Position Overview


“RIO attains its goal of improving the quality of life of disabled persons by providing comprehensive, coordinated programs which increase the ability of disabled individuals to function at home and at school, on the job, and in the community. RIO was established in 1950 to serve the multi-faceted needs of persons with functional disabilities caused by birth defects, medical condition or accidents. Services are provided without regard to age, race, creed, sexual orientation, and gender.”

For the last 50 plus years, RIO has been fortunate to have Mr. Praim Singh M.S.W., serve as its Executive Director. Under Singh’s inspirational leadership RIO has evolved from an Agency with $500,000 in debt and $180,000 in annual revenue to an organization today that is debt free, has a balanced budget with $8.5 million in annual revenue, plus the assets of their three real estate locations and $5 million in reserves. Under Singh’s leadership and philosophy of patients first, staff second and financials third, RIO has become an established leader in their field offering exceptional services and improving the lives of those living with disabilities serving up to 1,000 people a day. With exceptional years of dedication, it is now time for Singh to retire and hand over the reins to a new Chief Executive Officer who will continue to build upon the momentum of his legacy of success.

With a well-tenured and seasoned senior leadership team and an impressive Board of Directors, who have a vision for continued growth, RIO is well positioned for even more impact. The Board of Directors is excited to see candidates who, with great passion for mission, will bring a new style of leadership and collaborative visioning to the Agency, realizing the wealth of opportunities that lie before them yet still operating under the premise of pioneering the highest quality of services with a “patient first” philosophy.

The Board of Directors is seeking an innovative and accomplished visionary leader to inspire staff, board and volunteers for even greater impact. The new Chief Executive Officer will be charged with building on RIO’s track record of success by further developing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program. The Chief Executive Officer must bring an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for its mission, leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers, a demonstrated track record of managing successful outcomes for programs, and the capability to diversify fundraising revenues.

This individual must possess intellectual horsepower and be naturally persuasive and fair, and value accountability for themselves and others. The new Chief Executive Officer will lead based on the core ethics of collaboration, self-improvement, and the drive for excellence, ensuring that the best services are being delivered to the constituents RIO serves.

This is a phenomenal and rare nonprofit Chief Executive Officer opportunity in Orange County, California to work with an Agency that has exceptional programs, strong financials and a Board of Directors who are excited for the next stage of RIO’s growth.




 Statement of Purpose

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer directs the planning, development, implementation and administration of its comprehensive programming and ensures organizational compliance with local, County, State and Federal laws as it relates to funders’ contracts as well as personnel and employment related laws and regulations. Responsible for the development, implementation and results on a multi-level and with multi-disciplinary programs affecting the safety of its clients, and has the responsibility to oversee, support and coordinate projects of committees and sub-committees.

The Chief Executive Officer acts as RIO’s fiduciary leader, translates its mission & vision into a strategic plan developed with the Board’s direction, keeps the organization financially and operationally strong, manages day-to-day operations, provides best-in-class programming ensuring that the organization evolves to address the changing needs of the communities it serves.

The Chief Executive Officer serves as RIOs overall spokesperson, representative and executer of change, and cultivates strong working relationships with funding agencies, elected officials, community leaders, service partners/stakeholders, donors and others.

Overall, the Chief Executive Officer builds, fosters, and maintains a balanced organizational culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.

 Specific Duties and Responsibilities

    • Works closely with the Board of Directors, establishing a shared vision for the future of the organization and develops appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission and growth of RIO.
    • Leads a collaborative process with the Board of Directors and its committees, executing decisions effectively and ensuring that the Board of Directors and its committees are informed of critical developments in a timely and effective manner.
    • With the Board Chair, coordinates the efforts and initiatives of: various Board Committees and Task Forces, Board meeting agendas, Board retreats; recruits diverse, talented and experienced new Board members; encourages and plans Board members’ involvement in a range of the organization’s activities including in development of the strategic plan, fundraising, financial oversight, program review, etc.
    • Develops and recommends policies and procedures as requested by the Board of Directors, implements approved Board policies, program goals and objectives and works collaboratively to enable the Board, its committees, and individual board members in fulfilling the Board’s governance functions.
    • Serves as chief fundraiser sustaining current funding levels and also actively expanding networks from which new funding can be cultivated across a diverse mix of corporate, foundation, individual, public sector funders, commercial insurance contractors etc.
    • Oversees the development and implementation of short and long range asset and fiscal strategic planning initiatives to ensure that current and future fiscal goals/needs are clearly identified and addressed.
    • Manages and implements an effective performance management system for all employees which will include setting objectives and evaluation on an annual basis.
    • Oversees supervision and management of departments, divisions and appointed employees ensuring that staff competencies and the staffing mix are scaled to the needs of the organization and its clients.
    • Develops staff recognition programs and engenders a collaborative environment and encourages staff opportunities for growth within the organization.
    • Define and execute the strategy of effectively mobilizing volunteers in support of its programs.
    • Guides the increased awareness and impact of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs, and strategic direction.
    • Continuously assesses community needs, evaluating partnership opportunities to promote programs uniquely suited to the mission.
    • Represents the organization’s interests at the local, state, and federal levels for the constituents it serves.
    • Directs day to day operations and oversees the administration, coordination, and implementation of organizational policies, procedures, strategic planning, programs, and services.
  • Oversees the preparation of the annual budget for the Board of Director’s financial management, allocation and expenditure controls for the operations of the organization.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of objectives, policies/procedures, and operations for all assigned fiscal program areas to ensure maximum revenue reimbursement and funder compliance.


  • Directs the management of information technology functions including systems applications, and development, database administration and financial systems.
  • Oversees and enforces policies, rules, regulations and relevant laws.
  • Provides for proper compliance and risk management, ensuring strict contract compliance with funder requirements.
  • Oversees facilities, property, operational, insurance and HR management.
  • Regularly provides concise reports to the Board on the state of the organization (key compliance issues, service delivery of programs and outcomes, revenue and expenses, and related administrative matters toward the development and execution of the organization’s mission, policy, and procedures).
  • Executes all other reasonable duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:

  • Passion for RIO’s mission.
  • Experience leading a complex organization through significant growth and/or change.
  • A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and the Board of Directors, and to develop effective programs.
  • A strong interpersonal and communication skill set, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies, including staff, Board members, potential donors, volunteers, and others.
  • A minimum of 7 to 10 years of senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct stewardship of Boards of Directors.
  • Proven track record of diversifying and growing funding streams.
  • Proven track record of management success with comparable P&L, planning, and operations responsibilities.
  • Exceptional financial, organizational, and administrative skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of fiscal management, budgeting, and cash flow management.
  • The ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, and follow through.
  • A team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, and retaining talented managers and administrative staff members.
  • Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once and to operate both independently and with the flexibility to be part of a team.
  • Computer literate: Knowledge of Word and Excel and ability to learn software.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree preferred.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Commitment to the mission of RIO, with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others.
  • A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization.
  • An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills.
  • A hands-on, engaged leader who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic, and fair minded.
  • A decisive and resourceful individual with the willingness to accept responsibility and take charge of results.
  • A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, forging ahead when appropriate and holding back when necessary, and sensitive to the feelings and opinions of others.
  • An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual.


Compensation: A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidates.

 Julie Lugo: 714-433-7042  Sarah Agee 714 433 7040


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RIO is an equal employment opportunity employer and no candidate for employment will be rejected on account of race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, sex, or physical disability.

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