Pillar Search to Hunt for WildAid U.S. Operations Director

January 20, 2016 – Boston-based Pillar Search has been retained by WildAid to lead its search for a new managing director, U.S. operations. Pillar Search founder, Cindy Joyce, is leading the assignment.

Reporting to the chief executive officer and the managing director programs in his absence, the managing director for U.S. operations will primarily be a manager, overseeing all U.S. staff. The successful candidate will assess and ensure organizational performance in areas both internal and external: non-programmatic fundraising, finance/accounting, human resources, information technology and organizational communication, against the organization’s annual budget, work plan, and strategic plan. The position will be responsible for recruiting and hiring and overseeing U.S. staff.

Founded in 1999, WildAid is an international organization based in San Francisco. Its mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade.


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With over 20 years of experience, Pillar Search provides recruiting services for non-profits, foundations and early-stage or rapid growth for-profit organizations. The firm has a substantial track record in finding leaders in the field, including placing the managing director of World Animal Protection; the executive director of Yestermorrow Design/Build School; the president of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation; the director of development for Nantucket Atheneum; and the vice president of advancement for Pacific Northwest College of Art.

As the economy continues to strengthen, hiring in the non-profit sector has been gaining momentum. In the past decade employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. The non-profit sector has also become a hot area for corporate executives looking to switch careers. A recent article, ‘Profiting From Nonprofits,’ in United Airlines Hemisphere’s Magazine, said business managers and executives are turning to the non-profit world for employment in record numbers.

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

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