Friday, August 19, 2016

Robert Perske 1928-2016

Sad news, as I/DD advocate and writer Robert Perske recently passed away. For most of his life, he used words to chronicle the best--and the worst--in life for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, it was his actions--as chaplain, administrator, and advocate--that carried farthest his timeless message of compassion and justice for the I/DD community.

The InterHab family is thankful for Bob's efforts and example. We will continue to follow them.

For more information about Bob's life and passing, visit the ACL Blog here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Congratulating Sharon Spratt

InterHab staff congratulates Sharon Spratt, CEO of Cottonwood, Inc. and an important voice in the InterHab family, for being named to the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame!  

The award is in recognition of her "dedication to the Lawrence community" and for being "an inspiration to [Junior Achievement of Kansas] students."  A tribute dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at the Kansas Union Ballroom on the KU campus in Lawrence.  For tickets, please contact Debbie Harman at (785) 841-8245.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Job Posting: Community Relations Manager

Mosaic, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities, is now accepting applications for its next Community Relations Manager in Kansas City.

The Community Relations Manager, or CRM, is responsible for enhancing Mosaic's relationship to the Kansas City community, as well as developing its financial support through fundraising and marketing campaigns.  A minimally-qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in marketing or related field, three years' minimum experience in a similar position, and previous experience with grant writing and volunteer management.

Please visit this website for more information, or to apply.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Job Posting: Executive Director

Sunflower Diversified Services is seeking a new Executive Director

Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc., the largest, most esteemed, and only nonprofit agency of its kind in Central Kansas, is now accepting applications for its next Executive Director.  It is also the only agency in its five-county region that offers programs for persons with developmental disabilities of all ages, from birth through retirement.

Sunflower Diversified Services represents a partnership amongst five Kansas counties--Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, and Stafford--with a combined population of more than 50,000. Communities in its service area include the largest city of Great Bend with its population of 16,000, and 36 smaller cities and towns, as well as extensive rural, unincorporated areas.

The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the agency, subject to supervision by the Board, and responsible for the proper administration of all affairs of Sunflower Diversified Services. Duties include (but are not limited to):
  • Implement the agency's strategic plan;
  • Develops strategies for financial viability;
  • Ensures agency efficiency regarding services provided and administration;
  • Develops an annual budget;
  • Serves as the agency's primary spokesperson to the media and general public;
  • Oversees all marketing campaigns, including the use of local media;
  • Participates in local organizations to promote the agency's public profile.
A minimally qualified candidate will have: (1) experience in a position with responsibility for budget management and direct employee supervision; (2) a Bachelors degree in liberal or business arts or related field from an accredited university; (3) evidence of a stable employment history and career advancement; (4) excellent communication skills; and (5) an unblemished record of professional integrity.

In addition, well-qualified candidate will have: (1) five years in a management position in a nonprofit community agency that serves people with developmental disabilities; (2) previous personal or professional relationships with persons with developmental disabilities; (3) experience with a nonprofit board of directors; (4) demonstrated skill and knowledge of nonprofit fund raising; and (5) record of community volunteerism.

Preferred candidates will also possess: (1) leadership qualities to build and sustain positive relationships; (2) competence to perform executive with excellence; (3) skills to adapt to socioeconomic and governmental changes; (4) the passion and commitment to serve and advocate for persons with developmental disabilities.

The base salary starts in the mid-$80,000 range; resume submissions should be received by August 5, 2016.

For more information, including a comprehensive job description and recruitment profile, please contact Marla Flentje at 316-250-1344, or by email at mflentje@austinpeters.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Power Up! 2016 Pre-Conference

HCBS Settings Final Rule…You mean we might have to change?!?

How is your State’s implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule going?  Do you want to be involved but are not sure how? Or do you wish it would just go away?

This session will walk through one state’s process and experience in getting CMS final approval on their Statewide Transition Plan and what it means for people with disabilities and for providers in Tennessee.  Michelle Morse Jernigan, from Tennessee’s State Medicaid Agency (TennCare) will share how TennCare developed their transition plan processes, how they involved (and relied upon) stakeholders, how implementation is going, and the promise these changes hold to impact the lives of people served in Tennessee’s LTSS programs.  She will discuss experiences with persons served and their families, providers, and success story surprises.  This session will include a presentation from Michelle on the components of Tennessee’s approved transition plan, assessment processes and heightened scrutiny reviews as well as how the state engaged consumers, families, providers and advocates, and at least an hour for an interactive discussion. 

Visit the Power Up! 2016 website to register for the pre-conference and conference.

Power Up! 2016 - Registration is open!

Registration for Power Up! 2016--the Midwest's premier human services event--is now open!  Click here to register, to submit presentations, or to view a tentative schedule of events.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Job Posting: Targeted Case Manager

The Arc of Sedgwick County is now accepting applications for a Targeted Case Manager.

The Arc of Sedgwick County is a nonprofit organization that began in 1953 in a grassroots effort by parents concerned about services and future opportunities for their children and the families and children of tomorrow. Since then, it has has promoted their general welfare, fostered the development of programs on their behalf and increased the public’s awareness and acceptance.

The Targeted Case Manager will be responsible for ensuring that person served has the maximum independence and successful inclusion into the community living though medical, social, educational, and other needed services.

Qualified candidates will have a BA/BS in Human Services or related field and a minimum of six months experience working with people with developmental disabilities. Successful work experience in the related field to equal 1080 hours/semester may be substituted for an education.

For more information, or to apply, click here.