The Moran Company Seeking CEO for YWCA Northeast Kansas

March 26, 2024 – The Moran Company, an an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been retained by YWCA Northeast Kansas to lead in its search for a new CEO. Senior search consultant Brandi Fisher is leading the assignment. YWCA Northeast Kansas is seeking a CEO who can build on the organization’s successes as a leader in innovative services to break the cycle of intimate partner violence and drive anti-racist transformation. The YWCA Northeast Kansas has an operating budget of $3.3 million.

The new leader will work with a committed and growing staff of over 50, a talented senior leadership team of five, and 15 dedicated members of the board of directors to advance the mission of the organization and continue to deepen the YWCA’s impact in the community.

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader of anti-racism and social justice initiatives and efforts, a strong staff leader and builder of healthy organizational work cultures, and a confident and skilled fundraiser who displays a clear commitment to the organization’s mission and ability to communicate the story and value of the organization to funders and the community at large.

Professional Qualifications And Personal Characteristics

The Moran Company notes that candidates should have a deep personal commitment to the organization’s mission, values, and vision. They should have a proven commitment to furthering social justice and anti-racism policies, practices and initiatives. Here are some more qualifications and characteristics the search firm is looking for in candidates:

  • Confident and skilled fundraiser with a track record of success;
  • Master communicator and relationship builder who will cultivate meaningful relationships with donors, volunteers, and community partners;
  • A dynamic staff leader who will mentor, support and lift-up staff and create a positive and healthy work culture;
  • Experience in the non-profit sector with an abundance (vs. a scarcity) mindset
  • Experience with finance, operations and budgeting, including building and executing earned income strategies;
  • Experience managing or operating in an environment that has a 24 x 7 service delivery cycle;
  • Experience with early childhood programming, domestic violence, trauma- responsive care is helpful as is a background with shelter and daycare operational and licensure qualifications.

YWCA Northeast Kansas has been an essential member of the greater Topeka community for over 135 years and is part of a network of YWCAs which represents one of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organizations in the world.

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Across the globe, the World YWCA works for women’s empowerment, leadership and rights in more than 120 countries and 20,000 local communities. including 215 local associations serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families in the U.S. In Kansas, the YWCA Northeast Kansas serves over 13,000 individuals and families each year.

Serving Non-Profits

The Moran Company, based in Leawood, KS, specializes in searches for non-profit leadership, including executive directors, fundraising/development directors, hospital foundation directors, and other senior executives.

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“The board of directors is excited to welcome Lori, who will champion our mission with compassion and dedication for the families we serve,” said Michael Herr, vice president of operations at Mercy Hospital Joplin and board president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. “Lori will build upon our Charity’s strong foundation and help lead the organization into the next 25 years.”

Bill Moran founded the search firm in 1996. He has worked on more than 70 non-profit searches. He brings a rare combination to the search sector having spent 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 12 years as a successful fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients.

Ms. Fisher has spent nearly her entire career working in the field of civic and community engagement with significant expertise in fundraising, coalition building, advocacy and policy. She has two decades of experience working on community engagement initiatives at the local, regional and national level. Ms. Fisher is the former chief executive of the MainStream Coalition, a nonpartisan, voter education and advocacy organization.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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