Make a difference: The Arc of Bismarck and Designer Genes of ND, Inc., Bismarck are committing to expand programming, and this is your opportunity to advance our impact on people with I/DD, families, and the community.


We are looking to hire a Program Director position to oversee the planning, administration, and implementation of the organization’s programs. To ensure that individuals living with I/DD, their families, and the public have access to the information, advocacy, and skills needed to support the full inclusion and participation of people with I/DD in the community throughout their lifetimes.


TITLE:                          Program Director

STATUS:                      Exempt

REPORTS TO:              Executive Directors

PAY:                            $43,295-$46,776 per year

LOCATION:                  Bismarck, ND



  1. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the programs to meet the evolving needs of clients.
  2. PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION: Directs the operational business of the organizations’ outreach, ensuring grants and community funding efforts to support existing program expenses to fulfill the organizations’ missions.
  3. ADVOCACY: Collaborates with the American People Self-Advocacy Association and Youth Empowering Social Status-YESS; supports and coordinates advocacy efforts in cooperation with the executive director to enhance the advocacy impact of the organizations.
  4. PUBLIC RELATIONS: Seeks, develops, and maintains community partnerships that advance the organization’s ability to advocate for and provide education regarding the challenges and possibilities for people impacted by I/DD.
  5. FUND DEVELOPMENT: Develops and implements fund-raising efforts to increase the financial support of the organizations from various sources.



  • Minimum of B.S. or B.A.
  • Minimum of two years working with people with disabilities or equivalent experience, including experience educating people with disabilities
  • Experience advocating for people with disabilities preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, including planning, goal setting, evaluation and problem solving
  • Experience in writing grant proposals preferred


  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and organized, able to manage multiple tasks
  • Experience coordinating events preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficiency in social media.




This work-from-home position requires regular local travel to program sites and events.


This work is primarily sedentary, requiring communicating clearly, seeing, hearing, talking, concentrating, reading and operating office equipment such as a computer, calculator, copier and scanner.   


Some evening and weekend hours are required, according to event schedules. May require light lifting according to program needs.


Some out-of-state travel may be required for meetings and trainings.  



  • Paid vacation
  • Health insurance


The Arc of Bismarck and Designer Genes are AA/EOE employers.


Please email your cover letter and resume to by December 12th 4pm


Full job description: Program director job description