The Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group (CDSPG) has an exceptional opportunity for an experienced leader to serve as Executive Director. This position is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is a part-time position with the opportunity to be full-time. The Executive Director will be instrumental in helping this growing organization fulfill our vision of promoting a happy, healthy, accepting environment which enables independence for people with Down syndrome so that they may reach their potential at all stages of their lives. The position responsibilities include the administrative, educational, communications, fundraising, and program and volunteer coordination of CDSPG.

Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to


The Executive director is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group (CDSPG). Areas of responsibility include planning and evaluation, policy development and administration, volunteer coordination, fiscal management, and public relations. The intend is for this position to begin as part-time with growth to a full time position a possibility, hired by and directly accountable to the board of the organization.


·         Directs day-to-day operations of the organization.
·         Directs all organizational communications, scheduling, task tracking, reporting, programs and services in accordance with and to meet the goals of the strategic plan.
·         Maintain positive and collaborative culture of CDSPG board and organization membership.
·         Develop and implement fundraising strategies which will support the strategic plan, goals, mission and budget of CDSPG, including the submission of grants, annual appeals, large annual walk event, corporate support and Individual donations and sponsorships.
·         Attends all board meetings and committee meetings, as appropriate as well as acts as consultant to the board and its committees.
·         Manages and prioritizes administrative staff time/tasks (currently 1 part-time admin) and coordinates volunteer support.
·         Promote a positive public image of people with Down syndrome and implement programs designed to improve the public’s awareness and inclusion of persons with DS.
·         Implement and manage budget to support CDSPG activities within context of approved budget and policies.
·         Maintain regulatory compliance (tax filings, licensures,)
·         Provide excellent customer service to the members of the DSA through provision of information, communications, problem solving and follow–up.
·         In conjunction with the board develop better defined roles and responsibilities and maintain procedures / description manual for organization operations, programs, events and services of the Association.
·         Implement and oversee a process for identifying volunteer needs, recruitment, orientation and utilization of volunteer support.
·         Event and conference planning for education programs and workshops.
·         Maintain and manage relationships with partner organizations to facilitate program and event planning.
·         Administer, supervise and help implement special events as needed.
·         Act as liaison with national Down syndrome organizations.


·         Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, prefer three to five years overall management experience - experience in the nonprofit sector helpful.
·         Highly motivated individual who is a self-starter and able to motivate others.
·         Passionate about supporting a family driven organization that is committed to supporting and advancing the quality of life of those with Down syndrome. Demonstrated knowledge, sensitivity, awareness and commitment to supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
·         Proficient in computer skills and document development.
·         Experience in fundraising & development.
·         Experience working with a board of directors.
·         Strong relationship-builder with a proven ability to establish ongoing relationships; both with organization members and partner organizations.
·         Demonstrated commitment to professional development, as well as a management style that is inclusive, recognizing and valuing the critical role of CDSPG volunteers in the efforts of the whole organization.
·         Organized, with demonstrated experience and sincere interest in managing operations and budgeting.
·         Superior level of interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.