February 26, 2021 – What makes a not-for-profit organization great? Its mission, of course, as well as dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and its stakeholders. But according to executive recruiters, what may be most important is exceptional leadership – especially in such a politically-supercharged climate supported by a challenging economic environment. To that end, The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, was recently enlisted to find the next executive director and CEO for the Center for Human Services (CHS) in Sedalia, MI. Senior search consultant Bruce Scott is leading the assignment.
The CEO champions the CHS mission and vision, defines the vision, charts the direction, and drives results of the organization. The incoming executive manages the organization, stewards its resources and provides accountability of CHS to its diverse constituents. The CEO ensures that the organization has a thriving future in front of it and that the staff, board and external stakeholders/supporters are aligned on the vision. The ideal candidate for this position possesses the qualities of a visionary, innovative leader with the ability to craft a vision, confront needed changes, and communicate the strategic future so as to inspire others to work toward that future. The individual should have experience with and understanding of the Missouri public delivery systems and regulations for services to people with developmental disabilities. In addition, candidates must have superior management abilities demonstrated in a large organization with: budget management plus profit and loss accountability, planning and delegating, building a cohesive leadership team. The search firm is looking for candidates with communication and empathetic relationship skills applicable to all types of people, with the ability to increase visibility of the organization, advocate with public officials and seek unrestricted contributions through the fundraising plan. Ten years professional management experience working in the fields of developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, vocational rehabilitation and/or residential programming required.
Center for Human Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities and changing lives for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Services are supported by a current revenue budget of $28 million and 315 employees. The organization serves people in 39 Missouri counties.
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. Some of the Moran Company’s current searches include executive director of cultural survival, executive director of Mount Nittany Health Foundation and executive director of TNC Community.
Bill Moran founded the search firm in 1996. He has worked on more than 60 non-profit searches over the past 12 years. He brings a combination to the search sector of having spent another 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 12 years as a fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients.
Mr. Scott has 34 years of total executive experience serving people with developmental disabilities. He was founder of a local trade association, served as board member and president of the state rehabilitation association, and is connected nationally through United Cerebral Palsy. He led a United Cerebral Palsy affiliate for 16 years.
The Moran Company was also recently called in to find the next chief financial officer/associate director of administration for Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). The organization conducts research and promotes education in the marine sciences and marine technology on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Senior search consultant Gretchen Kunkel is leading the assignment for the search firm.
Ms. Kunkel has 25 years of experience addressing a broad array of family and community health issues, including children’s and women’s health, community development, early care and education, food systems and food insecurity, healthy eating and active living, and public health.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media