May 5, 2017 – Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has been tapped by the Architects Foundation to lead its search for a new executive director. Vetted Solutions president and founder, Jim Zaniello, and vice president Nancy Green are leading the assignment.
The incoming leader will be responsible for directing the fundraising and operational activities of the foundation to support its strategic and financial goals. The chosen director will establish and maintain working relationships, cooperative arrangements with partner organizations, individual donors, and corporate funders.
The right candidate will have served 10 or more years as a member of a senior management team, preferably in a foundation or association, in development. They will have demonstrated senior level experience developing innovative fundraising programs, campaigns, and events. In addition, the individual will have a strong understanding of Federal laws and regulations for fundraising activities by 501c(3) organizations.
Why Development Leaders Are In Demand
According to recruiters, chief development officers or leaders with development backgrounds are in high demand as fundraising prowess and having an ability to drive growth is becoming an essential part of 21st century required skill sets. A recent search on LinkedIn of the title generated more than 140,000 results. Companies with a chief development officer onboard — sometimes called a chief business development officer in the for-profit world, or chief advancement officer in a university setting — send a message of fundraising prowess, and that is vital when organizations like non-profits head to their donor base for cash infusions ….. Here’s some further reading from Hunt Scanlon Media.
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The Architects Foundation celebrates architecture’s value by advancing future design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. It aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession.
Based in Washington, D.C., Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well known organizations nationwide.
Mr. Zaniello has a unique understanding of the executive search process, developed through more than two decades in positions ranging from non-profit executive director to publisher of a leading tool for non-profit executive search. He has developed an intimate understanding of the complex demands of the executive office through his own experience as executive director at several associations and non-profits.
Ms. Green has more than 25 years of non-profit leadership experience and a track record for growing organizations. Throughout her tenure in education and at healthcare organizations, she has built effective board relationships, managed staff transitions, and launched strategic partnerships. She advises organizations on talent development, cultures shaping, and succession planning.
Foundations Turn to Recruiters
All sorts of charitable foundations have turned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Here’s a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation recently retained executive search firm Tuft & Associates to lead its search for a new CEO. Executive search associate Carole Z. Badger is leading the assignment. The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, established in 1955, raises funds to support research aimed at building a scientific base for orthopedic practice.
- crawfordconnect has been retained by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation in Ontario to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Past CEO Rosemary Smith recently stepped down from her post. Senior search consultant Liz Latimer is leading the assignment. Established in 1984, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation is a leading independent public charitable foundation that connects philanthropy to community needs and opportunities.
- Elinvar was recently retained by the Research Triangle Foundation to lead its search for a new CEO. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, is heading the search along with strategic search partner Jim Ahlerand. Research Triangle Park is home to some 200 companies that employee 50,000 people and is focused on orchestrating industry, university and government collaborations to attract research, scientific and technology-based organizations and support the creation of quality jobs and opportunities.
- The Chason Group recruited Sarah H. McKinney as president and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation. Tim Chason, the firm’s president, led the assignment. As a public grant making community foundation, the Athens Area Community Foundation partners with donors, non-profits, and community institutions to build, distribute and preserve philanthropic assets to enhance quality of life in the area for generations to come.
- Diversified Search placed Stacey D. Stewart as president of the March of Dimes Foundation. The search was led by Andrew Wheeler, managing director and practice leader of the firm’s education and not-for-profit practice. Ms. Stewart most recently served as the U.S. president of United Way Worldwide;
- Koya Leadership Partners recruited Margaret Huang as executive director for Amnesty International USA. Managing partner Molly Brennan and principal Sam Simmons led the search. Amnesty is a global movement of seven million supporters, members, and activists who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected, protected, and fulfilled;
- BoardWalk Consulting has been retained by The Jane Goodall Institute to lead its search for a new executive director. Managing director Kathy Bremer is leading the assignment. The Jane Goodall Institute is a world leader in protecting chimpanzees and conserving the planet. Founded in 1977 by iconic ethologist and pioneer Dr. Jane Goodall, JGI advances the vision and work of Dr. Goodall through community-based conservation, research, education and advocacy.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media