September 20, 2019 – QTI Group, a human resources and recruiting organization based in Madison, WI, has been enlisted to find the next president for the Unity Point Health-Meriter Foundation, which supports Madison’s only non-profit community hospital and health service. Executive search director Jennifer Winding is leading the assignment.
The Meriter Foundation president will be expected to work with staff and healthcare partners to raise funding for programs and services to support the community across the Unity Point Health-Meriter Hospital service delivery area in Dane County and South Central Wisconsin, said QTI Group. The president will serve as the face of the Meriter Foundation, reporting to the Unity Point Health-Meriter (UPH-Meriter) CEO, and accountable to the foundation’s board of directors.
The next leader will be charged with demonstrating leadership in all operations of the foundation, including tactical and strategic planning, major gift development, asset management, funds distribution and team development, said QTI Group. The individual will serve as the liaison to the UPH-Meriter Hospital senior leadership team. The foundation president will also be actively engaged with the foundation’s development team and will work in collaboration with UPH-Meriter’s regional partner, UW Health, to best meet community needs
The next Meriter Foundation president will be expected to have exceptional relationship building skills, knowledge of building endowments and planned giving efforts, and experience mentoring and leading a team, said QTI Group. The president will foster a supportive and collaborative culture, both internally and with UPH-Meriter Hospital and UW partners.
Essential function and responsibilities of the role will revolve around leadership, major gift and planned giving development and board development.
Candidates should have 10 years of fund development experience such as capital campaigns in complex organizations, said QTI Group. Superior communication and interpersonal skills are required. Prospects should also have the ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, with the management skills to encourage teamwork and collaboration to meet goals, and the emotional intelligence to inspire, support and develop staff.
Proven experience successfully leading the development, implementation and execution of a strategic operational plan along with the ability to provide thoughtful and long-term visioning is essential. Candidates should be comfortable with analytics, market analysis, research and database functions. They should also feel at home in large, complex and fast-paced organizations. Also required is a solid understanding of general health care compliance standard regulations. A master’s degree is required; a doctorate is preferred.
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The Meriter Foundation provides funding to sustain community initiatives, programs and services, including: cardiovascular services, child and adolescent psychiatry, the forensic nurse examiner program, HEALTH Program, HELP, Littlest Angels program, adult mental health services, newborn intensive care, NewStart, nursing education and women’s health. The foundation is currently raising funds for priority programs supporting child and adolescent psychiatry, and women’s health initiatives, including black women’s wellness, sexual and physical abuse support, and mothers and babies.
The QTI Group, established in 1957, is privately owned. Since its inception, the organization has been partnering with Wisconsin businesses and organizations by providing staffing and recruiting solutions and delivering outsourced human resources (HR) functions and HR consulting.
President Londa Dewey joined QTI Group in 2007. Previously, she was president of the Private Client Group and Madison market president at U.S. Bank, where she worked for 25 years. Ms. Dewey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois. She also serves on the board of directors of American Family Insurance Company, Madison Gas and Electric, and the Wealth Management Co. of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Ms. Winding joined the QTI Group six years ago. She works across multiple sectors, including non-profit, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, higher education and business services, to fill senior and executive-level leadership positions in operations, marketing, sales and finance. Her focus is national, utilizing her extensive network and QTI’s recruiting technologies to uncover passive candidates who are top in their field. She is certified in Hogan Assessments. Prior to joining QTI, Ms. Winding recruited nationally for consumer products manufacturers. Her earlier career in sales and marketing led to the move to recruiting, as a natural extension of the sales and marketing process.
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