For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We’re Hiring: GAPS Program Director

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The Arc Oregon believes in providing our team members with meaningful opportunities and professional development and growth within our organization. We are thrilled to have promoted our GAPS Program Director, Emily Braman, to the position of Executive Director, and are now seeking her replacement for the GAPS Program Director position. 

We are looking to hire quickly and will review applications on a rolling basis. The job post will remain open until November 22, 2021. For full details about the position and for instructions on how to apply, please review the full job announcement below.

STATUS:          Full-time, Exempt
LOCATION:     Salem, Oregon / Remote during Covid
WEBSITE:        GAPS Program
DEADLINE:      November 22, 2021

The Organization

The Arc Oregon, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1954, promotes and defends the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Together with our staff, board of directors, and our network of affiliated chapters, volunteers, and members, The Arc Oregon provides statewide advocacy, programs, services, and training.

We are proud to be included in Oregon’s list of the top 100 nonprofits to work for in Oregon!

Job Summary

The Arc Oregon is looking for applicants with the right combination of skills, education and experience who are passionate about supporting people with developmental disabilities to live full lives as valued members of their community. 

The GAPS Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the Guardianship, Advocacy and Planning Services program and other assigned programs and projects, including planning, organizing, staffing, and leading the program(s) and related activities. Develops, implements, and ensures compliance of all program guidelines, policies, and procedures, and directly supervises program staff. Coordinates and collaborates with other program directors and managers on cross-program projects and activities.

This position is full-time, 40-hours per week, non-exempt.

  • This position may be performed from our Salem Administrative Office or from a remote home-based office.
  • If working remotely, occasional trips to our Salem administrative office will be required for staff and other meetings as needed.
  • Occasional evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required due to emergency calls.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position requirements.

Job Duties


Staff Supervision

  • In consultation with the Executive Director, recruit, interview and select well-qualified program staff
  • Review and approve employee time sheets, expense reports, leave and professional development requests
  • Ensure program staff compliance with personnel policies, procedures and practices
  • Implement performance management process, providing regular informal feedback and guidance as well as formal annual performance evaluations to all program staff
  • Support program staff to create achievable goals and conduct quarterly check-ins to monitor progress
  • Oversee and coordinate onboarding and offboarding of program staff
    Guardianship, Advocacy and Planning Services program
  • Coordinate and execute marketing of GAPS services through attendance at industry events around the state
  • Manage new applications and/or requests for service from start to finish, including: initial application intake, assessment of needs, identification of appropriate services, communication of fee schedule and estimated costs, assign work to program staff, and ensure timely delivery of services.
  • Manage all aspects of contracts including,: data keeping, approving invoices, writing and submitting reports and managing all contract deliverables. contract deliverables
  • Coordinate with management team to delegate tasks to administrative and project staff
  • Monitor policies and procedures to maintain relevance to current best practices, as well as local, state and federal rules and regulations; Submit suggested edits to Executive Director for review and final approval by Board of Directors when required
  • Communicate periodically with people being supported through the GAPS program and their team members to ensure high-quality supports are being provided by GAPS staff

Other Projects

  • Actively pursue opportunities to bring new projects and opportunities to The Arc Oregon
  • Work collaboratively with other teams on short- and long-term projects as assigned


  • Serve as a member of the organization’s Leadership Team
  • Act as a role-model for organizational staff by demonstrating strong work ethic, open and honest communication, and ongoing support of The Arc Oregon’s mission, vision and values
  • Assist the Executive Director in assessing organizational needs and creating short- and long-term goals for meeting those needs as they align with the Strategic Vision set forth by the Board of Directors
  • Participate in the evaluation of potential projects and programs to determine financial viability and alignment with our mission
  • Assist in the development of project ideas or opportunities, grant proposals, and contract proposal requests
  • Actively seek opportunities for attaining new government contracts, grant opportunities and fee-for-service agreements
  • Assist in developing responses to desirable RFPs as identified by the Leadership Team
  • Participate in public workgroups and committees related to area of expertise and assigned program/project(s)

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position will share a commitment to The Arc Oregon’s mission, exhibit a deep understanding and practice of person-centered thinking and supported decision making, and be diligent about providing the tools and education necessary for individuals to increase their own capacity for decision making and self-direction.

This position requires Any combination of the following education, experience, and/or training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities to perform the duties of the position:

  • Four-year degree from an accredited institution in an area of study associated with the field of disabilities or related field. An advanced degree and/or specialized training in the specific area(s) of assigned program and/or project(s) is preferred
  • National Certified Guardian
  • 3 years program management experience including staff supervision
  • 5 years’ experience in programs serving people with disabilities. Specific areas of knowledge should include:
  • Work experience providing direct support for/with families, residential providers and/or employment providers;
  • Person-Centered Approaches
  • Autism and other neurobehavioral disorders
  • Familiarity with the Oregon Individual Support Plan process
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in laws and benefits applicable to people with disabilities; specifically, Social Security Income, Medicaid, and other benefits specific to Oregonians who experience disabilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the service values and trends current to the field of disabilities, and specifically in the area(s) of assigned program/projects
  • Ability to review, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal legal and financial rules, regulations and guidelines

Employee should have:

  • Good organizational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritize
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs
  • Ability to learn new software programs as needed to perform duties
  • Criminal Background Check and Covid-19 Vaccination are Required!

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this position is between $57,300 and $71,600, depending on experience and education. 

Company benefits include:

  • Medical & Vision insurance – 100% paid for employees
  • Dental insurance – 100% paid for employees
  • Retirement plan with 3% company contribution and additional 2% match
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Mileage reimbursement for work related travel
  • Continuing education opportunities

To Apply

Email your RESUME and COVER LETTER to Make sure your resume clearly demonstrates the required combination of education and experience, AND submit a COVER LETTER describing:

  • your experience in supporting people with IDD
  • your knowledge of and experience using person-centered practices
  • your experience with guardianship and/or advocacy with and for people who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • why you feel your education, experience, and skills are well-suited for this position

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