Development Guild DDI Seeks New Leader for Senior Community

July 12, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm Development Guild DDI, which focuses on the non-profit sector, has been retained to find the next president and CEO for Sophia Snow Place, a senior living community in West Roxbury, MA. President William Weber is leading the assignment.

The next leader of Sophia Snow Place will be expected to partner with the board of directors of Roxbury Home for Aged Women (RHAW) and its subsidiaries, Sophia Snow House Inc. and the Residences at Snow Place Independent Living Inc., to plan for and guide programming and organizational growth, said Development Guild DDI.

With a strong focus on programmatic and financial oversight, the president and CEO will be charged with working closely with board committees to develop both long-term strategic priorities and financial plans, and processes for ensuring the ongoing success of the non-profit.

Strategic planning and leadership responsibilities of the job include facilitating the further development of the organization’s strategic plan and obtaining board approval, including goals, objectives, timeline, and budgets, said the search firm. The new president and CEO will also be expected to partner with RHAW’s board and its committees to update, track and monitor the goals and objectives of the strategic plan. He or she will be responsible for advancing the work of RHAW’s board’s strategic planning, governance, finance committees and ad hoc committees. The new leader must also collaborate with RHAW’s board, the management company and/or leadership staff to develop innovative programs in response to the changing needs of seniors.

Responsibilities of the Role

External relations and community engagement is also be a vital part of the role, said Development Guild DDI. The new president and CEO will be expected to represent Sophia Snow Place in the community and increase organizational visibility to position the non-profit for growth. The individual must also take initiative to develop and implement a fundraising program in conjunction with the board, explore new methods for Sophia Snow Place to serve as a community resource and advocate for moderate-income elders, as well as continue to grow and develop new funding sources and cultivate current resources.

Fiduciary and Financial Management aspects of the job include: managing an annual budget of $2.1 million and endowment of $16 million; ensuring adequate control and accounting of all funds, including maintaining sound financial practices; and overseeing management and operations of Sophia Snow Place’s contracts, as directed by RHAW’s board.

Candidates for the president and CEO role should have an authentic alignment with Sophia Snow Place’s mission, said Development Guild DDI. Sophia Snow Place wants prospects to have 15 years of senior-level non-profit management experience with proven success building and growing an organization. They should also have proven ability to manage and partner with a board of directors to drive organizational growth. Outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills are also required.


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It is strongly preferred that candidates have a familiarity with senior housing, knowledge of geriatrics and/or healthcare, and fundraising success from individuals and/or government/foundation grantsmanship. An MBA, CPA, MSW, MPH, or other relevant degree is required.

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Sophia Snow Place is a senior living community that offers an affordable lifestyle in a modern facility. The roots of the non-profit organization go back to 1856, when its founding organization was formed to meet the needs of aged women in the Roxbury section of Boston. Today, Sophia Snow Place offers two senior living options: For those who seek an independent lifestyle without owning a home, the organization offers 66 independent living apartments. For seniors who require assistance with some activities of daily living, there are 36 private supportive living suites. Sophia Snow Place is located close to world-class medical care, cultural and educational resources, sporting events, fine dining and shopping.

Development Guild DDI, which has offices in New York and Boston, was founded in 1978. The firm helps clients align leadership around a strategic vision with its planning, executive search and fundraising services. The firm works with non-profits nationwide, partnering with leaders in academic medicine, higher education, arts and culture, human services and others.

Development Guild’s clients, which number more than 500, have included: Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, College of the Holy Cross, Partners in Health, University of Rhode Island Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Weber, who co-founded the firm with Suzanne Weber in 1978, has focused his career on the convergence of strategic planning, philanthropy and leadership development, as well as the transformational impact it can have on an institution. His many clients have included: Boston University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Johns Hopkins Medicine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Year Up.

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

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