President & Chief Executive Officer Position


The UCPLL Board of Directors is offering this Request for Applications for a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to: oversee organizational management and development, strategic planning, and business development; maintain the organization’s capacity to advance the mission and programs by dedicating sufficient human, financial and technological resources; and provide effective leadership to all employees, and assistance and advice to the Board of Directors.  This position reports to the UCPLL Board of Directors.


UCPLL has been serving Springfield and Central Illinois for 48 years and is committed to helping children and adults with disabilities live “Life Without Limits.”  UCP works with individuals with disabilities and their families to live in their homes, have access to a quality education and health care, acquire employment skills and work in the community.  UCPLL believes every individual has the right to live life to their fullest potential.

UCPLL is a nonprofit organization with a track record of providing quality services, programs and advocacy to individuals with all types of disabilities. UCPLL is an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Associations, a member of the United Way, and has been accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

UCPLL provides comprehensive services to over 600 children and adults with disabilities in throughout Central Illinois. Services include job training and placement, assistive technology, summer camps, residential support, day services, respite, case management, and advocacy.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Advanced degree (preferred) with a minimum of 10 years of senior management experience.
  2. Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff; manage and develop high-performance teams; set and achieve strategic objectives; and develop and manage a budget.
  3. Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
  4. Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  5. Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  6. Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptive, and innovative approach to business planning.
  7. Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  8. Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.

Scope of Work

A successful candidate will:

  1. Provide the Board of Directors with the tools and opportunities to develop in their roles, including appropriate orientation for incoming Board members and training on distinct roles and responsibilities, particularly legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  2. Provide access to sufficient information and diverse perspectives to inform decision making and carry out due diligence.
  3. Directly supervise all senior managers. Maintains personnel policies through an effective process of personnel management.
  4. Develop and implements operational policies and procedures. Assists the Board of Directors with the development of Board policies. Maintains the agency policy and procedure manual.
  5. Ensure that expenses are reasonable and necessary and incurred in pursuit of the mission of the organization. Ensure an adequate amount is directed to administrative expenses to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to effective management. Approves all expenditures of the organization.
  6. Assist the Board of Directors in community relations, fund raising, and related duties as required. Acts as official spokesperson for the organization.
  7. Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and attends all meetings of the Board of Directors except when his/her personal status is under consideration.
  8. Direct the annual and strategic planning process with the Board of Directors and key management staff. Sets long-and-short-term objectives evaluating program and organizational effectiveness and annually evaluates progress toward achieving objectives. Solicits feedback from persons served and stakeholders about the effectiveness of the programs and operation of the organization.
  9. Provide a confidential means for handling good faith complaints from employees and Board members about violations of the policies of the organization, suspected financial impropriety or misuse of organization resources, or any other unethical or inappropriate conduct of organizational personnel.
  10. Actively monitor federal and state public policies that impact the organization, the people it serves, and develop strategies in response.
  11. Be aware of and comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. This may include, but is not limited to, the following: complying with laws and regulations related to internal operations, grant making, fundraising, licensing, financial accountability, human resources, lobbying and political advocacy, and taxation.
  12. Educate the Board of Directors and staff about basic legal, accounting, audit, and tax issues.
  13. Insure compliance with all applicable guidelines and standards of licensing, monitoring, funding and accrediting agencies.
  14. Serve as an effective liaison and representative of United Cerebral Palsy, the                                          community, and regulatory and funding agencies.

Code of Conduct

  1. Presents a positive image of United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln at all times.
  2. Demonstrates teamwork philosophy by working cooperatively with others.
  3. Communicates in a clear and concise manner, while also demonstrating receptivity          through active listening.
  4. Continuously seeks opportunities for improvement and suggests ways in which               procedures/systems may be modified to accomplish tasks/goals efficiently and
  5. Adheres to the highest level of ethical conduct.

Application Packet & Timelines

The UCPLL Board of Directors requests that interested applicants submit the following items by Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to Ms. Kara Hood, Manager, Human Resources, UCPLL, 101 N. 16th Street, Springfield, Illinois 62703.  Questions can be directed to Kara Hood at 217-525-6522 or via email at


  1. Cover Letter (please limit to 2 pages) – please explain the applicant’s interest in the position, UCPLL, and the specific skills/talents that qualify him/her for the position.
  2. Resume or CV (please limit to 4 pages) – please outline relevant leadership experience, educational attainment, work with management teams, experience with boards, fundraising events and activities, and business development.
  3. Support Materials (please limit to 5 pages) – please share any specific materials (presentations, writings, events, etc) that you would like to share with the search committee as it relates to your work history and this position.
  4. References – please share names and contact information for 3-5 references that are able to discuss the applicants work history, leadership skills, and work conduct/ethic.

Note: All applicants will be subject to a background check.

Priority Criteria

  • Senior Leadership Experience
  • Building and Managing Teams
  • Board Relations Facilitation & Development
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising & Event Planning
  • Organizational Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Fiscal Management

Candidate Compensation and Timelines – UCPLL will provide a competitive salary and benefits package based on the candidate’s experience and skills.  UCPLL anticipates a July 1, 2017 start date, but will be flexible based upon candidate needs.


 Job Coach Position:

This position coaches persons with disabilities in various employment settings and assist them in acquiring skills needed to maintain their job.


  • Valid driver’s license/reliable transportation.
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule.
  • Must have High School Diploma or GED.
  • CPR First Aid certifications (training provided)
  • Good organization and writing skills.
  • Complete training to become DSP certified.
  • Work as needed in Vocational and Adult Services.
  • 18 years of age

You can fax or email your resume or application to or  217-522-0736.


 DSP- Home Support Staff Position:

POSITION:                   DSP – Home Support Staff

JOB GRADE:                Hourly

HOURS OF WORK:      Schedule as determined by Supervisor, including evenings, nights and weekends


  • High school diploma or GED required. Will need to be able to pass the TABE test for adult literacy.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to pass an agility test, drug screening test, and be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must possess a valid IL driver’s license.
  • Prefer experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and a working knowledge of basic medical terminology.
  • Ongoing position requirements –
    • Successful DNP training
    • Maintenance of CPR certification and First Aid training
    • Medication training required, including maintenance of CBTA training for all individuals in CILA assignment.

REPORTS TO:  House Manager Supervisor

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: This position is responsible for aiding individuals who are receiving Residential Services to successfully maintain themselves in their choice of residence. This position is also responsible for aiding these individuals to increase their level of independence and to become more integrated into the community. Works with individuals residing in Residential Services requiring intermittent supervision. Must regularly lift and transfer individuals served weighing over 50+ pounds. Must be able to complete training course to become DSP certified and work as needed in the Adult Services and Vocational Programs.

You can fax or email your resume or application to or  217-522-0736.