DHR Global tapped by Museum of Arts and Sciences to find new leader

May 20, 2022 – Chicago-based executive search firm DHR Global has been retained by the Museum of Arts and Science (MOAS) in Daytona Beach, Florida to lead its search for a new executive director. The mission is led by James Abruzzo, Managing Partner, Nonprofit Global Practice and Michele Baird Counter Director of DHR. “The Board is pleased to work with experts from the nonprofit and cultural world like DHR Global to identify candidates who can take MOAS into the future,” said Katherine Hurst Miller, Board Chair. of MOAS. “We have a world-class museum and are excited to begin our nationwide search for our next executive director.”

“At DHR Global, we are delighted to have been selected to assist the Board of Directors in this search,” said Mr. Abruzzo. “The Museum of Arts and Sciences is one of those rare gems containing a great collection, a new museum building and a council that has recognized the value of endowing such a treasure. The next director will ‘put’ this gem into a new management.

The museum is looking for a dynamic framework to shape the future of the organization and its position in the community and region. The new CEO will work with the Board of Trustees and community stakeholders to develop the museum’s next strategic plan and create a master plan for the MOAS campus. The Executive Director will also work to expand the impact of MOAS and position the organization as a vital educational resource, partner and collaborator locally, regionally and nationally. They will strive to raise awareness of the museum, its collections and its programs in order to increase attendance and participation.

Depending on the job specifications, other responsibilities will include serving as a proactive, visible and inspiring advocate for the institution and its potential for broader and collaborative impact. The new CEO will be responsible for leading, developing and motivating a talented staff of 22 full-time and 23 part-time employees, as well as seasonal staff and a team of dedicated volunteers. The person will also be responsible for managing the operating budget and optimizing the income earned while ensuring optimal management of the museum’s endowment. A proven track record in fundraising is desired to identify, cultivate and strengthen relationships with new and existing donors.

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Ideal candidates will respect and believe in the impact that a museum, its collections and its programs can have on educating and inspiring the public. The museum seeks an individual with the ability and a keen interest in being part of the Volusia County community and an appreciation for the cultural and historical context of MOAS and its collections, among other qualities.

The Museum of Arts & Sciences is Central Florida’s premier museum of art, science, and history. The largest museum in the region, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

Respected recruiters

Since 1989, DHR Global has been a leading private provider of executive search solutions with over 50 wholly owned offices worldwide. DHR’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, offering executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the qualities and specifications of its clientele.

Mr. Abruzzo has 40 years of experience as an executive search and management consultant to nonprofit organizations. Its clients span the full spectrum of non-profit organizations – cultural organizations, zoos and aquariums, national health services, universities, social services, international humanitarian organizations, and professional associations. Having conducted over 500 executive searches, he is recognized for his work with nonprofit boards on succession planning, strategy and executive compensation. He is also responsible for recruiting new partners, developing intellectual capital and representing DHR at non-profit industry forums.

Ms. Counter is director of the not-for-profit practice of DHR. She specializes in nonprofit executive search, working with clients in the United States and abroad. Assignments she works on include finding non-profit presidents/CEOs, as well as senior executives in finance and administration, fundraising, marketing, education, curricula and other areas. Ms. Counter has also assisted nonprofits with various consulting projects regarding nonprofit strategy, governance and compensation. She has worked with arts and cultural organizations, nonprofit social service organizations, international development NGOs, health-related organizations, foundations, zoos and aquariums, associations and educational organizations, including including colleges and universities. Ms. Counter has specialized in nonprofit executive search for over 10 years.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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