May 31, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm Diversified Search has been enlisted to find a chief publishing and innovation officer for non-profit Christian publisher David C Cook in Colorado Springs, CO. Managing director Jason D. León is leading the assignment.
“David C Cook is seeking a courageous, innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking business executive to lead the Learning Resources Group and serve as a member of the leadership team as they spearhead the organization’s efforts to reimagine the future of Christian publishing,” said Diversified Search.
The Learning Resources Group accounts for $35 million of the organization’s revenue. As the group’s leader, the chief publishing and innovation officer is responsible for creating and implementing strategies that will move the publisher to the primary leadership position in providing learning resources for children, youth, adults, family and pastoral ministry in the local church, said the search firm.
The role is part of the organization’s five-person executive leadership team. The chief publishing and innovation officer oversees a team of over 70 staff members, and will have the authority and flexibility to develop and implement the organizational changes needed to improve the effectiveness of the Learning Resource Group’s mission and vision. The individual will be responsible for overseeing editorial, design, sales, marketing, customer service, new product development and production, as well as own the key financial metrics for the entire Learning Resources Group.
Key responsibilities include managing and maintaining strong working relationships with key Learning Resources Group personnel, the executive leadership team and key external stakeholders such as authors, content providers and leaders of church denominations and networks. The individual will also be expected to staff and lead the team to create alignment and achieve ministry growth in line with the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Delegating responsibility, working with others and coaching reports to develop their capabilities is also critical.
The chief publishing and innovation officer is also charged with working with the leadership team to complete, refine and implement a five-year strategic plan that supports the overall growth strategy for the group, focused on the local church and the local church ministry structure. They will also develop program and resource plans for projects, units and annual Learning Resources Group financial sustainability.
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Candidates must have more than 10 years overall business leadership with global experience in some combination of sales, marketing, digital platforms, education, publishing and product development. The ideal prospect would be a proven effective strategic thinker, planner and implementer with experience supporting and driving the design, development and launch process of new products. He or she should also have a business background with P&L responsibilities and experience in developing and managing people and teams.
Founded in 1875, David C Cook is a leading global provider of Christian resources including books, curriculum and music. The publisher’s content has been published in more than 150 languages and used in over 200 countries around the world. Several of its books, such as Crazy Love by Francis Chan, have achieved New York Times bestseller status. David C Cook’s curriculum lines have been the mainstay of children’s ministry for over a century and one of the bestselling children’s bibles, The Action Bible, is used around the world, with over 51 million copies distributed in 53 languages.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Diversified is the U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Mr. León is located in Diversified’s Washington, D.C. office and specializes in board, CFO and non-profit searches. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he was senior director of corporate relations and programs for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Before that, he was alumni and social media program manager for National Urban Fellows, a premier leadership development organization and voice of authority on leadership diversity in the U.S. He is a certified public accountant and worked five years as the finance director and chief of administration for the City of Isabela in Puerto Rico.
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