Monday, June 24, 2024

NHC Endowment opens applications for new CEO

Applications for a new CEO at the community endowment is open. (Courtesy photo)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Three months since its first CEO exited his position, the New Hanover Community Endowment has opened applications in the search to find the replacement for William Buster.

READ MORE: New Hanover Community Endowment announces resignation of president and CEO

Buster was hired as the inaugural leader of the $1.25 billion endowment — funded by the sale of the county-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant. He oversaw more than $60 million in grants in his two years.

NHC Endowment and Buster two parted ways for an unknown reason in February this year. The endowment has stated it’s a “personnel matter” without revealing more details.

After forming a search committee, the board, including Chair Bill Cameron, Vice Chair Shannon Winslow, Cedric Dickerson, David Sprunt and Woody White, selected a third-party firm for help in its search. moss + ross will file through applicants and manage the process, putting forth selections for the 13-member board to vote on.

The job description for the CEO was devised with the help of the endowment’s Community Advisory Board, according to a Tuesday press release.

It states in the listing:

“The New Hanover Community Endowment (NHCE) seeks a dynamic Chief Executive Officer who can successfully navigate the complexities of a growing philanthropic organization, prioritize strategic grant making and operational initiatives, engage key community stakeholders, and drive transformational change for the citizens of New Hanover County in the Endowment’s prioritized areas of focus: health, education, public safety, and economic opportunity. 

“The CEO of NHCE will lead the organization in delivering on its mission, vison, values, and commitment. Reporting to the NHCE Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, and budgeting operations of the organization. The CEO will apply experience, vision, and innovation to accelerate NHCE’s impressive record and significantly scale its impact to lead the young organization through its next phase of evolution. 

“The CEO will build trusting relationships with the existing staff, the NHCE Board of Directors, the Community Advisory Council (CAC), and the New Hanover County community to articulate a vibrant vision for how the NHCE will identify and actively address the community’s most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities as set forth in its founding documents and the current strategic plan.”

Required skills include:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a strong preference for a Master of Business Administration. 
  • Personal and professional integrity, humility, and honesty. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and execution. 
  • Experience in building and leading teams. 
  • Record of leadership in a community context, preferably with foundations, endowments, or business organizations. 

The position pays $275,000 to $325,000, with benefits, with applications requested by May 29 but accepted until the position is filled. 

Applications are open here.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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