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Make A Wish - Chief Executive Officer

Company: Make A Wish
Date Posted: March 15, 2018

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington (MAW AK & WA) was founded in 1986 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a local volunteer Board of Trustees.  Since its humble beginnings with a few dedicated volunteers, the local chapter has granted wishes to more than 5,300 children in the Northwest and built its annual revenue to $8.2 million per year. This year, MAW AK & WA will grant more than 332 wishes to local children in Alaska and Washington. This one belief guides them in everything they do. All fundraising is local:  100% of chapter fundraising is for children with critical illnesses in Alaska and Washington. With 33 staff members, 27 board members, a Corporate Council, and over 160 volunteers, the CEO is the inspirational leader for many individuals.


After a long tenure as the CEO of MAW AK & WA, Barry McConnell is retiring. With a seasoned senior management team and an impressive Board of Trustees sharing a vision of continued sustainable growth, MAW AK & WA is well positioned for even more impact in the region it serves. In the CEO role, the Board of Trustees is seeking an innovative leader to drive the message of their mission in the dynamic economic and social landscape of the region.


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 and corporations in a professional capacity
  • A minimum of 5 years of senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct collaboration with the Board



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


Please send resumes to:

Sterling Search, Inc.


Phone: 714-433-7042


Direct all correspondence, emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc.

Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to MAW AK & WA will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.


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