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Community Leader, North Carolina

North Carolina

Community Leader & Executive Director
Role Description

The mission of L’Arche is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. L’Arche North Carolina seeks to create a community of loving homes in the Triangle where people with and without intellectual disabilities share their unique gifts through the rhythms of daily life.

The Community Leader/Executive Director is responsible for ensuring L’Arche North Carolina lives the values of L’Arche in line with the Mission Statement. They will see that the needs of community members with intellectual/developmental disabilities are met and their gifts are illuminated in the community and wider environment. They will establish and lead the new community operationally, meeting the financial, legal, and quality standards required by the local, state, and federal authorities. The Community Leader will implement the objectives identified in the Founding Mandate in close cooperation with the local Board of Directors and the Federation of L’Arche regionally, nationally, and internationally.

L’Arche acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining a safe environment that respects diverse traditions, identities, and experiences.


To build and develop a vibrant community life by:

  1. Maintaining an active presence and open lines of communication with all Community members;
  2. Promoting trust, inclusion, and creativity within the Community;
  3. Ensuring the organization of Community events and meaningful gatherings;
  4. Identifying, recommending, and establishing founding location;
  5. Fostering Community connections with family, neighbors, and the wider community, and region; and
  6. Building links with the Federation of L’Arche regionally, nationally and internationally.


To guarantee the quality of care provided for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) by:

  1. Establishing and executing the process of identifying and welcoming core members (persons with I/DD who will receive formal services);
  2. Leading the operational aspects of the organization, including obtaining licensure, and guaranteeing compliance with all local, state and federal regulations regarding licensing, funding, billing, service provision, safety, and record keeping;
  3. Ensuring training and developing the professional skills of administrative staff and assistants (direct service providers);
  4. Overseeing the development and implementation of a formalized, shared individual project/person-centered plan for each core member; and
  5. Establishing and fostering efficient and cooperative relationships with specialists outside of L’Arche (e.g., doctors, psychologists, etc.).


To allow for an open and vibrant spiritual life in the Community by:

  1. Promoting the spirituality of L’Arche and foster a life-giving spirituality in the Community through action, example, and use of inclusive rituals, reflections, and symbols; and
  2. Ensuring that the diverse spiritual needs of all members, and core members in particular, are acknowledged, supported, and respected.


To manage human resources by:

  1. Serving as hiring and termination authority for all staff (other than Community Leader);
  2. Supervising, supporting, and evaluating team members for whom they are directly responsible, and ensuring a good system of supervision and appraisal is in place for all assistants and employees throughout the organization;
  3. Developing and maintaining organizational structures as L’Arche North Carolina grows, in alignment with the Mandate and operational needs;
  4. Implementing an efficient recruitment and skills development process in the Community, paying special attention to leadership development;
  5. Developing policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment;
    Supporting and empowering assistants and volunteers in ways that help them reinforce their motivation in their work and develop their vocation/personal mission in life and in L’Arche; and
  6. Working in close collaboration with the regional and/or national level of the Federation on all of the above.


To maintain a relationship with the Board of Directors by:

  1. Monthly and/or quarterly reporting to the Board on matters of Community life, operation, finances, and services, providing written or verbal reports when necessary;
  2. Preparing for and attending scheduled and ad hoc meetings with the Board and its committees,
  3. Providing advice and counsel to the Board and its committees pertaining to core member needs, community life, community assets, compliance, operations, and community partnerships; and
  4. Assisting the Board with periodic near and long term planning to identify emerging issues, goals, opportunities, and innovative ideas which strengthen the growth, resilience, viability, and sustainability of L’Arche North Carolina.


To promote the message of L’Arche by:

  1. Upholding a culture of open and active communication and engagement between the Community and the larger Triangle area, representing and interpreting the values and practices of L’Arche to the larger community;
  2. Developing quality partnerships with the relevant local authorities, professional organizations, and religious institutions;
  3. Ensuring the joyful spirit, mission, and vision of L’Arche is shared effectively through a variety of media platforms;
  4. Acting as a visible representative of the national/international Federation; and
  5. Overseeing and ensuring compliance of L’Arche North Carolina with the L’Arche USA Membership Agreement.


To develop the Community and manage its finances by:

  1. Developing and implementing fiscal policies and procedures;
  2. Developing and managing the budget of the Community, ensuring it serves the priorities of the Mandate;
  3. Raising funds: identify, design, and implement the necessary fundraising plan at the local level with the help of the Board of Directors and in liaison with the national foundation or fundraiser (when applicable); and
  4. Overseeing fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization for current and future needs of the Community


Required Qualifications:

  • Desire to know and experience L’Arche community life
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others at all levels, including community leaders, stakeholders, donors, volunteers, and participants
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Strong fundraising experience
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Experience with creation of operating budgets and managing expenses
  • Proficient in the use of financial software applications, databases, spreadsheets, professional communication, and/or word processing
  • Personal qualities of compassion, courage, integrity, and humility
  • Ability to acknowledge personal limits and a willingness to ask for help
  • Commitment to a healthy and balanced lifestyle (work, leisure, family) and to seeking out rest and support
  • Openness and respect for spirituality and religion


Desired Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience in a growing nonprofit
  • 5+ years working with persons with intellectual/developmental or other disabilities
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Social Work, Divinity, Education, etc.
  • Success leading a collaborative strategic planning process and ensuring its effective implementation
  • Comfortable and excited about development: relationship building, volunteer recruitment, management, grant writing, and public speaking
  • Fundraising experience with Capital Campaigns
  • Strong written communication skills; facility with social media, databases, etc.
  • Understanding of services and funding streams available to individuals with I/DD and willingness to learn the process of becoming a licensed provider
  • The ability to offer others space to enhance their spiritual lives and help others to make those connections
  • Resourceful, creative, flexible, forward thinking with a good sense of humor


Compensation commensurate with experience with a competitive benefits package, including health/dental, retirement, and ample paid time off. Contact us for details.


Applications accepted until March 23, with an expected start date in early June. Go here to apply:


L’Arche is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and will accept applications, hire qualified applicants, administer all terms and conditions of employment, and make available all benefits and compensations of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age except when such constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration. L’Arche complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws with regard to equal employment opportunity.

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