April 15, 2019 – Scion Executive Search, which specializes in the non-profit sector, has been selected to find a new president and chief executive officer for the Historic Trust, a Vancouver, WA preservation group. Gregory Goode, who served in the role less than four months, abruptly stepped down last month. Board member Mike Williams is currently serving as interim president and CEO.
Scion Executive Search will be conducting a national search that is expected to conclude by June, Stacey Graham, chairwoman of the non-profit’s board of directors, told the Columbian newspaper.
The trust envisions a “vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future,” Ms. Graham told the newspaper. “We want a leader who can carry that vision to the community and the region.”
The Historic Trust seeks a visionary business leader skilled in driving organizational success and empowering a high performing staff, said Scion Executive Search. Reporting to the board of directors, the president/CEO will have overall management responsibility for a growing organization with an operating budget of more than $5 million and $9 million in net assets, 15 to 20 full-time equivalent staff and a volunteer base of 40 (peaking at 250 for certain events each year).
The Ideal Candidate
The individual will be charged with leading the Historic Trust through its next phase of growth and evolution and will work effectively with the board on governance, budget, strategy, and donor development.
The non-profit wants a “humble and hands-on nonprofit leader who’s willing to roll up their sleeves to get the job done while thriving in a broadly defined and autonomous environment,” said Scion Executive Search. Key attributes for candidates include three to five years or more of successful experience as a CEO, executive director or another highly related top-level position of a similarly scoped non-profit organization. Prospects should also have demonstrated skills in building, motivating and retaining high performance teams, including paid staff and volunteers.
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The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader with demonstrated skills leading a non-profit or equivalent for-profit organization in the $4 million or more revenue range with a complex set of community offerings, stakeholders and business models. The individual should also have a genuine passion and a deep appreciation for the mission of the Historic Trust; a track record of success forming and executing effective fundraising plans including demonstrated ability to raise funds in the $2 million or more a year range from diverse sources, such as individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations and the public sector; a proven ability to cultivate long-term genuine relationships with donors and community partners; and proven success in building collaborative networks and relationships across sectors including non-profit, education, business and government.
Established in 1998 as the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust, the Historic Trust is a regionally recognized 501(c)(3). The organization plays an integral role in cultivating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future, said Scion Executive Search. The Historic Trust operates a portfolio of education programs, including the regionally recognized Pearson Field Education Center. The non-profit also preserves and manages many of the most treasured and iconic properties in southwest Washington including the City of Vancouver’s Officers Row and West Barracks, and the Historic Trust’s own Providence Academy. Additionally, the Historic Trust plans and produces significant commemorative, patriotic and celebratory events in the community for groups ranging in size from a few hundred to tens of thousands.
Scion Executive Search, founded in 2006, conducts searches for non-profit clients that range from large foundations, universities and government employers, to social services and art organizations. Headquartered in San Francisco, the firm has regional offices in New York; Chicago; Portland, OR; Seattle; Dallas; Denver; and Charlotte, NC.
The firm counts among its clients: Make-a-Wish America, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the American Lung Association, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, among others.
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