Chief Executive Officer – Full-time Position (Lee County, Florida)

Job Category: Executive
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: North Ft. Myers

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida – 35 W. Mariana, North Ft. Myers, FL 33903

Thank you for your interest in a rewarding career with Lighthouse of Southwest Florida.

Since our founding in 1974, our mission to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in our society has been our core tenet.

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. 

Join our talented team of professionals that provides a variety of rehabilitation and support services and support to children and adults in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties experiencing vision loss and blindness. 

Among a competitive wage, we offer a four-day work week in a friendly work environment, generous paid time off, an array of benefits such as 100% employer-paid health insurance for eligible employees, and a 401(k) retirement savings plan. As an added benefit, fleet vehicles are available for itinerant work by designated program staff and instructors. 

General Responsibilities:

  • The Chief Executive Officer, with authority delegated by the Board of Directors, is responsible for the overall administration of all the programs and services of Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.  

Essential Duties:

  • The Chief Executive Officer carries out the agency’s program activities within the budget and in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors.   The areas of responsibility include:  1) Fiscal Control, 2) Programs, 3) Personnel Management, 4) Policy, 5) Community Relations, and 6) Fundraising & Development.
  • Ensure appropriate operational monitoring of compliance with non-profit practices and regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Fiscal Control:
    • Supervises and collaborates with Chief Financial Officer to analyze and direct all financial operations of all programs and services.
    • Submits an annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval.
    • Monitors agency compliance to maintain standards of accounting applicable to non-profit business practice.
    • Negotiates contracts and agreements with funding sources in accordance with the direction of the Board of Directors.
    • Submits requests for funding from a variety of funding sources.
  • Programs:
    • Identifies the needs of the population to be served.
    • Establishes program objectives.
    • Carries out programs that meet national accreditation standards and achieves the objectives of each program.
    • Maintains knowledge of developments in the field of vision rehabilitation.
    • Recommends to the Executive Committee the need for physical plant accommodations to complete the objectives.   This includes, but is not limited to, classroom & office space, technology, and ground use recommendations.
    • Locates new sources of funding and oversees grants proposals & applications.
  • Personnel Management:
    • Carries out sound personnel practices and policies in accordance with

the Personnel Manual and current professional standards.

  • Recruits, employs, supervises, annually evaluates, and discharges all

personnel.   Only the Chief Executive Officer can hire and discharge staff.    Supervision and evaluation may be delegated to supervisory staff as per the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Encourages professional growth of staff.
    • Informs the Executive Committee of personnel changes.
  • Policy:
    • Carries out the policies and procedures as set forth in the Policy & Procedures Manual.
    • Recommends changes in policy and procedures.
    • Acts as liaison between the Board of Directors and staff concerning the development and implementation of policy and procedures.
    • Presents recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning legal and contractual obligations of the agency.
  • Community Relations:
  • Initiates new contacts and maintains contacts with other human service

agencies and networks locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

  • Promotes training about blindness and low vision for agencies,

businesses, and organizations in the community.

  • Initiates and participates in public relations activities of the agency.
    • Represents the Agency in the community.
  • Fundraising & Development
  • Supervises and collaborates with the Director of Development and Communication to oversee fundraising and resource development and implementation, including identification of resource requirements, research of funding sources, and establishment of strategies to ensure sustainability of the organization.
  • Serves in concert with the Board of Directors in fundraising.
  • Promotes funding development of the Board of Directors.
  • Promotes and oversees funding development of staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with the management team, Board and staff.
  • Employee is required to appear for work at the office location, or at client locations as scheduled, during work hours.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in vision rehabilitation, rehabilitation, gerontology, social work, or a closely related field is required.  
  • Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Four or more years of management or supervisory experience in non-profit business is required.  
  • Possess knowledge and experience of applicable laws and ethics pertaining to the governance of a non-profit business.

General Information:

  • Four-day work week:  7:30 AM – 5:30 PM   Mon – Thurs. Occasional weekends.
  • Health insurance, Dental, Vision, Life insurance for eligible employees (company pays 100% premium for insurances).
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401(k) and company match; additional non-elective contribution for 2 year tenure
  • Paid vacation, sick and holidays
  • Agency closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day (paid holiday time)
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Fleet vehicles for itinerant visits

Salary commensurate with experience. Apply online at No phone calls please.

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