President and Chief Executive Officer, UMAR Services, Inc.


Founded in 1983 as a mission and ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, UMAR Services, Inc. (UMAR) is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote community inclusion, independence, and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, employment, and cultural enrichment opportunities.

UMAR serves over 200 individuals through its services and programs. Across western North Carolina, UMAR operates 19 group homes and nine apartment buildings located in Asheville, Charlotte, Concord, Cornelius, Gastonia, Greensboro, High Point, Huntersville, Lincolnton, Statesville, and Winston-Salem. Vocational services provided by UMAR include skills assessment, job development, and training to help job seekers find meaningful, competitive employment. UMAR partners with different businesses where participants can utilize their strengths and skills.

UMAR Arts Centers located in Charlotte, Lincolnton, and Reidsville offer day programs of fine-art vocational services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, encouraging creativity and self-expression through a variety of mediums. Artists are provided opportunities to show and sell their work, receiving a commission on every sale.

UMAR has an annual operating budget of $8 million, is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, and is supported by 100+ trained staff members (90% of whom provide direct care or service) and 300+ community volunteers.

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This position will report directly to ­­­­the Board of Trustees and oversee the leadership team across the organization to ensure that UMAR’s mission, vision, strategy, values, and goals are achieved. Reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are the Chief Financial Officer/Controller, Chief Program Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Development Officer, Social Services Coordinator, Director of Quality Management and Training, and the Facilities Management Officer.


The President and CEO will lead all facets of the organization, including serving as the face of the organization and advocating in the public and private sectors. With a passion for serving and working with the disability community, the CEO will understand and represent the needs of this community.

Specific duties will include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Work with the Board of Trustees to develop, communicate, and sustain a clear vision, mission, and strategy for the organization.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to staff and Board in developing and evaluating effective programs and policies.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration, transparency, inclusiveness, and openness, and provide leadership and mentorship to UMAR’s dedicated and accomplished staff.
  • Recruit, develop, and advance a highly diverse staff, striving to expand opportunities within the organization for employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities to serve as a model for other organizations.
  • Lead strategic succession planning at all levels across the organization.
  • Ensure healthy financial systems and, in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer, oversee implementation of sound fiscal management and accounting procedures, including regular financial reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with community-based organizations, businesses, policymakers, legislators, and government agencies, and provide oversight of interactions for partnering with external organizations.
  • Work with the Board to diversify funding and expand the donor base and legacies.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for UMAR to mobilize a variety of audiences and communicate the organization’s vision, mission, and policy and program priorities.
  • Ensure all operations comply with grantor requirements, including Medicare reimbursement protocols.


  • Minimum of five years of senior management experience in a large, complex organization.
  • Passionate about increasing access to education, employment, independence, and community integration for persons with disabilities.
  • Collaborator with experience building and mentoring high performing teams; adept at leading strategic succession planning at all levels.
  • Engaging, hands-on, and transparent management style; ability to connect and effectively manage at all levels of an organization in a fast-paced, ever evolving environment.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Inspiring ambassador able to raise awareness both locally and statewide.
  • Strong financial acumen; experience maintaining the fiscal viability of an organization.
  • Change agent; experience in transforming or growing programs within an organization.
  • Achievement in donor and funder identification and cultivation; able to generate revenue from federal and state agencies, individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity, and competitive benefits package.

To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to:


Gabrielle Kelly, Consultant