How to Apply to Work at Unified Community Connections

Position Available:  Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The board of Directors of Unified Community Connections, Inc. is seeking a strong and capable Chief Executive Officer to replace the current CEO who is retiring after fourteen years of service in that position. 

The selected candidate for the CEO position will be an outstanding leader with professional experience and a personal commitment to enabling and supporting individuals with intellectual and other disabilities to enjoy full and productive lives and will position the organization to meet future challenges.

Unified Community Connections, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization with headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.  The mission of Unified is to support individuals with disabilities in achieving independence, productivity, and the quality of life they seek.  Unified provides:  Residential Services for 148 adults in 44 homes in Harford, Baltimore, Howard, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties; Personal Support Services for 31 adults living on their own or with their families; and Individual Support Services to nine adults.  Unified operates Day Habilitation Centers in Middle River, Frederick, Hagerstown, and Cumberland serving over 220 individuals daily.  Additionally, the agency provides assessments and augmentative communication devices for hundreds of individuals annually through its Assistive Technology program.  Unified has an annual operating budget of $24 million.  Its services are licensed by the Developmental Disabilities Administration of the Maryland Department of Health.  Unified employs a competent and caring staff of approximately 450 employees, the majority of whom are direct support staff. 

The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall management of the organization and its program operations.  The CEO develops the annual operating and capital budget(s) for the Board approval and assures that the programs and services comply with internal policies as well as local, state, and federal regulations.  The CEO leads and supervises a 6-member senior leadership team.  Other key duties include creating and overseeing a marketing and development plan and maintaining positive and effective relationships with stakeholders and others that help advance the Unified mission. 

Applicants for the CEO position must have outstanding and proven leadership qualities, excellent team leadership skills, a collaborative and open communication style and the ability to adapt and respond effectively to change.  A strong work ethic, compassion, and an honest dedication to the mission of Unified and the people it supports are essential. 

Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience at least five (5) of which in a senior management/executive capacity required.  Experience with governmental regulations and funding mechanisms in Maryland and federal Home and Community Based Medicaid waiver programs is highly desirable. 

Compensation:  Unified is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent fringe benefit package.

To Apply:  Interested candidates should email their resume with a cover letter that describes their interest in the position, how their qualifications align with the position requirements and their compensation expectations.  Candidates should direct these materials to CEOsearch@unified.org on or before November 30, 2020.  All candidates are assured that their interest in the position will be held in strictest confidence until such time as a mutual interest is established and necessary content is received. 

Unified Community Connections, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Below are the necessary Pre-Hire forms.  Please click on each one to download, print, complete, and return by emailing them to the appropriate location:  

MVA Authorization Form

Reference Form(1)

EBI Background Authorization Form

Baltimore location:  Michelle Gustitis at mgustitis@unified.org 

Frederick location:  Janina Rice at jrice@unified.org

Hagerstown location:  Kim Wood at kwood@unified.org

Cumberland location:  Sherry Wheeler at swheeler@unified.org

Benefit Options

Unified Community Connections offers a comprehensive benefits package to help meet the needs of employees and their families.  The following is a general description of benefits available to regular, full-time and those employees that otherwise qualify.

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long-term Disability
  • Short-term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Program

Unified Community Connections Employment Policy

The services and programs of Unified Community Connections operate on a nondiscriminatory basis. They are subject to the provisions of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the Hill Burton Act. These acts prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age and disability. Unified Community Connections’ nondiscriminatory position applies to employment, admissions, provisions of services, assignment of services, granting of privileges, accommodations, and opportunity to participate in programs and activities.