Search Begins for New Senior Vice President, Mission Advancement

March 24, 2014

“The new Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement will be pivotal in advancing our mission. Our new SVP will lead a strong team of professionals in support of academic readiness, character development, youth violence prevention, fitness and healthy living,” said Richard Malone, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago. “This individual will drive meaningful change by promoting wellness in our community, strengthening existing partnerships and forging new ones throughout the Chicago region.”

“The YMCA is Chicagoland’s leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Witt/Kieffer’s Luke, a longtime YMCA supporter and former board member of the Atlanta chapter. “This organization already impacts hundreds of thousands of lives annually, and calls for an ambitious, mission-driven leader who is ready to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts and help shape its future.”

The YMCA engages Chicago area residents through its 22 membership centers, five camps and hundreds of extension sites. Under the leadership of Malone since 2009, the YMCA has undergone significant transformation and is poised to successfully execute a three-year strategic plan. The new Senior Vice President is expected to oversee fundraising to support the organization’s strategic vision for a better and lasting impact in Chicago.

While there is no set timeline for this search, the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Witt/Kieffer are already working to identify qualified candidates for the role.

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Information about Witt/Kieffer:
Witt/Kieffer is the preeminent executive search firm that identifies outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. We are among the nation’s top executive search firms specializing in healthcare, higher education, life sciences, board services and not-for-profit industries. We have 45 years of experience in executive recruiting for C-suite leaders in the nation’s most prestigious not-for-profit organizations, universities, hospitals and health systems. Personalized service and connecting with each client’s vision, structure and leadership needs throughout the executive recruiting process are our hallmarks.


Information about the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago:
The Y is focused on exercising the potential of each one of us to make healthy choices at every stage of our lives. We’re a nonprofit well known for our 22 member centers, camps, and health and fitness programs. But we’ve also moved wellness beyond the gym to prepare our next generation with the physical, academic and social skills they need to thrive. Our neighborhood base helps strengthen communities through programs offered at hundreds of sites citywide. This work promotes academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Come to the Y for personal fitness, sign up for a family program or play a more active role in our community service mission. When you join the Y, you’re part of something big.