Executive Director

Employer: Bluegrass Center for Autism

Job Description

Bluegrass Center for Autism is seeking a dynamic, creative and collaborative strategic visionary to usher our organization in to a new era. We understand that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are successful when exposed to multiple opportunities to acquire, master, maintain, and generalize skills within a variety of settings. Our highly structured days deliver a concentrated experience to meet each child’s specific needs and promote his or her learning potential. We use evidence-based treatment to create a therapeutic setting to maximize a child’s ability to communicate, learn, adapt, and be successful. We are proud of who we are, what we have accomplished and recognize there is so much more to be done. We are seeking a compassionate and talented servant leader with a high level of passion and commitment to our children, families and the mission of our organization.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

The ED serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and gives strong direction in process and policy formulation and interpretation. S/he partners with the Board of Directors to develop the strategic vision and organizational goals and develops action plans to ensure they are achieved. S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all BCA activities to the strategic direction. S/he represents BCA and its mission in public forums, media, and government relations and with partner and stakeholder organizations to enhance BCA’s profile. The ED acts to ensure and project a value-driven, high-integrity organizational culture and fosters an environment of professional development and achievement.

Development and Marketing

The ED is charged to drive key development results. S/he will identify, cultivate and solicit current and prospective donors (individuals, corporations, and foundations) and enrich relationships with community fundraising organizations (i.e. Louisville Metro United Way, Community Foundation of Louisville, Kosair Charities, Center for Nonprofit Excellence) S/he will tirelessly seek new opportunities to share our mission and develop and nurture relationships with grant giving organizations including public and private foundations and governmental agencies. S/he will leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities and will promote a culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and board level. S/he will collaborate with the BCA development/marketing function to ensure all grant reporting and compliance requirements are met. The ED will oversee that a cohesive brand image of the organization is communicated across all messaging platforms. The ED understands that s/he is the face of the BCA in the community and coaches’ staff and board to feel the same.

Executive Management and Operations

The ED is accountable for building and leading high-performing individuals and teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results. S/he maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization. The ED assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing, directly supervises staff positions and establishes individual goals works with the Board’s Finance Committee to manage organizational spending, monitor budget performance, and mitigate financial risks. S/he is responsible for cultivating an internal culture of respect, people development and continuous improvement.


This is a full-time, salaried position and compensation will be based upon experience. Benefits include vacation, paid time off, medical, dental, long and short-term disability.

BCA supports and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. It is our policy to provide equal opportunities in any term, condition or privilege of employment to all associates and potential associates based on their merits and ability to perform, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizen and veteran’s status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, or any other prohibited factor.

Salary Range: $75,000 - $100,000

Job Requirements:

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Masters’ Degree preferred (Business Administration, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education or Related Field)

  • Five years of progressive growth in a leadership role with a non-profit, behavioral clinic or special education organization

  • Significant experience in strategic planning, financial management, fundraising, board development, program management and evaluation (delivery and financial), public relations, and marketing/branding
  • Experience working with individuals with Autism preferred


  • Expertise in Staff Leadership with the ability to motivate and set clear priorities, expectations and create a culture of accountability

  • A track record of creating a culture of creativity where new ideas are valued

  • Able to serve as a coach and role model for a culture of value-driven, ethical behavior and continuous improvement

  • Able to think strategically, set clear organizational goals, and monitor progress

  • Able to make tough decisions on organizational direction and execution

  • A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people, programs and systems

  • Possesses excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus among differing opinions

  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting, mentoring and retaining a diverse team

  • Exudes appropriate leadership presence, emotional intelligence and judgment in representing the organization

  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser

  • Keeps on top of industry and regulatory trends and guides Board in understanding strategic implications of such direction in setting strategy

    How to Apply:

    Please forward resume to leslie@bluegrasstalentgroup.com. You will receive confirmation of submission. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.