R-9774 Executive Director, E. H. Gentry Facility



                                                                   P. O. Box 698 · Talladega, Alabama 35161





                   R- 9774Reference#1140290550000

          Posting Date:  March 22, 2024


Candidates who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply for this position and may be given preference in hiring as permitted by federal laws.  Information related to disability is not required, and if disclosed voluntarily, will be used only in AIDB’s efforts to create opportunities for individuals with exceptionalities. Non-disclosure will not subject any applicant to adverse treatment.


POSITION:                Executive Director

                                    E. H. Gentry Facility


LOCATION:              Talladega, Alabama


REPORTS TO:         Chief Adult and Field Services Officer (CAFSO)



Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind and multidisabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 36,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.


Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located throughout the State of Alabama with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are Deaf, Blind, or DeafBlind.



The E. H. Gentry Facility (EHG) Executive Director will provide visionary leadership, developing superior programs and partnerships within adult education and rehabilitation fields across the state and nation to drive best practices, tying outcomes to program development and expansion. The EHG Executive Director will be adept at teaming and team-building, internal and external public relations, grant-writing, data collection, strategic planning, and problem-solving while providing oversight of distinct, specialized educational, work experience and employment programs for individuals 16 and older who are Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind and those with other exceptionalities. The EHG Executive Director will possess sound judgement and strong leadership skills to include direct supervision, program evaluation and development, staff development, performance evaluations, and recruitment of new team members, students and partners. The EHG Executive Director has overall operations and fiduciary responsibilities and oversees multiple budgets and funding streams. The EHG Executive Director will represent AIDB at local, state and national consumer group activities as well as various state and national committees.



  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Education, Rehabilitation or related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years relevant administrative experience in an educational agency, postsecondary institution or rehabilitation agency.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in counseling, teaching or administration in education or rehabilitation agencies that serve people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to present, communicate and write effectively.
  • Must possess knowledge of federal and state statutes and laws concerning rehabilitation, workforce development, educational administration and programming, particularly related to persons with disabilities.
  • Must have experience in obtaining and managing state and/or federal funding.
  • Must have experience in strategic planning.
  • Must have an understanding of the cultures and needs of persons with hearing and vision differences and/or exceptionalities and have a work history that demonstrates actions and decisions with respect for and value of persons who are Deaf, Blind and DeafBlind.
  • Must demonstrate mature judgment, integrity, individual initiative, and leadership qualities this position demands.
  • A sign language proficiency level of SURVIVAL, according to the AIDB evaluation system, upon hire.
  • A sign language proficiency level of INTERMEDIATE, according to the AIDB evaluation system, must be obtained within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • Upon offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a fingerprint background check at an agency designated and paid by AIDB.



  • Provide visionary leadership for all aspects of E. H. Gentry Facility (EHG).
  • Assign, supervise, coordinate and evaluate work of staff.
  • Provide leadership in comprehensive curriculum and staff/student development.
  • Provide leadership and guidance for the development of high-quality programs so as to tap the unique talents, skills and abilities of the staff to the fullest benefit for the rehabilitation of the individuals we serve.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain rapport with constituencies such as internal staff; AIDB Units; consumers; family members; program completers; consumer organizations; vocational rehabilitation personnel; public school personnel; potential employers; and workforce organizations.
  • Must be able to build collaborative support among staff, administration, Board of Trustees, and stakeholders for the benefit of the individuals the organization serves.
  • Coordinate with the CAFSO, Chief Financial Officer and Maintenance Department the care and safekeeping of buildings, grounds, and all equipment therein.  
  • Collect student/consumer and program data to evaluate program success, student outcomes, and the progress made toward the implementation of strategic planning goals and objectives.
  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for students and staff.
  • Maintain Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International standards and coordinating accreditation visits.
  • Provide oversight and supervision of the Adult Basic Education grant and budget along with coordinating the application and subsequent management of other distinct grant opportunities and budgets.
  • Maintain professional competence and growth through participation in appropriate education/developmental activities and through organizational memberships, readings, conferences, courses, etc. to provide leadership to the profession.
  • Serve as a senior spokesperson for programs and activities to the public.
  • Review and approve payroll, purchase requisitions, travel authorizations and travel vouchers.
  • Provide leadership for development and management of EHG’s budget and contract(s) with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS).
  • Communicate the level/standard of excellence expected in the operation of academics, work experience, job development, residential facilities, food service, and all programs in which a consumer participates.
  • Make recommendations to the CAFSO for the employment, assignment, transfer, dismissal and promotion of personnel.
  • Coordinate and work in cooperation with AIDB Board of Trustees, President, CAFSO, Executive and Administrative Staff, Human Resources, and Legal Counsel in employee relations.
  • Supervise activities and ensure that the program maintains records necessary to comply with provision of State and Federal Laws.
  • Assist in preparation and submission of reports and other materials as may be required to the State Budget Office, State Legislature, ADRS and other agencies. 
  • Work closely with ADRS to ensure that EHG is responsive to the changing needs of consumers and of the employment market. Evaluate and establish consumer program completion standards to increase the number of individuals with hearing, vision and dual sensory loss served while increasing employment opportunities for these populations.
  • Participate as a contributing member of the AIDB Administrative Team, demonstrating an innovative and creative vision.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the position.


SALARY: $91,071 - $134,506   annually    Scale A1 Rank 02    


260 Days


Direct deposit is required; bi-monthly payroll


This is an exempt position and is not subject to overtime and/or compensatory time provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Benefits:       Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Available

Alabama State Teachers Retirement System

                        Deferred Compensation Options Available

                        Paid Time Off


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 22, 2024          


This position is funded by a grant award, funded by revenue generated, necessary for compliance or provides direct service delivery.


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