- Via Services Executive Director
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Via West Seasonal Counselor
- Via West Seasonal Nurse
Via Services Executive Director
The Executive Director works in partnership with a dedicated leadership team of 5 and supports a staff of 40-year-round and 170+ seasonal employees. The team work together to build and maintain strong relationships with local and regional disability and special needs organizations, families, funders, and community and political leaders. Via’s Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s leadership and for the achievement of the major strategic objectives under the direction of a 17-member community- based Board of Directors.
The organization currently has an operating budget of approximately $5.2M and healthy reserves. We own our Santa Clara headquarters and have a 40-year rent free lease on the Via West Campus in Cupertino. Funding for our mission comes from a variety of sources, including approximately 53% from Via West, 30% from First Step, 10% from foundations, corporations and individuals, and 7% from special events.
The Board and the Leadership Team have identified the following strategic priorities for 2019 to optimize what we do best, while enhancing value-rich programming in the disability services/special needs community. The specifics of a long-term vision and strategic plan that go beyond these one-year priorities will be developed with the new CEO at the helm.
- Continue to provide a variety of high-quality integrated programs and services that will fulfill our mission while being responsive to ever changing community needs.
- Invest in and update systems, processes, and resources to support the sustainability and growth of an efficient and efficient organization
- Sustain profitability and diversify our revenue streams through an integrated plan for earned income, community support, and government contracts.
- Attract, develop, and sustain a dedicated staff and Board as well as enhancing our organizational systems for greater efficiency.
The Ideal Candidate
Via is seeking an experienced community leader who will continue to inspire, guide and advocate on behalf of individuals with special needs and their families. He or she should have a proven record of attracting and sustaining earned income, public and private funding through a lens of financial and political astuteness. The incoming Executive Director will bring strategic thinking and teamwork to his or her work. The next several years at Via will provide both challenging and rewarding leadership opportunity in a locally autonomous organization. Starting with a well-respected organization, diverse funding base, supportive community leaders, the next Executive Director will help Via sustain its quality programs while focusing its strategic director toward sustainability and growth potential in response to changing needs. This is a full-time, exempt position in Santa Clara, CA.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following skills and experience:
- Successful executive leadership experience in an organization of comparable size and scope
- Experience with the issues and innovative trends in disability/special needs services
- Ability to conceptualize, communicate, and lead the organization to clear vision and realistic priorities
- Credibility to effectively represent Via among its clients, families and stakeholders from diverse economic and vocational backgrounds
- Effective communication skills, including public speaking, writing, meeting facilitation, and consensus building
- Financial and/or business management experience with multiple earned income streams and a budget of similar size including budget development and management as well as experience reviewing and interpreting financial information to support sound decision making and sustainability.
- Proven track record in developing and sustaining major gift, government, and foundation support
- Ability to attract, develop, and retain staff as well as maintain a high level of performance and to effectively utilize their talents
- Experience navigating complex issues to build and sustain effective collaborative partnerships
- Experience working in partnership with a community based non-profit Board of Directors
- Ability to focus an organization and its resources, given competing demands and opportunities
- Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate field; advanced degree a plus
In addition, candidates will need to:
- Effectively utilize information technology, database applications, and the Internet
- Work occasional nights and weekends as needed to support Via West, Board, and community events. We offer flexibility to accommodate these obligations
- Provide his/her own car, insurance, and valid CA driver’s license, or other means to travel throughout the Bay Area
- Pass a background check and fingerprinting
The following represents the incoming Executive Director’s role in partnership with a talented Leadership Team that includes the Vice Presidents of Administration and Advancement as well as the Directors of Via West Camp and First Step. Allocations provided as a guideline, given the organization’s priorities for the first 12 months of the job.
Management & Administration: (30% of job responsibilities)
- Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and high caliber team of staff, and Board members to achieve high-level organizational performance.
- Ensure that good human resource practices are in place including up-to-date position descriptions and regular performance evaluations.
- Oversee the recruitment, employment, development, and release of all personnel.
- Ensure sound financial planning, management, reporting, and organizational accountability.
- Partner with Director of Via West on planning for Camp Operations and sustainability.
- Partner with Director of First Step in planning/managing Regional Center and other contracts and insurance strategies.
- Oversee Via’s infrastructure (IT, systems, policies, procedures, and facilities) to ensure both efficiency and effectiveness.
