April 19, 2017 – Non-profit specialist search firm Morris & Berger has been retained by performing arts conservatory The Young Americans to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Leading candidates must have an appreciation for the performing arts and be strong advocates for education. The chosen CEO will be an inspirational and proactive spokesperson, representing The Young Americans to its many constituencies, both internal and external, according to the organization.
The incoming leader will be a relationship builder who maintains a high professional profile and is able to access financial resources and develop unique collaborative vehicles for joint ventures with other organizations to further The Young Americans’ mission. Therefore, the CEO will lead the development of a long-term vision and strategy for the organization in conjunction with the board and executive staff that is both highly aspirational and achievable.
Leading candidates will be facilitative coalition builders, according to the organization, who can work at multiple levels while establishing a basis for trust and mutuality of expectations. The CEO must have an appreciation of and passion for the artistic and educational mission of the organization while also installing best business practices. He or she must understand and be comfortable with consensus-oriented management and effective decision making, as well as strategic thinking.
The Young Americans, founded in 1962, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education, and cultural interaction among student members and their audiences. It inspires through music with performances, signature youth programs, and its performing arts college. It is comprised of members who are accepted into the organization based upon their talent and their interest in fulfilling the organization’s mission as volunteers.
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Founded in 1984, Morris & Berger is an executive search firm with a specialty practice that reaches across the non-profit sector, including institutions of higher education, independent schools, foundations, human and social service agencies, and clients in the performing and visual arts.
The firm is led by partners Jay Berger and Karin Berger Stellar. It has recruited CEOs for a number of non-profits, including Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM), Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Hospice of Santa Barbara, National Math and Science Initiative, Portland State University Foundation, and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.
“My entire career has been devoted to serving the non-profit sector,” said Mr. Berger. “There is a wonderful satisfaction that comes from enhancing the success of our non-profit clients,” he added. “I tend to see the best in people and believe that those who are committed to the non-profit sector genuinely want to make the work a better place,” said Ms. Stellar.
Morris & Berger is currently heading a number of CEO searches for a slew of non-profits, including The Alliance for Children’s Rights; the Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles; the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles; the Junior Achievement of Southern California; and Operation Gratitude.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media