Position Overview

The Board of Trustees is seeking a CEO who will lead a team and program ready for executing growth in revenue and wishes. The CEO must bring an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington (MAW AK & WA), leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers, and a demonstrated track record of managing successful outcomes for programs. We are also seeking a CEO who has the capability to diversify fundraising revenues with a heavy emphasis on new fundraising programs capturing the increasing dynamic economic growth of the region.



Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The CEO reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The CEO is charged with building on MAW AK & WA’s years of success, realizing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability and community engagement. 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.

The Chief Executive Officer will:

  • Report to a governing Board of Trustees and committees, executing decisions effectively and ensuring that the Board of Trustees and its committees 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 expand upon the strategic plan and budget
  • In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, develop and cultivate a Board that is representative of the diverse community
  • Manage and direct a comprehensive 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, and foundations as potential partners and donors to Make-A-Wish
  • Continue to raise the public profile of MAW AK & WA by serving as the spokesperson and advocate for the chapter, as well as being a visible, visionary and influential leader and fundraiser in the community
  • Define and execute the strategy of effectively mobilizing volunteers in support of its programs
  • Manage and implement an effective performance management system for all employees which will include setting objectives and evaluation on an annual basis
  • Guide the increased awareness and impact of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs, and strategic direction
  • 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 that wish referrals and completed wishes reflect the diversity of the region and the communities served
  • Ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management, and financial accountability for contributions, income, and all other Make-A-Wish assets. Ensure public accountability consistent with Make-A-Wish America policies
  • Work collaboratively with Make-A-Wish America, other Make-A-Wish chapters and major donors, volunteer leadership, community organizations, and businesses in the region
  • Ensure the Chapter is meeting the standards and performance measures established by Make‑A‑Wish America
  • Oversee facilities, risk management and operational management
  • Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees


We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:

  • Passion for granting a wish to every eligible child in Alaska and Washington
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity
  • A minimum of 5 years of fundraising with a demonstrated track record of gift acquisition with individuals/corporations in a professional capacity with demonstrated results
  • A minimum of 5 years of senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct collaboration with Boards of 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
  • 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, 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
  • Excellent knowledge of fiscal management, budgeting, and cash flow management
  • Computer literate: Knowledge of Word and Excel and ability to learn database software; experience with The Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree preferred



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

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Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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