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On behalf of our client West Central Initiative, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for its PRESIDENT AND CEO.

The Organization: West Central Initiative (WCI) serves as a regional community foundation that unites ideas and resources to help people and communities create a better tomorrow within the economically diverse and dramatically changing nine-county region in west central Minnesota.  WCI helps strengthen communities through its leadership, early childhood and workforce development programs, and by providing planning assistance. It offers financing for business start-ups and expansion. And it encourages regional philanthropy through its component and endowment funds.

The Region:  The 8,615-square mile nine-county region includes the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI is based in Fergus Falls, which is an attractive rural community of 13,000, located near I-94 on the divide between the great prairie and the Minnesota lakes region.  There are 82 incorporated municipalities in the region with one-third of its 225,000 residents residing in its five largest cities: Moorhead (39,091), Fergus Falls (13,295), Alexandria (13,045), Detroit Lakes (8,851) and Morris (5,382).

The Role: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for leading, directing and managing the organization in a manner consistent with the mission and values of WCI and policies established by the Board. Major responsibilities include: Organizational Leadership, Oversight of Management and Operations, Governance (Board and Committee Operations); Regional Engagement; Research; and Philanthropy.  Reporting to the President is a talented, professional, and hardworking 14-person staff.

Click here for the full position profile: West Central Initiative - President and CEO

To apply, please send your resume to info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential