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President & Chief executive Officer

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The Organization:
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, a national leader in service, research and advocacy for older adults and caregivers, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 1908 through the will of Cleveland industrialist Benjamin Rose. The organization's mission is to advance support for older adults and caregivers. Ranked among the largest nonprofits in the Northern Ohio region, Benjamin Rose is governed by a 26-member all-female Board of Directors (as stipulated in Rose's will) and has a $18+MM operating budget, substantial endowment and over 180 employees.

The Institute is a multi-faceted organization that provides a variety of programs and services that impact older adults and their caregivers in Northern Ohio and nationally. Among its offerings:

The Position:
The President & Chief Executive Officer position is based at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging headquarters, 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120; telephone (216) 791-8000.

Reporting Relationships:
The President & Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") reports to the Chair of the 26-member all-female volunteer Board of Directors and is accountable to the full Board. The CEO's direct reports are Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Senior Vice President-Research & Education, Vice President-Strategic Development, Vice President-Institutional Advancement, Vice President-Advocacy & Executive Director of ESOP and Executive Assistant; indirect reports are Vice President & Executive Director for Rose Centers on Aging Well, Vice President-Human Resources & Corporate Compliance Officer; a total staff of 180.

Other important relationships include: representatives of partner entities such as healthcare institutions, community-based organizations, government agencies, universities and research institutes; federal, state and local elected officials and their staffs; community leaders from business, and other nonprofit organizations and agencies; outside financial advisors, vendors and consultants; clients and their families.

Position Charter:
The President & Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and all affiliate entities. The CEO works under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Institute and collaborates with the Board, senior management and other agency staff on programs, projects and policies. This executive promotes and is responsible for an atmosphere conducive to innovation and creativity in the field of elder services and applied research.

Major Duties and Responsibilities include:

The CEO is expected to attend local, regional and national conferences and meetings as well as engage with elected officials and their staffs in the Ohio state capital of Columbus and in Washington DC.

Compensation and Benefits:
The President & Chief Executive Officer is expected to earn an attractive compensation package; appropriate benefits and some relocation assistance will be provided.

The Candidate:
A Bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree in Social Service, Business Administration, Gerontology, Nonprofit Management or a related field is strongly preferred.

Professional Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of success with at least 10 years of experience and increasing responsibilities including several years at the senior leadership level. This career track may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: serving as the top executive within a progressive and comparably-sized elder services-focused public or private nonprofit organization; experience as a "#2" or other senior-level executive at a larger like enterprise as noted above; or an executive from another complex human services agency. Alternative experience could include private sector leadership experience with a background that demonstrates commitment to nonprofit organizations. Significant Board interaction and experience leading large staffs is strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes:

Desired personal traits:

Challenges and Opportunity:
The projected first year accomplishments for the new President & Chief Executive Officer include:

The President & Chief Executive Officer position of Benjamin Rose is an outstanding opportunity for a multi-faceted leader who is mission driven but also appreciates the complex structure of the Institute and its programs and services. There is a perception that Benjamin Rose is more well known nationally than within its home region of Northern Ohio, so the new CEO will have an opportunity to further develop the Benjamin Rose "brand" in this area. At the same time, as our nation's population continues to age, the need for the Institute's research, advocacy and service offerings is even more in demand. This person will play a highly visible public role, speaking on behalf of not only the Benjamin Rose organization but for all agencies and organizations that are involved in issues around the aging adult population in Northern Ohio and nationally.

Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio:
Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the nation's most exciting metropolitan areas. The Greater Cleveland region includes residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds and has maintained a solid economy with a mix of service, healthcare, and manufacturing businesses. The area has long been recognized as a community with an outstanding "culture of philanthropy" with residents and the corporate community showing great generosity in supporting nonprofit organizations like Benjamin Rose.

Cleveland's arts and culture include galleries, community festivals, restaurants, world-renowned orchestra, art museums and thriving theatre. The Benjamin Rose headquarters is located adjacent to University Circle, one of the most concentrated hubs of culture, health care and education in the country. On the shores of Lake Erie, the area is also home to beautiful parks and a myriad of recreational opportunities. Educational organizations include outstanding public and private school systems, community colleges and public and private institutions of higher learning. Professional and collegiate athletics include major league football, baseball, basketball, and collegiate Division I, II and III sports programs. For more information about living in Greater Cleveland:

The client organization we represent, and WAVERLY PARTNERS firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability. Interested candidates should send a resume/CV to WAVERLY PARTNERS, the executive search firm retained by the Benjamin Rose Board:

Eric N. Peterson, Managing Director & Principal

Heidi G. Milosovic, Managing Director & Principal