Cable Positive executive director Molly McAuliffe announced
her resignation from the industry AIDS- and HIV-awareness organization last week,
effective June 15.
McAuliffe, who joined Cable Positive in 1994, saw the
organization's annual revenue grow from $135,000 to $1.5 million during her time.
"It's time. It's going on six years. I'm ready for a
new opportunity," McAuliffe said last week. "It's a good time for the
organization, too. They need a different leader than someone like me, who is a start-up
McAuliffe was the only Cable Positive employee when she
joined the organization after working in Washington, D.C., where she handled corporate
relations for Potomac Electric and Power Co. and fund-raising for the City Parks
Cable Positive added a program director six months after
McAuliffe joined, and the organization eventually grew to a staff of five full-time
employees. It hired former Viewer's Choice affiliate manager Nancy Schadoff last year as
associate director, responsible for day-to-day operations.
Under McAuliffe, Cable Positive's annual fund-raising
dinner has become one of the largest industry galas of the year, rivaling the Walter Kaitz
Foundation dinner and raising $1.1 million last year.
She launched several services and fund-raising programs for
Cable Positive, including the "Assistance Fund," which provided $160,000 to
current and former cable-industry employees and their families who are living with
McAuliffe also launched the "Tony Cox Fund for Local
HIV/AIDS Programming," which awarded $150,000 last year for AIDS-related programming.
The organization holds annual softball and basketball
tournaments to raise funds, and it launched Positive Outlook, a quarterly
newsletter profiling industry AIDS efforts.
McAuliffe said she was most proud of the Assistance Fund
and the industry's increased involvement in World AIDS Day.
Any regrets? "You could always raise more money. You
can always build bigger and better programs," she said.
Schmitt, Beller and Associates executive recruiter Corine
Beller, who was recently named a Cable Positive board member, is leading the search for
McAuliffe's successor pro bono.
Beller said the board is still reviewing the job
description for the post, but she believes an ideal candidate would have experience both
in the cable industry and in nonprofit fund-raising.
"Molly has been so well-known by the industry. We
would like to find someone who could quickly fill her shoes, and someone who has the
high-level contacts she has developed over the years," Beller said.
She added that the search could take three to four months,
but Cable Positive hopes to identify a new executive director at its annual fund-raising
dinner April 5.
McAuliffe said she hasn't determined where she'll work
next, but she hopes to continue working in the cable industry.