moss+ross specializes in CEO/Executive Director and development professional searches for Triangle-based nonprofit organizations including community-based nonprofits, universities, and independent schools. We work with a client’s desired geographic scope – local to national – to find the best and the brightest in the field whether they are rising stars, veterans, local professionals, or searching from afar.

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Unlike firms from outside the region, we live with the outcomes of our work, and we know the success of the new executive is important to our community. We are in this business out of a respect for nonprofits and want our local nonprofit sector to be the best it can be.

moss+ross reviews applicants, conducts telephone or preliminary interviews and prepares a summary analysis for client review. After the client determines finalists, moss+ross facilitates reference checks and interview sessions and discussions. Once a client selects a candidate, moss+ross can help develop a competitive offer, negotiate with the selected finalist, and plan press announcements.

We can craft a plan for a new executive’s seamless transition into your organization, tailored to the needs and goals of the organization as well as the strengths of the executive. If your organization requires interim staffing during a transition, moss+ross can provide full or part-time coverage to ensure important projects stay on track.

PRESIDENT AND CEO, Museum of Life + Science

The Museum of Life + Science seeks an inspiring, visionary, and innovative President/CEO with a passion for science and experiential learning and the team leadership skills to elevate the Museum to its greatest potential and impact.  Located in Durham, NC, the award-winning Museum attracts more than 561,000 visitors a year to explore 84 acres of indoor and outdoor open-ended science and nature experiences and is one of North Carolina’s leading family destinations. The Museum’s next leader will exemplify a spirit of wonder and excitement along with the drive, relationship skills and collaborative leadership style to meet ambitious strategic and revenue goals. Click here for more info.


moss+ross is not leading the following searches, but would like to share these opportunities with you on behalf of current or former clients.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Community Music School

From Community Music School: “The new Executive Director will report to the CMS Board of Directors and lead an established music school that is strategically poised for growth and looking to strengthen its programs, expand its reach and impact, and build a stronger fundraising base. This will require a strong and visionary leader who is deeply passionate about music education for all children, while at the same time, understands the challenges facing low income families; has an entrepreneurial spirit; will be an effective ambassador for CMS in the community with grantors and other music programs; can engage volunteers and donors; and will maintain the quality of its programs.” Click here for the job description.

EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, The Animal Protection Society of Durham

From APS of Durham: “This position, working under the direction of the Development Director, is responsible for presenting the public message of Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) to the community, donors and businesses through the development and coordination of community, outreach and fundraising events.” Click here for the job description.