Executive Director

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

 Location: Alexandria, VA
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) seeks a dynamic and accomplished Executive Director (ED) to lead a respected and effective membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in the delivery of interpreting services among diverse users of signed and spoken languages through professional development, networking, advocacy, and standards. The next Executive Director of RID will collaborate with the board, and members and lead staff to capitalize on the organization’s evolution over the last 50 years and position it for greater impact in the years ahead.
In 2014, RID celebrated its 50th anniversary. Currently, RID is a $2 million dollar membership-based organization with 14,600 members, supported by 17 staff and led by a member-elected board of directors. The board consists of the executive board (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Member at Large, and Deaf Member at Large) and the Regional Representatives (five regions covering the United States). RID provides a variety of programs, services, and products to build the skills of interpreters and advance the professionalization of the field. Additionally, the organization is committed to including the voting membership in leadership and decision-making through involvement in the board of directors and the 11 committees, six task forces, and three councils.
The Executive Director will collaboratively support the board of directors, members and staff in defining the RID of the future. With the impending leadership shift and its presence in a field that is experiencing tremendous change, RID is at an important moment in its organizational history.   RID now seeks a skilled, strategic leader who will build on the organization’s strengths and tackle the organization’s challenges to make it a stronger, more effective organization better able to meet the needs of its diverse members. Change is already underway in the organization. RID seeks a leader to join in advancing these change efforts. Responsibilities and opportunities for RID’s new Executive Director will include:

RID offers prospective candidates the opportunity to lead a national, high profile interpreter organization. RID’s next Executive Director will be a mission-driven, effective communicator and proven leader who is able to inspire and work productively with the staff, board, and multiple stakeholders. In addition to the strategic, financial and operational acumen required of every nonprofit senior leader, this position requires the Executive Director to have cultural and linguistic competence and understanding of the needs of the Deaf and interpreting communities as well as the ability to be the primary fundraiser, and key relationship builder. The ideal candidate will possess and demonstrate this particular set of knowledge, skills, attributes and experience:

Additional desired skills, experience and characteristics:

This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Heather Harker. The full position profile, including contact information for interested candidates, may be found at: http://tsne.org/executive-director-registry-interpreters-deaf
RID is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.