Position Profile

Position Filled

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama

Chief Executive Officer

Atlanta, GA


The Organization

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Georgia and Alabama is a fully supported chapter of the national Make-A-Wish Foundation organization and has been in existence for 30 years nationally and 25 years locally, with a strong brand and excellent reputation. The operating budget of this chapter is over $4mm, with the goal of exceeding $5mm to meet the growing demand.

The Area

The headquarters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Georgia and Alabama are located in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta is the capital of and most populous city in Georgia, with over 5 million residents in the metropolitan area. Metro Atlanta contains the world headquarters of corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, Delta Air Lines, and Turner Broadcasting, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the world's busiest airport since 1998 and serves as a major US transportation hub.

Atlanta maintains a vibrant cultural and performing arts scene and features the world’s largest indoor aquarium. Area sports teams and recreation facilities are popular among residents and visitors. Excellent programs for children and families, a high median family income and quality of life, and top-notch education and healthcare services have made Atlanta one of the fastest growing US cities in recent years.

For more information about Atlanta, visit www.atlantaga.gov.

The Candidate

The CEO, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the financial development and effective implementation of the mission of the organization. The successful individual must have a track record in leading a nonprofit through demonstrated growth in revenue and mission expansion. Fundraising know-how and personal success in growing major individual gifts, corporate gifts and sponsorships are essential. Solid business acumen in budgeting, financial planning/management, informational technology and operations are critical to achieve the growth objectives of the Foundation.

The CEO plays the key role in the organization and requires an individual with a confident, polished, professional approach and active management style. Exceptional interpersonal skills are required to interact with staff, board, clinicians, families, volunteers, legislators, funders and community members. The successful candidate will be smart and entrepreneurial, possess a strong sense of integrity, and have an approachable, personable and genuine style of interacting with others. The CEO must be visionary, energetic and creative. The process of creating magical wishes involves imagination, funding, inventive use of resources and inspiration of staff and volunteers.

The Position

The Chief Executive Officer directs the day-to-day activities of the Foundation, effectively achieving the mission of Make-A-Wish and the goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors. The CEO is the external voice of the Foundation and represents the organization in dealing with its constituencies and the general public.


Vision, Mission and Strategies

  • Develops with the Board a shared vision for the organization
  • Develops goals and strategies to advance the organization’s mission
  • Creates with the board an effective process for strategic planning
  • Provides organizational continuity for the board, staff, volunteers and public

Fundraising and Resource Development

  • Leads all revenue generation by overseeing all existing activities (annual gala, golf tournament, walk for wishes, etc.) and creates new ideas for revenue generation
  • Cultivates donors to secure adequate income and strong personal commitments from those who have an interest in the organization
  • Develops network of contacts to enhance the foundation’s ability to achieve its mission (fund raising a must)
  • Develops and implements, in partnership with board and development staff, appropriate development strategies and programs that meet the goals established for the organization

Board Partnership

  • Participates in all board meetings
  • Supports the board in identification and formulation of policy
  • Implements policies established by the board
  • Reports regularly to the board progress towards organizational objectives, annual goals, financial status of the organization, non-profit trends, and other issues of concern to the board

Operations Management

  • Establishes personnel policies and procedures for effective operation of the chapter in accordance with board policies and the mission of the foundation.
  • Ensures that there are appropriate systems to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Leads staff in managing and administering the foundation’s programs and services
  • Selects, cultivates and supervises qualified senior staff
  • Creates performance review systems for staff and is responsible for evaluating senior staff
  • Provides day-to-day guidance, coaching and support to staff in collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Provides staff with opportunities for professional development

Fiscal Management

  • Directs the preparation of the annual budget and revenue projections for board approval
  • Ensures that a clear and accurate accounting system is maintained, allowing the board to monitor the organization’s finances and operations in relationship to the approved budget and make informed financial decisions
  • Approves and directs purchases and expenditures within the limits of the board-approved budget
  • Applies prudent expense management protocols to the business.

National Partnership

  • Serves as chapter liaison with national organization
  • Provides coordination for national and multi-chapter programs and ensures proper financial allocations to chapter
  • Ensures the accurate and timely filing of all required reports to MAWFA


  • Experience leading a complex organization through significant growth and/or change.
  • Strong strategic planning experience; Experience in translating strategies into concrete action plans; Ability to balance strategy, execution and accountability.
  • Proven track record of management success with comparable P&L, planning and operations responsibilities.
  • Extensive not-for-profit experience either as a volunteer or Board member or in a staff leadership role; proven track record in the not-for-profit sector and demonstrated passion for the Foundation and/or children’s issues.
  • Demonstrated experience and willingness to assess plan and implement fundraising strategies and success in developing funding sources and raising money.
  • Demonstrated collaborator who has experience working effectively and achieving results with all levels of an organization. Team orientation and experience building appropriate partnerships with Board, committees, staff, volunteers, chapters and the public.
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation, vision and creativity in previous and current positions.
  • Demonstrated track record in recruiting and developing top talent.
  • Strong listening and diplomatic skills as well as the ability to develop positive and productive relationships with all kinds of people. The capacity to build consensus.
  • High personal and professional integrity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required

To Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest.

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