State Director

25 Mar, 2021


State Director

The Arc Georgia
Atlanta, GA

Who Are We?

The Arc is the nation’s leading nonprofit advocating on behalf of and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and the people who support them. The Arc’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with IDD and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


Position Summary

The State Director of The Arc Georgia will work to build and lead a vibrant grassroots and online movement of self-advocates and family members to advocate for, and support implementation of, public policies that promote the full inclusion of people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in their communities. The State Director will manage the State Office of The Arc in Georgia. Main priorities of the State Office include maintaining development and successful funding that support activities to influence public policy developments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, promoting public awareness about the needs, issues and concerns of people with I/DD, and encouraging, assisting and supporting local chapters of The Arc in Georgia. The State Director will work closely with local chapters of The Arc, partnering disability advocacy organizations, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and allies. The Director will build and maintain collaborative partnerships with statewide corporation and funding foundations to further The Arc’s mission in Georgia.


The State Director is a member of the national staff of The Arc of the United States. This position is located in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area and will report to the Senior Director State Advocacy and Public Policy.


Essential Job Functions

The State Director of The Arc Georgia has a diverse portfolio of responsibilities, that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Building and leading a vibrant grassroots and online movement of self-advocates and family members;
  • Representing The Arc before decision makers and opinion leaders in Georgia including elected and appointed government officials at the national, state and local level to develop and advance a state-level public policy agenda and, in collaboration with national policy staff, advance a federal-level public policy agenda to further the rights of people with I/DD and secure the inclusive community programs, services and supports needed on a daily basis;
  • Establishing strong, supportive working relationships with leaders, staff, members of local chapters of The Arc, including support for local chapters’ funding, programmatic, and organizational development;
  • Building trusted relationships with media representatives and serving as a spokesperson for the state office on matters of state and local concern;
  • Developing impactful advocacy programs and services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their families, and allies;
  • Ensuring supportive partnerships and collaborations with Georgia advocacy organizations to benefit the community we serve as well as recruiting new chapters and individual members to join the organization;
  • Working collaboratively with national office Development Team to secure funding to sustain and increase program operations, including assistance with identifying, cultivating and sustaining relationships with individual, foundation and corporate donors, and with proposal development and grant writing;
  • Contributing to the strategic plan through recognition and outreach to possible new and current means of sustaining financial future of The Arc Georgia;
  • Branding The Arc Georgia as the premier I/DD advocacy organization for media, families, referral partners and other creative relationships;
  • Working collaboratively with national office financial, human resources and operations staff to ensure the successful operations of The Arc Georgia; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


Essential Job Requirements

A successful candidate for State Director will be committed to the mission of The Arc and hold a deep interest in issues and concerns of people with I/DD and their families. The candidate will also possess the following qualifications, expertise and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred with a minimum of 10 years relevant professional experience
  • Expertise in non-profit business management, to include strong financial management skills
  • Experience on effective social media strategies and website design using WordPress
  • Basic knowledge to designing and launching Phone 2 Action Aero and Conversation campaigns
  • Established partnerships and knowledge of the intellectual/developmental community in Georgia
  • Experience advocating before members of the executive and legislative branches of government in Georgia highly preferred
  • Experience supporting and communicating with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their family members, and allies
  • Experience in building and sustaining coalitions, community and/or grassroots organizing
  • Established relationships with relevant elected and appointed government officials highly desired
  • The capability to grow organizational membership
  • A familiarity with how to increase engagements with elected officials and decision makers
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a strength in facilitating effective and efficient meetings
  • Outstanding writing skills for grant proposals, project reporting, and marketing & communications
  • Excellent mentoring, organizational and project planning and performance management skills


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit


The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the contact us page on the web;


About The Arc:

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating with and for, and serving, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We work on behalf of people with disabilities of all ages and varying support needs, including individuals with autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and various other developmental disabilities.  With more than  600 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc promotes and protects and protects the human rights of people with  intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.  Our Vision is for people with IDD to be valued members of their communities, with the opportunity to fulfill their full potential and a future that is secure.


State and local chapters of The Arc are engaged in both public policy advocacy and individual advocacy to assist people with IDD to get the services and supports they need.  Our chapters also provide a wide array of services and supports for people with IDD and their families. This varies by chapter and includes but is not limited to: residential, educational, and employment services, personal care, peer support, self-advocacy training, person-centered and future planning, day programs, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with IDD in each community.

Job posted: 2021-03-25