On behalf of our client, The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Chandler Group Executive Search is conducting a pro bono search for their


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The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (Wilder) is a non-granting, non-profit community organization that helps children, families and older adults in the greater east metro area of Saint Paul. Wilder serves thousands of low income and vulnerable children and families each year through direct service programs in areas of mental health, education, housing, social adjustment, early childhood and aging. They also work to build community capacity through leadership development programs, community initiatives and collaborations that bring people together to solve complex social challenges. A robust program in research (Wilder Research) provides community indicators that inform work around broad community social issues. Wilder believes that investing in people, enhancing the relationships they have with each other, and working to promote health and resilience will help create a vibrant community. Through their direct service programs, Wilder Research, leadership development and community building, they are helping people reach their full potential. Each year, Wilder serves thousands of children, families and older adults who may be experiencing difficulty in their lives. More than 40 direct service programs are designed to meet people where there are at and help them towards greater self-sufficiency. Their focus is that:  Children and families have what they need to achieve their full potential.  Older adults have what they need to maximize their quality of life.  Residents and leaders are informed and engaged in creating solutions to address vital community issues. In the past year:  5,249 Clients Served  25,000 Meals Delivered  222 Organizations Consulted  4,225 Persons Trained  104,440 Hours of Consultation  1,617 Number of Volunteers  2,639 Achievement Plus Clients  48,000 Wilder Center Convening Attendees Wilder Center for Communities Wilder Center for Communities (WCC) engages citizens and leaders to address complex community challenges. Through community engagement, convening and leadership

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development, they build capacity, address disparities, and develop the next generation of engaged and involved community members. The work of WCC is accomplished by an integrated interdisciplinary team seeking to have the following collective impact:   Engaging and equipping community members to see themselves as needed, valuable and ready to influence change in their community. Influencing institutions, nonprofit and government leaders, policymakers and funders that authentic community voice and engagement are essential to effective solutions and lasting change. Bringing people together across power differentials – community members and those in decision-making roles that impact community – to work together to craft solutions. Preparing ourselves and our Wilder colleagues to authentically engage with diverse groups of people, be responsive to community voices, and work in innovative and collaborative ways.

Leadership Programs Focus WCC provides dynamic and responsive, culturally sound leadership development programs that continually prepare generations of leaders who are grounded in values, community and stewardship. Program staff is committed to being responsive in aligning with community partners to develop leaders and pathways for emerging leaders. Additional information about Wilder including their mission, values and vision is available on their website.

Renew. Recharge. Rededicate.
The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute (Shannon Institute) is a structured, challenging and supportive opportunity for personal and professional renewal for experienced leaders of philanthropic, civic and community service organizations. The Shannon Institute has had over 20 years of experience serving accomplished non-profit and community leaders. During that time, no leadership program with the same mission and approach has been found. The result of the work is that participants:  Clarify the purpose of their work and the core values they want their work to exemplify.  Identify strategies to increase their effectiveness as leaders.  Articulate changes needed to enhance focus, commitment, energy and satisfaction.

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History During his life, Jim Shannon served as a religious leader, college president, and president of both the Minneapolis and General Mills Foundations. Together with other leaders in the Twin Cities, he recognized the need for an institute that was dedicated to the personal and professional renewal of leaders in community-serving organizations. He began this work of renewing the leadership of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in 1992 under the sponsorship of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and with the program name of Institute of Renewing Community Leadership (IRCL). Later, renamed, the first group of Shannon Institute participants began the program in 1993. The program became a part of Wilder in 2002 and was renamed The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute to honor Jim’s life, values, principled career, and commitment to community service. Ronnie Brooks managed the program from its inception through 2008 with content delivered in a monthly cohort of professionals. In 1997, a second monthly cohort was added. In 2003 Shannon Institute piloted a new quarterly format, meeting the growing interest and demand from leaders serving communities from outside of Minnesota. There are currently three cohort groups in Shannon Institute’s year-long program. Current Director, Paul Robinson, began directing the day-to-day activities of Shannon Institute in 2008. Paul is leaving this role at the end of December 2013, to engage in active ministry. He will continue his involvement, working half time and leading one of the cohorts. Additional information about Shannon Institute including their mission, program features and testimonials from program participants is available on their website.

