October 14, 2021 – The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has been enlisted to find the next chief executive officer for The Animal Foundation (TAF) in Las Vegas. Senior search consultant Becky Hauk is leading the assignment. “The CEO of The Animal Foundation will hold one of the most visible and important non-profit leadership positions in Southern Nevada,” said The Moran Company. “Advancing the TAF mission will result in the systemic improvement in the quality of life of our residents and their animals. The CEO will oversee a three-pronged lifesaving approach based on lowering intakes, increasing positive animal outcomes, and ensuring we properly house and care for all animals who come into our care.”
The CEO reports to the organization’s board of directors. He or she will directly oversee The Animal Foundation executive team and carry out the next stages of the strategic plan. This plan will prioritize serving animals by keeping them in the community rather than admitting them to the shelter whenever possible. Candidates should have a passion for saving all healthy and treatable animals, with at least 10 years of professional experience with increasing management responsibilities. While prior non-profit experience is ideal, a successful career history of executive-level management is required. Prospects should have the ability to build strong collaborative teams and actively engage with staff. Demonstrated appreciation for staff, solicitation/incorporation of their input, and a positive working environment is also essential.
The Moran Company also notes that candidates should have an outstanding presentation and communication skills as well as the experience and natural ability to be an articulate spokesperson, relationship builder and organization champion. Excellent coalition building skills and previous success in establishing partnerships with individuals and organizations of influence, including civic leaders, city and county officials, non-profit agencies and for-profit entities is also desired.
Founded in 1978, The Animal Foundation is one of the largest and most respected animal shelters in America. Last year it saved over 15,000 lost, homeless and often mistreated animals. Its mission to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley means breaking barriers to the organization’s lifesaving programs and services for all pets and pet owners who need them. The Animal Foundation’s current staff includes 185 full-time and part-time employees, in addition to hundreds of volunteers. The organization’s annual budget is about $12 million.
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 60 non-profit searches over the past 12 years. He has spent another 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 12 years as a fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients.
For 17 years, Ms. Hauk worked as a development professional in higher education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She has experience in planning and executing capital campaigns and other fundraising initiatives. She has helped non-profit organizations achieve their goals for over 30 years.
She began her career as an elementary school teacher working with students with learning disabilities. Her volunteer involvement with the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association and the Junior League of St. Louis introduced her to the world of fundraising.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media