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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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.

Chief Executive Officer

The Ronald McDonald Houses of Chapel Hill and Durham & Wake are seeking a pragmatic and visionary leader to serve as the Chief Executive Officer to lead a new and dynamic organization resulting from the planned merger of both Houses. With an aligned mission to keep families close to seriously ill children, the new organization, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Triangle, will be the 8th largest in the United States and the 14th largest Ronald McDonald House Charities in the world. The new organization will provide the greater Triangle area of North Carolina with a broader community of support for seriously ill children and their families through greater diversity of programs and enhanced services. The successful candidate will have exemplary leadership skills and practical experience in successfully guiding organizations through restructuring or re-engineering initiatives. The CEO will develop and lead a strategic vision and implementation roadmap for the new organization – furthering the positive community impact of the current Houses. Click here for the full job description.

BETH EL SYNAGOGUE, Executive Director

Beth El is a thriving Conservative Jewish congregation located in Durham, North Carolina, an exciting, fast-growing Southern city often recognized as one of the best places in the country to live, most recently in US News and World Report. Founded in 1887, Beth El has long served the vibrant Jewish communities of the Research Triangle including Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh. The area attracts an increasingly diverse, skilled, and cosmopolitan population of all ages and is home to an active, visible, and growing Jewish population. As these communities have grown, so has the congregation, which now numbers over 400 member families. A member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Beth El also includes an Orthodox Kehillah affiliated with the Orthodox Union.

Beth El is now seeking a new Executive Director to succeed Alan Friedman, who served the congregation successfully for three years before departing for family reasons. The Executive Director is responsible for the synagogue’s administrative, financial, and business operations in addition to supporting the congregation’s religious and membership services. The new Executive Director will help position Beth El at the cutting edge of engagement and what it means to be part of a synagogue in the 21st century.

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From DPSF: The Deputy Executive Director is a new role created to add visionary thought partnership to DPSF’s leadership team, enhance diversity of thought and ownership for strategic decision-making and expand leadership capacity for growing DPSF’s impact. This role will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director to build a vision for DPSF’s growth and impact, map our work and funding to that vision, strengthen internal operations and increase annual giving to DPSF. Click here to go to DPSF’s hiring page. 

Posted 3/17/22

DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION, Development and Finance Operations Manager 

From DPSF: This is a new position that will help DPSF build strong finance and fundraising operations that will strengthen and accelerate our work. Our Development and Finance Operations Manager will love data, systems and processes, be highly organized and detail oriented, bring excitement and comfort to being part of a growing organization and have a deep commitment to DPSF’s values.  Click here to go to DPSF’s hiring page. 

Posted 3/17/22

MUSEUM OF DURHAM HISTORY, Director of Education Programs and Exhibits

From the Museum: The Director of Education Programs and Exhibits will be responsible for programming for group visits, exhibit curation and development process, and program and events coordination.  Click here for the full job description. 

Posted 4/28/22