- Ensure that all funds are disbursed according to contract requirements.
- Ensure that the organization complies with all relevant laws, regulations and applicable policies.
Program Operations: (30% of job responsibilities)
- Lead seasonal, annual and long range program planning processes to devise operating plans, objectives and themes, including program priorities, goals and strategies for Via West Camp and First Step Services.
- Ensure the coordination of Via Services’ programs and procedures to meet all accreditation and certification requirements. Includes maintenance of records, staffing needs, facility safety, nursing rules, ratio requirements, curriculum planning, etc.
- Direct the development, implementation, and growth of early intervention and therapy services, plus Respite, summer, travel, science and other needed and innovative Via West Camp programs for clients and their families.
- Oversee the negotiations of contracts and agreements on behalf of the organization. Ensure compliance with all funding requirements from program grants.
Strategic Direction and Evaluation: (5% of job responsibilities)
- Lead a learning organization dedicated to continual improvement and quality programs that meet client needs.
- Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of the issues and stakeholders surrounding disability/special needs services in the Bay Area
- Develop a process for planning, implementing and evaluating short- and long-range strategy and goals for the sustainability of the agency.
- Ensure programs and services are consistent with the mission, values and goals of the organization.
- Ensure the integration of Via programs for synergistic impact in achieving its strategic goals.
External Relations and Fund Raising: (20% of job responsibilities)
- Provide a credible and informed presence for Via in identifying and effectively addressing critical issues affecting families with special needs
- Develop and maintain effective partnerships with organizations, and state and federal agencies to influence policies and organizations of strategic interest to Via’s mission and programmatic objectives.
- Ensure that Via has effective two-way communication channels with donors, political leaders, clients and key collaborators to help establish its priorities and to effectively implement its programs.
- Partner with VP of Advancement in identifying and securing over $1M in financial resources from public and private sources each year.
- Support donor involvement in and support of Via’s vision, mission, accomplishments, and opportunities.
- Oversee staff in developing and implementing a comprehensive fund development plan that includes individual, government, and foundation support.
- Oversee the strategy and relationships that influence funding proposals and reports.
- Partnering with VP of Advancement, board and staff, to ensure the success of major solicitations among diverse sources. Partner with VP Advancement on strategy to increase attendance and stronger donor participation in events.
- Provide vision and leadership to donor and volunteer events.
Partnership with Board of Directors: (15% of job responsibilities)
- Work with the Board of Directors to ensure long-range plans for the organization are in place, up to date, and used as a benchmark for organizational performance.
- Plan Board and Board Committee meetings in conjunction with the Chair and other Officers to ensure information is shared and key topics and issues are discussed throughout the year.
- Ensure effective communications and linkages between Board and staff.
- Report regularly to the Board of Directors regarding trends, objectives, financial status of the organization, program effectiveness, and other issues relevant to the Board.
- Assist the Board of Directors in their governance roles by providing support, education and leadership issues of importance to the organization. Serve as a resource to the Board and its task forces.
- Assist the Board in identifying, recruiting and utilizing Board members with the essential skills to support the mission and vision of Via.
- Successfully involve the Board in collaboration and fundraising activities.
- Ensure the implementation of Board of Director’s policies and strategic priorities.
Speech Language Pathologist
Via Services is looking for a Speech Language Pathologist to join our First Step team. This position will provide direct speech and language therapy services to children birth to 14 years old with communication or related disorders (ex. articulation/phonology disorders, language disorders, autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, apraxia, cleft palate, developmental disabilities, etc.). This position will work closely with other specialists on a multi-disciplinary team to conduct initial standardized assessments to determine eligibility for Early Start services.
- Manage and maintain patient caseload as directed by management
- Plan, organize and administer appropriate diagnostic and therapy services to assigned patients
- Complete written documentation of services provided (case notes, progress reports, and evaluations).
