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About Endependence Center, Inc. (ECI)
The Executive Director is retiring after 29 years in this position; therefore, the Board of Directors is recruiting a replacement.
ECI is a consumer-directed, non-profit organization that provides direct services and advocacy to the disability community as a Center for Independent Living (CIL). ECI is located in an urban area in the City of Norfolk, Virginia. ECI was established in 1981 and is the first CIL established in Virginia. Currently, there are 17 CILs in Virginia. ECI is the largest CIL with 30 employees and a budget of more than $2.2 million (20 funding sources). The catchment area for ECI includes seven cities and counties in the Southampton Roads area (southeastern Virginia region).
Position open until filled. EOE. Salary negotiable.

Resume and Cover Letter should be submitted to:

Carol Crabill
Attn: ED Position
Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 East Virginia Beach Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone:  757-461-8007
TTY:  757-461-7527
Fax:  757-461-5375


Responsible for the administration and overall functioning of all aspects of the Center, including fiscal, personnel and programmatic. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to develop Center policies and short/long range plans and is responsible for their implementation. The Executive Director will ensure compliance with all contractual obligations of the Center. The Executive Director represents the Center with State and Local policy makers and administrators. 


  • Knowledge of independent living movement, philosophy and major disability rights issues.
  • Experience working at a Center for Independent Living or grass roots disability advocacy organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with advocacy organizations on all levels.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a manager within a non-profit organization advocating with people with disabilities.
  • Strong communication skills and experience with written and expressive language.
  • Public relations experience.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in fund raising, resource development and grant writing.
  • Experience supervising employees.
  • Experience/knowledge of budget development and fiscal management of a non-profit with a budget of at least $1,000,000 annually.
  • Master’s Degree preferred. (Experience can substitute for some education.)
  • Personal experience with a disability preferred.

  • Work together with and report to the Board of Directors on the development and implementation of Center policies and systems advocacy.
  • Monitor all Center contractual obligations to ensure compliance.
  • Oversee all aspects of personnel management, responsible for hiring and firing.
  • Develop and monitor overall operating budget; assure fiscal responsibility.
  • Supervise management staff of Center as well as other positions as appropriate.
  • Implement and monitor resource development and fund raising activities; grant writing.
  • Represent Center in the community and serve as liaison to local, state and national organizations.
  • Develop and implement ongoing short and long-range programmatic planning processes for Center.
SUPERVISOR: Board of Directors
Building and Grounds Maintenance Coordinator 
JOB DESCRIPTION:  Responsible for monitoring condition of building and equipment, minor office repairs, moving of furniture, grounds keeping, janitorial cleaning of office, maintaining floors, and maintenance and driving of Center vehicles. EEO employer and persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

  • Knowledge of OSHA standards and assuring compliance;
  • Professional demeanor, conduct, courteous manner, and positive attitude;
  • Ability to be discreet in sharing information that is of a confidential nature;
  • Ability to perform assigned tasks with minimum supervision, prioritizes assignments, and meets deadlines;
  • Ability to relate to persons with disabilities in a consumer-directed manner and adherence to IL philosophy;
  • Monitor condition of building and equipment and report to supervisor potential or actual OSHA issues;
  • Ability to perform grounds keeping including:
    • cutting of grass;
    • utilizing a weed eater for trimming around walkways and bushes;
    • trimming bushes;
    • maintaining flowers;
    • emptying smoker’s ashtray;
    • keeping parking lot clear of debris;
    • keeping dumpster area clear of debris;
    • placing salt and snow removal from walkways, driveway and area in front of main entrance; and
    • keeping entrance area free of debris.
  • Ability to perform light maintenance in office including:
    • changing light bulbs;
    • unclogging bathrooms;
    • replacing batteries in automatic faucet and toilet;
    • minor repairs as needed;
    • office painting as needed; and
    • moving furniture and other items as needed.
  • Ability to provide daily office cleaning including:
    • cleaning windows;
    • wiping of tables, counters, and desks;
    • sanitizing and cleaning restrooms and kitchen areas;
    • wiping/sanitizing all rails and surfaces in common area;
    • moping of all tile floors;
    • vacuuming of all rugs;
    • spot cleaning of rugs when stains occur;
    • emptying trash and disposing in dumpster;
    • ordering of cleaning materials and supplies; and
    • according to established monthly schedule, maintain the following:
      • carpet steam cleaning; and
      • floor maintenance-stripping, waxing, and buffing of tile floors.
    • Ability to provide routine maintenance of Center vehicles including:
      • checking of all fluids and starting condition of Center vehicles;
      • reporting of any repairs needed;
      • taking vehicles to repair location; and
      • cleaning of vehicles inside/outside.
    • Will perform building and grounds maintenance tasks per ECI’s agreement with EPI;
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record with no tickets (must provide copy of driver’s license and current driving record from DMV);
    • Prefer driving experience driving a Mini-Bus with wheelchair lift;
    • Must pass Criminal Background check and Child Protective Services check;
    • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, intermittent stooping, bending, and lifting of items up to 100 lbs.;
    • Must have a high school diploma or GED; and
    • Other duties as assigned.

  • Driving Center vehicles to transport participants and/or staff as needed utilizing proper tie downs.
  • Perform grounds keeping including cutting of grass, weed eating, trimming bushes, snow removal from walkways, and keeping entrance area free of debris as needed.
  • Perform light maintenance in office including changing light bulbs, minor repairs, moving furniture and other items, etc.
  • Perform daily office cleaning of windows, wiping of counters/desks that have clear space, sanitizing and cleaning rest rooms and tile floors, vacuuming of rugs, disposing of trash, restocking supplies and carpet and floor maintenance.
SUPERVISOR:  Operations Manager

HOURS/SALARY:  Full-Time position @ an annual salary of $29,064 plus benefits. Working hours and days will vary and some weekends required.

CLOSING DATE:  May 4, 2018


Cheryl Simpson
Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 E Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502

Fax:  757-455-8223


Position is on an AS NEEDED BASIS at $9.75 per hour.

Transport people with disabilities in wheelchair accessible vehicle on an as needed basis. Hours/days will vary depending on need. Usually daytime shift; however, there may be some evening trips and out of the local area trips.

Ideal Candidate must:

  • Have a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record and no negative points;
  • Provide a copy of Driver’s license and recent copy of DMV driving record;
  • Have good communication skills;
  • Have a flexible schedule; and
  • Pass Criminal Background check and Child Protective Services check.

  • Experience driving a Mini-Bus with wheelchair lift preferred;
  • Experience transporting people with disabilities in an accessible vehicle;
  • Ability to drive in a safe and courteous manner following all rules of the road;
  • Able to use wheelchair tie downs and lap/shoulder belts to ensure safety of rider; and
  • Guiding people with disabilities or pushing wheelchair.
Endependence Center is an EOE. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2018. Please send a resume to:

Cheryl Simpson
Endependence Center
Attn: Driver Position
6300 E Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502
Fax: 757-455-8223
ECI Volunteer Opportunities
The Endependence Center currently does not have any volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your interest.