January 11, 2023 – Non-profit specialist recruitment firm Development Guild DDI was recently selected to find a new CEO for United Women in Faith in New York City. Senior vice president and principal Tracy Marshall is leading the assignment.
Together, the board and the CEO ensure United Women in Faith’s relevance to the membership, accomplish its mission and vision, and are accountable to organization’s diverse constituents and community, said the search firm. The board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the CEO, who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the board.
Some key responsibilities for the incoming CEO include: helps the board uphold United Women in Faith’s values, mission, and vision, and determines short-term and long-term goals to accomplish this mission; monitors, evaluates, and keeps the board informed on United Women in Faith’s relevance to the community, effectiveness, and results; identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; approaches the board on these issues when necessary and facilitates discussion, deliberation, and policymaking; and keeps current on best practices for human services, not-for-profit management, governance, and philanthropy and surfaces any trends needing discussion.
Candidates should be dedicated lay members of the United Methodist Church and possess a strong witness for Christ and mission along with an understanding of the United Methodist Church, its polity, its connectional structure, and the interfaith community. The right candidate will be thoroughly committed to United Women in Faith’s mission and should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience with a minimum of five years senior-level management, executive administrative, or chief operating officer experience, preferably in a religious non-profit or community-based organization with a specialized knowledge of non-profit management and fundraising.
The winning candidate will have a track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff with an ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth. They will also have knowledge of and experience in management and administration with demonstrated experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management.
Knowledge in the following areas is required: human services, finance and personnel, oral and written communications, planning and evaluation, and governance. Experience in the field of philanthropy, not-for-profit management and governance, and community relations is also preferred.
United Women in Faith is a global mission organization and a part of the United Methodist Church. The organization creates and oversees programs that equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments, and churches and to advocate for the oppressed and dispossessed with special attention to the needs of women, children, and youth.
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.
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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.
President William 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.
Ms. Marshall has worked with a wide range of clients, including Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Emily Dickinson Museum, The Fenn School, French Cultural Center, The Home for Little Wanderers, Kents Hill School, The League School, Mount Sinai Health System, Olin College of Engineering, St. John’s Prep, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Rhode Island Foundation, and Woodwell Climate Research Center. Ms. Marshall rejoined Development Guild DDI in 2011 after serving for seven years as the director of philanthropy at Faulkner Hospital. Her career has also included positions at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media