October 25, 2019 – Executive search firms have been stepping up their efforts to assist companies across the nation to find top talent leaders, including chief people officers. The latest: Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group was recently enlisted by Callen-Lorde Community Health Center to find a chief people officer. Managing partner Kevin Chase is leading the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice.
The chief people officer is a newly structured position, reflecting the strategic priority of creating a strong, intentional, inclusive and equitable workplace culture that supports Callen-Lorde’s mission of achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) health – including racial – equity, said the search firm. The individual will play a lead role in shaping a working environment in which employees can thrive and, in turn, promote thriving communities. This position will also be responsible for identifying and implementing current, market-leading practices for human resource systems, policies and teams.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center wants a “dynamic, innovative leader and content expert who can bring new vision, tools, and perspective to the organization,” said the recruiter.
The individual should have an open, collaborative, and self-reflective leadership style, as well as the ability – and desire – to mentor, support, and develop the skills of a growing team of human resources professionals. “This person will also show a deep commitment to fostering an intentionally anti-racist, anti-bias culture, and a track record of having led other organizations toward broad equity and inclusion results,” the search firm said.
Successful candidates will demonstrate strong emotional intelligence and be consistent, accessible and positive managers with the ability to act decisively and set boundaries as necessary. “This position requires a capacity for change management and the interpersonal skills overcome organizational and individual resistance to change,” said Kevin Chase Executive Search. “The chief people officer must also possess the ability to build productive and collaborative relationships in a diverse workforce, often with intersectional identities.”
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Kevin Chase Executive Search Group encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.
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Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides quality healthcare and related services targeted to New York’s LGBTQ communities, in all their diversity, regardless of the ability to pay. Initially established 50 years ago through the merger of two largely volunteer-staffed community clinics, Callen-Lorde is today a global leader in LGBTQ healthcare, transforming lives and communities through comprehensive care provided with cultural and clinical competence and free of judgement.
Kevin Chase Executive Search Group is a national consulting and executive search firm serving mission-based, non-profit organizations in the human services, social justice, healthcare philanthropy, education, and arts and culture sectors. The firm partners with boards, search committees, senior leadership teams and stakeholder groups on critical leadership transitions.
In a career of more than two decades, Mr. Chase has led dozens of executive search and leadership transition engagements for non-profit organizations as well as companies in the finance, technology and professional services sectors. Most of his engagements are for executive director/ CEO, senior development and board positions, though he has also conducted searches for C-level leaders of finance, operations and programs. He has particular expertise in working with small to mid-sized, mission-driven non-profits, providing consultation and advisory services to the boards and leadership volunteers responsible for governance and organizational development.
Bringing more than five years of retained executive search experience, Ms. DiFelice’s primary focus is non-profit and higher education assignments. She has also worked in the technology, healthcare and consumer markets. Although she has helped recruit C-suite and other senior executives in many markets and sectors, she said she feels most connected to her work on behalf of mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. Her broad non-profit search experience cuts across the healthcare, civil rights and social justice, education and arts and culture sectors.
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