Proposal Request: Executive Search Firm

Position: CEO, Maternity Care Coalition | Philadelphia, PA
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Originally posted on October 4, 2017

Background and Context:
Since 1980, Maternity Care Coalition has assisted more than 100,000 families throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, focusing particularly on neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality, health disparities, and changing immigration patterns. We know that a family’s needs change as they go through pregnancy and their child’s first years, and we offer a range of services and programs for every step along the way. The mission of Maternity Care Coalition is to improve maternal and child health and well being through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers, and communities. Our current efforts are focused on Southeastern Pennsylvania and we intend to expand our geographic reach.

We accomplish our mission with a staff of 150 and a network of volunteers, providing pregnant women, new parents and their families with critical support, education and access resources. Our programs provide services in the fields of home visiting, early childhood education, breastfeeding advocacy and support, public policy, research, and safe sleep education. Each year we reach more than 5,000 families with a budget of over $11 million in FY2018.

The Board and Staff of Maternity Care Coalition have recently completed a review of the organizational structure in collaboration with a consulting team from COMPASS and implementation of the new structure is nearing completion. The organization has a history of completing a strategic plan every 3 to 5 years and is currently engaged in an exhaustive planning process involving staff, board, and key constituents. The strategic plan will be presented for approval at the January 2018 Board meeting.

The current Executive Director, JoAnne Fischer, will be retiring after 28 years of exemplary service to Maternity Care Coalition. The board will be placing an Interim Executive Director during the transition period and is seeking an Executive Search consultant to carry out the search for the new president of MCC.




Search Process and Work Plan
Provide a detailed description of your search process including the following elements (with an estimated timeline):Search philosophy and strategy

  1. Interaction with client search committee
  2. Methodology for building a robust pool of candidates
  3. Candidate assessment and screening tools
  4. Process for reference checking
  5. Support during transition to new leader and follow-up
  6. Guarantee for search

Search Team
Describe your strategy for staffing searches and provide background information on search consultants to be assigned, including experience in the not-for-profit and Philadelphia markets.

The proposal must specifically set forth the firm’s professional fees and anticipated expenses.

The firm must fully disclose all pending or closed litigation in which it or any of its affiliates, members, or officers is involved. This disclosure should include all matters that have occurred within five years of the date of the submission of the Proposal.

Conflicts of Interest
The firm must identify any past, current or anticipated contractual or financial relationship with Maternity Care Coalition, or its staff or board members, or any other contractual or financial relationship that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Please provide 3-5 references we may contact during our evaluation process.

All proposals must be received via email by end of business on Friday, October 27, 2017 to the chair of the search committee, Leanne Wagner at [email protected]. Inquiries for clarification or proposal status may also be directed to Ms. Wagner.