July 14, 2017 – 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.
Just recently, executive search firm Sterling Martin Associates was selected by two Denver-based non-profits, the Obesity Medicine Association and the United States Society on Dams (USSD), to help find executive directors. Managing partner David S. Martin is leading both searches along with senior recruiter Leigh Beal.
Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Medicine Association is the largest organization of clinicians dedicated to preventing, treating and reversing the obesity. It is seeking an executive that is an excellent communicator and relationship-builder, with strong leadership skills, the group said.
The executive director will have the opportunity to expand the organization’s visibility and credibility with external audiences, while responding to developing issues that affect the delivery of obesity medicine. The individual is expected to have an understanding of the challenges likely to come up as the organization executes new and expanded initiatives. In addition, the person will be responsible for promoting a dynamic, efficient organizational culture that embraces growth, ensures accountability and maintains transparency and integrity.
The ideal candidate should be an experienced executive with business and financial acumen, someone who can identify new revenue opportunities, monitor and control expenditures, represent the organization to the external community, lead a staff team to success, and successfully manage a growing organization in a changing healthcare environment, the group said. The incoming executive must have a minimum of five years’ organizational leadership experience at either the CEO, executive director or other senior leadership level.
United States Society on Dams
Established in 1930, USSD is a widely respected organization dedicated to the science of planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining dams, levees and associated civil works. Its members focus on advancing awareness and understanding of dam and levee systems by building communities of practice through a common mission to advocate, educate, collaborate and cultivate.
The executive director serves as the chief executive of USSD. It is a role that is responsible for the active management of the day-to-day operation of USSD and its interactions with the Central Office of the International Commission on Large Dams. The executive director reports to the USSD president and board of directors and takes a leadership role in the implementation of the strategic plan and annual strategic initiatives.
The right candidate is expected to have executive leadership and management experience with diverse and decentralized global non-profit associations or other relevant executive leadership and management experience. They must have strong, but flexible knowledge-based leadership qualities and the ability to operate in a constantly changing environment with a small staff and largely volunteer organization, said USSD.
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Founded in 2006, Sterling Martin Associates focuses on finding leaders for associations and non-profit organizations. Over the last seven years, the firm has been engaged by nearly 100 clients throughout the U.S. Its staff consists of 15 professionals located in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco and Costa Mesa, CA.
Sterling Martin 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 as well as filling CEO roles for the Maryland Food Bank and the American Rental Association. Currently, the firm is seeking new leaders for Easter Seals Serving DC, The Pennsylvania Apartment Association East, Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts and InsideNGO.
David Martin, the firm’s managing partner, has three decades of professional experience, including national executive search, non-profit leadership, and with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Prominent non-profit clients have included AARP, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Children’s Hospitals, 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 Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media