TACID, Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities, empowers people with disabilities to utilize their strengths and abilities to create and enhance the lives they choose through programs, being in community, and volunteering. Founded in 1980 by the Tacoma Council on Disabilities, Tacoma Association of the Deaf, The Pierce County Association of the Blind, and The MS Society, TACID was originally established to be a place where various groups could serve disabled adults living in Pierce County. Today, TACID provides programs and services to support the full spectrum of participants with physical, developmental, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral health challenges, while also providing free facilities to partner organizations that serve people with specific disabilities.
TACID seeks nominations and applications for a new Executive Director to lead the organization. The new ED will join a dedicated staff committed to supporting TACID’s participants and partner organizations. Strong candidates will be deeply passionate about inclusion, equity, and diversity, as well as disability rights. The next ED will be an experienced leader and fundraiser with excellent relationship and organizational management skills. They will ensure organizational excellence and work closely with the Board of Directors to support existing programs and continue the development of best practice models of programs and services. The new ED will operationalize strategies that support the achievement of identified goals and overall success of the organization and lead the organization’s annual strategic planning.
TACID, Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities, provides programs and support services for adults experiencing an array of visible and invisible disabilities. Founded in 1980 by the Tacoma Council on Disabilities, Tacoma Association of the Deaf, The Pierce County Association of the Blind, and The MS Society, TACID was originally established to be a place where various groups could serve disabled adults living in Pierce County. Today, TACID provides programs and services that support the full spectrum of participants with physical, developmental, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral health challenges, while also providing free facilities to partner organizations that serve people with specific disabilities.
TACID has carried out its mission to promote the independence of individuals with disabilities through peer support, advocacy, and self-sufficiency programs for more than four decades. Other organizations may share its goals, but TACID distinguishes itself by providing programs and services that are free of charge and peer-led/peer-directed by well-educated, licensed, and certified staff. Participants have said TACID is the one place they can be themselves—a place where they can recover and heal with the support of peers and staff members who share similar histories and life experiences. The unique and diverse environment at TACID helps to generate feelings of acceptance, inclusion, and community, all of which have been proven to support wellness and empowerment.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
TACID provides free programs for adults in Pierce County who experience physical, behavioral health, cognitive, or sensory challenges. Offerings fall within two categories:
Wellness and Recovery offers an array of services focused on wellness, recovery, and improved quality of life for adults with visible and invisible challenges. From peer-led support groups to drop-in wellness opportunities and dayroom activities, our program provides support and social connection for people experiencing physical, developmental, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral health disabilities. Click HERE to learn more.
Information and Referral Services provide in-depth information about the community resources that are available to people with disabilities, their family members, friends, and caregivers, as well as area service providers. Through referrals, we advocate for and promote access to local programs and services that are offered FREE of CHARGE. All information collected through the Information and Referral Service is kept private and confidential. Click HERE to learn more.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
The next Executive Director will lead a committed team and will engage the following opportunities. Specifically, the Executive Director will:
Leadership and Management
The Executive Director will be an authentic champion for equity and inclusion, dedicated to empowering others to reach their fullest potential. They will engage and support a strong Board of Directors, ensure organizational excellence, and promote a warm, empowering, and inclusive culture. The Executive Director will develop and grow staff and programs in service of community needs. They will lead, coach, support, and retain TACID staff. The incoming ED will support existing programs and develop new best practices and services as well as creatively pilot new ways forward to adaptive challenges in the community.
Fundraising and Revenue Development
The Executive Director will utilize experience and training to develop successful fundraising processes for TACID, build relationships and engage funders in the work, and research and identify governmental and community partnerships that result in increased grants and funding contracts. They will engage and develop relationships with individual donors to increase support and ensure financial coverage of program expenses and continued growth of a reserve account.
Marketing and Public Relations
The Executive Director will ensure sustainability and growth of TACID’s reputation in community and more broadly. They will ensure deep and authentic written and verbal communication to potential and existing external partners and participants and continuously ensure TACID’s social media presence is developed, relevant, and timely. They will identify and engage in activities that promote TACID’s work and effectively communicate about the impact of TACID and equip others to do the same.
Planning and Strategy
The incoming ED will lead the organization’s board and staff in annual strategic planning and utilize, implement, and operationalize strategies that support the achievement of identified goals and overall success of the organization. They will be a local and regional presence highlighting the abilities and options for wellness and choices for people with disabilities and continuously research and learn about new “best practice” models to enhance existing work in all areas.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
The salary range for this role starts at $85,000 - $105,000 plus health insurance, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, and retirement plan with employer match.
More information about TACID may be found at tacid.org.
This search is being led by Tamar Datan and Britni Russell Bianchi of NPAG. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
TACID is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.