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OA supports Motogo bringing shop class back to schools

OA supports Motogo bringing shop class back to schools

By on Dec 3, 2019 in Blog, Community Support, Non Profit | 0 comments

OA is a proud supporter of Motogo.  Motogo builds confidence by providing a hands-on introduction to real world problem solving and critical thinking through the tangible avenue of motorcycle maintenance. They bring the generations of skill-building once learned in our grandfathers’ garages into the classroom. Through an industrial arts curriculum centered on a getting-your-hands-dirty application, students learn proper tool usage, measurement, calculations, and small engine operation and maintenance. Higher learning and vocational careers should not exist as mutually exclusive entities. ALL students benefit from understanding how machines work. Many schools don’t have the resources to offer shop class in-house, or transport students to an off-site location. Motogo meets students where they are. Our Bringing Back Shop Class benefit is on Saturday February 8 2020. Not only will you get to meet the Motogo team and learn more about the program and our early successes, there will be food, open bar, interactive demonstrations, silent auction and raffles, and live entertainment.  Details will be available soon. If you want to help now you can donate here. Organizational Architecture is proud to help Motogo bring these skills to students in Northeast Ohio and beyond and will be involved with helping Brian and Molly bring this program to students in 2020. Want to learn more?  Contact Brian or Molly by email or call 216.701.7073…or better yet, stop by the garage at 5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram...

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Client success story – non-profit health education organization

Client success story – non-profit health education organization

By on Oct 22, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, HR Consulting, Non Profit, Success Stories | 0 comments

Recently we had the opportunity to perform an executive compensation study for an organization that provides learning opportunities for physicians and health care professionals in all areas of clinical care and research.  They provide diverse educational activities that aim to increase knowledge, attitude and skills, enhance practice performance and improve the health status of patients and the communities they serve. This organization is affiliated with several hospitals in the eastern part of Ohio.  Because of the sensitive nature of this analysis, they wished to remain anonymous. This organization was recently set up as a separate entity and needed to develop a framework for compensating its staff, specifically the President.  They contacted OA earlier this year to provide insight into senior level not-for-profit compensation, and provide guidelines for appropriate compensation levels. They told us: We found OA and realized quickly they had the tools and experience to help us.  There are few organizations exactly like us so it is difficult to find comparable benchmarks.  Additionally, we wanted to understand fully the elements that can make up a total rewards package in order to develop the most meaningful compensation system.   OA not only provided benchmark compensation data using valid and reliable survey data, they analyzed elements of our current programs, reviewed public disclosures, and shared compensation best practices and trends to provide us with a thorough analysis and recommendations that we can take to our board.   They worked with us throughout the process to keep us informed of their progress and findings.  We got the information we needed to inform our board, and we also have a framework for compensation decision-making going forward. Helping not-for-profit organizations with their compensation programs if one of our specialties. If you need help with compensation or have other HR consulting needs, contact us and check out other success stories to learn...

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OA will be at the Ohio Library Council Expo September 25 to 27 2019

OA will be at the Ohio Library Council Expo September 25 to 27 2019

By on Sep 23, 2019 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, Non Profit, Presentations and Conferences | 0 comments

The 2019 Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo is going to be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati September 25 to 27, 2019.  OA will attend as an exhibitor for the first time and we are excited to be part of this event. The Ohio Library Council is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s public libraries, their trustees, Friends and staff.  The membership of the OLC is composed of public library systems, library trustees, Friends of the Library groups, library staff members, other library institutions, and library-related commercial vendors. OA became an Associate Member of OLC this year.  After our work helping OLC select its new Executive Director, we wanted to deepen our relationship with them because of the valuable resources they provide which helps us become more effective helping our public library clients. If you will be at the conference, stop by our booth!  We can share how we have helped many of Ohio’s public libraries with compensation consulting, recruitment, and other Human Resources consulting projects. Can’t wait until the conference?  Contact us and check out our blog for more...

