A Lesson for Nonprofit Boards and Executive Directors from Uber

The fact that Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has resigned is a major headline this week.  The CEO, has been under fire for what the New York Times reported. “The company has been exposed this year as having a workplace culture that included sexual harassment and discrimination, and it has pushed the … [Read more...]

Interview Questions Explained by A Nonprofit Executive Search Firm

As a nonprofit executive search firm, we work with many executive directors and board members to find the ideal candidate for their organizations.  We guide them on how to create a process designed to attract the best candidates, review potential candidates, understand best practices for interviews … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Make Your Executive Search Successful

10. Set a salary scale that is appropriate both to the job and to the market in which the executive search is being conducted. No one wants to overpay a candidate. But your pool of qualified applicants will diminish with each step down the ladder from the appropriate salary range. In many cases, you … [Read more...]

Why Nonprofit Executive Search is Not as Easy as One Would Think

Often our clients believe that they can undertake a search on their own—deploying their resources to understand the opportunity and describe it in a fashion that is appealing.  Then all they need do is list it on any of a dozen or more web sites and social networking services and wait for the ideal … [Read more...]

Behavioral Interview Questions for a Nonprofit Executive Search

We have been doing nonprofit executive searches for more than a quarter of a century.  Over the years, we have learned how vital selecting the right candidate is…in fact, employee turnover is the single largest expense that any organization is likely to experience. Screening candidates for key … [Read more...]

Analyzing your Nonprofit Before Your Next Hire

In this column, I have previously talked about organizational and development assessments as a tool to understand your development skills or prior to a capital campaign, but recently we have employed this type of assessment at the beginning of an executive search. Why? We use this tool when … [Read more...]

Why is Nonprofit Employee Turnover So High?

Development professionals are known for high turnover rates. Ironic considering the percentage of their job that they spend developing relationships. So what accounts for the constant change? Why is nonprofit employee turnover so high? And, what can you do about it? Turnover might not be the … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Campaigns Improve Volunteer Leadership

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money but also help with talent management A wonderful client of the firm’s had been having trouble identifying someone willing to assume the volunteer leadership role of the organization. The incumbent president, in fact, had to serve an additional year … [Read more...]

Changes in Nonprofit Executive Search

Recently, I have been helping find a candidate for one of our nonprofit executive search clients. While I don’t screen applicants, meet with candidates or interact with our client, there is still a lot to do for each executive search. And because it has been fifteen years since I last searched for a … [Read more...]

5 Essential Topics for Interviews at Nonprofits

Nonprofit Executive Search Tips As many of you know, we conduct executive searches for nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to find candidates who will help the agency achieve its goals and excel for years to come. If a candidate does not work out within the first year, we offer to find the … [Read more...]