United Cerebral Palsy
Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Woodland Hills, CA
United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (“UCPLA”) was founded in 1945 and is based in the Southern California community of Woodland Hills. It is amongst the largest and leading nonprofit providers of direct-care services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Southern California. UCPLA has been led by Dr. Ronald S. Cohen since 1980.
UCPLA employs more than 800 people providing services to more than 1,000 people and their families daily across 40 programs and service sites in five Southern California counties, including HUD Apartments (11 locations), Adult Day Programs (four locations), residential group homes (25) and Supported Living (150 clients). It also provides services through two subsidiaries: UCP Wheels for Humanity (“UCP Wheels”), and UCP WORK, Inc. (“UCP WORK”). Founded in 1996, UCP Wheels increases access to mobility for children, teens, and adults with physical disabilities in developing countries and has field offices in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Indonesia and Ukraine, as well as a wheelchair distribution center in China. UCP WORK offers Supported Living Services, residential group homes, High School Transition Programs, and Mentor and Youth Programs, and is the largest provider of employment services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Santa Barbara County. UCP WORK serves more than 600 individuals daily.
Over 90 percent of UCPLA’s $55 million annual budget is provided by agencies of the State of California and the Federal government, with the remainder generated through contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. It has a very strong balance sheet, including substantial reserves.
UCPLA is governed by both a Board of Directors and Board of Governors. Dr. Cohen has elected to retire at the end of the calendar year after nearly 40 years of distinguished service. He will actively support the new President & Chief Executive Officer through the transition and remain engaged on a number of key projects currently underway.
The CEO will report directly to the Board. He/she will possess the operational, service and financial experience, as well as the fundraising/development skills, to address UCPLA’s future operational, regulatory and financial challenges. The next CEO will respect and appreciate the heritage, contributions and culture of UCPLA and its various stakeholders, and have a passion for serving those with developmental disabilities and their families.
The new CEO will partner with the Board, diverse stakeholders and members of the senior leadership team to focus on the major strategic, operational, organizational and financial/economic opportunities and challenges confronting UCPLA over the coming decade, all of which will be evaluated and ultimately operationalized in the context of the following: preserving and leveraging the best aspects of the remarkable 75 year heritage of UCPLA.
- Possess no fewer than 25 years of experience in roles of increasing scale, scope, and complexity in relevant organizations respected for the integrity, performance, quality, and consistency of their leadership.
- Must be passionate about serving and supporting individuals with disabilities and their families, whether or not they have worked in the sector before, and must be capable of serving as the evangelist and advocate for UCPLA and its stakeholders.
- A variety of experiences, both functional, operational and/or geographic, will be valued.
- Current or previous leadership experience in a public, private or nonprofit enterprise would be advantageous, although it is not required for consideration.
- Target sectors possessing these qualifications may include, but are not limited to, healthcare, higher education, government/regulatory, senior living communities, rehabilitation centers, leisure/hospitality and nonprofits.
- An understanding of regulated environments is also desirable.
- Possess an undergraduate degree from a respected educational institution in a relevant discipline.
- A post-graduate degree, as well as an appropriate and/or equivalent professional designation, will be valued, although neither is required for consideration.
As important as their technical, functional and commercial skills and performance will be, the new CEO must be excited by the prospect of partnering with the Board on the full range of strategic, financial, operational and leadership issues referenced above. They must also embrace the prospect of and fulfillment associated with working with those who are developmentally disabled and their families in a nonprofit environment such as UCPLA, and for a brand as well known and admired as that of UCPLA. The CEO must be collegial and collaborative. They must be clearly capable of working at the current scale and complexity of UCPLA, as well as playing a leading role to scale the enterprise at appropriate levels of service. Exceptional interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are mandatory for consideration, as is the willingness and ability to subjugate their ego to the mission and needs of UCPLA and its many constituents.
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