February 16, 2018 – The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have plenty of work looking for candidates.
Executive search firm Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) was recently retained by the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) to conduct a search for its next chief executive officer. The position is at the non-profit’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Managing partner David S. Martin, along with senior members of the SMA team, are leading the assignment.
LWVUS was established in 1920 as an outgrowth of the 72-year struggle to win voting rights for women in the U.S. It is a non-profit, non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Its activist network derives its strength from the energy and commitment of more than 100,000 supporters and member volunteers nationwide.
Sterling Martin Associates has also been tapped by COLA to conduct an executive search for its next CEO. Established in 1988, COLA accredits nearly 8,000 medical laboratories and provides the clinical laboratory with a program of education, consultation, and accreditation.
According to Sterling Marin, candidates will have had experience managing an organization of COLA’s size and scope and will be strategic visionaries and experienced leaders and executives with passion for patient safety.
The CEO will have overall responsibility for leading and managing the organization in delivering on the mission of the organization. The new leader will be charged with developing the vision for the organization and guiding the planning process. Fundraising will be an important part of the job.
Founded in 2006, Sterling Martin Associates focuses on finding leaders for associations and non-profit organizations. The firm has been engaged by over 150 clients throughout the U.S. Its staff consists of 16 professionals located in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, and Orange County, CA.
Sterling Martin Associates was also selected by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association to find its next executive director. CSHA is a non-profit association with the mission of fostering excellence in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through education, advocacy and collaboration.
Sterling Martin said the organization is seeking candidates who have experience managing an association of CSHA’s size and scope. The executive director will be a strategic visionary and an experienced leader and executive with appropriate leadership and/or practice experience.
Eighty-five percent of the firm’s searches are for roles at the CEO/executive director level with the balance being for senior staff. The firm recently recruited executive directors for the Chemical Educational Foundation, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, the Texas Society of Association Executives and the Texas Society of CPAs. It also filled CEO roles for the Maryland Food Bank and the American Rental Association.
Mr. Martin has three decades of professional experience, including national executive search, non-profit leadership, and with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Its non-profit clients have included AARP, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Children’s Hospitals, The Society for Human Resource Management, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Sister Cities International. He has conducted searches in a broad range of executive leadership positions at the C-suite level, including president and CEO roles, executive directors and chief operating officers.
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