[tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide

  • From: "lynda jones" <lyndajones2414@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 19:28:33 -0400

Chip:

I am certainly willing to consider chairing such a committee. My plate is
quite full, but I do believe in battling injustice. Unfortunately, it often
takes much longer than we think and sometimes it costs us friendships and
popularity. My heros are my father and William Wilberforce--both of whom are
dead--Wilberforce almost 200 years and my father 18. these two men believed
in standing up for what is right even if you know you might not win and even
if you are standing alone. Wilberforce fought the British Empire for almost
fifty years to defeat slavery in England, when slavery was the backbone of
the British economy. That's what I call dedication. A small group of us have
been working tirelessly for several years to restore and improve the
services of Dial-A-Ride. Sometimes we take two steps forward and three
backwards, but we plow on because we believe things can change and change
comes when you act. During one of the worst periods at the Lighthouse I met
with the administration searching for a way they might intervene. They
acknowledged that they knew about part of the problem but could do nothing.
They could have but DBS has quit penalizing the CRP's when they are non
compliant with their contracts, and, frankly, that is the only way DBS can
force change. I personally went to a member of the legislature for help, but
at the time their hands were tied, because I couldn't jeopardize the safety
of the Lighthouse staff by giving up names, and the legislator couldn't
guarantee their safety. I did some other things as well that I'm not going
to disclose. No, they weren't illegal.

Lynda


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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Chip and Allie Orange
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:36 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



I couldn't agree more with your points Linda. I hope you don't think I am
the one guilty of "beating up" on people?

If you think someone is, write to me off list and I'll do something about
it. So far, I recall opinions expressed more or less reasonably.



I think your idea of forming a "working group" to discuss solutions to
perceived Lighthouse problems is an excellent one; now, for that to proceed,
someone is going to need to step up and offer to be the initial coordinator,
and ask anyone who is interested in participating to write to them (or call,
whatever) and make contact info available. I am very glad to see such a
group created outside of the two large consumer groups.



Chip





From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of lynda jones
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:13 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Chip:



One way we might help in getting changes made to either the job announcement
or getting the Lighthouse to divide the duties and powers is to speak
civilly. Beating up people because they are sighted will get us nowhere.
Making blanket statements about groups and organizations is the blind
equivalent of racism. Every member agency of FAASB is not bad. Some aren't
good; some are terrible; and some are very good. I know this for a fact,
because I've either worked at or with many of them for nineteen years. The
real problem is not with FAASB. That's all I'll say about that online.



I repeat: we need to become part of the solution, not just rant ourselves.
Now, I'm going to really make some people mad. How many people reading these
e-mails tried to do anything to change the situation at the Lighthouse
during the past five years? How many people tried to find even one person
with power who might be able to help bring light on what was happening? If
we want to do something now, then we need a group to sit down and develop a
strategy to present to the Lighthouse Board of Directors regarding the
administrative structure of the agency. The Board has been wounded pretty
heavily, and now might be the time they will listen. We need to develop a
plan to put pressure on the DBS administration to put teeth into their
contract negotiations with the CRP's.







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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Chip and Allie Orange
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:49 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide

Hi Linda,



While there is a lot of truth in your remarks about us needing to stop
rehashing the mistakes of the past, I still think it's appropriate and
useful to continue to discuss any perceived shortcomings of the job
announcement/search, in hopes that we'll influence a better outcome by doing
so. Therefore, I don't think the topic need be put to rest here just yet as
far as it goes.



Chip





From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of lynda jones
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:44 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



I suspect some of you will not agree with my comments and some may even call
me an Uncle Tom. My parents were both sighted, and I think many people would
say they did a good job helping me to become a successful, independent blind
person. I had no blind teachers during 20 years of education. There is an
issue here, but that's another topic for another time. A few teachers were
insensitive and a couple even cruel at times, but in 20 years, 98% of them
were understanding, accommodating, and even some of the best members of my
cheering section.



