April 3, 2018 – The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have plenty of work looking for candidates.
Executive search firm Gilman Partners has been selected by Kentucky-based non-profits Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions and the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission to find new executive directors.
For nearly 40 years, Cincinnati-based Gilman Partners has identified, recruited, and placed leaders for clients throughout the Midwest. Its new talent advisory service will help clients maximize business results by providing strategic talent services.
Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions
Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions has built a reputation over its 134-year history for working to strengthen the lives of children through its programs and services focused on the child. The organization has worked to provide a continuum of care, and the addition of new programs has allowed the agency to increase its impact on the families served. Four program areas are offered: residential treatment, case management, therapy services, and supervised visitation in the seven-county Northern Kentucky area.
Holly Hill is seeking a leader to represent and advocate for the agency in its relationship with clients, vendors, funding sources, other agencies and the community at large, said Gilman Partners. The individual will serve as the face of the organization with the media, government officials, and other public entities. The leader is expected to “keep a pulse on trends in community services and healthcare in order to recommend strategic growth opportunities for the agency, including partnerships with other entities.”
Non-Profit Sector Opens Up New Career Path for High Performing Leaders
One of the fastest growing sectors within executive search today can be found in non-profit. Presently, close to 150 recruiting firms specialize in some form of talent acquisition in this sector, which includes foundations, cultural institutions, and academia, to name a few.
The organization seeks a person with five or more years of leadership experience within a non-profit agency or division of a company. The individual must have demonstrated success in meaningful fundraising for a non-profit organization, according to the search firm.
Debra Savage, an executive recruiter that focuses on accounting/finance, non-profit, operations, HR and leadership, is handling the assignment for Gilman Partners.
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
For more than 50 years, the mission of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission has been to help individuals and families develop the knowledge, opportunities and resources they need to achieve self-reliance. Today, it serves more than 25,000 individuals each year with services including early childhood education, job training, energy and other financial assistance, affordable housing, weatherization, senior citizens centers, child abuse prevention, Affordable Care Act enrollment and educational services.
The commission seeks an executive director to oversee strategic initiatives that contribute to its overall strategic plan, vision, and mission. The leader will assure by-laws, funding requirements, Kentucky statutes, and rules of order are followed with all board functions, including meetings, notices, member recruitment, conflicts of interest, minutes, and recordkeeping, said the search firm.
Why Recruiters Center On Fundraising Skills
Organizations nationwide are under pressure to find leaders who can act as de facto chief fundraisers – and recruiters are in lock step to find talent to satisfy the demand. These leaders need to be strategic thinkers who can motivate the stakeholders whose philanthropy pulls everything together.
The incoming executive must have had past overall management responsibility for a non-profit agency, company or division of a company, said Gilman Partners. The individual is expected to have experience being the face of an organization with employees, key customers and in the community. In addition, the firm said that the right candidate will have financial acumen, “including managing complicated budgets, seeking and managing federal funds, managing grant-funded programs, and adhering to auditing and monitoring requirements of state, local and federal governments.”
Executive search consultant Sarah Golan is leading the assignment. She has experience with searches in non-profit, professional services, operations, and human resources.
“I love the work our non-profit leadership practice does,” said Ms. Golan. “We invest a lot of time and effort building relationships with each client’s board/search committee to understand their mission, what their current challenges are, where they want to be as an organization in the next 10-plus years, and what characteristics they are looking for in their next leader.”
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