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A newsletter dedicated to increasing the capacity of nonprofits April 2012

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Vice President of Marketplace Development
The Growth Philanthropy Network
New York, NY

Executive Director
Connecticut Council for Education Reform
New Haven, CT

Executive Director, Southwest Region
Canine Companions for Independence
Oceanside, CA

Director of Finance
New York, NY

Director of Development
Alexandria, Virginia

Chief Executive Officer
Common Impact
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Chief Marketing and Development Officer
Special Olympics International
Washington, DC

Director of Marketing
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, New York

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Executive Director
Fruitland Museum
Harvard, MA


Director of Human Resources and Operations
SEIU Healthcare 775NW
Greater Seattle, WA

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Building Excellent Schools

Chief Academic Officer
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Washington, DC

Strategies for Children, Inc.
Boston, MA

Assistant or Associate Director, Capital Giving
Assistant or Associate Director, Special Gifts
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Executive Director
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
Boston, MA

Senior Advisor, State & District Engagement and School Transformation
National Center on Time & Learning

Chair of Management & Economics
Emmanuel College
Boston, MA

Foundations & Philanthropy

Executive Director
Brookline Community Foundation
Brookline, MA

Program Officer, Food and Community
Talent Development Lead
Communications Officer
Program Officer, Family Economic Security
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Battle Creek, MI

Portfolio Director
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Cambridge/Boston, MA or New York, NY

Housing and Homelessness

President and Chief Executive Officer
The National Center on Family Homelessness
Needham, MA


Country Director (Moscow, Russia)
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Chief of Staff to the President
Oxfam America
Boston, MA

Women & Girls

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Planned Parenthood of America
National Office

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For certain searches, one of the first steps will be the formation of a search committee. A successful search committee creates a calm and focused atmosphere inside of an organization that is in the midst of a leadership crisis. It can set the tone for the search and therefore, the future of a program, a division, or the entire non-profit. To most candidates, it is the initial and often lasting face of the organization. You should determine at the outset of your search if a search committee will be necessary, and staff it accordingly.

Membership on a search committee may be one of the most significant opportunities to serve an organization because it puts a staff or board member in a dual role of public relations director and protector-in-chief. Members should be key stakeholders, such as senior staff and board members, grantors and grantees, community and constituent members, or those politically prudent to involve; they should also have a proven track record of good judgment about people and ample time to dedicate to the process. Staff members, outgoing founders, and incumbents should also be given special consideration, as they may help or hinder the process.

Remember that search committee members come to their responsibility from different viewpoints (and therefore, different understandings) of the organization's current and future needs; some of these needs are real and some of them are perceived. Reviewing the requirements of the next executive together will guarantee that the search committee members are looking upon each candidate with a similar understanding of the challenges that lie ahead for the hire, and may help them hire for talent and track record rather than personality fit alone.

For more information on the responsibilities of a search committee and the selection of its members, read the full article here.

National Urban League Policy Institute Appoints VP, Communications & External Relations


Pamela Rucker Springs has been named Vice President of Communications and External Relations at the National Urban League Policy Institute. Ms. Springs is a seasoned marketing and communications professional whose programs have delivered tangible results in the corporate, nonprofit and association arenas, and influenced public policy across economic development, consumer protection, international trade, online safety and security and data privacy issues. She has served in senior marketing roles with the National Retail Federation, Discovery Communications and AOL.


Spelman College Names Director of Advancement Services

Angela Eyer has been named Director of Advancement Services for Spelman College. Ms. Eyer brings more than a decade of experience in higher education administration with a focus on data analysis, fundraising reporting and stewardship, in addition to a unique strength around information technology. During her time with Emory University School of Law, she served as Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship/Development Services Manager, and most recently in the central development office as Senior Associate Director of Stewardship at Emory University.


Don't Miss Laura Co-Presenting....

On April 19, our own Laura Gassner Otting will be co-presenting with Emily Davis of EDA Consulting on 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Nonprofit Consultant.

Choosing a nonprofit consultant can be tricky business - look before you leap! Having the right process for searching for and selecting a consultant for your organization will save time and money. Identifying your needs, finding a credible and capable consultant, and finding the funds are all significant concerns in choosing the right individual or firm. Hear two nonprofit consultants discuss the questions they want their clients to ask before starting in on any project.

Learn how to better hire consultants so that their capacity stays with you after the engagement ends. Know the right questions to ensure all expectations are in alignment from the start. Understand your "bill of rights" and what to do if the engagement goes south.

Registration is through the Society for Nonprofit Organizations.


What We're Reading...

Cover - Do What You Are


Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

Do What You Are introduces Personality Type - how you process information, make decisions and interact with the world around you - and shows you which of the 16 types describes you best. It lists dozens of occupations that are popular with people of your type. Then, using workbook exercises and real-life examples to highlight the strengths and pitfalls of each personality type, it shows you step-by-step how to use your unique strengths to customize your job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time.


Upcoming Webinars

4/10: Cultivating VIPs With Data

4/11: Appreciative Governance: Engagement and Innovation Throughout The Organization

4/11: After The Gift: How To Build A Satisfied, Loyal Donor Base

4/17: Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Software for Nonprofits

4/18: Nonprofit Advocacy: Lobbying and Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3)s

4/18: Social Media Fundraising: Past, Present, and Future

4/24: Increasing Productivity With Google Apps & Gmail Tools

The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of nonprofits and their staff, and is available for search consulting projects on an hourly or per project basis for nonprofits, or to discuss the individual resumes, cover letters, and job search strategies of job seekers.


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