Kevin Chase In Hunt for AIDS Prevention Coalition Leader

One of the nation's preeminent public health concerns has engaged a mission-driven, social justice recruiting firm to identify its next leader. Let's go inside this important leadership search.

February 8, 2017 – UCHAPS, the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services, has picked Kevin Chase Executive Search Group to lead its national search for an executive director. Managing partner Kevin Chase is leading the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice.

Reporting to the board of directors, the chosen executive director will oversee the day-to-day operations and management of UCHAPS and will be responsible for all administrative, finance, and program functions. The new leader will directly supervise UCHAPS staff and lead fundraising, external relations, and communications efforts. This person will have ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance UCHAPS’ mission and vision. The position will be based in Washington, D.C.

Fundraising Non-Profit Sector Leader Sought

The incoming executive will identify and advance fundraising opportunities and programs to ensure success in individual, corporate, and foundation giving, as well as any special events and appropriate grants. These efforts will secure the financial resources necessary to support UCHAPS’ mission.

The successful candidate will be an experienced non-profit professional with a proven track, and a self-directed, results-driven leader who can set and maintain a strategic direction while also managing day-to-day operations. A background in public health and/or HIV prevention, care and treatment, and a demonstrated commitment to health and equality for those in marginalized communities living with HIV/AIDS is expected.

Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of non-profit management experience, preferably including an executive leadership role in a public health-related field. Skill sets include hands-on budget management skills, budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting experience.

The Opportunity

The new executive director of UCHAPS will join an organization whose mission is critical, whose work is vital, and whose platform is unique, according to the recruiters. There is significant potential for growth in many areas of the organization, including communications, fundraising, community engagement, and board expansion development, as well as in the development of coalitions and partnerships to reduce the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

“We are honored to partner with the UCHAPS board on this assignment. The search comes at a critical point in the organization’s evolution and at a very complex time and funding environment in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Mr. Chase. “The fight is far from over; the front lines are in the urban areas UCHAPS was established to serve.”

UCHAPS is a national collaboration of community partners and health departments from urban centers heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. It is dedicated to preventing new HIV infections and reducing health disparities, morbidity, and mortality. Since its founding, UCHAPS has sought to bring enhanced attention and resources to cities that have faced a disproportionate burden of infection throughout the history of the epidemic.

The Hunt for Human Services, Social Justice and Mission-Driven Leaders

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 & culture sectors. The firm partners with boards, search committees, senior leadership teams, and stakeholder groups on critical leadership transitions.

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The Recruiters

In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Chase has led dozens of executive search and leadership transition engagements for a wide range of non-profit organizations, as well as companies in the finance, technology, and professional services sectors. The majority 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 search career includes work in the technology, healthcare, and consumer markets in addition to her primary focus in non-profit and higher education. Although she has helped recruit C-suite and other senior executives in many markets and sectors, she has always felt 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 & social justice, education, and arts & culture sectors. Among her recent placements: executive directors for JDRF, Komen for the Cure, More Light Presbyterians, and Equality North Carolina.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media

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