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Other Leadership Searches

Our search practice is focused on recruiting CEO’s and positions that report to the CEO. Beyond our very active Development Director search practice (a key position reporting to the CEO) we also are quite active in recruiting “C” or Director level staff for financial, functional or programmatic areas of nonprofits. We have completed a wide range of searches for these types of positions including COO’s, CFO’s/Directors of Finance, Chief Program Officers, Human Resource Directors/CHRO’s and other C level positions.  Please see a current listing of our searches in this practice area at the bottom of this page.

We bring as much vigor to these searches as we do to our CEO and Development Director searches.  We are passionate about delivering professional, high quality executive search services for each of these types of key executive positions.

In each of our engagements we take a holistic approach to our work, bringing an understanding of the whole organization, its culture and values, to each project. Our background offers our clients a depth of expertise in nonprofit governance and management, combined with over 30 years of recruiting experience.

Executive Transition Model

Similar to how we conduct our CEO and Development Director searches we use an executive transition model that breaks down our work into four phases.

We call the first phase of our executive search process “discovery”. This part of our process is extremely relevant to all of our C level searches. A senior leadership change is a critical pivot point in the life of your organization. We begin our work with you by taking a deep dive into your mission, programs, business model, resource development strategies and your long-range plans. Through one-on-one confidential meetings with stakeholders, online surveys, staff meetings, interviews with key external partners and data review, we take the time necessary to get to know your organization, its strengths, its future opportunities and challenges, and the mandate for new leadership necessary to carry the organization’s work forward.

We strongly believe that a culture and values fit trumps experience. You can have a candidate with all the requisite skills and experience you believe the job requires, and they still would not make a good match if there would not be a fit with your values and culture. This factor is more important in the nonprofit sector than a private enterprise. We pay particular attention to the dynamics and strengths of your board and senior team, because a new leader’s skills should complement and strengthen the capabilities already present in your organization.

What Sets Us Apart

We have a holistic model that provides the organizational with consulting from the initial discovery stage through the entire first year of the new positions tenure.

We have a team approach to search: While every search is assigned a Principal as lead consultant as well as a research lead, all of our team members review all searches twice a week every week to ensure that our clients receive the full benefit of our collective experience.

We are known for the high quality of the candidates we present and the comprehensive consultative approach to the professional services we provide.

We combine deep expertise in nonprofit management, governance and fund development with the techniques and capabilities found in large search firms. Our Principals have all held leadership roles with nonprofit organizations and have extensive search experience in the corporate sector as well.

After the placement, we guarantee our searches for a full year: Should the placed candidate leave for any reason, we will redo the search at no additional fee.

For More Information

We look forward to talking with you about your executive search and transition needs. Please feel free to contact our Managing Director Leyna Bernstein at leyna@leadershipsearch.com or by calling our offices at 510-542-2922.

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