization: The Arc California is stateís oldest and largest membership association representing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and their service providers.  The Arc California is a state chapter of The Arc US and is one of 700 chapters in this national network.

 Position Summary: The Executive Director serves as the head and most visible advocate of the leading organization in the state for addressing the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and service system through public policy and advocacy and special projects.  The Executive Director oversees the development and implementation of The Arcís public policy strategic plan and serves as its principal lobbyist.  Specifically, s/he is responsible for financial management and reporting, fundraising, program development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, managing staff and board development, chapter support, and communications.  


A successful candidate will be committed to the mission of The Arc California and possess the following expertise and experience:

·         Bachelorís Degree in a related field is required. Masterís or Professional Degree preferred.

·         Experience advocating before members of the executive and legislative branch of government on the state and national level.

·         5-10 yearsí experience or knowledge of public policy impacting the I/DD community.

·         Experience in advocacy and community organizing.

·         Proven financial management.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to persuasively and effectively communicate public policy concepts and information to diverse audiences.

·         Proven leadership skills in leading stakeholder groups, committees, work groups, task forces, community groups, or other formal or informal groups.

·         Superior strategic thinking and planning skills.

·         Proven success in fund raising for a non-profit, with experience fundraising from multiple donor channels.

·         Knowledge of the system of funding and delivery of human services, generally, and preferably of programs, services and supports for people with I/DD.

·         High standard of ethics and integrity and ability to qualify as a California lobbyist.

·         Ability to prioritize and complete work with minimal supervision, manage multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines.

Link to 2014 Form 990 and the full position description.


The Arc California says farewell to its long time executive director, Tony Anderson. 

As we look back on his many accomplishments, we wish Tony and his family the very best.  We will miss him but are pleased that he will continue lending his talents to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Finding his replacement won't be easy but the Board of Directors is committed to the Arc of California's mission and the process to find a new leader begins immediately.
Richard Fitzmaurice, The Arc California President
During the past almost 13 years Tony Anderson has worked with the volunteer advocates to fight for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure they and their families had access to a service system to meet their needs to participate fully in their communities.

During his tenure we fought against several years of cuts to services, shed light on crime against people with disabilities, removed the "R" Word from state statutes, forced the state to reverse harmful policies through the courts and administrative actions, and most recently led a powerful coalition to begin the process of stabilizing the community system after over a decade of freezes and cuts. 

The Arc California has a rich history dating back to 1950 and while we are grateful for Tony's years of service, we now look forward to the next chapter in our story and the accomplishments we will achieve together.  Our elected officers have already begun discussions for a successful transition and you will be hearing more from us in the coming weeks.  We will begin our search for our next Executive Director and together with our CEOs and Executive Directors of The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California we will map out our public policy agenda for 2017 as we do every year.  

We wish Tony Anderson the very best in his next role for our community and congratulate the Valley Mountain Regional Center (Press Release) on its selection.  Rest assured that The Arc California, the state's oldest and largest parent and family run membership association will carry on our tradition of unyielding advocacy for all people with IDD.

Richard Fitzmaurice
The Arc California
Elected Officers Executive Committee of The Arc California
The Arc California | | (916) 552-6619

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