December 11, 2018 – Envision Consulting has been selected to find the next executive director for Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS), a Mission Hills, CA-based non-profit which provides support services to those with autism and other developmental disabilities. JNCS’ current leader, Jeff Strully, is retiring effective Dec. 31, after 25 years with the organization. The Pasadena, CA-based search firm specializes in working with not-for-profit organizations.
The non-profit is looking for a strategic, relationship-focused executive director to lead the organization into the next stage of growth, said Envision Consulting. The ideal candidate would be passionate about empowering the developmentally disabled community with demonstrated experience in relationship building, community partnerships, policy and fundraising.
The group’s executive director is responsible for overseeing the overall management, operations, financials and strategy, implementing the current strategic plan and taking a lead role in forming the next plan, said the search firm. An effective leader and strong communicator, the executive director is also expected to engage the senior staff and board in defining the vision for the organization.
Qualifications for the Role
The individual must be passionate and experienced working with the developmentally disabled community, current partnerships and current funding partners, including local regional centers, the California Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration and other local, state and national agencies.
It is preferred that candidates have a master’s degree in special education, social service, business or public administration, or commensurate experience, said Envision Consulting. Prospects should also have a minimum of seven years of experience in a leadership role in the non-profit sector. They should also have a strong understanding of the regional center system.
Other qualifications include: demonstrated success in fundraising, including individual giving, major gifts and foundations; demonstrated ability to manage and lead staff and work harmoniously and openly with a board of directors; demonstrated knowledge and experience overseeing financial matters, including audits, reporting and budgeting; and well-developed experience in community relations, marketing and fund development.
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Jay Nolan Community Services, established in 1975, supports individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities to live rich and valued lives as members of the community by providing customized assistance to meet their needs, including supported living services, family support services, supported employment and other direct support services. The non-profit is an industry-leader in supported living services, empowering clients with an innovative supported living model and direct services that allow individualized care and top-level results.
Envision Consulting was founded by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller in 2006. In addition to executive search, the firm provides coaching, planning and staffing tailored specifically to the non-profit sector. Its broad spectrum of services are designed to help non-profits increase revenues, expand awareness and strengthen service delivery.
Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world for over 16 years. He has served as executive director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also served as a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in nonpublic schools and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.
Ms. Fuller, managing partner, has worked in the non-profit world for more than a decade. Her interest in non-profits began as a volunteer, leading her to co-found her own non-profit organization. That led to a career-change to the non-profit sector where she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including executive director. As a former escrow officer, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings in unique talents to non-profits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. She also has a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations including Autism Speaks, YWCA and Step Up Women’s Network.
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