CarterBaldwin Selected by World Relief to Find New Leader

March 18, 2021 – CarterBaldwin Executive Search has been chosen to help find the next president and chief executive officer for World Relief, a Christian humanitarian non-profit based in Baltimore. Partner Bill Peterson and consultant Scott Tanksley are spearheading the assignment. “The president & CEO will come to lead an organization with a rich history and a bright future,” said the search firm. “A successful candidate must wholeheartedly demonstrate a commitment to the growth and evolution of World Relief.”

The new leader’s responsibilities will span strategic and programmatic delivery, culture, organizational leadership, and advocacy and external relationships. The individual will be expected to embody and advance World Relief’s mission to “empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable.” World Relief’s CEO must be conversant with and a champion of the organization’s core programmatic areas — domestic immigration and refugee resettlement services, international humanitarian disaster relief and prevention, and global health and development work, said the search firm. The leader will be expected to ensure World Relief delivers high impact outcomes through faithful stewardship of available resources. Success will be marked by increasing missional impact delivered within a sustainable economic model.

High-Performance Culture

Among the other responsibilities of the position, the CEO must steward and further cultivate a high-performance culture marked by data-driven analysis, nimble and collaborative leadership structures, empowered teams, and the right mix of celebration and accountability, said Carter Baldwin Executive Search. The individual must lead, model and invest in an organizational culture that builds staff capability, creates further opportunity for advancement and demonstrates a commitment to diversity at all levels of the organization.

The president and CEO must be a Christ-centered servant leader. The individual will serve as a role model of character with lifelong commitment to spiritual formation including prayerful discernment. It is critical that World Relief’s leader demonstrate heart and passion for the most vulnerable, flowing from the conviction that this is a critical part of the mission and calling of the church. Leadership skills, talent management, stakeholder relationships, communication skills and operating and administrative skills are all integral aspects of the position.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree in a relevant area is preferred. They should also have the ability to sign the National Association of Evangelicals statement of faith and broad agreement with the group’s guide for public policy, “For the Health of the Nation.” The role requires more than 10 years in complex senior management and leadership situations showing progressively more responsibility, and preferably with global or cross-cultural experience. Knowledge and experience in INGO (international nongovernmental organization) management or board service is required. The position also calls for domestic and international travel of approximately 30 percent of the leader’s time. The travel amount will ebb and flow, with more travel required early on to build relationships and trust, but there is an increasing ability to work digitally.

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World Relief seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. The non-profit brings hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children through vital and sustainable programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, World Relief has partnered with churches and communities, currently across more than 20 countries, to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives. In the last year, the organization has provided nearly 1.4 million people across 10 countries with humanitarian aid and disaster response.

Veteran Recruiters

Headquartered in Atlanta, CarterBaldwin provides executive search services in the healthcare, technology, non-profit, consumer services, industrial and media/telecom sectors. Its clients include name-brand institutions, such as KPMG, ADP, Teradata, First Data, Duke University, Pepperdine University, New York Life, Fleet Pride and Berkshire Hathaway. The firm is listed among a variety of rankings published by Hunt Scanlon Media, including its Top 50, Private Equity Power 75, and Top 40 Higher Education Search Firms.

CarterBaldwin Announces Search for Tyndale House Ministries Chief Executive Officer

Tyndale House Ministries, one of the largest independent Christian publishers in the world, has selected CarterBaldwin Executive Search to conduct a global search for its new CEO. Since 1962, Tyndale has grown from a modest home operation into a major publishing entity located in Carol Stream, IL. Following 36 years leading the organization, Tyndale House Ministries CEO Mark Taylor has announced his decision to retire in 2021.

The Tyndale board of directors has initiated the search to identify a new CEO who can leverage the strength of the past and lead the organization confidently into the future.

Mr. Peterson co-leads CarterBaldwin’s non-profit and academic practice, recruiting senior leaders for state university systems, private education institutions, non-profit entities, healthcare organizations and related companies. With over 20 years of executive search experience, he has successfully led hundreds of searches for chief executive officers, presidents, provosts, vice presidents and deans for private and public institutions, as well as senior level executives for corporate clients.

Mr. Tanksley brings experience from the corporate, non-profit, and start-up worlds. Prior to CarterBaldwin, he helped North Point Ministries plant churches across the U.S. and Canada and coached the lead pastors as they built their teams and operations. Mr. Tanksley also founded two start-ups and worked in corporate real estate, traveling the East Coast to acquire data center facilities for large telecommunications companies.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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