After returning to university at the ripe old age of 40 to study vision
rehab, I had three professional mentors; all three of them are sighted.
While teaching at FSU, I had outstanding visually impaired and sighted
students. If I were newly blinded, there are just as many sighted graduates
as blind graduates that I would trust with my rehabilitation. The only thing
a sighted person cannot provide is the empathy that comes with being blind
yourself. One of my mentor's, remember she is sighted, once said to me, "You
have the potential of being the best teacher in the world." (She wasn't
bragging on me.) She continued, "If you develop outstanding teaching skills,
then you will be the best, because you can relate to your clients as a blind
person in a way a sighted person never can." She also said, "Being blind
doesn't make you a good teacher. In fact, if you are not a good teacher,
then you may cause more harm than good." I've never forgotten those words.



What the Lighthouse needs is a Director with both good administrative skills
and a knowledge of blindness. We need not think back too far to the last
time DBS had a blind Director to know that just being blind doesn't make you
a good director or a good role model. I might add some of you were her
biggest supporters. I was not and she knew that.



We have had a time of venting and that's been cathartic for all of us, but
it's time to quit rehashing what we can't undo; reopening wounds that need
to heal; pointing our fingers at people who can't help that they are
sighted; and start talking as much about how we can become part of the
solution. What can we do as the blindness community to help the Lighthouse
recover? It is the only agency around here providing services. We need a
plan so we can become the hands and feet that will help restore LBB to what
it once was or even make it better!



Lynda





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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Robert Miller
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:27 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide

Hi Robin,



Thanks for your input but considering what the lighthouse does and the fact
that the majority of it's funding is provided by the Division

of Blind services to provide rehab, indipendant living and mobility services
to it's clients and a verry small percentage of the lighthouse funds come
from in house fund raising it is my opinion that the type of board you are
talking about is not what the lighthouse needs. Unless you just knew, based
on the job announcement, you wouldn't know that the lighthouse deals with
blind clients. Fund raising and grant writing should not be used as a
mission. The mission should be to provide a high level of services to the
citizans of Florida it serves. For many years these services were provided
with out such non profit agencies and things were much better. This
situation only started when FAASB decided that sighted people new best what
blind people needed and they could make a bundle if they could direct state
rehab dollars in to there greedy hands, which they have managed to do. just
like most non profits. How many times have you read in the paper where
directors who are governed by simular boards get charged for embezzlement or
fixing the books.



According to Florida law, when the state contracts out vital services to non
profits such as the lighthouse, there must be a major benefit based on cost
savings and a backup contingency plan if the non profit fails to provide the
services under there contract. How can it be more cost affective to provide
services when you have much more overhead in providing facilities ect. The
only way I know you can do that is to diminish the level and quality of the
service. This type of system has resulted in less blind people being
employed and reduced the level and quality of training needed to obtain
employment and independent living skills. not to mention throwing in
nasty politics unaccountability and unqualified staff in to the mix. Newly
blinded people don't need that crap along with the other problems they are
dealing with.



I am not saying that some of the lighthouses are not doing a good job but
Lighthouse of the Big bend isn't one of them. I am not just saying this my
self but have heard it from many people who have received services.



Robert





From: Robin McDougall <mailto:robin.mcdougall@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2015 8:51 AM

To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Hello all



I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, currently in private practice as a
psychotherapist. I am writing this e mail in hopes my perspective will help
to clarify a few points and make the upcoming transition at the Lighthouse
more palatable for the blind community.



Prior to working in private practice, I worked in the not for profit
community for almost 20 years. For thirteen of those years, I was the
Program Director in an agency which served low income people with health
care needs.



I am reading what you have written here, and I am comparing it to my
experiences both as a subordinate and a supervisor. I am also comparing it
to my experiences both serving on boards and working with boards in my
profession.



Some of the things about what you're complaining are simply things which are
regulated by rules and policies.



As a subordinate, there have been times when I have heartily disagreed with
the decisions my director made. However, our agency had policies and rules
which she was compelled to follow and to mete out equally between myself and
all of the other employees. There could be no special treatment and very
little variance from those policies in order for my boss to do her job. And
I was similarly restricted and required to follow policies.



