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TG Joins Raffa


Written by Administrator | 16 June 2010

    BIG NEWS...
    TransitionGuides has transitioned! 



As of January 2, 2014, we have joined Raffa PC

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 This change allows us to continue to offer and further develop our search, sustainability, succession, and transition services and to offer a broader range of services. Our team, our work, and our commitment to outstanding service remain the same. For more information contact Karen Schuler regarding CEO and Senior Executive Search ( and Tom Adams regarding Sustainability, Succession & Transition Planning Services ( For now you can continue to access the TransitionGuides website at

Please visit the Raffa website at  to learn about the comprehensive services and benefits offered to the nonprofit community.

From the practical back office solutions that keep organizations compliant, effective and efficient to the deeper strategies that create sustainability, Raffa provides the financial and management expertise as well as accounting, consulting, and technology services that help organizations deliver on their promise to the community. Experience the Raffa culture of corporate citizenship and community commitment, and learn how passion for professional excellence and for making a difference merge for the better good.
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 From the practical back office solutions that keep organizations compliant, effective and efficient to the deeper strategies that create sustainability, Raffa provides the financial and management expertise as well as accounting, consulting, and technology services that help organizations deliver on their promise to the community. Experience the Raffa culture of corporate citizenship and community commitment, and learn how passion for professional excellence and for making a difference merge for the better good.  

While you are there, sign up for the Raffa newsletter to receive our timely articles and learn about the firm’s free Learning Community events.


Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:32

Nonprofit Executive Searches



Raffa Executive Search is current conducting executive searches for the following positions:


Carlos Rosario International Public Charter Schoolcripcs

Human Resources Director

Location: Washington, DC

Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School seeks a proactive, experienced, bi-lingual, certified human resources leader to play a critical role in the development and growth of the pre-eminent adult immigrant education resource in the Washington, DC area.  (In 2015 the school ranked #12 among Best Places to Work in Washington, DC.)

Founded in 1998, the Carlos Rosario School is a nationally recognized, accredited, and award-winning charter school serving adult immigrants in the Washington, DC area who seek education, resources and support to transform their lives, their families, and their communities.  On two campuses in the District, and with a faculty, staff and administration of 220 dedicated professionals, the school currently serves 2,500 adults learners hailing from 90 countries. CLICK HERE to read more...



Multiple Sclerosis Association of Americamsaa
Chief Executive Officer

Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) seeks a passionate, dynamic and visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead this organization that makes a positive difference for people with Multiple Sclerosis, their families and health care partners. The next CEO will have the opportunity to grow this already influential organization and create a deeper and broader impact for the people MSAA serves.  As the face and spokesperson of MSAA, the CEO’s ability to raise funds and advocate are paramount to success.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. Founded in 1970, MSAA is passionate about its work and the difference it makes in the lives of people who have MS. MSAA offers many programs and services to assist individuals with MS. The organization’s budget is...CLICK HERE to read more.


Great Smoky Mountains Associationgsma

Executive Director

Location: Gatlinburg, TN 

Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) seeks an energetic executive to lead this 62 year old nonprofit that supports the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the national park system by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research.  The executive is responsible for overall management of an organization that generated over $8M in revenue in 2014 from retail sales, wholesale sales, membership dues and donations, and employs 80 total staff (30 full-time and 50 part-time, seasonal). Since its inception in 1953, Great Smoky Mountains Association has supported the preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, providing more than $34 million to the park during its 62-year history. See more information at

The Executive Director provides leadership both internal and external to the organization, continually increasing Great Smoky Mountains Association’s mission impact. Toward these ends, the near-term organization priorities for the next 12-18 months include maintaining financial sustainability and growth; continuing the positive relationship with and expanding resources for the National Park Service; increasing individual Association memberships; ensuring maximum...CLICK HERE to read more.




The Alliance for International Educational
and Cultural Exchange - Executive Directoralliance

Location: Washington, DC

The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange (the Alliance) seeks a dynamic and politically savvy Executive Director, who is a passionate advocate for educational and cultural exchange. The Alliance’s next leader needs to be a seasoned professional who is effective on Capitol Hill and is able to work with senior State Department officials, while leading a small but talented staff.  As the voice of international exchange, the Alliance promotes the growth and impact of exchange programs and the effectiveness of its members by engaging in advocacy, providing member development opportunities, and building public awareness of the power of exchange.

Founded in 1993, the Alliance engages in formulating policy recommendations supporting members’ common interests; advocating on behalf of Alliance interests; and serving as convener and thought leader of the international exchange community in the United States. The Alliance holds an annual meeting with more than 170 attendees. The Alliance seeks to strengthen its presence and support...CLICK HERE to read more.



National Association of Drug nadcp
Court Professionals -

Chief Executive Officer

Location: Alexandria, VA

The National Association for Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) seeks a passionate and visionary CEO who will build upon the organization’s accomplishments and 21 year experience as the premiere national membership, training, and advocacy organization for the Drug Court model.

Founded in 1994, The National Association for Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) works tirelessly at the national, state, and local level to create and enhance Drug Courts, which use a combination of accountability and treatment to support drug-using offenders in changing their lives. NADCP represents over 27,000 multi-disciplinary justice professionals and community leaders. With an operating budget of close to $10 million, NADCP employs a dedicated staff of 32 and is governed by a board of 26 national leaders. The organization is funded from a mix of federal grants/corporate agreements...CLICK HERE to read more.



