Search Process

Our Executive Search Process

Our proven search approach will be tailored to successfully meet your organizations recruitment goals. The following describes the main ten phases we utilize in our executive recruitment.

Step 1

Detailed Analysis

We perform an in-depth, comprehensive study of your organization and the position to evaluate your needs. Using this groundwork as the base for building a sound search strategy, Scion Executive Search meets with key stakeholders to gather information; enabling our firm to meticulously customize the search process to the needs of your unique organizational structure, mission, goals, and working environment.

Step 2


Scion Executive Search expertly “casts a wide net” to network and recruit a diverse group of elite nonprofit executives. For all executive searches, we: conduct research to identify qualified potential candidates, utilize our robust private database of talented executive leaders to network the position, strategically advertise and, recruit the role to secure a precise candidate match for your organization’s culture.

Step 3


Utilizing our expertise, established connections, and tailored industry research, Scion Executive Search identifies and discretely connects with appropriate prospective candidate targets, nonprofit leaders, boards, associations, professional organizations, and nonprofits. Throughout this process, applicable background information, resumes, applications, portfolios are collected.

Step 4


All applicants are rigorously screened and methodically interviewed to address the specified requirements for each nonprofit executive search we lead. Our detailed process allows us to delve deep into each prospective candidate’s background, career history, goals, motivations, career plans, and accomplishments, to efficiently judge their abilities and prospective effectiveness.

Step 5


The goal of screening and preliminary interviews is to make initial judgments which can be tested in further interviews, interactions, and reference checking. We base our evaluations on key stakeholder’s objectives in an effort to create an ideal “match” between the identified talent pool and the needs of the position.

Step 6

Candidate Presentations

We provide detailed profiles of the most qualified executive candidates who are an exceptional “fit” for the position. Scion Executive Search candidate profiles offer factual insight into the applicant’s specific background. Each presentation includes: (1) salary expectations; (2) career highlights; (3) availability; (4) facts evidencing the employment match, (5) interpersonal skills, and (6) supplemental information to consider.

Step 7

Client Interviews

We support you throughout the interview process! Our work includes finalizing plans with the committee for interviews, coordinating candidate participation, scheduling phone calls, meetings, and offering advice on travel arrangements. Have a question along the way? You’ll be pleased to know our staff is available to you at all times as a resource!

Step 8

Final Candidate Selection

We deliver the final candidate pool to your committee. Our Executive Recruiters will assist in debriefing your committee following the in-person organizational interviews.

Step 9

Final Reference Verification

After interviews take place, additional in-depth reference checking is conducted on candidates of final interest. Based on your preferences, this process can include: professional references, criminal, educational, financial, media, and/or civil litigation checks.

Step 10

Final Offer

After your committee has determined a candidate selection, we assist your organization in extending a tactful final offer, and notify unsuccessful applicants of the hiring decision.

Executive Search Regions of Specialization

  • WEST: San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV
  • MOUNTAIN: Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT
  • MIDWEST: Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; Columbus/Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO
  • SOUTH: Dallas/Austin/Houston/San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Raleigh-Durham/Charlotte, NC
  • EAST: New York, NY; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA

Scion Executive Search is an award-winning full-service nonprofit executive search firm that provides clients with extraordinary talent for hire. Since 2006, our partners have been strategically placing nonprofit talent within foundations, organizations, and educational institutions globally. It is our aim to make your organizations’ growth goals an attainable reality.

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