Employment Opportunities

Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc.



JOB TITLE:    Executive Director


REPORTS TO:           Board of Directors

OPENING DATE:       May 17, 2017

CLOSING DATE:        Acceptance and review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until filled

SALARY:                   Commensurate with experience and qualifications

LOCATION:                St. Louis, Missouri

JOB CLASS:             Exempt

BENEFITS:               Standard medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and voluntary benefits




The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of DEAF, Inc. The Executive Director 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 Executive Director will:




Specific responsibilities:


  • Direct the day-to-day operations in the areas of fiscal, personnel management and carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s mission, polices, and applicable laws.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing organization’s budget, coordinating the preparation and oversight of accounting functions including final authorization on all accounting transactions; selection, evaluation, direction, training, and supervising of employees.
  • Manages program development including analyzing, evaluating procedures and practices regarding organizational structure staffing, work distribution, and assignment of duties.
  • Ensures that philanthropy and fundraising development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
  • Participates and leads the organization’s strategic planning efforts and progress toward meeting established goals and objectives.
  • Studies and analyzes existing systems and the needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing and recommends to the Board of Directors changes in policies, procedures and standards for programs and services to meet those needs.
  • Communicates a focused vision for the organization for individual staff’s professional growth and performs other duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and towards which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by board.
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
  • Maintain official record and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.


In communications, the Executive Director will:


  • See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson, represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.


In relations with staff, the Executive Director will:


  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.


In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:


  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
  • Work with the staff and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.




  • Bachelor’s degree in administration, social services, or deaf-related field
  • At least three years of administration experience
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)




  • Knowledge in QuickBooks Online
  • Experience in non-profit organizations
  • Grant-writing background



If interested, please submit a cover letter, DEAF, Inc. Application (found here) and a resume.  Send the contents to careers@deafinc.org for consideration.


We are an equal employment opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other status which may be protected by Federal, State or local law.




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