Big Sisters of Lorain County is seeking a new president and chief executive officer, despite
the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That is possible, because the
nonprofit organization’s board engaged the services of HR On
Call, Inc., an executive search firm to seek candidates
interested in assuming the leadership post going forward.
“Their preference is to find someone in the Lorain County area,”
said Tom Herlevi of HR On Call. “They’re also interested
in, given the makeup of the community, they also want to be sure
to consider any candidates from the Latino community.”
Long-time president and CEO Orlando Grant left the
organization last year to pursue an opportunity elsewhere,
according to Herlevi. Since then, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Lorain County has operated under the temporary leadership of
interim co-executive directors.
“You’d be running an organization committed to the children in the
community, so you’d have to understand the community needs, be
somebody who likes working with programs for children,” said
Herlevi. “They also have to be a leader who has a strong
financial background, interested in getting involved in the
community, and good from a leadership perspective.”
Whomever assumes the mantel of leadership will have to guide Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County out of the troubled waters
of the coronavirus. The nonprofit last week moved its
mentoring programs to web-based activities and suspend
face-to-face mentorship activities. Instead, mentorship is
taking place virtually by telephone, smartphone, social
platforms and video conferencing.
In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters staff has worked hard to
reach out to every student, mentor, and guardian “to provide
emotional support, to provide guidance for building match
relationships in new ways, and to connect families in need with
resources like rent assistance and food delivery, according to a
message on the nonprofit’s website.
“In addition, COVID-19 is now threatening important upcoming
fundraisers that are vital to supporting the mission,” read the
Restarting the school-based, afterschool, and community
programs, as well as making up for possible lost funding will be
the responsibility of that new president/CEO. The nonprofit’s
board hopes to have a list of candidates by the end of April to
begin interviewing via technology if the coronavirus pandemic
persists, according to Helevi.
“It could be a fit for someone who has run another community
organization like this,” he said. “It could be somebody who is
wanting to get that kind of an opportunity and hasn’t so far in
their career. It could also be an excellent opportunity for
somebody later in their career.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches adult role models with youth
for fun and friendship in enduring one-to-one mentoring
relationships. The Lorain County chapter serves more than 300
children ages 6 to 18 and their families. The organization last
year celebrated its 25th anniversary, starting in
1994 as an outgrowth of a
Leadership Lorain County class.
The chapter served 326 children last year, with 145 in the
community-based and 181 in the school-based programs. In total,
the chapter has impacted over 6,000 children in Lorain County.
Any interested candidates are urged to email a résumé with
salary history to