I agree with much of what you have written. I too am puzzled as to why they
would close a job posting for an Executive Director in one week. Let me put
a bit of a different perspective to the situation.
I do know why Barbara resigned. It wasn't her management skills that forced
a resignation; it is her lack of people skills as well as her lack of
knowledge of quality blindness services. For more than three years the
Lighthouse Board of Directors has ignored evidence that Barbara was
mistreating some of her staff. They were told several times by several
people and chose to ignore the evidence and stand behind Barbara. Recently,
they were forced into accountability.
Executive Directors of many businesses are often managers rather than
experts on the service part of the business. It would be wonderful, if there
is someone who knows both sides of the picture-blindness and management. But
you can't run a business without the management skills.
As I read the job announcement, I noticed that the Board is again giving
total power to a single individual. This new Director will oversee every
aspect of the Lighthouse. It is quite possible that they could hire someone
else like Barbara and again ignore all red flags.
It is my belief that the only way to avoid repeating the problem is to hire
two individuals with both of them answering directly to the Board. One
person would manage the business and fundraising part of the Lighthouse. The
other person, qualified in blindness services, would hire staff and manage
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Robert Miller
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 6:21 PM
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.
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
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
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
. 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
. 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.