Nonprofit Executive Director Search


What Sets Us Apart


Finding the right Executive Director or high-level staff person requires a deep understanding of a nonprofit organization’s mission, culture and values, as well as excellent communication skills, and deep nonprofit experience. Few experiences provide better preparation for recruiting high-level/leadership staff than serving as an Executive Director or Interim Executive Director for a nonprofit organization. Jeff served as an Executive Director two times before becoming a specialist as an interim Executive Director, a role he has successfully filled for nine different nonprofits. That experience is particularly helpful in being able to communicate with Executive Director job candidates on a peer level.

In addition to bringing hands-on experience, we distinguish ourselves from other search firms by offering this one-year guarantee: If the candidate does not complete one year, we will conduct another thorough search to find a replacement at no cost to you.


Comprehensive Services

Jeff provides complete nonprofit Executive Director Search Services, including pre-transition planning; working with a nonprofit organization’s board, staff and others to create a search profile; designing and carrying out an outreach strategy; screening and recommending candidates; working with the Search Committee to develop a good interviewing process; checking references and credentials, negotiating a completed offer, and helping the new Executive Director have a smooth start.


As the Search Committee Chair, it was a pleasure to work with Jeff on the search for Safe Passage’s new Executive Director. As an international organization, we needed a consultant who would go the extra mile -literally! Jeff went to Guatemala to meet our staff and he adopted our mission as his own. I recommend Jeff to organizations looking for a mission-oriented consultant who can deliver great results.
— Susan Egmont, Search Consultant and Board Member, Safe Passage

Sample Projects

Elizabeth Peabody House- led Executive Director Search for 120-year-old settlement house that provides child care, after-school programming, summer camp, and other services to a largely low-income and immigration community in Somerville, MA. 

Safe PassageWorking with Search Committee, led successful search for an Executive Director for Safe Passage, an educational program serving children whose families work scavenging materials at the Guatemala City garbage dump. In order to build broad support and better understanding of organizational needs, interviewed 25 staff in Guatemala and Maine offices.

American Congregational Association- Led successful search for Director of Development for historical library.

Sunrise Foundation- As part of serving as Interim Executive Director, led search for on-site Executive Director for organization serving the poorest children in Camoapa, a remote village in rural Nicaragua.


For a free, no obligation, conversation about your executive search, fill out the form below or you can call us at (617) 642-0564.

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