March 13, 2019 – Denver-based EFL Associates has been selected to find the next executive director for WorldDenver, a non-profit community organization dedicated to understanding world affairs and cultures. Daniel J. Cummings, the search’s firm’s senior vice president and managing director is spearheading the assignment.
WorldDenver wants an innovative, visionary, mission-driven and results-oriented leader to lead the organization into the future, said EFL Associates. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding, as well as a deep knowledge of our Denver and Colorado environments, are desired hallmarks.
Global change and managing dynamic relationships in the private sector as well as in federal, state and local government have created unique challenges that WorldDenver must address to achieve its goal of being the foremost international authority for Denver and the State of Colorado, said the search firm. Like any member-centric organization, continual evaluation and adaptation of programmatic offerings to meet the evolving needs of both supporting members and community members is imperative to ensure the financial health of the organization.
Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will be expected to provide leadership, strategy development and vision to the organization in keeping with the mission and strategy of WorldDenver. The executive director is charged with providing executive leadership and oversight of high-quality service delivery, operations, constituent relations, volunteer engagement, community outreach, fiscal management and fundraising.
The executive director oversees a staff of seven and a 2019 projected operating budget of approximately $1 million.
Key responsibilities of the role include mission focus, which calls for working with the board, staff, volunteers, donors and participants to serve the mission of WorldDenver. The executive director must ensure operations are aligned with the group’s mission and member needs. The individual will also oversee and proactively direct efforts to grow the membership base.
Donor cultivation and fund development, leadership development, fluency in pertinent issues, program excellence and strategic/ financial planning are also vital parts of the job.
An undergraduate degree is required for the role, with an advanced degree preferred, said EFL Associates. Candidates should have a minimum of five years executive leadership experience in a non-profit organization, preferably a member services organization. Broad familiarity and passion for promoting understanding of global affairs and greater international understanding and dialogue is also required. Prospects must have demonstrated leadership and/or past hands-on experience cultivating revenue from a variety of funding sources to include grants, corporate sponsorships, foundations and individual donors.
Other qualifications include: strong operations oversight and assessment skills, ability to develop and promulgate appropriate metrics to ensure quality of programmatic offerings and proven leadership skills in developing, mentoring and guiding staff and volunteers. Experience working with/for a volunteer board of directors is highly desired.
WorldDenver wants an energetic, hands-on, confident but down-to-earth executive with a passion for the mission of the organization, said EFL Associates. Candidates should have cross-cultural sensitivity and fluency. Foreign language proficiency, particularly Spanish, is a plus. The ideal candidate should be an inspirational leader, with proven ability to inspire diverse groups of people to grasp the mission and reach organizational goals. Also critical is a combination of solid business experience and acumen and a sense for revenue generation and sustainability, with a belief in and appreciation for the non-profit community.
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Founded in 2012, WorldDenver’s impact on the Colorado community has grown along with the organization’s reputation for unique programs that connect Coloradans with experts, leaders and ideas from all over the world. WorldDenver’s reach is driven locally by roughly 1,200 supporting members and more than 3,000 community members. On a global scale, the organization brings about 600 international visitors to Denver annually through a partnership with the U.S. State Department. The organization also hosts about 20 expert speaker events each year including then-UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former defense secretary Robert Gates, ambassador Dennis Ross and renowned international experts like Robin Wright, to name just a few.
EFL Associates provides executive search services from offices in Kansas City, Denver, St. Louis and Raleigh, NC. The firm specializes in the following areas: finance and banking, higher education, non-profit, life sciences, energy, construction and engineering, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, public pension organizations, chief financial officers and board services.
Mr. Cummings brings over 30 years of diverse business experience to EFL’s Denver office and his clients. He directs all aspects of highly targeted search assignments, from investigation of organizational talent needs through candidate identification, evaluation, selection and project completion.
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