BoardWalk Consulting Leading Executive Director Search for Jane Goodall Institute

August 15, 2016 – Executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting has been retained by The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to lead its search for a new executive director. Managing director Kathy Bremer is leading the assignment.

The executive director incumbent will foster a culture of excellence in which JGI and Dr. Goodall’s vision, values and work manifest at the most impactful levels. The executive will be a proven, mission-centered leader capable of leading, inspiring and managing in complex global contexts. He or she will position JGI for sustainable long-term success, according to the Institute, through strategy, planning, effective management, fundraising and execution.

The ideal candidate is to be an outstanding, proven non-profit leader and manager with experience relevant to JGI. The director will unite and leverage JGI’s global talent and be passionate about Jane Goodall’s global mission and capable of creating long term, sustainable success for the organization.

The executive director will have personal assets that include:

  • Self-awareness and self-confidence with low ego needs—a servant leader;
  • Trustworthiness—someone who builds and engenders trust;
  • Maturity, mission orientation, and a balanced head and heart;
  • Authenticity, credibility and ethical grounding;
  • Ability to respect, lead and inspire teams by building trust, breaking down barriers and bringing people together;
  • High emotional intelligence, listening and relationship skills;
  • Diplomacy and political savvy;
  • Uncommonly strong communication and collaboration skills;
  • A calm, thoughtful, reassuring presence;
  • A compassionate, team-building management style that builds consensus, coupled with the ability to make tough decisions;
  • A global lens and cross cultural competency.

The Jane Goodall Institute is a world leader in protecting chimpanzees and conserving the planet. Founded in 1977 by iconic ethologist and pioneer Dr. Jane Goodall, JGI advances the vision and work of Dr. Goodall through community-based conservation, research, education and advocacy.

BoardWalk Consulting is a national executive search firm that specializes in recruiting CEOs and senior leaders for non-profits and foundations. The firm has led over 200 searches for over 110 clients in 27 states.


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The firm was selected by non-profits Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Jewish Family Service of Colorado, Lutheran Services of Georgia and Year Up New York to find new executive directors.

The economic strength of the non-profit sector has been increasing and the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S., according to recent labor and industry reports. Nearly two million non-profit organizations now employ close to 11 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion. The sector’s expansion has created a fertile business for executive recruiters.

Hiring among non-profits continues to grow. According to the 2016 ‘Non-Profit Salaries & Staffing Report’ by PNP Staffing Group, more than 50 percent of hiring managers are reporting staff increases. The report found that the non-profit sector has grown by 20 percent over the last 10 years.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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