Morris & Berger Seeking New Leader for World of Children

December 13, 2018 – Morris & Berger, a recruitment firm that specializes in searches for non-profit organizations, has been enlisted by World of Children in Irvine, CA, to spearhead its search for a new executive director.

World of Children seeks an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to oversee and propel its next phase of growth in service of the world’s most vulnerable children, said Morris & Berger. Reporting to the board of governors, the executive director is responsible for developing, recommending, implementing, coordinating and supervising all programs, development, business affairs and team members for the organization.

The role includes working closely with the organization’s co-founders and board on initiatives to support the mission and growth of World of Children, said the search firm. The executive director is charged with advising the board on organizational strategy and reporting on key performance indicators related to programmatic objectives, development and financials.

The Glendale, CA-based search firm said that the executive director is expected to be an entrepreneurial leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and a collaborative, engaging and motivational style. “The successful candidate must be an outstanding frontline fundraiser with proven experience maximizing giving results through developing productive relationships with donors, board members, volunteers, and staff,” Morris & Berger said. “The individual must take initiative and actively seek to deepen existing relationships and to forge new ones.”

Career Track Leading to This Position

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and forward-thinking individual with a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible leadership experience, including demonstrated success building widespread support for an organization through collaborative efforts with internal and external stakeholders. “A track record of developing and managing the successful growth of a non-profit organization and knowledge of best practices in non-profit management, development, and budgeting are required,” Morris & Berger said. The executive director must be a skilled team leader with a clearly articulated management philosophy which supports high performance and employee retention.

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World of Children’s mission is to find, fund, elevate and educate high-impact humanitarians improving the lives of children. Each year, thousands of nominations are reviewed as part of a thorough due diligence process to find and recognize the very best changemakers for children worldwide. Since 1998, World of Children has dedicated more than $13 million in grants to high-impact programs for children, led by nearly 120 Honorees working in over 50 countries. 

Satisfaction from Success

Founded in 1984, Morris & Berger’s specialty practice spans the non-profit sector. It includes 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 non-profits like Child Abuse Listening Mediation, the 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.”

Ms. Stellar, for her part, said she has a strong commitment to those who are working to help others. “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 world a better place,” she said.

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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