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Executive Director
National Runaway Safeline
Chicago, IL
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Position Summary
Alford Executive Search has been exclusively retained by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) in its search for a new Executive Director. NRS is seeking a visionary and strategic Executive Director to take the nation’s hotline for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and establish a truly national resource for runaway support, awareness and prevention. The Executive Director will provide leadership for mission affirmation, vision-setting, diversified funding efforts, program effectiveness and growth, and budget oversight, all while serving as the public ambassador for NRS nationwide. As leader of the 25-member staff (4 direct reports), the next Executive Director will focus on relationship building, strategic planning, revenue diversification and program execution for the future of NRS. The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking and dynamic servant leader with proven ability to create strong, meaningful relationships and multiply/grow a program in scale and scope. The next Executive Director will bring the experience of successfully managing complicated relationships with government funding entities and creating and developing private philanthropy programs. Strong experience in youth and prevention services is highly preferred, with the ability to develop strong relationships with the youth services community nationwide. This position offers a competitive salary with strong benefits. Relocation assistance may be offered. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. The National Runaway Safeline is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Specific Requirements Include: • A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in leadership and management, with documented ability to manage staff and lead teams (four years desired). • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree highly preferred. • Strong experience working directly with/for an engaged Board of Directors. Ability to assist board members in understanding and appreciating their roles and responsibilities. • Proven ability to build strong relationships with a variety of external constituents, including national leaders, government officials, public leadership, partner organizations and other stakeholders. • Track record in developing and executing strategies to successfully increase revenue and diversify funding sources. • Proven success in maintaining strong and productive work teams, with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development. Experience leading staff through a significant organizational transition is a plus. • Track record of recruiting, training and retaining a dedicated core of volunteer service providers. • Demonstrated success implementing strategic technology and communications tools in support of organizational mission. • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement, and monitor complex plans and translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies. • Background in youth service programs is beneficial. • Experience building a national nonprofit brand, including building relationships with donors and program awareness nationwide. • Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success. This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and CEO; Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant; and Alison Lewin, Project Manager of Alford Executive Search. Questions may be addressed to Alford Executive Search, a division of KEES, is a retained search firm that builds transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. The mission of the National Runaway Safeline is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. NRS is headquartered in Chicago and serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. The services are provided through funding from the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NRS also receives support from individual donors, corporate partners, and foundation grants.
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