Job Details

Chief Executive Officer

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience



  • Do you have the passion for and commitment to the mission of Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) to be a champion who will empower blind or visually impaired people with opportunities to seek independence?
  • Are you an innovative and transformational leader who has a track record of success leading a team through the evolution of a complex, mission-based organization?
  • Do you thrive on being the face and the voice of an organization to the community, government groups and other stakeholders on a local and national level?



Established in 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people who are blind, visually impaired, or print impaired in the Greater Cincinnati area. Initially, CABVI employed men who made brooms and mops. In the 1960s, CABVI initiated several rehabilitation services, including low vision, rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility, and social services.  In the 1980s, computer access and early childhood intervention services were established.  In August 2017, CAVBI opened the Hornbeck Social Enterprise Center which increased CABVI’s operation significantly.

Today, CABVI is a comprehensive multi-service vision rehabilitation organization located in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Quantico, VA, serving and assisting over 6000 persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Building on a rich legacy of over 100 years, the next President/CEO will join CABVI at an exciting and critical time in its history. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the new leader will position CABVI to innovate, provide even stronger services and greater opportunities to those who are blind or visually impaired, and increase the impact on the lives of thousands of individuals in the areas where CABVI operates.



The President/CEO is responsible for the leadership and operation of CABVI’s $25+ million budget which leverages a 170+ person team of sighted and visually impaired, union and non-union employees located in Cincinnati and Dayton, OH and Quantico, VA.  They will represent CABVI with the highest-level strategic partners and in public forums.

The President/CEO will provide leadership to a team of professionals responsible for building and maintaining effective working relationships amongst its customers, suppliers, community partners, donors, the media, government, and the people the organizations serve.  The CEO will provide dynamic, strategic leadership for CABVI, listening and building consensus between diverse partners, and will leverage the staff’s deep concern to provide both services and employment to the visually impaired.

The successful candidate will maintain a strong, transparent and collaborative relationship with the Board of Trustees, and will provide active leadership on CABVI’s operations and business affairs.  They will work to align resources with strategic priorities and focus the organization on a strong course of continued growth for the long-term.



Organizational Leadership and Management:

  • Works in collaboration with the Board of Trustees to establish mission, goals, objectives, programs, and directives in service to the clients and customers of CABVI.
  • Maintains a transparent relationship with the Board, and provides frequent reports on strategic, operational, programmatic and legislative matters impacting the organization.
  • Establishes open communication and cooperation between the Board and all levels of staff and develops a high level of respect and trust between all parties.


External Affairs and Revenue Generation:

  • Serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson and positively promotes the work of CABVI to a diversity of audiences.
  • Drives collaborative partnerships with national and state associations, network organizations, the business community, and other external stakeholder groups.
  • Develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with elected officials to advance the mission of the organization and advocate on behalf of membership before key government bodies on public policy issues.
  • Advances the public dialogue around the importance of diversity and inclusion and promotes the critical need for environments where people who are blind or visually impaired are empowered to seek independence.


Administration and Operations:

  • Constructs a streamlined organizational structure that attracts and encourages talented team members to achieve excellence and establish accountability; develops and implements internal policies and procedures that facilitate the success of the team and the broader organization.
  • Provides inspiring leadership and ensures internal culture supports the mission of CABVI while promoting synergy and collaboration across the organization.
  • Develops strategies to enhance the overall financial health of the organization.  Presents an annual budget for review and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Provides fiscally responsible administration, understanding all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, and investments in an effort to maintain and enhance the organization’s position.
  • Actively drives CABVI’s long-term financial growth and stability to secure investments from a diversity of sources.



The successful candidate will be an innovative, strategic thinker with proven leadership, communications, fundraising, advocacy, and relationship-building skills, and will possess strong leadership and management skills demonstrated both within an organization and within a complex network model.  They will be deeply committed to the mission of CABVI and will be a champion for empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant and progressively rising levels of executive leadership experience, and a track record of advancing the agenda for a dynamic, evolving organization.
  • Track record of effectively working with diverse stakeholders to forge an organization’s strategic plan and execute upon that plan with appropriate urgency, timeliness, and responsiveness to outline goals, establish metrics and meet benchmarks, and deliver projects on budget.
  • Relevant experience scalable to the mission of CABVI, including (but not limited to) business acumen in both commercial and social services settings.
  • Demonstrated experience as spokesperson with a wide range of audiences including government officials, association and corporate leadership, the media, donors, and the public at large.
  • Ability to motivate, empower and grow CABVI staff including recruiting, hiring, and retaining top caliber professional talent.
  • Successful generation of new sources of revenue while managing the operating budget in a cost constrained environment.


Leadership Competencies and Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically regarding future trends and their long-term effect, while at the same time focusing on day-to-day operational issues.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and persuasion skills, including the ability to relate well to a wide range of constituencies; outstanding listening skills, with the ability to clearly articulate the message and command the respect of his/her audience.
  • Strong executive presence: the ability to inspire, motivate and excite various constituencies. 
  • Unquestionable integrity, credibility and character, demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.
  • Passionate about the mission of CABVI.
  • Collaborative, inclusive leader and team player, collegial, open to partnering with others.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is a plus.


We are committed to attracting and recruiting a diverse pool of candidates, including those who are blind or visually impaired.


OTHER: Relocation assistance will be provided.


Michele Plessinger, Partner