The Coalition For
Barrier Free Living, Inc.

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POSITION TITLE:  Executive Director

CLASSIFICATION:  Permanent/Full-Time Exempt

SALARY: Negotiable salary based upon qualifications and experience

BENEFITS: Optional Medical, Supplemental Insurance, Life Insurance available; Paid Sick Leave and Vacation Leave; 15 Paid Holidays annually; Floating Anniversary for CBFL Service Holiday; Travel Allowance, and Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) Retirement.

LOCATION: West Houston based Office serving Thirteen (13) County Texas Gulf Coast Region


HCIL Inc. is seeking a progressive executive, grounded in the independent living movement, who will lead the organization through transition to its next stage of growth and expansion. Founded in 1975, HCIL, (Houston Center for Independent Living) is a Houston, Texas based nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities. The mission of HCIL is to promote the full inclusion, equal opportunity, and participation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of community life. We believe that people with disabilities have the right to make choices affecting their lives, a right to take risks, a right to fail, and a right to succeed. The organization is governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities who bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to their work in assisting individuals with disabilities. Each year, approximately 1,000 individuals participate in the programs and activities of HCIL, Inc. Services are financed through a combination of federal, state, local, and private funds.

HCIL and its two (2) satellite offices, BCCIL and FBCIL, service area includes the counties of Harris, Brazoria, Matagorda, Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Waller, and Wharton. This area encompasses a combined 9,061 square miles and is home to 6,213,016 residents including an estimated 771,819.00 individuals with disabilities. The median age of the area is 35.7 years, and the median income is$61, 874.00. HCIL maintains offices in three of the eight counties.



The executive director is responsible for staff development and oversight, service delivery and evaluation, contract and grant compliance, community relations, resource development, and fiscal administration.


  • Pursues and manages public funds and contracts and maintains compliance with funder requirements,
  • Directs implementation of an annual fund raising and resource development plan with specific activities and targeted amounts,
  • Cultivates relationships with community leaders and stakeholders to promote systems change and advocacy on issues of importance,
  • Represents the disability constituency through participation in community groups and events, and
  • Acts as the chief spokesperson to the press and the community on issues affecting HCIL or the disability community.


  • Preference is a person that visibly represents people with disabilities,
  • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Minimum of three to five years executive level experience in managing a board-governed non-profit organization,
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, understanding the Independent Living philosophy,
  • Proven ability to develop and monitor services to persons with disabilities,
  • Strong evidence of fund raising experience,
  • Demonstration of excellent communication skills—including listening to others and responding in an effective manner, conveying ideas, thoughts, and facts in writing, developing business documents, and speaking in public,
  • Experience in negotiating agreements, contracts, and strategic partnerships,
  • Evidence of sound decision-making skills including solving problems involving varied levels of complexity, ambiguity, and risk,
  • Knowledge and application of human resource management laws, regulations, policies, and procedures,
  • Strong evidence of financial management skills and experience,
  • Ability to effectively use computerized data and information management systems, as well as word processing, and accounting software,
  • Experience leading an effective and comprehensive fund development strategy that includes multiple approaches such as grant writing, donor solicitation, and coordination of special events.


  • Preference is a person that visibly represents people with disabilities,
  • Personal experience with disabilities,
  • Program development and management experience in an Independent Living Center or other disability-related, grass roots organization,
  • Bilingual in American Sign Language, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or other languages frequently used in the HCIL service area,
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development such as active membership in professional associations, completion of continuing education courses, and certification in related subject matter.


Position Open: December 1, 2022

Position Close: When qualified applicant is found

HCIL Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring staff who reflect the diversity of the community. Persons with disabilities, women, veterans, and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Cover letters and resumes should be submitted electronically on under the Executive Director job posting for the Coalition for Barrier Free Living. Microsoft Word formatting preferred.

Resumes will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Individuals requiring accommodations during the application process should communicate specific requirements when submitting their cover letters and resumes.

Submitted by Interim Executive Director for screening purposes