Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF).
The mission of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is to fund valuable library resources, programs and services, and engages the community through the creation and sponsorships of diverse literary, cultural, and intellectual programs.
Established in 1989 as a collaborative public-private partnership with the city of Newport Beach, California, the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation raised S2.2 million in private funds with grassroots efforts, demonstrating widespread community support for a new Central Library. In July 1994, the vision for a new Central Library was realized.
The history of the Newport Beach Public Library dates back to 1920 when the first public library was established in Balboa with a collection of 1,100 books. The original Corona del Mar Branch opened in 1947 and was replaced by the current Branch in 1959. Mariners Branch followed in 1963 and the Newport Center Branch opened in 1980. In 1989, under the remarkable leadership of Elizabeth and John Stahr, along with the dedicated support of the Board of Library Trustees the City Council authorized the building of a new Central Library.
On July 10, 1994, the Central Library opened, an $8.2 million state-of-the-art facility. In May 2013, the public celebrated a library expansion of 17,000 square feet as part of the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park project, bringing total space in the Central Library to 71,000 square feet.
Each year more than 1.2 million people walk through the impressive entryway as well as the branches. The Central Library brings more than books to the community. True to its mission, it has become the "cultural, educational, and informational heart of Newport Beach."
NBPLF is a 501c3 governed by a local volunteer, and philanthropic Board of Directors.The Foundation raises $1M annually and has reserves of approximately $1 million. The organization is staffed by the Chief Executive Officer, a Program Director and an Executive Assistant in addition to 3 outside contractors.
The Foundation offers a host of educational programs and special services. One of the highlights is the Witte and Library Live Lectures Series. Their guest speakers include some of the most sought after speakers including Tom Brokaw, Nancy Soderberg, Tom Kushner and Mohamed El-Erian to name a few. Other programs include a collaboration with UCI Health to conduct a series of lectures called “Medicine in Our Backyard” which feature lectures from prominent UCI physicians and a series of money management and Estate Planning workshops attended by over 1800 people per year. Over 7,100 people attended one or more of the 55 programs offered by the Foundation last year.
NBPLF has opportunity for significant growth. The organization has a rich database of 2,500 donors. To date there hasn’t been a big focus on the cultivation of these donors for major and planned gifts. There is also great untapped potential for estate plan giving. There is also the possibility that the Foundation will provide support for a capital campaign in the near future.
The new CEO will be charged with building on NBPLF’s track record of success by growing its membership, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program. The CEO must bring an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for NBPLF’s mission, leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers, a demonstrated track record of growing revenue with a heavy emphasis on individual and major gifts. NBPLF growth is limited only by its ability to lead a high-performing team, engage more community volunteers and raise more fundraising dollars.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The CEO reports directly to the Board President and works closely with the active Board of Directors. The CEO is the chief spokesperson representing the organization to constituencies, both internal and external. In addition to operational, financial, and administrative duties, the scope of responsibility includes overseeing program management, fund development, marketing, community relations, and strategic thinking and planning.The CEO will build, foster, and maintain a balanced organizational culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.
We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:
A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.
Direct all correspondence, emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to NBPLF will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.
NBPLF is an Equal Opportunity Employer