Additionally, a Board is restricted from interfering with the Director as he
or she runs the agency. The primary role of the board is fund-raising and
long-term planning for an agency. As a colleague, a subordinate and someone
who has served on boards, there are many times when I have felt a board
should be involved on a more direct level with an agency. And each time, I
was told those types of activities are inappropriate for a board. This has
been true at the United Way, this is true at Florida State University, and
this is been true when I have worked with boards in the private nonprofit
community.



It is my understanding it is inappropriate for a board member to have
personal relationships with people in an agency where that board member
serves.



I also believe in order to provide mental health services a person must meet
certain state requirements both educationally and with training. This
opinion is derived from my own experience of psychotherapy and covering
liability (both in private practice and when serving on a board). I believe
a Board member who offers mental health counseling to staff of the agency
that Board serves opens the Board up to liability. There two roles should be
separated, and a provider can do one or the other, but not both in the same
agency.



It sounds like the Board has met its obligation to the Lighthouse and that
the advertisement of the position of Director meets ADA requirements by
indication someone with a disability is preferred. I don't think an agency
can indicate a position is required to be filled by a person with a
disability, in large part because the agency is also governed by its funding
sources and must meet state and Federal guidelines.



Twice I have been in staff in an agency when the Director resigned. First
those Directors discussed their plans with the Board, and later we (the
staff) were informed. In neither case, did that Director tell us her
personal reasons for departing, nor was an announcement made to the clients
and community our agency served.



The same applies when I left my position as a Program Director. My reasons
were my own and personal. There is an appropriate, professional boundary
that enables those of us who are employed to draw a line between our
personal lives and those for whom we work and serve.



I agree, the net could be cast wider, and the job posted where people who
are a part of the blind community would have an opportunity to apply. This
specific request seems sensible to me, and perhaps the position can be
posted again.



The remainder of your complaints do not seem reasonable to me based on my
experiences as a psychotherapist, a board member, as a subordinate in my
workplace at times and as a director in my career.



Sincerely



Robin McDougall, LCSW

The Healing Center

847 E Park Avenue

Tallahassee, FL 32301
















On Sep 3, 2015, at 5:30 AM, Robert Miller <robertmiller2201@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

That's because there hands were tied





From: Norine Labitzke <mailto:norine@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:27 PM

To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Most did almost nothing. Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of lynda jones
Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:18 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



As far as I know the Board membership has remained committed to the bylaws
percentages of blind and sighted. I can say that the blind people on the
Board have been just as silent about what has gone on as the sighted
members, and perhaps even more so. I know there were a couple of blind
people appointed to the Board two years ago or so who said they were going
to try and do something to change the atmosphere at the Lighthouse. I don't
know if they got scared or got drawn into the crowd and weren't brave enough
to stand alone. Believe me, the entire staff has been affected. The entire
Board knew much of what was going on and they did nothing.



Lynda






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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Norine Labitzke
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 5:52 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide

I believe the answer is "yes" and my experience was it was adhered to.
Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Laurie Davis
Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:37 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Hi, Norine,



I would like to know if there is a requirement that a certain percentage of
Board members be visually impaired. If so, is this policy being adhered to
or ignored?



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Norine Labitzke
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:43 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide





Chip, thank you so much for this opportunity to state my perspectives, and
make others aware of them. Also for your gentle reminder of how remiss I
was regarding openly discussing these issues on this and other forums, and
how important this can be to this and so many other fields. At the time, I
felt alone, insignificant, rejected by those of importance, and thus wrongly
kept my mouth shut.



All this happened a few years ago. It was related to many accumulating
issues in my opinion.



I never doubted Barbara was an excellent asset as a fund raiser/organizer
for Lighthouse. I became increasingly aware of her deficits in
understanding and managing professional staff; I never held this against her
as this was not a background she presented to us, and I made this clear in
written notes presented at the meeting referred to below. I think, but am
not sure, those notes, relate my recommendation for separate positions of
Director of Fund Raising, and Director of Staff and professional development
(I sure hope so as that would have been intended).



