Aspire Living & Learning Seeks Chief of Adult Services

Aspire Living & Learning is conducting a search for its first Chief of Adult Services.

Entering the organization at a crucial moment of time, the new Chief of Adult Services (CAS) will provide critical, timely leadership, systems-thinking, and relational aptitude to the management of Aspire’s Adult Services function, which makes up 70% of the organization’s business. The need for the new CAS role emerged from Aspire’s recent strategic planning effort, and thus the person who fills it will both oversee the day-to-day operations of Aspire’s current Adult Services work and envision and enact a future that includes more effective internal collaboration, streamlined operations, and increased growth and impact.

As defined in the new strategic plan, Aspire is moving from a “paternalistic” approach, i.e. believing that the service provider knows what is best for their clients, to a “partnership-based” approach, i.e. asking the client what is best for them in order to live the life they have dreamed about. While there is widespread buy-in in Aspire’s new strategic philosophies and plan, the organization now needs to connect the ideas to specific, measurable actions that embody these shifts. Positioned at the intersection of Aspire’s central office functions (FI, HR, etc.) and the organization’s state-level Adult Services operations, the CAS will serve as a key connector and leader of Aspire’s next phase of organizational evolution.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief of Adult Services will serve on the eight-person Executive team that provides leadership across the entire organization. In this capacity, the CAS will play an integral role in informing, creating, and executing the strategic direction of Aspire. The CAS will directly manage five staff members, four of whom oversee program operations in an Aspire state (CT, MA, MD, NH) and one of whom oversees facilities. The CAS will serve as the face of Aspire amongst the internal Aspire operating sites as well as within the external Adult Services field, including state and federal collaborators, experts, and innovators.

This position is flexible in terms of location. The successful candidate will live within a commutable distance of one of Aspire’s offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maryland and be willing and able to travel ~10 days/month to visit Aspire sites and staff members, attend Executive Team gatherings, represent the organization at external gatherings, etc.

Application Process and Additional Information

Candidates must include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of Aspire. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Aspire Living & Learning believes it must play an active role in creating a community of employees that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Our work benefits greatly from the contributions of people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, and individuals with disabilities. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

This executive search is being conducted by Eos Transition Partners consultant, Erin Cox. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential, and any questions can be submitted to Erin at: ecox@eostransitions.com.

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Aspire Living & Learning Seeks Chief of Adult Services