- Collaborate with parents/guardians and colleagues for therapeutic goals and frequency of services
- Provide recommendations and on-going consultation with parents
- Work with Via Intake team members and SARC Service Coordinators to provide Intake assessments to referred clients
- Intake team duties include, but are not limited to the following: Assist in preparing Intake files by providing all necessary paperwork and completing initial documentation prior to the Intake appointment. Review medical records and Early Start intake packet prior to initial client appointment. Administer standardized test(s) to children birth to three years. Complete IFSP report and all required paperwork.. Submit reports/documentation within mandated deadlines
- Adhere to HIPPA guidelines for records, files and documentation standards
- Follow OSHA standardized for maintaining assessment/treatment supplies, materials and equipment
- Provide administrative support including, but not limited to: maintaining client attendance sheets, maintaining monthly, re-stocking program forms and stock charts, monthly shopping (snacks), photocopying and reporting low inventories
- Collaborate and meet regularly with other team specialists to discuss topics related to program administration and clinical services
- Communicate with clients, families, staff, and others in respectful and culturally sensitive manner
- Provide information and support to families
- Attend workshops, seminars, and in-service trainings for professional growth
- Provide in-service trainings for fellow staff members on attended workshops and seminars
- Work towards meeting and supporting individual client and family goals and needs in coordination with other agencies including, but not limited to, the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC), Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), First 5, and community mental health agencies
- Complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
- Represent Via programs at community and professional functions as needed
- Attend and participate in monthly FS staff meetings and company-wide meetings and others as directed
- Assist in writing, brainstorming, and completing grant programs related to speech language pathology or related fields
- Perform other duties as assigned
- MA or MS in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited university
- Fingerprints (Livescan cleared)
Annual (ongoing) requirements:
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA (after CF/RPE year)
- California State License in Speech-Language Pathology (Temporary RPE license upon approval)
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Ability to work one-two late start days (e.g. 10:30-7:00pm)
- Ability to work with a diverse group of parents, staff, and community
- Must have own reliable motor vehicle transportation, mileage is reimbursed
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to lift young clients as needed during assessments, screenings, and/or therapy sessions
- Driver’s License, vehicle insurance and clear DMV report
- Proof of automotive insurance coverage
- TB test
- Mandated reporter training
Via West Seasonal Counselor
Via West is a camp for kids and adults with special needs. We are interested in hiring caring, active, hardworking individuals who want to help serve the special needs population.
Via West counselors work in a hands-on, fully immersive setting with participants. Sessions typically revolve around arts and crafts, cooking, outdoor recreation, and other various fun activities. These activities all take place in a camp setting in the scenic Cupertino Hills. Counselors need to have patience, compassion, respect for others, and a willing attitude.
What we ask of you:
- Provide attentive supervision during assigned activities.
- Establish relationships with participants.
- Provide a positive role model for participants by exhibiting an upbeat, cooperative, and friendly attitude at all times.
- Help participants learn and follow rules to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
- Be a problem–solver, but ask for help when necessary.
- Be punctual, organized, and follow directions.
- Room and Board (While working)
- Possible $2,000 in tuition reimbursement
- Possible Commitment Bonus depending on sessions worked
Summer 2019 Schedule:
Young Adults and Adults, Ages 16+
- Knights and Princesses: May 29-June 4 or May 31-June 2
- Boogie on the Bayou: June 12-18 or June 14-16
- PCH Travel Camp: June 21-23
- Block Party: July 5-9 or July 5-7
- Forrest Gump: August 16-18
Kids, Teens, and Young Adults, Ages 5-22
- Paw Patrol: June 7-9
- Beat the Heat: June 26-July 2 or June 28-30
- Paint the Town: July 24-28 or July 26-28
- Pixar Land: July 31-August 6 or August 2-4
- Animal Planet: August 9-13 or August 9-11
- Mad Science: June 21-23, ages 9-18
- Tahoe Travel Camp: June 21-23, ages 16-28
- Sleepaway: July 12-21, ages 11-22
- Getwaway Overnight: July 17-21, ages 9-22
- Mini Altitude Day Program: July 17-21, ages 9-18
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Education and/or Work Experience
- At least 16 years of age.
- Previous experience and/or willingness to work with people with developmental and physical disabilities.
- Flexible and caring.
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Via West Seasonal Nurse
Via West is looking for seasonal nurses to work with special needs participants at Via West Campus during our weekend respite programs.
- Must be 19 or older
- Must be a licensed nurse, BSN graduate, or current BSN nursing student
- Must have completed at least one clinic experience giving medications under the supervision of a nursing faculty member
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work directly with special needs participants to give medications, provide treatments, triage, and deal with urgent and emergent situations under the direct supervision of an experienced RN.
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