Evan Ferber, Founding Director of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center will retire on December 30, 2016 after over twenty-five years of leadership and service. Evan’s commitment to integrity, respect, civility and compassion is a powerful legacy and the foundation that underpins the future of the Dispute Resolution Center.
For the last two years, the DRC Board of Directors has worked with Evan to strongly position the organization to prepare for the transition from a founding director to what we call “the next generation” director who will succeed him. The Board affirmed the vision and mission of the DRC. Together with staff and volunteers, we conducted a review of the underlying values of the organization, its cultural characteristics and its core competencies. We set ambitious goals for fundraising to ensure that the organization would be financially stable as we moved through transition. And we identified areas of emphasis to grow our services over time and to sustain and diversify the organization.
The time for this transition is upon us – and we are confident that the work that the staff and the board has done over the past two years has prepared us to move the DRC into the future with strength and in a way that honors Evan and his legacy.
On August 1, 2016, the board announced a position vacancy for the Executive Director beginning December 1, 2016. We are looking for a dynamic leader to move the organization confidently into the future. The board invites all of you to help us find the “next generation” director and encourage applications for this position. The announcement is posted on the DRC’s website. The position will stay “open” until we make a final offer. We will begin reading applications early in September, so we encourage applications to be made in August.
The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County is strong because of the communities that it serves and that serve it. The funding and support we receive from generous donors, foundations, government agencies, and the judiciary help provide the financial support essential to provide and grow services. The human capital that our volunteers so readily and generously provide to deliver services in a professional and compassionate way is the core to our success.
The future is bright for the DRC – and together we honor the legacy of Evan and those who worked with him to found this wonderful organization.
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