The not-for-profit sector is fundamentally different than the for-profit business environment, though the respective leaders may share many of the same business and management skills. In addition to defining an organization’s agenda and leading with passion and strong business skills, today’s not-for-profit leaders must possess qualities of confidence, honesty, loyalty, compassion, and a strong belief in the good of people. Finding this ideal leader can present a difficult and daunting task; however, the absence of vital new leadership can hinder the growth and success of an organization. Great not-for-profit leaders can motivate their teams by emphasizing the impact their efforts will have. This impact is what will inspire trust in the community among donors, volunteers, and potential partners. Not-for-profit organizations offer exciting and challenging work environments that give professionals the opportunity to participate on highly visible and mission-driven projects, initiatives, and sustained efforts.
Raines International’s Consultants have successfully led nationwide searches for key leaders across multiple functions (President, CEO, CFO, Chief Administrative Officer, Dean, Vice President, Vice Provost, Executive Director, etc.) in a wide variety of organizations, including leading universities, academic medical centers, health systems, hospitals, foundations, human service agencies, research institutes, and cultural institutions. In the corporate world, we have always sought to serve companies that reflect a strong social responsibility and conscience.
With the rapid growth in the not-for-profit sector, there is now increased competition for top talent. An executive search firm must be able to grasp the needs, goals, and challenges of its client in order to convey the right message to potential candidates. And a search partner must be able to identify those candidates who best align with the evolution an organization desires and anticipates. Increasingly there is the need for leaders in all positions within not-for-profit entities to not only demonstrate effectiveness in their defined roles but also to represent the missions of their organization. In addition to those with proven track records in this sector, we also maintain strong ties to for-profit leaders who have shown a consistent commitment to the not-for-profit sector through volunteer efforts and board participation.