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Pathways to Independence

Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Pathways to Independence seeks a leader to advance the organization’s mission to support the development of skills that positively impact the lives of adults with disabilities who seek greater independence and social success.

About Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence offers skills training and community-based events that help individuals needing support with social interaction and communication (such as those on the Autism Disorder Spectrum, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities) feel more comfortable in their environment. Over time, participants experience success in their personal and work relationships and become actively engaged in their community.


  • GAP (Growth & Potential) Services: one-on-one skills training to help participants prepare for employment or address interaction obstacles at the workplace or in social environments.
  • Social Focus: small group individualized training that teaches skills such as how to initiate social activities, how to maintain friendships, how to resolve conflict with friends, money management, transportation training, use of computers, etc.
  • Social College: educational format with a formal curriculum, video modeling, and role play. Topics geared toward situations faced everyday. Upcoming courses: The Art of Invitation and Keeping Conversations Going.
  • Social Growth: a monthly calendar of social events that give participants the opportunity to practice and generalize newly learned skills, explore new places, and develop life-long friendships.

Formed in 1987, Pathways to Independence today serves 150 participants in niche programming that is not duplicated by other organizations. Program delivery is the agency’s highest priority. The staff is comprised of four full-time and six part-time dedicated and mission-focused individuals.

Pathways to Independence has an annual budget of approximately $400,000 and is fortunate to possess a healthy level of operating reserves. Revenue comes from client service fees; SB-40 organizations in the St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and St. Charles County; and a wide range of individual and institutional donors.

Executive Director Position Opportunity

The new Executive Director will lead the organization as it implements strategic priorities to expand services, increase visibility and public awareness, secure stable and diverse sources of funding, and innovate in programming.

The Board seeks applicants who are resourceful, compassionate, and dynamic. The successful candidate will be:

  • Mission-focused and dedicated to providing quality services
  • A collaborative leader who can maintain a high morale work environment
  • Growth-oriented, who can position the organization for future success and achieve it in a way that retains the highly personalized nature of services
  • Able to maintain existing and cultivate new relationships with referral sources, donors, and supporters
  • A strong communicator, self-starter, and problem-solver

Desired qualifications include:  a Master’s degree; three or more years in a leadership role; and experience in serving individuals with disabilities.

The Executive Director directs the day-to-day operations of the organization. Areas of responsibility include:

  • Program development and oversight
  • Outcomes management
  • Staff management and talent development
  • Donor cultivation
  • Community relations and partnerships
  • Revenue generation
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Management and administration
  • Board support
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Legal compliance

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a resume, contact information for three references, and a cover letter (not to exceed one page) that summarizes your qualifications for and interest in this position.

Please email your application materials to In order to ensure delivery, the file size of the email must not exceed 5mb.

Application materials submitted by May 12, 2017 will be given priority


3120 locust • st. louis, mo 63103 • p. 314.533.0930