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The Kennedy Center (President and Chief Executive Officer)

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After almost 40 years leading the agency, Martin "Marty" Schwartz will retire in January 2018. He leaves his successor with a vibrant agency well respected for the exceptional quality of programs and high levels of community impact.

As the chief professional officer, the CEO is accountable to and reports to The Kennedy Center Board of Directors. S/he will manage a team of professionals with designated responsibilities as needed to fulfill the organization's mission and implement its vision. Reporting to the CEO are the Vice Presidents for Finance, Human Resources, Kennedy Industries, Residential Services, Rehabilitative Services, and Development.

The President/CEO is responsible for building on the vision and strategic direction with a clarity of purpose to ensure The Kennedy Center is a premier provider of services for people with disabilities in Connecticut. S/he is responsible for ensuring superior standards of care and service delivery, progressive service growth and sound business expansion, a positive reputation with stakeholder groups and ethical conduct throughout the organization.

The Board seeks a leader who will thrive in a collegial and accomplishment-oriented culture and who will be able to ensure the sustainability of a financially viable organization long term. He will be able to balance visionary leadership with operational implementation. Positive consumer and family outcomes require a highly engaged staff and CEO, who will ensure that The Kennedy Center develops the best practices to recruit, retain, and motivate staff (800 staff currently) at all levels.

The CEO will need to maintain or grow existing funding from the state and be entrepreneurial in broadening alternative revenue streams. As such, the Board expects the CEO to be a leader who is outward facing and highly visible, working with government and elected officials, business leaders, media, and prospective donors to raise the organization's visibility and funding opportunities.