The Moran Company Seeking New Leader for Ronald McDonald House Charities

January 4, 2024 – The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been retained by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States to lead in its search for a new executive director. Ann Graff, senior search consultant, is leading the assignment. The executive director has primary responsibility for the strategic and organizational leadership of the charity, the overall direction and supervision of charity affairs, employees, programs, and activities. In partnership with the appropriate committees of the board of directors, the executive director designs the overall policy and procedures for general operation, maintains public relations, and is responsible for the implementation and execution of the fundraising and budgetary policies of the board of directors. The executive director is accountable to the board of directors for stewardship of the mission statement and the integrity of its goals.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, education, early education, human service administration, social work or related degree and a minimum of five years management experience is preferred. A master’s degree is desirable. The Moran Company notes that candidates must have the ability to build strong collaborative teams and actively engage with staff. They should have experience with fundraising, strategic planning and visioning. They must also have strong written and oral communication skills, including listening to and communicating with diverse groups as well as the ability to build trust and relationships with current and future donors.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities provides families with the only worldwide service of its kind with 386 Ronald McDonald Houses in 49 countries and regions around the world, 269 family rooms in 28 countries and regions and 40 care mobiles in 10 countries. Located in Joplin, MI, Ronald McDonald House Charities  of the Four States enables and promotes family-centered care, a critically important part of caring for, and supporting children with serious medical conditions being treated at Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital Joplin. It has a budget of $647,288.00, a volunteer base of 100-120 annually, and serves a 75-mile radius that includes the four-state area of Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, Northwest Arkansas, and Northeast Oklahoma.

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. 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 of having spent another 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 12 years as a successful fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients.

Demand Intensifies From Non-Profits Seeking Senior Talent
Non-profit organizations in 2023 are facing inflation, declining donations, increased demand for services, workforce shortages, and more. A recent non-profit trends report by Forbes says that the changing workforce is presenting challenges for both for-profit and non-profit leaders. Being ready to consider alternative staffing options would put many of them ahead of the shifting landscape, says Forbes. Fractional staffing possibilities exist from the administrative level through the executive director level, says the report, and may be worthy of consideration for both short-term vacancies and long-term solutions. For senior-level positions, many leading non-profits are turning to executive search firms.

A search for a non-profit executive has much in common with any personnel search, and most boards have members who have hired many people in their careers. The distinctions in the hiring of an executive by a volunteer board, however, create special process issues, and a specialized search firm is best suited to address these, says a report from The Moran Company.

Ms. Graff has a total of 35 years of executive-level experience in the non-profit sector. During that time, she spent six years as CEO at a community action agency and 14 years as CEO of a large non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Starting as a direct support professional, Ms. Graff’s career has included direct supervision of residential services, case management, human resources, expansion of services and more. She has worked closely with a variety of people experiencing low income, developmental disabilities and other challenges. Throughout her combined 20 years as a non-profit CEO, Ms. Graff learned firsthand how critical it is to partner closely with clients, community stakeholders, funding sources and boards of directors.

Current Search

The Moran Company was recently called in by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association to lead in its search for a new executive director. Senior search consultant Mike English is leading the assignment. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for APRA’s programs, policies, and execution of its mission. Areas of responsibility include strategic and operational planning, financial management, corporate relations, community relations, board relations, fund development, and staff development. The board of directors is looking for a strategic executive director who possesses strong leadership skills, an ability to cultivate strong relationships, and advocacy experience.

The executive director will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s mission and taking the association to the next level. This position requires a passionate and strategic individual who can provide effective leadership, advocate for the sector, and support parks and recreation professionals.

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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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