Posted: 10/25/19


Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. (TRI), a nonprofit organization located in the Hudson Valley, is one of 39 Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in New York State. TRI was founded over 30 years ago and is Dutchess County’s Independent Living Center headquartered in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY, serving people with disabilities and their families.

The organization’s primary goal is to remove financial, architectural, communication, and attitudinal barriers towards people with disabilities to allow for full participation and independence locally and beyond.

The staff at TRI represents a mixture of different abilities, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, levels of education, and life experiences. Because they resemble the community served, they can bring their unique perspectives and experiences to relate to and identify with the people in need of TRI’s services. 

On a daily basis, TRI staff advocates on behalf of people while also acting as consultants regarding disability issues. As such, the organization is poised to identify the needs of the individuals and families served, to discover gaps in services, as well as any disparities and barriers in accessing appropriate services. TRI’s services are sought out by individuals with disabilities, their families, and area agencies to assist in navigating the difficulties they face within the community.

In addition to the core programs of Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral, Individual and Systems Advocacy that all Independent Living Centers offer, TRI offers a variety of other services.  Programs include: Mid-Hudson Interpreter Service (MHIS), Transition Services, Open Doors Program, Veterans with Disabilities Services, Mobile Disability Benefits Counseling, Special Education Advocacy, Barrier Free Architectural Consultation, Housing Advocacy, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy.

Working with the dedicated staff, Board of Directors and volunteer base, the Executive Director will build upon the organization’s solid programming, reputation, and history to advance the organization into the future.

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The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for driving the strategic growth of Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. (TRI) while overseeing the daily operations. This Executive is a strategic as well as creative, “out-of-the-box” thinker and problem solver who thrives on challenges. An ownership mentality with a strong personal commitment to TRI, serving individuals with disabilities, and collaboration is essential.

The ED must be a passionate spokesperson representing TRI at community activities to promote and sustain the organization's community presence.

The ED works closely with community leaders and other agencies/non-profits aligning TRI’s programs and services with the needs of the diverse population served. The ED will assess the viability of current programs based on community needs and budget constraints.

Building and leading a dynamic and cohesive team and developing staff members to their highest potential is an essential part of this position.  A skilled team leader, the ED understands the power of delegation and accountability to meet the strategic goals of TRI.   

This individual will be an advocate and skillful communicator to advance the mission of TRI to promote independence and integration in society for people with disabilities.

The ED works with the Board to ensure that TRI is fiscally, ethically and administratively sound to promote sustainability. In addition, the ED advises and educates Board members, leveraging their expertise to support the mission of the organization.


  • Strategic Thinker, Visionary- Skilled in setting strategic direction inspiring Board and staff while being able to identify and respond quickly and creatively to growth opportunities. 
  • Building Collaborative Relationships- Skilled in developing, maintaining, and strengthening partnerships with others inside and outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
  •  Leading and Managing Change- Ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
  •  Exceptional Oral & Written Communication Skills- Ability to articulate with passion the mission of the organization, be a visible spokesperson for the organization, and deliver compelling presentations.

  • Managing Performance- Ability to take responsibility for employee performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.
  • Experienced Manager- Skilled in supervision and management of staff, in budgeting and financial management, in developing and executing strategic plans, and in efficiently aligning and maximizing resources; must have demonstrated success in working with boards of directors.

  • Success in Increasing Revenue Streams- Ability to increase and diversify funding from a wide range of sources: including corporations, foundations, county/state/federal funding, and individual donors.

  •  Respectful, Inclusive and Effective Leader and Developer of Staff- Ability to inspire, develop and empower staff and create a productive team-based culture that welcomes diversity and respect.  Consistently evaluate and groom staff for their own professional development and for the growth of the organization. 


In addition to the skills enumerated above, the Executive Director candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 8 or more years of progressive experience in administration, social services or related field, or 12+ years equivalent work experience
  • Experience with disability challenges preferred

Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.  is committed to equal opportunity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Carol Gordon at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..