TFC CEO Search Begins

The Family Conservancy Begins Process to Hire New CEO

The Family Conservancy Begins Process to Find New CEO

This June, The Family Conservancy (TFC) President and CEO, Dean Olson, announced that he would be retiring at the end of 2019. Upon his announcement, TFC’s board of directors immediately established a plan and timeline to identify the next leader of the 139-year-old organization.

“As a member of the board of directors, arguably your most crucial role is hiring new leadership. We have a well-equipped search committee, which I am honored to lead, who is up to the task,” shares TFC Board Chair, Stephen Nixon. “I am lucky that our committee brings a rich diversity of opinion and perspective to the table; it consists of the five board committee vice chairs, our Board Secretary and three experienced board members.” 

After a thorough interview process, Olson’s successor will be named this fall and be tasked with taking the bi-state agency’s mission into the future, and be ready to lead diverse programming such as Head Start, outpatient mental health therapy, early childhood education and mental health initiatives, and so much more. 

“When looking at the breadth of knowledge and skills our candidate must possess, we knew a national search was imminent, and TFC’s executive committee released an RFP for search firms to assist in this critical duty,” Nixon continued.

TFC is pleased to announce the extensive vetting process was successful and the board has chosen to work with HCap Search to help lead a thoughtful and competitive search for the next president and CEO on behalf of the board. HCap has been serving Kansas City since 1968, and principal Jennifer Furla, who the search committee will work with directly, has worked in nonprofit management and consulting for over 25 years. 

The first order of business for search counsel and the committee was to craft the position announcement and open the listing to the public. Job duties, requirements and preferred capabilities can be found here. Interested parties may contact Jennifer Furla,

Olson will ensure a smooth transition of leadership by remaining with The Family Conservancy until December 31, allowing ample time to train and orient the next leader.

Learn more about this position and other career opportunities at TFC.