Executive Director

Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2)

Tacoma, Washington


The Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2) is seeking a collaborative, empathetic leader to serve as its new Executive Director (ED).  Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, PC2 provides caring support, information & referral and public policy advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  The new ED will have the opportunity to continue to grow the agency and lead it forward in achieving even greater impact in assisting its constituents and their families throughout Pierce County

The Organization

PC2 is viewed as a leader, not only within Pierce County, but throughout the State, in the provision of support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. PC2 is committed to providing up to-date information and appropriate referral services in a trusting environment. The agency is a vital link in helping family members, professionals, and individuals with developmental disabilities identify and locate resources appropriate to their needs.  

PC2 currently has an operating budget of $775,000 and a staff of five.



PC2 envisions a community where: “All people with developmental disabilities have access to services and programs that meet their needs.”




PC2’s mission is: “Empowering individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, with respect for all perspectives.”


For more information about PC2, please visit: http://pc2online.org/.


The Position


The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.  The ED is responsible for implementing policies adopted by the Board of Directors through volunteers and staff, overseeing operations, managing productivity and evaluating programs, and assuring effective implementation of the organization's strategic plan, program and development goals.  The ED will implement policies, and procedures consistent with prudent managerial and fiscal practices.  The ED will maintain relationships with staff and volunteers throughout the region. 

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for the position is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  An employee benefits plan, including healthcare coverage, is also offered.

Leadership Philosophy Required

The ED must provide visionary leadership, inspire staff and Board members to do their best work, create, and identify, strategic opportunities for the agency, and serve as the “face of the organization” to its many stakeholders.  The ED has wide latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment, subject to the policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors.

The new ED must be free of any affiliations that could conflict (or could create the appearance of conflict) with the exercise of his/her responsibilities.

Candidate Requirements

A Bachelors degree in a related field is desired.

The position requires demonstrated skill, experience and success in/with the following areas: 

  • Business/financial management; budget development and management; understanding of nonprofit financial reporting requirements
  • Developing & managing a positive organizational culture and professional working environment; inspiring staff and volunteers to do their best work
  • Effective delegation and team-building; no micromanagement
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Building and sustaining positive relationships and coalitions/collaborations with key individuals, constituencies and partner organizations; being a "connector"
  • Developing, implementing and utilizing strategic plans/initiatives
  • Development, management and evaluation of projects/programs that demonstrate positive outcomes
  • Effectively dealing with conflict
  • Experience with individuals with developmental disabilities and credibility in the developmental disability community, a plus
  • Leadership in a nonprofit organization desired
  • Maintaining the stability of an organization
  • Public policy development and advocacy; for support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, a plus
  • Recruiting, developing, coaching, motivating, retaining and evaluating staff, development of HR systems
  • Working with elected and appointed government officials at all levels (most importantly with state legislators); appropriately dealing with political influences; familiarity with state support systems, a plus
  • Diversification of revenues; fundraising, with individuals, businesses, governments, and foundations; grant writing experience a plus
  • Evaluating and expanding an organization and its programs; taking it to the "next level"


The successful candidate will possess the following personal attributes and competencies:

  • Collaborative, inclusive leadership style; good delegator; empowers staff, a team player
  • Accessible, approachable, transparent and open
  • Accountable (holds self and others accountable for performance); sets high expectations for self and others; responsible, follows through on commitments
  • Creative thinker and problem-solver; resourceful, innovative; able to "put the puzzle pieces together, even when some may be missing"
  • Decisive decision maker, while remaining objective, open-minded and considerate of other’s views; actively seeks input on key decisions; demonstrates consistency and fairness in decisions, willing to acknowledge mistakes and take corrective action when necessary
  • Excellent communications skills – oral, written, listening and public speaking; emotive, articulate, direct & concise; a poised, professional public presence & demeanor
  • High integrity and trustworthiness, honest, authentic, genuine, congruent, straightforward; follows through on commitments
  • Passion for the mission and dedicated to the cause
  • Politically and socially savvy, tactful, diplomatic and polite
  • Positive attitude; inspires optimism, enthusiastic and dynamic
  • Well-organized; focused; effectively sets and follows mission-driven priorities; good time-manager
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; personable; compassionate; engaging; respectful; comfortable and effective in dealing with wide variety of people (age, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, disabilities, etc.) and constituencies; culturally competent and committed to diversity
  • Respectful of the agency's legacy yet committed to move forward to accomplish even greater things
  • Responsive, action and results-oriented, proactive, and perseverant
  • Self-confident; secure in "not knowing all the answers"
  • Visionary, with ability to inspire others toward their vision and move to implementation

Timing and Application Instructions

BEFORE APPLYING, VISIT: http://www.hagelsearch.com/jobs.html AND REVIEW THE COMPLETE POSITION PROFILE AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume as soon as possible.  Full consideration is assured if letters and resumes are received no later than 9:00 AM Pacific Time, February 11, 2012

Contact Information

For further information, please contact: Dave Osmer, Hagel & Company, Phone: 425-643-4223, or email: dave@hagel.net.  DO NOT submit your application to this email address (go to the link above).


PC2 is an Equal Opportunity Employer and desires a highly diverse candidate group