As a professional (ARNP with ongoing years of experience in mental health I
volunteered my services to staff and clients of Lighthouse of the Big Bend,
for many years, and prior to my accepting any position on the Board,
primarily to listen and be supportive (but challenging when necessary).
Thus I became aware first hand, over months and years, of what clients, and
especially, staff , perceived to be, and seemed to me to an accumulating
record of unfairness and intimidation to them, Barbara's power issues,
inability to understand, and manage their professional issues and concerns.



I do not remember the exact precipitating issue, (I am sure it remains
accessible but buried deep in my archived files). I, as President, called
an urgent Board meeting which took place at my house. Much to my shock and
surprise, the Board members immediately dismissed my serious concerns
evidencing 100% support of Barbara. At that meeting I was told, in no
uncertain terms, that my being available, on a volunteer basis, as a mental
health professional to "listen" to staff issues and clients was a conflict
of interest with being President and on the Board, and I would have to
choose which I would do, but it could not be both.



I had volunteered my professional services to staff and clients for many
years in the past, prior to being on the board. I always made this known to
the Board, and it never previously seemed to be an issue, or a block to my
Board involvement (actually seemed to be recognized and appreciate).



Thus (as I felt forced at that meeting and with 20/20 hindsight have not
changed my opinion) made the decision to resign as President. Everyone left
my house. I was in the process of writing an email to Barbara to inform her
of my decision, but within less than fifteen minutes of board members
leaving, received a curt call from Barbara acknowledging my decision. The
rest is "silent history". I have heard little or nothing since then from
any of them.



I apologize for not informing TABI, FASBE, DBS or anyone else of these
events. At the time, I felt and believed the Board to be correct and
representative, and my concerns to be irrelevant and of no value or
importance or significance to anyone, especially to the Board, or to
Lighthouse. I now believe and understand otherwise. Also now, with 20/20
hindsight, I strongly believe two things:



#1 This organization has progressed to the point where it would benefit
from the services of paid, short term (maximum four years board members)
with some pre-determined qualifications.



#2 As many others have stated, and I believe was bottom line to my
resignation issues, Barbara's position needs to be replaced by two separate
individuals with separate and distinct responsibilities - one for fund
raising, and one for staff development.



#3 I realize with my resignation from the Board, I have chosen to not keep
up with issues at Lighthouse. In some ways I regret this; in many ways,
perhaps excuses, I understand and accept my decision of removal, as I hope
many of you will also; like so many life decisions, perhaps it was not a
best one, but it did seem appropriate at the time and circumstances. I
continue to care deeply for Lighthouse and always will as I daily remember
I am here, where I am, because of the services Lighthouse, and especially
Jeanine, Evelyn, Jim Breen, and Chip, and so many others made available to
me.



#4 This is not an excuse; it is real. I will always thank Barbara for all
she did for Lighthouse of the Big Bend. She definitely brought us from near
extinction to way beyond survival mode. She did everything and more her
resume, and our reasons for hearing her for her position expected.



#5 In my opinion, the biggest fault lies with the board. Although it is
made up of excellent, good, dedicated, and well intentioned/ committed
people, it is time for a total change and probably oversight and direction
from an independent source.



Thank you for this opportunity to express my personal opinions. Norine




From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Chip and Allie Orange
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:59 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Norine,



This is the first I've heard you resigned as president, so let me ask, did
you post anything here about it?



I am still interested in hearing why you felt you had to resign; as I said,
it's a community organization, so why not get the community involved.



Chip





From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Norine Labitzke
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 9:53 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



All this is news to me. I just wish more people had asked or evidenced
interest when I resigned as President of the Board a few years ago; may or
may not be relevant then or now. Even then the "board" seemed oblivious,
and that appears not to have changed. It is also interesting, although I
may be wrong and do not pretend to keep in touch, with the concerns and
issues of the blind community, and the staff of Lighthouse of the Big Bend.
I do believe in many ways Barbara did a good job, but I also believe the
"board" turned a "blind eye" to what could have been expected of her
position, and hope this does not continue.

Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Robert Miller
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 6:21 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Apparently around August 17th Barbar Ross director of the Lighthouse of the
big bend resigned with no announcement or reason given to the blind
community it services. To add more insult to injury the job announcement has
already been posted and closed on August 24th. As far as we can tell the
job announcement wasn't posted on any blindness organization web sites. I
have posted a copy of the job discription below, which to me is very
disturbing since blind or visually impaired is not mentioned once. In the
discription where disability is mentioned they are prefered and not
requirements. From the discription it is very apparent that the board is
looking for a money maker not someone who gives a damn about blind people or
there needs. It is pretty scary to have a director responsibal for the
hiring and directing of employees that has no idea what to look for in who
they hire. Since The lighthouse of the Big Bend is a FAASBY member, I am
afraid this is the case with many other member agencies and this is exactly
why the state of Florida is doing a major disservice to it's blind citizans.



I urge all of you to contact the board and express your dismay and demand
that they re-write there job discription and repost the job announcement in
places that might give them a chance to find an aplicant that is qualified
to adequately provide quality services for our community.



Robert







NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR



The Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a local nonprofit in the Tallahassee area is
seeking an Executive Director. This salaried position will pay between
$50,000 - $70,000 annually, depending upon experience, and comes with
excellent benefits such as annual, sick and holiday paid leave, health
insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits.


The Executive Director shall be directed by the Board to include but not be
limited to the following:

a) To coordinate between the Board and staff respecting all business of
the nonprofit agency.

b) To administer and report on all fiscal matters as directed by the
Board.

c) To monitor and report on trends respecting the mission of the nonprofit
agency and assist the Board in setting appropriate priorities.

d) To prepare and submit to the Board an annual operating budget for their
approval.

e) To develop fund raising activities locally, statewide and nationally
for the proper operation of the nonprofit agency.

f) To maintain a written personnel manual.

g) To recruit, employ and terminate, as may be necessary, the employees of
the nonprofit agency.

h) To coordinate the services of the nonprofit agency with other programs.

i) To provide leadership and promote professional growth by participation
on committees and in training conferences which are pertinent to the mission
and operation of the nonprofit agency, with the prior approval of the Board.


Duties of the Executive Director

. Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing
Board members, interfacing between Board and staff and supporting Boards
evaluation of Executive Director, upholding and adhering to the policies and
bylaws of the organization, entering into contracts on behalf of the
organization with the Board of Directors approval.

. Facilitates the development and implementation of the organization's
strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

. Oversees the effective design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality
of programs, products and services through the recruitment and supervision
of the management team.

. Oversees creation and implementation of annual operational plan and
continuous quality improvement plan.

. Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages
organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to current
laws and regulations. Ensure timely and accurate reporting and invoicing on
all contracts and grants.

. Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to
authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current
laws and regulations.

. Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying
resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies
to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising
records and documentation.

. Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services
are consistently presented in strong, positive image to the general public,
media, other organizations and relevant stakeholders.

. Performs other duties as assigned.



Executive Director Requirements

. Preferred education level: Master's Degree with emphasis in management,
social work, human service, psychology, education, or a related field;

. Minimum ten (10) years of management experience preferably in the field of
disabilities;

. Minimum five (5) years experience in social services, preferably with
children/adults with disabilities;

. Proven supervisory and leadership skills;

. Adept at budgeting and strategic planning;

. Knowledge of grant writing experience;

. Skilled in exercising sound judgement and possesses good analytical
skills;

. Capable of working with a variety of diverse and multi-cultural
personalities and leadership styles;

. Excellent oral and written communication skills;

. Clear Level 2 background check.



To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the
Board President at boardpresident1@xxxxxxxxx by August 24, 2015. Thank you.



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Chip and Allie Orange
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:59 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Norine,



This is the first I've heard you resigned as president, so let me ask, did
you post anything here about it?



I am still interested in hearing why you felt you had to resign; as I said,
it's a community organization, so why not get the community involved.



