November 26, 2019 – 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.
Recently, executive search and non-profit consulting firm KEES (Kistner Eddy Executive Services) was selected by the Active Transportation Alliance to find a new executive director. Heather Eddy, president and CEO, and Megan DeVoe, project manager, are leading the assignment for the search firm.
The organization is seeking an influential and innovative leader to elevate the organization’s vision and enhance its efforts to expand the impact of the mission. The executive director will oversee daily operations and will lead a highly valued team. The individual will manage with a collaborative style while attracting, nurturing and retaining high-performing talent. “The role requires a dynamic relationship-builder who can cultivate and grow critical partnerships for organizational growth, accompanied by leadership and communications skills that can inspire, support and accelerate change across Chicagoland,” the search firm said.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for the mission of the organization, value diversity, possess superior relationship-building skills and have a strong, vibrant public presence. “The qualified candidate will work to ensure the organization is supported by diverse, robust revenue streams which will include a well-balanced philanthropic program,” KEES said. “The new executive director will bring a management approach that maintains overall financial stability. As the primary external leader, the successful candidate will often be called upon to articulate the organization’s mission to the public, with private audiences, and in interactions with the press. This multi-faceted leader will empower staff, ensure a consistent mission and organizational culture, achieve revenue goals, and maintain and build key relationships and partnerships.”
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Active Transportation Alliance is one of the largest, most effective advocacy organizations promoting walking, bicycling, and public transportation in the U.S. Founded in 1985, it carries out an ambitious advocacy mission with the goal of creating healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.
KEES, based in Naperville, IL, focuses on building transformative teams and leaders in the non-profit sector. The firm was founded in 2013 as an expansion of Alford Executive Search. It is woman-owned and operated and provides a wide variety of services, including executive search, specialty and interim staffing, HR consulting, leadership development and more.
Ms. Eddy has worked with non-profits and institutions to build capacity for more than 20 years. For the past 12 years, she has focused on strengthening executives, boards, managers and philanthropic leaders. She co-founded KEES and leads the organization’s team after serving for 17 years in multiple executive leadership roles with the Alford Group/Alford Group Executive Search, a national consulting firm that partners with non-profits and provides fundraising and organizational strategy consulting.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media