HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy (HMS) is a day and residential school for students through age 21 who have complex, multiple disabilities usually resulting from cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological impairment. HMS provides highly individualized special education and intensive coordinated therapy in preparation for return to a less intensive local school program or transition for older students to maximizing their potential in the community. HMS’s interdisciplinary team reinforces students’ learning as teachers collaborate with skilled physical, occupational, speech/language, recreation therapists, and health services staff to achieve IEP goals. HMS School is a steadfast institution with a legacy of providing exceptional services to youth with disabilities, a strong endowment to supplement public funding, and a highly-qualified and compassionate staff.
With support from Fairmount Ventures, HMS seeks a passionate education professional to be its next President. They will manage the organization of about 130 staff, with direct reports including Vice Presidents for Finance & Operations, Education Services, and Clinical Services. This is a relatively new management structure that the President will optimize in order to build on the strong foundations of the tenure, commitment, and expertise of management and staff, HMS’s culture of excellence, and organizational values of commitment, teamwork, and diversity. They will effectively represent HMS to external stakeholders, e.g., regional school districts, referral sources, partner organizations, the public sector, funders, and media, in addition to managing internal operations through the management team. Authentic commitment to HMS’s purpose to educate and advocate on behalf of its students and parents a must.
HMS anticipates selecting the final candidate by early Spring 2019 so that they would join the organization in early Summer 2019 in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year.
A mid-career professional with a track record of increasing responsibility and accomplishment in education-related service provision and advocacy, K-12 schools, or the nonprofit sector who is seeking to contribute to the field and advance their career by making a long-term commitment to HMS. Ideal skill sets include organizational management in an educational setting, external relations, and board relations. Deep appreciation of HMS School’s mission to serve and advocate for students is a must.
Starting salary $140,000-$155,000 annually with benefits aligned with nonprofit industry standards.
HMS School has an annual operating budget of approximately $9M from program revenue (84%), investment income (13%), and philanthropic support (2%).
HMS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Organization. HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy supports and practices the concepts of equal employment opportunity in any and all employment decisions, pertaining but not limited to corrective action, hiring, firing, discipline, compensation, assignment, promotion, working conditions, training and benefits, regardless of race, color, religious creed, gender, national origin (including those with limited English proficiency), ancestry, age, sexual preference, veteran status or handicap or disability which does not interfere with a qualified individual’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, if any. Background checks will be required.
For more than 135 years, HMS School has been a steadfast provider of and advocate for education, independence, and quality of life for school-age children and young adults through age 21 with complex physical disabilities resulting from cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury or other neurological impairments. When HMS opened in 1882, it was the first institution of its kind in the nation, initially serving 18 young children who were discharged from hospitals as “hopeless cases” and unable to afford fees associated with their care. Today, HMS School’s commitment to maximizing the potential and quality of life of its students and families remains grounded in its rich history, delivered though an evolving service mix as education and treatment modalities change, often with HMS at the forefront of implementation. As a center of excellence, HMS, with its President as champion, will continue to serve as a model of education and service provision for all students with similar educational needs. HMS intends its influence to extend beyond students enrolled to others who will benefit from appropriate expectations and interventions that promote meaningful participation of students with significant needs wherever they are being educated.
HMS is an Approved Private School for special education that provides comprehensive educational supports to 58 day and residential students, located in University City at the edge of a beautiful, beloved community park. Individualized, comprehensive programs and services include the following:
HMS’s special education curriculum meets State standards and is approved by the Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and has approval for out-of-state enrollment from NJ, DE, MA, and others can be considered. HMS’s residential program is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Division of Children, Youth and Families, and HMS is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A more complete understanding can be gleaned from www.hmsschool.org
HMS is now at an exciting and critical juncture:
Resumes and a one-page cover letter that conveys why you are well suited for this position and how it fits into your career should be emailed by Friday, December 7, to Fairmount Ventures and the HMS Executive Search Committee at HMS@fairmountinc.com. No paper copies, please. Confirmation of receipt of applications will be sent by return email. First-round interviews of preferred candidates will be arranged for January 2019. No phone calls, please.Mention you found this work on Generocity!
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