Executive Director: Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 2:04 pm.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. It was started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases to give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness.  Ryan’s Case for Smiles (CFS) is a non-­‐profit organization with 120 Chapters across the US and Canada delivering over 200,000 pillowcases to children in 330 hospitals each year.   And they are continuing to grow.

Today, their programs have expanded to include entire families so they can better navigate and cope
with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma. To ensure the highest quality care, CFS
has partnered with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to create valuable web-­‐based information and tools designed to assist with the unique needs of each member of the family’s experience.

The Role

With nearly 1,500,000 pillowcases delivered, and just as many smiles received, Ryan’s Case for Smiles (CFS’s) is embarking on the next part of their journey, which is to hire the Successor to the Founder who has led the Organization since Day One.
The Executive Director embodies Ryan’s Case for Smiles commitment to enhancing and sustaining CFS’ mission of helping children and their families to cope with the crisis of a life changing illness or injury, while helping them minimize the long term symptoms of post-­‐traumatic stress – in short, to help them heal better to feel better.  The ED will lead the organization in establishing and communicating a vision and strategy for the next chapter in the organization’s work.  (S)He will partner with the Board to establish and implement CFS’ strategic plan to ensure the continuing vibrancy, relevance and sustainability of CFS’ Mission.  The ED must have a proven ability to nurture a strong, dedicated staff, many of which are volunteers, with common goals, a shared commitment to the CFS kids, their families, and the communities they serve– all while achieving CFS’ strategic, operating and financial sustainability objectives.
WE THINK THIS POSITION REQUIRES SOMEONE EXTRAORDINARY

We are looking for someone extraordinary.  This position will require someone with great talent working with volunteers in the non-­‐profit/fundraising world, and someone with a big heart and the ability to appreciate the gift of a child; the challenges of dealing with a sick child, and the understanding of how priceless it is to put a smile on the face of a child and their family.

If you believe that you have the skills and the heart to lead this Organization, then we would like to hear from you.

Candidates from throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond are encouraged to apply, relocation may be considered for this role, but it will be a limited relocation package, if offered.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in strict confidence to the search firm indicated at the end of this document.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Executive Director will be committed to CFS’s mission and its continued growth and improvement.
Specifically, the position requires the ability to successfully perform the following functions:
•     ABILITY TO LEAD WITHOUT FORMAL AUTHORITY (ENGAGE A LARGE TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS!)
•     FUNDRAISING
•     BOARD DEVELOPMENT
•     RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT
•     PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
•     FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
•     MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
•     Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s or other advanced degree preferred
•     Minimum of 10 years of management experience; at least 4 years in a senior level capacity

If interested in this opportunity, please contact: Gulian & Associates LLC
Ann Marie Gulian 610.225.3732 ext. 223 office AnnMarie@gulian.net

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