Moran Company Seeks Executive Director for Youth Haven

June 5, 2019 – The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been selected to find an executive director for Youth Haven, a Naples, FL-based residential emergency shelter for youngsters who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The executive director for Youth Haven, who is responsible to the board of directors, is charged with providing information and support to the board and organization committees, said the Moran Company. With the board and staff, the individual is responsible for formation, implementation and assessment of strategic plans. The leader must also devote a significant amount of time to supervising Youth Haven’s fundraising efforts, including supporting the board’s involvement in fundraising.

Youth Haven’s next executive director will be expected to proactively cultivate and solicit donors, and assist the development staff in the implementation of fundraising plans and policies, said the search firm. He or she must oversee and manage the budget, forecasting and ensuring sustainable, diverse funding streams. The individual should also actively provide hands-on leadership for a positive agency culture enabling all staff to perform quality services in keeping with the mission and vision of the agency, including interaction with clients and families as well as with staff.

Role Requirements

The role requires that the executive director: attract, retain and engage effective employees who are responsible to work with this high-risk population in a 24-hour residential setting for children and teens; oversee appropriate personnel policies and procedures in accordance with Council on Accreditation and other high quality standards; actively pursue strong relationships with community partners, state officials and constituents; keep abreast of changes in legislation and/or policy changes on federal, state and county levels; and serve as the chief spokesperson and advocate for Youth Haven with state and federal legislators and agencies, other organizations, donors and the general public.

Candidates must at least hold a bachelor’s degree, said the Moran Company, but a master’s-level education in social work, counseling, business, health or mental health administration is preferred. The role calls for at least five years of increasing responsibility in upper management including oversight of internal operations, fiscal responsibility, personnel and program supervision.

Prospects should have experience working in a multicultural environment; strong budget and financial management experience; broad experience in fundraising, including the cultivation of high net-worth individual donors unique to the non-profit sector and particularly in Florida; and experience in leadership of a 24/7 residential program or health care facility.

A history of achieving/exceeding goals, improving the bottom line, evaluating program performance and growing organizations under his or her responsibility is also necessary for the job, said the Moran Company.

Role Qualifications

Candidates should have strong communication skills in both writing and public speaking, said the search firm. They must be organized and detailed. Youth Haven wants prospective candidates who have a cheerful, creative, collaborative approach to problem-solving and decision making. Also critical is the ability to relate professionally and positively with a variety of individuals including clients, their families, staff, volunteers, board members, donors, and local, state and federal organizations and officials.


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Since 1972, Youth Haven has served as Southwest Florida’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages six to 18 who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The therapeutic campus includes 73 beds and provides comprehensive care including nutritious meals, clothing, medical and dental care, counseling, academic tutoring and educational support, life skills training, support with activities of daily living, and intensive case management. Youth Haven provides services to more than 300 abused and traumatized children annually with three programs for children and teens: the Counseling Center, the Emergency Shelter, and the Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program.

The Moran Company, based in Leawood, KS, specializes in searches for non-profit leadership, including executive directors, fundraising/development directors, hospital foundation directors and other senior executives. Some of the Moran Company’s current searches include: executive director of Cultural Survival, executive director of Mount Nittany Health Foundation and executive director of TNC Community.

Ms. Stone began her career as a social worker for the Missouri Division of Family Services. She served in many different capacities through her 31-year career, culminating in her appointment as the deputy director for child welfare. She then served five years as president/ chief executive officer of Gillis Center, a multi-service organization which is part of the Cornerstones of Care consortium in Kansas City. During this time, she also served as a senior vice president for Cornerstones of Care. She later joined two national child welfare resource centers as a consultant. For seven years, she worked with public child welfare agencies in many states and American Samoa to help strengthen their child welfare programs and their cooperative work with private organizations within their jurisdictions.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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