Kittleman & Associates Selected by Seattle Parks Foundation to Find New President and CEO


July 24, 2020 – The economic strength of the nonprofit sector has grown in recent years and it is now the third largest employer in the United States. It has certainly kept research companies busy. Chicago-based research firm Kittleman & Associates has been recruited to find a new president and CEO for the Seattle Parks Foundation (SPF).

Reporting to the Chairman of the Board on behalf of the Board of Directors, the President and CEO partners with the Board to shape and promote the organizational vision and works with the Board to determine the overall organizational goals and strategies to achieve this vision. . The CEO leads the engagement and culture of current and future donors to support key SPF priorities, engaging in activities across the development spectrum with particular emphasis on working with individual and institutional donors high level.

“They will also champion diversity, equity and inclusion as a lens through which to develop, implement and evaluate all of SPF’s work and to create and maintain an attractive and professionally rewarding work environment for all. staff, contractors and volunteers, ”said Kittleman & Associates. . This executive also grows for the short and long term programmatic, operational and financial success of the organization, articulating and ensuring organizational alignment, internally and externally.

Desired characteristics and qualifications

Kittleman & Associates is seeking a proven, accomplished and visionary leader with a passion and a drive to improve and expand access to parks and open spaces. This values-based person will bring leadership characterized by unwavering integrity, an ability to garner broad support from the community, and the ability to lead and execute strategic plans that impact public policy and community development, the cabinet noted. Demonstrated personal success in fundraising is a key requirement. In addition to professional leadership, this could include service as a fundraising volunteer, and should include actively soliciting contributions from individuals, foundations or businesses, and through the development of a diverse board of directors. and united.

Leaders of color and others with extensive experience in addressing systemic racism and inequality to promote fairer outcomes are encouraged to apply.

The Seattle Parks Foundation (SPF) is an amplifying force for philanthropy, planning, and advocacy on behalf of Seattle’s parks and public spaces and a fiscal sponsor of 80 community partners across the city. Initially fueled by the energy of civic leaders whose efforts to build a 60-acre “Seattle Commons” in South Lake Union in the mid-1990s, SPF has become a convener of community leaders, donors and public partners working to create and connected spaces.

Serving non-profit organizations

Kittleman & Associates, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest executive search firms in the country exclusively serving not-for-profit organizations. Research services include recruitment advice, organizational assessment, development of job specifications, prospecting, identification of sources, candidate development, background assessment and checks, screening referrals, preparation of offers and transition assistance.


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The society has conducted research for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, the Space Center Houston, Paws With a Cause, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County ( CFMC).

Kittleman is committed to fostering a business that respects and values ​​diversity in its many forms. “We work closely with our client organizations to bring candidates with different perspectives and life experiences to the research process,” the firm said. “We hire staff who reflect the great diversity of our community and that of our client organizations. We retain a diverse group of product and service providers and strive to select suppliers who are committed to promoting a diverse workplace.

Cory King, President and CEO, leads Kittleman’s research practice as well as the overall management of the company. It focuses on CEO research in the nonprofit sector, with a particular focus on social services, grantmaking foundations, cultural institutions and conservation organizations. Mr. King has worked in the non-profit sector since 1998 and has executive level experience in higher education, health care and social services.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media


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