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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Make-A-Wish North Texas

Dallas, TX
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description: About Make-A-Wish® North Texas For children diagnosed with critical illnesses, a wish come true can be a crucial turning point in their lives. A wish can be that spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible and gives them the strength to fight harder against their illnesses. This impact is why Make-A-Wish® North Texas is driven to make every one of these wishes come true. The inspiration and vision for Make-A-Wish began in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980 when a community came together for Christopher James Greicius, a 7-year-old boy battling leukemia, whose wish was to be a police officer. Receiving a custom-tailored uniform, a motorcycle helmet, and his very own battery-operated motorbike, the magic of that one wish created a movement. Today, Make-A-Wish has granted hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses across the U.S. and its territories.Make-A-Wish North Texas became one of the first chapters founded for the organization and now is one of 58 chapters across the U.S. and is supported by the efforts of a volunteer Board of Directors, Community Councils, 46 staff, and thousands of community volunteers, corporate sponsors, and donors. The chapter operates from seven offices, servicing 161 counties, and has granted over 12,000 wishes. Wish Granting Process A wish extends far beyond a single event or moment in time. Wish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers, and others say that wish experiences can change the lives of everyone involved, forever. Studies have shown that patients who were granted a wish were more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital and emergency department visits. A wish can give patients hope, build compliance with treatment protocol, and potentially give patients a better chance at reducing time spent in the hospital. In fact, a wish can often improve a child’s emotional well-being and give him or her a better chance of recovering. ReferralChildren must be referred to the program by a medical provider, social worker, parent, or themselves.QualificationTo qualify for a wish, a child with a critical illness must be older than 2½ years, and younger than 18 years of age at the time of referral and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization.Wish TeamTrained wish granters are assigned to a critically-ill child to discover his/her one, true wish and then work with staff to make that wish come true. The goal is to make each wish unique and special for each individual child.Strength - Hope - Transformation - CommunityWish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers, and others say that wish experiences can forever change the lives of everyone involved. Researchers have found that wishing enables a child to dream about something that seems unobtainable – that a wish helps a child see the impossible as possible. After the joyful and strengthening experience of having a wish granted, a child’s positive emotional health is shown to have an impact on their physical health. The Funding of a WishWith the intention to serve every eligible child, Make-A-Wish North Texas is working to increase direct public support by identifying a portfolio of individuals in the area to steward and cultivate along with growing existing efforts. Alongside its regional council members, the development team, and leadership, are strategically working to identify new corporate and civic leaders to partner with to bring more awareness and funding to its mission. The organization also stewards foundations currently funding its mission and looks to expand its pipeline to new grant opportunities. An average wish costs roughly $10,000 ($5,000 cash, $5,000 in-kind). The mission is funded solely through philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, grants, community groups, planned gifts, and in-kind contributions. The OpportunityThe North Texas chapter of Make-A-Wish, one of the nation’s most recognized nonprofits seeks a dynamic and inspiring Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to successfully guide the Chapter into the future. This is a high-performing chapter that is well-positioned for growth and accelerated performance. With a dedicated staff, a strong board, and an engaged volunteer force, the selected candidate will be well-positioned to make a significant mission impact. This is an ideal position for a highly relational, empathetic, and mission-driven leader with a track record of achievement and results.Building upon this strong foundation, initiatives that will be a top priority for the CEO include but are not limited to: growing wishes granted from 600 pre-pandemic to 1,000 by 2024, developing and driving a strategic fundraising plan and process, building existing and new relationships with major gift donors, enhancing strategic alignment with leadership from Regional Councils, and developing the next generation of leaders from within. Key Accountabilities Organizational LeadershipAttract, develop, and retain a passionate and talented team and ensure staff members achieve their goals, grow personally and professionally, and report high levels of trust, cohesiveness, alignment, and engagement. Leads via influence and shares leadership by empowering team members where appropriateCourageous and decisive; builds consensus and makes tough decisions Implements effective succession planning for the CEO and other key positionsFundraising & Development Design and execute a diversified fundraising portfolio strategy to increase revenue streams with a specific focus on raising major and transformational gifts from high-net-worth donors.Entrepreneurial thinker who can build a creative and sustainable fundraising model that expands the North Texas chapter’s fundraising revenueExperience in developing corporate partnerships with community donorsExpand existing donor base by identifying, qualifying, and cultivating new high-net-worth donor prospectsSteward and engage present donor base with the goal of moving them to a higher giving and engagement levelCourageous and comfortable with making well-aligned, appropriate level “asks” of donors.Strategic Vision & ExecutionEnsure the creation and execution of a clear and actionable strategy to make significant and measurable progress toward achieving the Chapter’s vision while exploring new and innovative solutions to effectively meet the growing demand for wish experiences. Challenges and inspires the organization to consider the “big” pictureTranslates strategies into concrete action plansExecutes short- and long- term plans, and uses tangible metrics to ensure successFinancial Oversight & Accountability Ensure the organization has the proper financial oversight, internal controls, forecasting and transparent reporting to maintain/improve the fiscal health of the Chapter.Experience overseeing a budget of similar sizeFinancial Acumen: ability to read and react to P&L statements, balance sheetsAbility to set financial goals and hold team accountable for results Heart for Giving & the Make-A-Wish® MissionInspire staff, volunteers, and donors by authentically embodying the mission and ethos of the organization. Demonstrated track record in the nonprofit sector (staff or board member)Communicates a real passion for Make-A-Wish mission and/or children’s issuesFinds joy in a nonprofit role and shares that attitude and energy with stakeholdersBelief in the mission and value of a wish Board Engagement and Effectiveness Recruit, retain, and engage a diverse and effective Board of Directors and Regional Councils, optimally leverage their strengths to advance the mission, and provide the tools and transparency necessary for effective governance of the organization.Demonstrated experience working with a board and key business leadersMeasures board member’s success and provides effective feedbackBrand Advancement and Relationship Skills Increase brand awareness, engagement, and collaboration through effective messaging, intentional community outreach, relationship-building, partnership collaboration, and purposeful calls-to-action. Articulate communication and exceptional interpersonal skillsEffectively work with multiple stakeholder groups (wish families, employees, volunteers, media, donors)Ability to work within a diverse environment Experience, Background, and AttributesThe Board of Directors sees the ideal candidate for the position matching as many aspects as possible in the bullets below: Passion for and commitment to Make-A-Wish North Texas’ missionExecutive or management experience at a respected nonprofit or public institution, or significant nonprofit experience developed through voluntary service in the sector. (While previous nonprofit CEO experience is highly desirable, individuals with a strong record of performance are encouraged to apply.)Demonstrated results in major gift cultivation and solicitation and working knowledge of fundraising principles as they impact an organizationExceptional leadership and communication skills, including a proven track record in leading and growing organizationsHas worked closely and positively with governing/fundraising boards and effectively developed and strengthened those boardsIs a consensus builder, team builder, and a coach when working with staff and volunteersAttracts and retains top talent and builds strong and enduring relationshipsPossesses working knowledge of the legal, fiscal, and regulatory environment in which a nonprofit operatesStrong business and budget management skillsStrategic thinker who can also plan and execute short-term objectives in pursuit of a long-term vision and create action plans that yield resultsHas personal ethics and integrity that reflect positively on the mission and the organization; is a passionate and convincing champion for the mission; and is involved and respected in the communityIs able to work collegially within the federated model of Make-A-Wish AmericaCommitted to championing diversit



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