Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Chief Executive Officer, Sontag Foundation

The Organization

WittKieffer is proud to partner with The Sontag Foundation, one of the largest private funders of brain cancer research in the United States, to recruit an exceptional leader to serve as their Chief Executive Officer. With the retirement of the original and long-time Executive Director, Kay Verble, the organization has launched a national search to find a leader to strategically grow the Foundation and make an even greater impact. Rick and Susan Sontag established the Foundation in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in 2002 in response to Susan’s experience as a brain cancer patient. The organization is considered by many in the neuro-oncology arena to be a model of quality and impact. The Sontag Foundation funds innovative research and provides personalized support for patients and their families who experience brain cancer. Additionally, the Foundation is committed to focusing on improving the health of the Northeast Florida community through targeted programs.

Position Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a high-energy leader to join the Sontag family and work collaboratively with Rick and other members of the leadership team. The CEO will have overall strategic, financial and operational responsibility for the execution of the Foundation’s mission. This CEO needs to be genuine and bold, someone who will leverage the Foundation’s success, analyze and swiftly pivot to pursue innovations that align with the guiding spirit of the Foundation, while hiring talented individuals and strengthening the infrastructure to enable expansion. The Foundation and its resources are poised to grow significantly and the Foundation needs to be prepared to use those assets to the benefit of those they serve.

The Sontag Foundation is looking for an executive with 10+ years successfully managing a complex nonprofit, foundation or human service delivery organization. Experience with research organizations, the scientific community or neuro-oncology would be valuable. Knowledge and compassion for the issues faced by those battling cancer is greatly valued. She/he should possess clear evidence in effectively leading efficient, lean and accountable operations. Outstanding financial leadership skills and budgeting experience are required. This individual must be an exceptional communicator and presenter, with equally strong written skills.  Knowledge of how to build a brand, raise visibility and awareness is extremely valuable.

How To Apply

A leadership profile is available at www.wittkieffer.com. Please direct all nominations and resumes to Julie Rosen and John Fazekas, preferably via e-mail, to SontagFoundationCEO@wittkieffer.com. Recruiting is underway and will continue until the appointment is made.

The Sontag Foundation values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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