The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada in the search for a Chief Executive Officer.

Reporting to the Chairman, Board of Directors, the CEO will play a leadership role in sustaining and growing the Chapter's fundraising and development plan by creating and strengthening key community partnerships, accelerating sponsorships, increasing major gifts, and guiding diversified strategies for fundraising. The CEO will partner with the Board of Directors to ensure they are appropriately informed, properly equipped to govern the organization, and optimally engaged in utilizing strengths to advance the mission of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. The CEO will represent the Chapter through effective outreach and engagement to build trust, protect brand integrity, increase collaboration, inspire action, build passion for the mission both internally and externally, and increase regional awareness. The CEO will develop and execute a clear and actionable strategy to make significant and measurable progress to achieve the Chapter's vision. The successful candidate should have a passion for and a commitment to the mission of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada; senior leadership and management experience in the nonprofit sector; and a track record of private and corporate fundraising, including major gift ($5K+) cultivation and solicitation.

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. It seeks to bring every eligible child's wish to life because every child deserves a childhood. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illnesses.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the organization in 1980, paving the way for the creation of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada in 1996. Since the Chapter’s founding, more than 2,200 wishes have been granted for children in Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye counties, and dozens of children from other states have traveled to Las Vegas for their wish come true. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff, and more than 30,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and 58 other chapters throughout the U.S. have granted more than 340,000 wishes nationwide.

Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants, and individual contributions. It receives no federal or state funding. The Chapter employs approximately 15 fulltime staff, works with nearly 200 highly engaged volunteers each year, has an annual operating budget of $4 million, and granted 158 wishes in FY2019 (the last pre-pandemic year).

Make-A-Wish is committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion, creating a culture that is accessible and welcoming. In turn, Make-A-Wish is uniting communities to help make more wishes possible. Its mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values and practice.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada­ – to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses – as well as the responsibilities and qualifications of the position as presented in the prospectus. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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