Nonprofit Search Committee Tips – Best Practices

Nonprofit Search Committee Advice


Successful executive searches require a close working relationship between your nonprofit search committee, staff, and our executive search leader.


Following is a list of suggested contributions your search committee can make to ensure a streamlined hiring process for your new nonprofit executive:

  1. Envision what you require from your new executive and communicate in detail with Scion Executive Search.
  2. Allow us to work directly with you. Alleviate indirect communication through assistants or intermediaries.
  3. Provide timely feedback on the position description and recruitment goals for the search.
  4. Provide the hiring history and reporting structure for the position.
  5. Supply us the names and/or applicant materials of any candidates your search committee identifies from other sources or from within your organization so we may include them in our search candidate pool.
  6. Advise us on any areas of the search that should be held confidential, and/or where privacy would benefit your search committee or entity. We consider your organization’s confidentiality to be of the utmost importance.
  7. Reply in a timely manner with feedback regarding your interest level in the candidates we present.
  8. Schedule candidate interviews quickly and after the interviews provide as much detailed feedback as reasonably possible.
  9. Ask questions and prepare to make an employment offer. Always put your nonprofit search committee in a position of being ready to hire.

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