September 29, 2017 – Chicago-based executive search firm Kittleman & Associates has been retained by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to find its next president and CEO. Principal Raylene Decatur is leading the assignment.
NEFE’s incoming leader is expected to shape, guide and execute the organization’s vision for the future.
This is an opportunity to build on the organization’s legacy, while redefining how effective financial literacy programs will be delivered in the 21st century, said the recruitment firm.
NEFE is seeking an innovative leader with a compelling vision for the transformative power of financial education. This person should be a passionate advocate for NEFE’s mission and will inspire others to support the organization’s impact. He or she is expected to be a change agent, with the capacity to implement effective organizational practices, while creating a nimble institutional culture that can quickly adapt to a changing strategic landscape, the firm said.
Candidates must have a passion for financial literacy and the transformational potential of informed financial choices. This individual is required to have at least 10 years of progressive leadership experience in education, non-profit, corporate and/or government sectors, the firm said. This individual should have a broad vision of the impact technology can have in supporting NEFE’s mission, said Kittleman & Associates. Ideally the candidate will have experience with constituent driven programing and understand the value of research and how to utilize research and program evaluation to further the mission of NEFE.
This individual should have experience building durable relationships with partners, policymakers, stakeholders and constituencies, Kittleman & Associate said. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is also expected. A degree at the graduate level is preferred. NEFE’s offices are located in Denver, and the CEO is expected to reside in the metro area.
The National Endowment for Financial Education is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision-making for individuals and families through every stage of life. The organization evolved from the College for Financial Planning, a Denver-based non-profit that served as the nation’s first financial-planning educational institution.
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Kittleman & Associates, which was established in 1963, is one of the nation’s oldest executive recruitment firms exclusively serving non-profit organizations. Search services include recruitment counsel, organizational assessment, development of position specifications, prospect research, source identification, candidate development, background assessment & verification, reference checking, offer preparation and transition assistance.
The firm has led searches for executive directors for PEER Services, People’s Resource Center, Moore Farms Botanical Garden Foundation, South Suburban PADS and Boys & Girls Country, among many others.
Ms. Decatur, of Kittleman, has served the non-profit community for more than 25 years, working primarily in museums. She joined the search firm in 2006 and manages its western regional office in Denver. Her professional experience includes positions at well-respected institutions. These include: president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, COO of the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, and director of exhibitions of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Next Generation Leader
Not long ago, a new generation at Kittleman & Associates took over the firm’s leadership: Cory King was named president and CEO, succeeding his father Richard. Cory’s sister Megan Monaco became vice president. “Rick,” as the elder Mr. King is known, continues to conduct CEO searches and serves as an advisor to the business as chairman. The siblings have been with Kittleman for several years, the company said, making the transition seamless.
Mr. King focuses on CEO searches across the non-profit sector, with a particular emphasis in social services, grant making foundations, cultural institutions and conservation organizations. He has been in the non-profit sector since 1998 and brings executive level experience in higher education, healthcare and social services.
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