Over 900 leaders have prospered from their experience in values-based leadership while in the Shannon Institute, and as a result, have created a healthy impact for themselves and on the organizations and communities they serve. Because Wilder’s values include innovation and responsiveness, Kristine Martin (Vice President, Wilder Center for Communities and executive sponsor for the program), has decided to take this opportunity with the transition in leadership to consider and explore broader impact strategies for Shannon Institute. Building those strategies will become an extremely important part of this role. While preserving the legacy of this program for mid-career professionals, it is clear that the demographics of the workforce are changing in this country, requiring more options for leadership development. Baby boomers are leaving the workforce and entering a more civically focused period of their lives. Their successors are more diverse, sometimes aspire to different forms of leadership and often are oriented toward a different work culture. Opportunities exist to take the content from this program and with some

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modifications make it accessible to a broader range of constituents who both aspire to and are currently engaged in leadership.

Overview The Director will be required to spend considerable time on the following:  Program enhancement and renewal.  The creation of programming and impact strategies for alumni.  Diversified sponsorship and fundraising in support of Shannon Institute.  Strategy, planning, program design and evaluation of the future offerings of Shannon Institute that will expand accessibility to a broad range of stakeholders. Primary Roles of the Position Specific areas of responsibility and accountability include: Program Design and Facilitation  Design, facilitate, and make required arrangements for monthly and/or quarterly sessions of the Shannon Institute consistent with the established program principles and budget.  Provide the Shannon Institute with session reports and copies of materials used for the program.  Design and develop new program modules, consistent with market need and demand, using core Shannon Institute principles. Marketing and Communications  Design and develop marketing and communication strategies for the implementation of the Shannon Institute’s program year.  Prepare and develop, in consultation with the vice president, an annual communications schedule to target key constituencies via website, blogging, twitter, Constant Contacts, and/or other social media venues.  Serve as the public face for the Shannon Leadership brand. Alumni Activities  Develop a new alumni engagement plan and necessary infrastructure which might include an Advisory Committee, alumni relations activity, events, and communications. Fundraising  Raise required operating revenue for existing programs and planning revenue for new offerings, as appropriate.  Develop funding prospects, prepare grant applications and participate in solicitations.

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Working with the Vice President of WCC and within the Wilder development program, provide appropriate stewardship to foundations and individuals whose philanthropy includes restricted giving priorities. Design and oversee any special fundraising events.

Recruitment and Selection  Lead the process of recruitment of participants, including solicitation and contact of nominees, manage the selection process, notify applicants and assign cohorts. Budget Oversight  Monitor program expense and revenue-including program tuition and activity expenses.  Be responsible for disbursing funds to support project initiatives and for oversight of the Shannon Institute budget ($326,000 for FY14.) Consulting  Provide facilitation, convening and community engagement services to external customers, in alignment with the WCC’s principles of capacity building of individuals, systems and communities. Administration  Provide work direction and training for volunteers or new staff as appropriate.  Serve on Wilder task forces as appropriate. Working Relationships The Director for the Shannon Institute reports to the Vice President, Wilder Center for Communities. The Director will have supervisory responsibility of cohort leaders and shares administrative support staff with the Vice President.

The ideal candidate for this position will have passion for leadership development in organizations that cross multiple sectors. S/he should have experience in program development, implementation and evaluation that may include specific professional skills in leadership development. This role requires leadership skills in strategic planning, understanding of adaptive leadership, a broad cultural competency, strong facilitation skills, and the ability to work in collaboration with others. S/he must have at least 8 – 10 combined years of experience in program or project design, and management, consulting, teaching, or training. Previous participation in the Shannon Institute’s year-long program is not required, but helpful. All candidates will be considered. Candidates will also have demonstrated leadership in service to community. Some of the more intangible attributes include: creativity, maturity—with the ability to offer professional and personal perspectives; independent and responsible; flexible, and

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appreciative of change; connected to community and able to function in settings with a diverse set of stakeholders that span across age, gender, sector and culture. A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in one of the liberal arts is beneficial, though not required. Strongly related work experience is desirable. Preference may be given to candidates with:  Community or organizational leadership experience.  Service in government or business that included work with external groups  Public affairs experience.  Knowledge of or experience in governmental processes.

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We consider each search a unique experience rather than a transaction. We value long-term relationships and consider ourselves as true partners with our clients and candidates. We work in teams. By combining our expertise and challenging one another, we deliver better solutions to our clients and ensure responsiveness to both clients and candidates. Cultural fit is as important as skills and experience. We spend significant time upfront in the process understanding clients’ cultures and values. This is carefully matched with the style, career needs and experience of the candidates as well as the needs of their families. We provide newly placed executives with a guided process for integration into the new organization to facilitate an effective and supported start-up through the assignment of an independent, professional executive coach.

To learn more about this position or to submit your resume, contact Chau Espenson via email or call (952) 471-5407. All inquiries will remain confidential.

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