Executive Director, Casting for Recovery

Sterling Search Inc. - Bozeman, MT

Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Executive Director for Casting for Recovery (CfR). National Office based in Bozeman, MT. Position can be based in MT or remotely for the right candidate.

Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, by a breast reconstruction surgeon and a professional fly fisher. Granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1998, Casting for Recovery’s innovative program focuses on improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer and has garnered endorsements from medical and psychosocial experts nationwide.

Watch this clip to see the impact of Casting for Recovery

The healing power of fly fishing for breast cancer survivors

Casting for Recovery provides the opportunity for women with breast cancer to discover the healing properties of nature, to connect with others providing a sense of community, and to experience the exhilaration of fly fishing.

After 6 years, the well-respected and admired Executive Director, Whitney Milhoan has decided to spend more time with family and pursue other lifetime goalsMilhoan and her team hagrown the annual revenue to $1.8 million, recruited and developed a committed and sophisticated Board of Trustees with a $5,000 give-get policy, and developed and inspired a staff of high-level professionals, who are serving 800 women a year with the support of a trained network of 1,800 volunteers.

Today, under Milhoan’s leadership CfR boasts a strong operational model, great outcomes and a robust financial platform with a stable cash flow.

CfR is proud to hold the highest marks on charity rating sites: Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and Great nonprofits. 

There is still a lot to be doneCfR is seeking a new Executive Director with a demonstrated track-record in growing unrestricted funds. Restricted fundraising, for use by local/regional programs, is relatively robust. Unrestricted funding, used for program investment, growth, alternative delivery methods, staffing, marketing, etc., needs both a short- and long-term focus to ensure appropriate and predictable investment streams.

Right now, for every woman served, many are unable to participate because of a lack of funding. A Board sub-committee has been created to support this effort. The committee determined that there are several segments of opportunity for immediate focus which include increasing corporate sponsors, beyond some of the key sponsors in the fly-fishing community to other outdoor activity companies, as well as expansion into the healthcare and pharmaceutical industriesAdditionally, there is a large opportunity for growth in individual contributions from those already supportive of CfR, as well as new donors.

In September 2019, CfR will serve its 10,000th woman and in 2021 will be marking a major milestone with its 25th anniversary. These are all great opportunities for the Board of Trustees and new Executive Director to leverage reflection around its remarkable successful history and excitement about its future under new dynamic leadership.


The Board of Trustees is seeking an Executive Director who will lead a team and program ready for planning and executing significant growth in revenue and retreats. With lofty yet feasible goals, the new Executive Director will be charged with building on CfR’s track record of success by further developing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program. A “must have” for the new Executive Director is a demonstrated track record in growing a fundraising (unrestricted) program, because, in the opinion of the search committee, CfR’s growth is limited only by its ability to raise more funds.

The Executive Director must bring an entrepreneurial spirit, passion and empathy for the women Cfserves and understand the healing power of nature. The Executive Director must possess intellectual horsepower, and be naturally persuasive, fair, and accountable. The Executive Director will lead based on core ethics of collaboration, self-improvement,transparent communication, and the drive for excellence, to ensure that the best services are being delivered to the women and volunteers CfR serves. With a committed staff and Boardthis is a phenomenal and rare nonprofit Executive Director leadership opportunity.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees. 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 Executive Director 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.

The Executive Director will:

  • Report to a governing Board of Trustees, executing decisions effectively and ensuring that the Board of Trustees are informed of critical developments in a timely and effective manner

  • Collaborate closely with the Board of Trustees and staff to create vision as well as execute and refine the strategic plan and budget for an appropriate growth strategy with the goal of stable, consistent and long-term funding that meets the needs of constituents now and assures organization viability into the future

  • In collaboration with the Board of Trusteesdevelop and cultivate a Board that is representative of the diverse community

  • Develop and lead a comprehensive annual fund development plan that identifies major gift prospects and donors and enhances the short and long-term diversified funding base

  • Excel at initiating and fostering relationships with corporations, individuals, foundations, sponsors, industry supporters, trade magazines, business leaders etc. as potential partners and donors to CfR

  • Continue to raise the public profile of CfR by identifying opportunities to leverage exposure for the organization

  • Guide the increased awareness and impact of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs, and strategic direction

  • Effectively manage a multi-unit organization and national staff of 10 full time and 2 part time employees, based both in the national office and in remote home-offices across the US

  • Lead organization and staff with integrity and ethics and an understanding that CfR exists to serve our primary constituents (women with breast cancer) and secondary constituents (Program coordinators and volunteers who serve these women).

  • Define and execute the strategy of effectively mobilizing volunteers in support of its programs

  • Lead, motivate, manage and develop staff to invoke passion about the mission of CfR, and foster an environment committed to continuous improvement

  • Manage and implement an effective performance management system for all employees which will include setting objectives and evaluation on an annual basis and creating development plans to support the next generation of leaders for CfR

  • Continuously evaluatpartnership opportunities to promote programs uniquely suited to the mission

  • Oversee and execute programmatic excellence by establishing operational benchmarks and setting timelines to achieve strategic goals. Continually review and evaluate programs and report findings to the Board of Trustees accordingly

  • Ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management, and financial accountability for contributions, income, and all other CfR assets

  • Oversee risk management and operational management

  • Be the spokesperson and “face” of the organization with national media, corporate sponsors and key donors

  • Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees

We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:

  • Passion for CfRmission

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity

  • A minimum of 5 years of accomplishments in major gift fundraising with individuals/corporations in a professional capacity with demonstrated results

  • A minimum of years of senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct collaboration with Boards of Directors or Trustees

  • Proven track record of management success with comparable P&L, planning, and operations responsibilities

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including key community leaders and organizations

  • A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and the Board of Trustees, and to develop effective programs

  • Experience working with multi-unit organizations or organizations that deliver services through a national network of delivery points and teams

  • Excellent knowledge of fiscal management, budgeting, and cash flow management

  • The ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize and follow through

  • A strong communication skill set, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies, including staff, board members, program coordinators, potential donors, volunteers, and others

  • A team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, developing, and retaining talented managers and administrative staff members

  • Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once and to operate both independently and with the flexibility to be part of a team

  • Computer literate: Knowledge of Word and Excel and ability to learn database software

  • Bachelor’s degree


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Commitment to the mission and work of the organization and its local programs with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others

  • A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization

  • An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills

  • A doer who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded

  • A decisive and resourceful individual who will accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources

  • A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others

  • An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual

  • A passion for the outdoors and for the healing abilities of nature and camaraderie

  • An active member of the fly fishing community, or a demonstrated desire to understand and engage actively within the fly fishing industry

A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.

Please send resumes to:

Sterling Search, Inc.

Phone: 714-433-7040

Direct all correspondenceemails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to CfR will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

CfR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted On: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Position Contact
Sarah Agee
(714) 433-7040
Costa Mesa, CA
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