The Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities
Job Description for President/CEO

The major responsibilities of the President/CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for
People with Disabilities are to provide leadership to promote best practice and
quality community supports for people with disabilities in Illinois. 

The President/CEO is responsible ,through Board leadership, in promoting policies,
laws, and supports that lead rather than follow trends.

The President/CEO is to provide leadership which challenges the organization to be
consistent at all times with the Institute’s vision, mission and values. The President/
CEO shall work with a sense of urgency to fulfill these responsibilities.

The President/CEO is the Chief Executive Office of the Institute on Public Policy for
People with Disabilities (“IPPPD”). The President/CEO reports to the Board of
Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its
mission and financial objectives. In program development and administration, the
President/CEO will:

1. Assure that the IPPPD has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission,
and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
2. Provide leadership in developing strategies, organizational and financial plans
with the Board of Directors and carryout plans and policies authorized by the Board.
3. Promote active and broad participation by the Board in all areas of the IPPPD’s
4. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal,
state, and local regulations.
5. Maintain a working knowledge of and provide leadership regarding significant
developments and future best practice on trends in the field.

In communication, the President/CEO will:
1. See that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and
all important factors influencing it.
2. Publicize the activities of the IPPPD, its programs and goals.
3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with other
stakeholders and organizations.
4. Represent the programs and point of view of the IPPPD to agencies,
organizations, and the general public.

In relations with staff, the President/CEO will:
1. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel,
both paid staff and volunteers.
2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance
evaluations are conducted and that sound human resource practices are in place.
3. Run an effective organization with appropriate provision for succession in place.
4. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top
quality people.

In budget and finance, the President/CEO will:

1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
2. Work with the staff, Treasurer, and the Board in preparing a budget; see that the
IPPPD operates within budget guidelines.
3. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the IPPPD to carry out its work.
4. Jointly, with the Chair and Secretary of the Board, conduct official correspondence
of the IPPPD, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents

All applications and resumes should be sent to Bill Grahn, President, IPPPD, at

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)