NCIL Job Announcement: Program Director

  • Closing / removal date: March 20, 2023
  • Posted: March 6, 2023

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is currently seeking a Program Director to develop and manage a variety of projects and programs that support the Network of Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils.

NCIL is the longest-running, national, cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities, and individuals with disabilities throughout the United States.

The Program Director will work with NCIL’s dedicated, passionate staff of seven and assist with developing NCIL’s Education & Training Department. NCIL’s revenue comes from a variety of sources, including membership dues, conference registrations, donations, and grants and contracts. Ensuring NCIL’s continued success with resource development, and operating high-quality, accessible programs and events will be critical.

NCIL approaches disability rights through the Independent Living (IL) philosophy perspective—that disability is a natural aspect of human life and that the barriers people with disabilities face are rooted in ableism and discrimination. NCIL is committed to disability justice which addresses the intersections between disability and diversity, equity, and inclusion. NCIL is also committed to proactively confronting and undoing the harm of racism and injustice entrenched in disability rights, IL, and society at large. The Program Director must be committed to these same values to continue NCIL’s path towards universal justice. We also believe that a diverse staff enables us to better understand and serve our members, audience, and community.

This position is an outstanding opportunity for the right leader as NCIL approaches a new strategic plan following a recent comprehensive organizational assessment. If you believe you are the right candidate, we hope you will consider applying or share this announcement with qualified candidates that you know.

The following job announcement details the responsibilities and required qualifications for the position, as well as instructions to apply. Applications must be received by the close of the business day, March 20, 2023.

Position Title: Program Director

Responsible to: Executive Director


The NCIL Program Director is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of multiple NCIL program and project initiatives, including managing budgets, developing advertising/marketing to potential program participants, setting the scope of programs, setting deadlines and delegating tasks to team members, assisting with resource development, and hiring/supervising program staff.


  1. Serve as a member of NCIL’s management team, meeting regularly to coordinate overall organization activities.
  2. Assist with budget development for programs and projects; manage budgets of assigned programs and projects.
  3. Coordinate the development and implementation of multiple programs and projects.
  4. Set and initiate goals for programs based on NCIL’s mission and strategic objectives.
  5. Ensure that assigned programs and projects meet contractual and reporting obligations.
  6. Keep senior management informed with detailed and accurate reports or presentations.
  7. Ensure that the independent living philosophy, consumer control, and values and mission of NCIL are carried out in assigned program and project activities.
  8. Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements.
  9. Cultivate and maintain relationships with potential funders and project partners.
  10. Serve as member of Board committees as assigned.
  11. Manage the recruitment, employment, and release of personnel who report directly to the Program Director.
  12. Supervise program and project managers involved to provide feedback and resolve complex problems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, communications, or business field.
  • Minimum of three years’ program coordination experience in a Center for Independent Living.
  • Understanding of rights of people with disabilities, and specific experience with the Independent Living Program as authorized by the Rehabilitation Act, as amended.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Direct experience in budget development and management.
  • Demonstrated experience in community outreach.
  • Personal experience with disability preferred.
  • Personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of all groups of people with disabilities within NCIL and across the Independent Living Network.
  • Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Experience with building funding relationships and partnerships, and knowledge of federal and other grants management.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
  • Ability to represent NCIL at national and state disability events.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel).


  • This is a full-time position.
  • NCIL currently operates remotely, therefore the Program Director position is currently a remote position. Ability to re-locate to Washington D.C. at a future date is a plus but not required.
  • Targeted Start Date May 1, 2023.


  • Starting salary for this position is $60,000 annually.
  • NCIL employees receive a generous benefits package, including paid vacation and sick time, 9 paid holidays, an end-of-year holiday break, 2 floating holidays, parental leave, and more. The package also includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, and eligibility for a 403(b) tax-deferred retirement account.

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants should submit a detailed professional resume, at least three professional references, and a cover letter to [email protected]

Application Deadline: Close of Business March 20, 2023

The National Council on Independent Living is an equal opportunity employer and makes reasonable accommodations, as appropriate, for people with disabilities. Women, people of marginalized gender identities, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQIA+ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.