ServiceSource Florida - ssnc

Regional Executive Director

Location: Clearwater, FL 

ServiceSource is seeking a seasoned, innovative Regional Executive Director to lead its regional human service programs for youth and adults with disabilities throughout the state of Florida.  Based in Clearwater, Florida, ServiceSource’s Florida Regional Office is a leading provider of innovative employment and rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities.

Founded in 1971, ServiceSource’s mission is to deliver exceptional services to individuals with disabilities through innovative and valued employment, training, habilitation, housing, and support services.  The Florida Regional Office includes a staff of 155, operates on an annual budget of approximately $11M, and serves over 12,000 individuals with disabilities annually.The Regional Executive Director manages all rehabilitation programs and employment operations throughout the Florida region. Focused on the future, the executive will continue to advance ServiceSource’s tradition of program... CLICK HERE to see more.



Feeding America San Diego - fasd

Chief Executive Officer

Location: San Diego, CA

Feeding America San Diego is seeking an experienced and inspirational Chief Executive Officer to lead this impactful and growing nonprofit that feeds 59,000 hungry children, seniors and families each week.

Founded in 2007, Feeding America San Diego (FASD) is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Funded by philanthropic and community support, FASD’s mission - “to end hunger through healthy food, education and advocacy” - guides its life-changing efforts every day in pursuit of its vision - a hunger-free and healthy San Diego. Feeding America San Diego is governed by a 10-member board of directors. The organization’s current operating budget is $6.3 million, and the organization estimates that more than $30 million of food will come through its doors this year. FASD’s dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative team includes 44 employees.
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Amazon Conservation Team -act

Development Officer

Location: Arlington, VA

Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) seeks a dynamic and experienced fundraising professional with a strong and proven track record to play a central role in the senior management team of one of the leading environmental organizations working to preserve South American rainforests. The Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for planning and implementing all of ACT’s development/fundraising activities. S/he will direct the efforts of a development team and coordinate on both strategic and operational levels with other ACT departments. This position is based in Arlington, VA (Washington, DC area).

Founded in 1996, ACT is a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving South American rainforests. ACT’s vision is that the vast, life-sustaining rainforests of the Amazon basin are forever preserved and protected. ACT is supported by private foundations, individuals, and government grants, and has an operating budget of close to $4M. Ten (10) staff members are employed at the ACT headquarters and close to 50 staff are employed in... CLICK HERE to read more.



Rebuilding Together -
President &rt Chief Executive Officer

Location: Washington, DC

Rebuilding Together is seeking a charismatic, decisive and strategic President and CEO to lead the organization and expand on the organization’s 25 year history of providing necessary and strategic home repairs to low-income people in 166 communities throughout the United States.  The President and CEO works with the Board to establish and implement short- and long range strategic goals for the organization and is the key liaison to Rebuilding Together’s affiliates.

Rebuilding Together is motivated by the belief that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities. Through partnerships with corporations, local small businesses, home repair professionals and dedicated volunteers, Rebuilding Together enables low-income homeowners to stay in their homes by completing critical home repairs...CLICK HERE to read more.


Washington State Budget & Policy Center -wsbpc

Executive Director

Location: Seattle, WA

Since 2005, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center has worked to make economic security and social opportunity real for everyone living in our state, bringing fresh ideas along with high quality, credible and independent research and analysis. Now we're looking for a seasoned, visionary, and energetic leader with strong understanding of policy issues and how the legislative process works to lead this high profile public policy organization into its second decade.

The Budget &  Policy Center uses research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society. Our savvy analysis and use of strategic communications help reshape the conversation about the state's budget -- doing so in ways that throw light on concrete paths to improvement. We pay particular attention to how Washington’s spending and taxing disadvantage... CLICK HERE to read more.


The Walters Art Museum - wam

Revenue & Budget Administrator

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Walters Art Museum is seeking an experienced nonprofit finance professional to move into the new position of Revenue & Budget Administrator.  The Revenue & Budget Administrator will manage record keeping for the grants program, implement the on-going reconciliation between development and accounting systems, and support the annual budget development and reporting process. Located in Baltimore, MD, the Walters Art Museum (the Walters) has a world-renowned collection of 33,000 objects, has a world-class conservation studio and program, and is a leader in the field of educational practice. The Walters has a staff of 140 full-time employees, an operating budget of $14 million, and an endowment of nearly $120 million. Annual attendance in FY 2014 totaled 170,000 visitors. Although admission is free for all, the Museum has a core of over 4,000 members. For more information, please visit our website:

The Revenue & Budget Administrator (R&B Administrator) is a new and critical role in a fast-changing organization. Reporting to the Director of Finance, the R&B Administrator will have three primary roles: Overseeing financial record keeping for the grants program which consists of federal, state, city, corporation, foundation, and individual grants; working closely with the Museum’s Development Department to implement and manage an on-going reconciliation program between contributed revenue and the financial profit & loss...CLICK HERE to read more.



The Next Steps Workshop
Succession and Sustainability Planning for Nonprofit Founders & Long-Term Executives


Monday-Tuesday, July 27-28, 2015 - Baltimore, MD
Time: 900am-4:00pm, both days
Location: The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Address: 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Audience: Chief Executives and Founders
Early Registration: $400 before June 15, 2015
Late Registration: $495 after June 15, 2015
Registration Includes: resource materials, continential breakfast, lunch,
workbook, complimentary book, and a gree 30-minute coaching session
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Register Now: Click Here


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