special needs

Madonna Seeks New President

With the resignation of Jay Dunlap, current Madonna School & CBS President, the organization is accepting resumes/cover letters to fill the position. 

Qualified candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter by April 15, 2018 to Dr. Michael Ashton, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha: mwashton@archomaha.org.

Position Summary

Madonna School and Community-Based Services is seeking a visionary, mission-driven executive with the ability to envision, develop, and guide a strategic plan to bring Madonna into the future.  Qualified candidates will have the ability to delegate and manage the operations of a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities while growing and maintaining donor relations and building a strong community presence.  

Position Responsibilities

•    Lead Madonna and grow its ability to enable children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives as participating members of the community.

•    Develop, plan, and oversee implementation of Madonna’s strategic vision for future growth.
o    Ensure that proper resources are in place to accomplish the organization’s vision
o    Regularly evaluate staff performance goals as measured against Madonna’s strategic vision

•    Lead Madonna’s development strategy.
o    Plan and oversee donor acquisition, stewardship and solicitation efforts, fundraising appeals, capital campaigns and planned giving
o    Design and oversee a strategy to grow Madonna’s endowment

•    Improve community relations to increase awareness of Madonna, its programs and its mission.  Create and grow partnerships with community businesses and organizations.
o    Develop and maintain communication and relationships with community leaders
o    Create and manage strategic community partnerships that enhance Madonna’s mission

•    Maintain a productive working relationship with Madonna’s Advisory Board.
o    Identify and recruit qualified board members
o    Refine and implement the on-boarding process for board members and design and deliver to the board on-going education regarding Madonna’s programs and mission
o    Create a viable succession plan for board members who are terming off the board

•    Develop and oversee strategies to increase enrollment in Madonna’s programs.

•    Supervise day-to-day operations and department heads.

o    clearly define responsibilities for department heads in a manner that is consistent with Madonna’s mission and strategic vision
o    create measurable goals for department heads and regularly assess results
o    empower department heads with the resources to accomplish stated goals
o    delegate responsibilities to appropriate staff
o    hold department heads accountable for performance

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

•    Excellent public speaking and presentation abilities.
•    Excellent written communication skills for sharing Madonna’s mission through print and online publications and communication with supporters, prospects and community leaders.
•    Ability to manage and oversee an organizational budget that encompasses multiple departments, income and revenue sources.
•    Ability to organize and disseminate internal communications across multiple channels to all departments, staff, students, clients, alumni and their families.
 

 

Pilot Club's Trivia Night Funds Sensory Integration Room

Pilot Club of Omaha presents a check for $3,200 to Madonna School President, Jay Dunlap, after the 2015 Trivia Night.

Pilot Club of Omaha presents a check for $3,200 to Madonna School President, Jay Dunlap, after the 2015 Trivia Night.

An annual night of merriment has become a blessing for Madonna students with sensory processing disorders.

The Pilot Club of Omaha began an annual Trivia Night in 2014 to raise funds for causes chosen by club members. It is a fun and rather crazy event with 8 people to a table. Each table brings their own food, drinks and themed decorations. Tables compete with each other for top prize along with several "silly" awards given by the host club. There are many door prizes given throughout the evening, a dessert auction, and a raffle with many wonderful donated items.

The trampoline is used for calming from a temper tantrum or getting rid of excess energy.  Music therapy uses it for developing rhythm.

The trampoline is used for calming from a temper tantrum or getting rid of excess energy.  Music therapy uses it for developing rhythm.

The pea pod is for "squeezing" or "hugging" a student for calming and feeling safe. 

The pea pod is for "squeezing" or "hugging" a student for calming and feeling safe. 

Madonna school was the club's first choice to aid in developing a Sensory Integration room for the students who need the sensory breaks and/or stimulation.  Trivia Night was held in March 2014 and 2 of the 10 tables were supported by Madonna staff/parents/friends. The first year a check for $1200 was donated to start the process.  However, in order to develop a decent sensory room, more equipment was needed.  Pilot Club of Omaha applied for a matching grant from Pilot International. They received the grant and a second Trivia Night in 2015 was held for Madonna. There were 3 out of 10 Madonna supported tables and they sure were enthusiastic participants during the evening! With the Trivia night proceeds, a check for $3200 was presented to Madonna School to continue developing the sensory room. 

The platform swing is mainly for calming.  It can be taken off and the taco swing put on which envelopes the student as they swing.

The platform swing is mainly for calming.  It can be taken off and the taco swing put on which envelopes the student as they swing.

Pilot club cleaned the room and carpets, painted the walls and school staff began to order equipment. At the beginning of the school year,  an occupational therapist gave the staff an in-service on the uses of the equipment.  Some of the items can be checked out and used in a classroom, however, much of it stays in the room.  Students come in as needed.  Madonna received a grant to support a part time Occupational Therapist to join the staff and provide ongoing observation of students and instruction to staff regarding use of the room and equipment.  The Pilot Club of Omaha was thrilled to know that the process they helped expand is continuing its growth for the benefit of all the students with special needs.