CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)


To Apply

CHADD has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search.  Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jack Lusk, Managing Partner & CEO
Dr. Jane Herzog, Director, Educational Leadership
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168



Please put the words “CHADD CEO in the subject line of your e-mailed application.


Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt [Section 501(c)(3)] organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.    Through a variety of outreach, CHADD improves the lives of individuals affected by ADHD.

Based in the Washington, D.C. area, CHADD, in addition to the website, publishes a variety of printed materials for members, including professionals to keep members current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.   Attention magazine and Attention Weekly are two of the nationally recognized publications.  CHADD also sponsors both national and international conferences, bringing together experts who share their knowledge and experiences with other professionals, parents and individuals with ADHD.

Founded in 1987 in response to frustration experienced by parents and their children with ADHD, CHADD has grown to represent more than 5,000 members across the country.  About 600 of the members are professionals providing clinical and other support to members.  Volunteers are working in chapters across the country to support parents through education, encouragement and advocacy.

CHADD serves as a national clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, provides local face to face family support groups for families and individuals, and advocates on public policy and public recognition in response to needs of people and families with ADHD.

The Position:
CHADD is seeking a dynamic, inspirational and highly effective manager as its next CEO.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the organization, focusing on its growth.  The CEO will provide overall leadership to and support of the hardworking CHADD staff.

The position of CEO is a critical, visible position requiring strong management skills, financial acumen, a demonstrated ability in increase revenue and a successful track record of working with a variety of stakeholders.

The CEO must be a highly intelligent self-starter who shares the Board’s commitment to the organization’s core mission.  He or she must have the business experience to ensure that the organization’s human and other resources are effectively deployed and efficiently managed.  The CEO must have the ability to work with Board Committees that advocate successfully and passionately on behalf of CHADD’s individuals and families in the public and private sectors.   In addition, the CEO should be highly knowledgeable, flexible and entrepreneurial in perceiving the wants and needs of the ADHD community and leading the organization in its mission of improving their lives.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills are critical.  The CEO must be comfortable and tactful in communicating with members and local affiliate volunteers as well as corporate executives, elected officials, public agency administrators, school district leaders and the community.  He or she must be able to work closely with the Board and staff in a transparent, honest fashion that promotes inclusiveness, cooperation and teamwork.  In addition, he or she will be bright, diplomatic, analytical, creative, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor and humility, and compassion.

Major Responsibilities:
Management and Administration

  • Responsible for providing effective management of CHADD’s services, publications, website and conferences consistent with its mission, philosophy, and values
  • Provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, missions, strategy and its annual goals
  • Serves as an advocate for the organization and the individuals it serves in the community and nationwide
  • Organizes and manages work to achieve results and tracks performance to ensure problems are detected early or prevented entirely
  • Effectively manages and provides leadership of the organization’s human resources according to authorized personnel practices and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations
  • Evaluates work of staff, makes staff advancement or terminations and ensures preparation of annual evaluation of work performance for each staff member.
  • Formulates policies, procedures and planning recommendations and presents them to the Board for approval
  • Plans, organizes, controls and evaluates functions of the organization
  • Shows an understanding of different cultures in dealing with individuals and families

Financial Management

  • In conjunction with the COO & Finance Committee, develops the organization’s annual operating and capital budgets which are presented to the Board of Directors for approval
  • Implements the approved operating/capital budgets and ensures expenditures and revenues are reported in accordance with accepted accounting standards
  • Provides overall control and direction for all funding and maintains relationships with funding sources
  • Ensures adequate system of financial accounting and controls in accordance with standards of accounting for nonprofits/state agencies
  • Continually seeks to identify new sources of revenue including sales of goods and services as well as funding from Federal grants and contracts, foundations and individual donors

Board Relations

  • Supports operations of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and serving as an advisor on various Board committees
  • Keeps Board of Directors informed on any issues that affect programs
  • Works closely with all Board committees and provides reports, information, support and resources as needed
  • Assists the Board in providing orientation to new Board members
  • Attends all regular Board and Executive Committee meetings
  • Acts as an agent of Board as designated
  • Works closely with committees in developing sound organizational policies, providing such information as may be required, and bringing to the Board’s attention any matters requiring policy decision, clarification or revision
  • Assumes other duties which may be assigned by the Board of Directors

Community Relations and Public Education

  • Initiates, maintains, and enhances community relations through advocacy with local, state, and national agencies, organizations, government officials, business leaders
  • Identifies resources requirements, researches funding sources and assists in the development of strategies to approach funders and submit proposals
  • Advocates for public policy supporting providers, people with attention deficit disorder and their families
  • Assists committees in cooperating with other organizations/agencies in order to make the best use of existing programs and services
  • Promotes and maintains working relationships with public officials, agency administrators and other personnel involved in direct or indirect services to individuals with ADHD

Program Development and Planning

  • Develops services that meet the community’s needs
  • Implements new programs and services for the community
  • Evaluates service provided in relation to goals and objectives
  • Assists in the planning of annual and other meetings, workshops or conventions
  • Maintains a clearinghouse of up-to-date information on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Participates in special studies, projects, research activities or such other activities as may be considered beneficial by the Board of Directors
  • Develops plans for further expansion or modification of programs and services of the organization. Maintains active and continuing leadership in all projects and services and provides direction, coordination and supervision as indicated by goals and policies

Minimum Educational and Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is required
  • Experience should include at least ten (10) years of increasingly responsible executive management experience including, but not limited to the following critical areas: strategic leadership, financial management, and organizational resourcing experience, preferably in a community action agency or similar agency supporting people disabilities
  • Management experience with specialized background in planning, budgeting, programming, procurement, management and technical expertise in administering federal and state grant funding
  • Management experience in the unique challenges of growing and maintaining an organization’s revenue

Positions are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  All are encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  For more information about CHADD, please visit their website at www.chadd.org.

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168