Chip





From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Norine Labitzke
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 9:53 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



All this is news to me. I just wish more people had asked or evidenced
interest when I resigned as President of the Board a few years ago; may or
may not be relevant then or now. Even then the "board" seemed oblivious,
and that appears not to have changed. It is also interesting, although I
may be wrong and do not pretend to keep in touch, with the concerns and
issues of the blind community, and the staff of Lighthouse of the Big Bend.
I do believe in many ways Barbara did a good job, but I also believe the
"board" turned a "blind eye" to what could have been expected of her
position, and hope this does not continue.

Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Robert Miller
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 6:21 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Apparently around August 17th Barbar Ross director of the Lighthouse of the
big bend resigned with no announcement or reason given to the blind
community it services. To add more insult to injury the job announcement has
already been posted and closed on August 24th. As far as we can tell the
job announcement wasn't posted on any blindness organization web sites. I
have posted a copy of the job discription below, which to me is very
disturbing since blind or visually impaired is not mentioned once. In the
discription where disability is mentioned they are prefered and not
requirements. From the discription it is very apparent that the board is
looking for a money maker not someone who gives a damn about blind people or
there needs. It is pretty scary to have a director responsibal for the
hiring and directing of employees that has no idea what to look for in who
they hire. Since The lighthouse of the Big Bend is a FAASBY member, I am
afraid this is the case with many other member agencies and this is exactly
why the state of Florida is doing a major disservice to it's blind citizans.



I urge all of you to contact the board and express your dismay and demand
that they re-write there job discription and repost the job announcement in
places that might give them a chance to find an aplicant that is qualified
to adequately provide quality services for our community.



Robert







NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR



The Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a local nonprofit in the Tallahassee area is
seeking an Executive Director. This salaried position will pay between
$50,000 - $70,000 annually, depending upon experience, and comes with
excellent benefits such as annual, sick and holiday paid leave, health
insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits.


The Executive Director shall be directed by the Board to include but not be
limited to the following:

a) To coordinate between the Board and staff respecting all business of
the nonprofit agency.

b) To administer and report on all fiscal matters as directed by the
Board.

c) To monitor and report on trends respecting the mission of the nonprofit
agency and assist the Board in setting appropriate priorities.

d) To prepare and submit to the Board an annual operating budget for their
approval.

e) To develop fund raising activities locally, statewide and nationally
for the proper operation of the nonprofit agency.

f) To maintain a written personnel manual.

g) To recruit, employ and terminate, as may be necessary, the employees of
the nonprofit agency.

h) To coordinate the services of the nonprofit agency with other programs.

i) To provide leadership and promote professional growth by participation
on committees and in training conferences which are pertinent to the mission
and operation of the nonprofit agency, with the prior approval of the Board.


Duties of the Executive Director

. Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing
Board members, interfacing between Board and staff and supporting Boards
evaluation of Executive Director, upholding and adhering to the policies and
bylaws of the organization, entering into contracts on behalf of the
organization with the Board of Directors approval.

. Facilitates the development and implementation of the organization's
strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

. Oversees the effective design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality
of programs, products and services through the recruitment and supervision
of the management team.

. Oversees creation and implementation of annual operational plan and
continuous quality improvement plan.

. Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages
organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to current
laws and regulations. Ensure timely and accurate reporting and invoicing on
all contracts and grants.

. Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to
authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current
laws and regulations.

. Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying
resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies
to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising
records and documentation.

. Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services
are consistently presented in strong, positive image to the general public,
media, other organizations and relevant stakeholders.

. Performs other duties as assigned.



Executive Director Requirements

. Preferred education level: Master's Degree with emphasis in management,
social work, human service, psychology, education, or a related field;

. Minimum ten (10) years of management experience preferably in the field of
disabilities;

. Minimum five (5) years experience in social services, preferably with
children/adults with disabilities;

. Proven supervisory and leadership skills;

. Adept at budgeting and strategic planning;

. Knowledge of grant writing experience;

. Skilled in exercising sound judgement and possesses good analytical
skills;

. Capable of working with a variety of diverse and multi-cultural
personalities and leadership styles;

. Excellent oral and written communication skills;

. Clear Level 2 background check.



To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the
Board President at boardpresident1@xxxxxxxxx by August 24, 2015. Thank you.

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