|Date Posted: 3 weeks ago||Closing Date: July 31, 2021|
|Location: Wasilla, AK||Salary: $100,000.00 - $120,000.00 Exempt; salary|
|Status: Full time|
WASI offers retirement and vacation benefits, but does not offer health benefits at this time.
|How to Apply:
To apply, email your credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact Ryan Smith lead recruiter, at email@example.com. Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Chief Executive Officer |Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. |Wasilla, Alaska
The Position: Executive Director
Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. (WASI) seeks an empathic chief executive who has exceptional relationship skills and sound management experience and is able to lead the organization through significant expansion of their housing and senior services. The new CEO will work with a dedicated board of directors to manage senior housing, meals, transportation, and in-home services geared toward keeping seniors as independent as possible for as long as possible. Using both political and business acumen, the CEO will secure public funding while also diversifying revenue and instilling a culture of philanthropy in and around WASI. Building on an excellent community reputation and healthy finances, the new leader will have the opportunity to develop comprehensive programming for a fast-growing senior population in the Mat-Su region. The ideal candidate will be a relationship-builder, advocate, manager, and collaborative leader for a new era of expanded services at WASI.
Rooted in dignity and serving seniors with respect, WASI has been dedicated to improving the lives of Mat-Su Valley seniors since 1981. An advocate for healthy aging and independent living, WASI offers senior housing, warm meals, social opportunities, health and wellness programs and in-home services. WASI is passionate about their mission to provide for the lives of seniors living in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and to enable seniors to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. is a 501c3 membership-based organization, with approximately 400 members drawn from the seniors whom it serves. A dedicated crew of 24 full-time and 14 part-time staff support Mat-Su seniors to live healthy, independent lives in a variety of ways, including: in-Center congregate meals, home-delivered meals (Meals On Wheels), facilitated health and wellness activities and access to resources and services. Seniors access these services at WASI senior centers located in Wasilla and Houston, Alaska, or in the comfort of their own home. WASI has an annual budget of $3.3M and assets of $9.3M and funds its important work through a combination of grants, Medicaid revenue, contributions, and program service revenue. The organization is governed by a nine-member board of directors comprised of dedicated professionals from both the community and WASI’s membership base. WASI has grown from its early roots as an activity center to meet the needs of a rapidly growing senior population. In recognition of the increasing need for senior housing and services, WASI’s leadership is strategically planning to expand services while maintaining the high quality service delivery that has earned them “Best in the Valley” awards for the last eight years.
Services and Programs
The Mat-Su borough is experiencing unprecedented 8.17% growth in its senior population (age 60+), significantly higher than the statewide rate of 5.5%. The 85+ population is expanding more rapidly than any other age group, and the number of seniors experiencing dementia is increasing rapidly as well. With this reality in mind, the board completed a strategic plan in 2021 that responds to this increasing need for senior supports with a 5-year vision of completing their housing expansion project currently underway (Willow I) and offering comprehensive programming for seniors, and a 10-year vision of adding additional housing structure (Willow II) as well as a WASI Community Center. WASI’s incoming CEO will have the opportunity and obligation to be part of the leadership team executing the strategic plan.
Long-term strategic priorities include:
The Leadership Opportunity
WASI’s exiting CEO has provided strong leadership for the last eight years and is leaving the organization in a solid financial position with strong community partnerships and a reputation for providing crucial services that allow seniors to remain independent. WASI leadership is known for being responsive to community needs, and for creating welcoming, friendly spaces for seniors to convene and socialize. The organization has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with resilience and flexibility, and has emerged from it on a path of growth, with construction of a new housing development underway, due to be completed in the fall of 2021.
Building on this solid foundation, the new CEO will bring a collaborative, caring, and approachable leadership style to maintaining WASI’s high quality programs, creating a work environment that attracts and retains skilled staff, and continuing to position the organization for the growth required by its five- and ten-year vision. The incoming leader will work closely with the board and leadership team to implement the priorities outlined in the strategic plan, will think and act strategically to meet the increasing need in the community, and will embrace WASI’s values of happy, healthy, engaged seniors, rooted in dignity, serving with respect, and fun.
The incoming CEO will be expected to focus on the following priorities over the first twelve to eighteen months:
The CEO is the internal driver and external face of WASI, and oversees its day-to-day affairs. Five staff report directly to the CEO. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
Skills and Experience
The salary range is $100,000 and $120,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. WASI offers retirement and vacation benefits, but does not offer health benefits at this time. To apply, email your credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact Ryan Smith lead recruiter, at email@example.com. Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. WASI is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to grow our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences.