Nonprofit Executive Search
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Nonprofit Executive Search

As a retained executive recruiter, I am engaged by nonprofits and associations as well as colleges and universities to recruit key leaders that will build capacity and broaden impact for the organizations they serve. For the past 20 years I’ve specialized in conducting recruitments in this sector and understand the unique challenges faced by nonprofits. In consultation with the hiring authority, I can provide the full range of services to identify, attract and hire the best possible candidates for CEO/Executive Director and key leadership positions. I’m adept at working with boards and search committees with divergent views to bring consensus on the best candidate for the position. My process includes partnering with the hiring authority to:

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of benefits to working with an experience executive recruiter including:

  • Comprehensive management of project- saves time, creates efficiencies, keeps the project on track
  • Increased probability of a successful and longer-term placement
  • A more diverse and higher quality candidate pool that includes passive candidates who might not otherwise apply because they weren’t actively looking for work
  • Strategic, comprehensive outreach is time consuming. Hiring a recruiter frees the Board, CEO/Executive Director, and/or staff to continue to focus on their primary jobs
  • Brings credibility and objectivity to the process
  • Maintains candidates’ confidentiality
While I can coordinate every aspect of the recruitment from start to finish, I also offer my recruitment services “a la carte”. Frequent elements that organizations select “a la carte” are Outreach to develop a high quality, diverse candidate pool, Candidate Screening with the goal of bringing forward the top 4-6 candidates, and Interview Facilitation to coordinate an effective selection process.

Unlike many search firms, I do not charge the typical 30% or more of the first year’s salary to conduct the recruitment. My fee is a flat rate that reflects an understanding of the budget constraints of many nonprofits. Payments are aligned with project milestones so you can be assured your recruitment stays on track and is completed in a timely fashion.

I have more than 20 years of experience conducting executive searches and providing outplacement services for leading nonprofits in the Sacramento region as well as throughout California. My nonprofit expertise includes:

  • Extensive interaction with boards, search committees and executive directors
  • Effective engagement with community stakeholders, funders and nonprofit staff
  • Deep understanding of the unique skillset required for effective nonprofit leadership so I am able to anticipate needs and provide insightful recommendations based on past successful searches
  • Long-standing personal commitment to regional nonprofits, as a board member, committee chair, volunteer and donor
  • Deeply invested in the value, impact and essential role nonprofits play in improving our communities

Let’s talk about your recruitment needs — reach out today.