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Client success story – Ohio Library Council

Client success story – Ohio Library Council

By on Jun 24, 2019 in Blog, Non Profit, Success Stories, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

It has been our privilege to work with several public libraries in Ohio, and this month’s success story is about our latest collaboration with the professional association for Ohio’s libraries. The Ohio Library Council is the forum in which Ohio’s public library community is strengthened through advocacy, education, collaboration, and innovation. The membership of the OLC is composed of public library systems, library trustees, Friends of the Library groups, library staff members, other library institutions, and library-related commercial vendors. Earlier this year, OA was contacted by the OLC board of directors to assist with the search for their new Executive Director upon the retirement of the Executive Director who has led the organization for the past seventeen years. Our project partner was Selection Committee Chair Nicholas Tepe of the Athens County Public Libraries. He said: We were aware of Organizational Architecture because of the work they had performed for other public libraries, particularly their recruitment projects.  Upon the retirement of our Executive Director, we began the process of assessing partners that understood both public libraries and not-for-profit organizations.   We selected OA and the project team of Mark Fiala and Ryan Sheehan to work with us based upon their experience and understanding of the needs of Ohio’s libraries.   We had to ensure that we had our new Executive Director in place by the time our current Executive Director retired. The OA team was quick to start the process of defining the role and expectations, developing a candidate sourcing strategy, and providing guidance on an appropriate compensation package using valid and reliable benchmark compensation data.   OA provided a slate of highly qualified candidates that were exactly what we were looking for and facilitated the screening and selection process for us.  Ultimately their work helped us select our new Executive Director. We could not have been more pleased with their help and guidance on this project, the quality of the candidates, and the timeliness of their work. Do you need assistance with a strategy for effective recruitment? Contact us to learn how we can help and check out our blog for more...

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Executive Director search for the Ohio Library Council

Executive Director search for the Ohio Library Council

By on Mar 5, 2019 in Blog, Non Profit, Openings, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

We are pleased to assist another organization with their search for an executive leadership position.  Our client the Ohio Library Council is seeking an Executive Director to lead the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s public libraries, their trustees, associates, and staff. The Ohio Library Council is the singular statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s public libraries. The membership of the OLC is composed of public library systems, library trustees, Friends of the Library groups, library staff members, other library institutions, and library-related commercial vendors. The OLC’s mission is to be the forum by which Ohio’s public library community is strengthened through advocacy, education, collaboration, and innovation. The Executive Director serves as the organization’s chief administrator by providing management and oversight for all OLC’s programs and initiatives. S/he acts as the key spokesperson and the face of the organization. As such, the Executive Director is the primary liaison to all internal and external partners/stakeholders, government officials, and the larger community of library-oriented organizations, professionals, and associates. Additionally, as a principle advisor and strategic partner to the Board of Directors, s/he also ensures that strategic action plans are successfully implemented and that outcomes are thoroughly reported. As the top executive officer, the organization’s goals and objectives are, in essence, the charge of the Executive Director. By creative and judicious usage of the OLC’s collective resources and capital s/he will: Advocate the interests of Ohio’s public libraries, with a focused commitment to ensure adequate state funding. Develop high-quality public library administrators, staff members, Trustees, and Friends through unsurpassed education and training. Position the OLC as the collective voice for Ohio’s public libraries and the authoritative source of information on issues impacting Ohio’s public libraries. Sustain an organizational structure that is flexible and responsive to members’ needs, inspires member engagement, and reinforces organizational success. You should bring the following education, experience and qualifications to the role: 10 or more years of relevant career experience [including supervisory experience] is required. Experience as a leader in a small- to medium-size professional association or not-for-profit organization is required. Experience with the principles and practices of association management is required. Experience interacting with donors, grantors, senior level executives, community stakeholders,...

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Client success story – Mandel JCC

Client success story – Mandel JCC

By on Jan 22, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, Non Profit, Success Stories | 0 comments

This month’s success story features our work with the Mandel JCC.  The J builds, connects and strengthens the Jewish community and the greater Cleveland community through exceptional life-long programs and services that reflect the richness of Jewish life and enhance physical, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. OA was approached based on our experience working with not-for-profit organizations to benchmark compensation and recommending approaches to enhance compensation program administration. Vice President of Human Resources Sara Hodgson said: OA was recommended to us by one of our trusted advisors to assist us with understanding how competitive our compensation was, and how we could be more effective at managing our programs.  They worked with us to understand what our goals were and then developed a plan to address our needs.   Throughout the project they spent time with us reviewing data, asking questions, and making sure they were providing the analysis we needed to make decisions about our program.  They provided data from both general and also industry-specific sources and qualified them to make sure the data was valid and reliable.   We needed a comprehensive review and OA provided analysis on our staff compensation and made recommendations regarding compensation philosophy, program administration, and pay structures. Additionally, they helped me present the findings to my leadership team in a way that was clear and meaningful to them. Not-for-profit organizations are one of our specialties.  Whether you are large or small, we can help with your compensation planning needs.  Contact us and check out our blog for more...

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