New Guidebook: Recruiting Exceptional Nonprofit Leaders

By Julie Rosen, Leader, Not-for-Profit Practice

What makes a not-for-profit organization great? Its mission, of course, as well as dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and various stakeholders. What may be most important, however, is exceptional leadership. It is leadership that can be the difference between an organization thriving or merely surviving.

What defines an exceptional nonprofit CEO or executive director? Several key attributes come to mind: creative, credible and communicative. He/she must have the…



Transitioning a Search to a Search Firm

By Melissa Fincher

It is fairly common for an institution to undertake a leadership recruitment on its own, and later in the process to seek the services of an executive search firm. It may be that the search committee wants to take a fresh approach, to reach out to a broader segment of candidates or enlist the expertise of experienced search consultants.

As a former university talent acquisition and organizational development consultant and current executive recruiter, I have experienced this transition…



Presidential Recruitment in Higher Ed: Advancement’s Role

A chief advancement officer in higher education tends to be very well connected on campus, and certainly off campus as well with important alumni, donors, and community leaders. Because the advancement executive has relationships with such important constituents, he/she becomes an important figure in the recruitment of a new president. In the interview below, Witt/Kieffer’s Mercedes Vance and Suzanne Teer shed light on the advancement officer’s role as a new president is selected…



The Provost’s Role in the Presidential Search

As the chief academic officer and often the chief budget officer, the provost plays a critical role during a presidential search and transition. The following is a conversation with Witt/Kieffer’s Concetta Stewart and Philip Tang about key challenges and best practices.

[This interview is also available in PDF format. It is included in the new Third Edition of our guidebook, Best Practices…



Interim Leaders as a Strategic Necessity in Healthcare

By Brian Krehbiel

Interim executives have long played a role in successful leadership teams. If a CEO or CFO or COO leaves, an interim keeps things running and helps an organization to maintain business as usual or as close to it as possible. But the interim as a “stand in” is a limited view. This is rarely what organizations actually want—rather, in hiring an…



Keeping Enrollment Issues Top of Mind during a Presidential Search and Transition

Enrollment is inextricably linked to a higher education institution’s success and thus it is imperative that a college or university president truly understand and embrace this area. Presidential candidates must ask the right questions around enrollment and admission as they interview, and show a definite commitment to working in partnership with enrollment leaders should they be hired to lead the campus. In the following interview, Amy Crutchfield, principal…



The Fading Line: Insights from Non-Profit and For-Profit Healthcare Leaders

 

By Nelson Mann and Margaret Base

As executive search consultants with extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit healthcare sectors, we have witnessed an interesting trend in recent years. The “line in the sand” that previously deterred healthcare executives from moving between the two sectors has significantly blurred. Healthcare organizations are discovering the benefits of hiring leaders from outside their traditional sphere, and executives are enjoying the career growth they experience by “switching sides.”

Given significant and constant disruptions in…



How the CFO Influences a Presidential Search and Transition in Higher Ed

Other than an institution’s president, there may be no more important position in academia today than the chief financial officer or VP of finance. As the academy considers its future, the CFO is central to its most important discussions—especially around financial planning, budgeting, capital planning, and more. The CFO, therefore, plays a critical role in the hiring of a new president. In the interview below, Witt/Kieffer senior partner Zachary Smith considers the direct and indirect involvement…



For Physician Leaders, Keeping a Strong, Healthy Clinical Staff Is Job One

A lot is being asked of physician leaders in today’s hospitals, health systems, and medical groups. On the growing list of administrative roles that physician leaders play, recruiting, mentoring and retaining an engaged and dynamic clinical staff is at or near the top.

The ability of physicians to expertly oversee other physicians is a topic that Witt/Kieffer consultant Carl Fitch encounters almost daily. In recruiting up-and-coming executives for…



Toward a New Brand of Faculty Practice Leadership

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Movement in healthcare and academic medicine toward improved quality and new cost structures, organizational consolidation and alignment, and clinical integration have resulted in an evolution of faculty practice plan leadership. In this Q&A, Beth Frye, MD, Witt/Kieffer Chief of Operations & Of Counsel, looks at the expanding responsibilities for group practice leaders and the resulting challenges in recruiting these physician administrators. “The leader must be…