Nonprofit Operations Executive Search Services

Executive Search Firm for Nonprofit Operations Leadership

We Connect Mission-Driven Organizations To Impactful Operational Executives.

Scion is an expert in leading comprehensive operations executive searches for the nonprofit sector. Since 2006, we have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of organizations of all sizes find the human resource professionals they need.

We stand ready to leverage our vast operations leadership network in the nonprofit, philanthropic, government, corporate, and startup sectors to meet your organizational goals. We are experienced at delivering local, state-wide, and national nonprofit executives that are a true match for your unique organization, leadership team, culture, and mission.

As part our executive search service, we take care of all search activities and administrative aspects that relate to the function of recruiting the role including candidate scheduling, research, pipeline management/creation, reference checks, background checks, offers, negotiations, planning, and project management. From executive search launch to executive search close and transition, we drive the search process on your behalf and put the time in, so your leadership can concentrate on your daily responsibilities.

We are experts in nonprofit executive search and highly skilled at fostering diversity in the candidate pools we create for our clients. It is our mission to provide leadership that is an exceptional match for your strategic goals and also unique organization. We build incredible talent pipelines for the devoted organizations we serve.


We place exceptional vetted operations executives in the following roles:

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Scion Executive Search Operations placements are particularly successful because:


-We are nonprofit search specialists and experts in our field.

-We provide top tier mission-driven executives that are passionate about nonprofit work and your organization.

-We hold a robust network of private nonprofit, corporate, foundation, and start-up operations executives and access to national networks of over 14,000,000+ executive candidate options.

-We quickly and thoroughly learn about your organization and your staffing needs before presenting candidates for your review.

-We listen to your needs, objectives, and challenges and then deliver.

-We are flexible and can customize our search service to best meet your needs.

-We have successfully placed over 1,000 nonprofit professionals and excel in doing so expediently.

-We get to know our executive candidates, their goals, aspirations, and abilities, which enables us to make strong employment matches for your organization.

-We are skilled at working with nonprofit Boards and organizational leadership in a neutral and advisory role.

Completed Executive Search & Client Examples

  • Mercy Housing

Senior Vice President (SVP)

  • Mosaic

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Mosaic

Vice President (VP)

  • Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission

Innovation Officer

  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

Operations Executive

  • Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Holt International

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Holt International

Vice President

  • Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Vice President for Administration (VP)

  • Center for Youth Wellness

Programs & Operations Executive

  • San Francisco State University


  • SEIU


  • SF Opera


  • Chinese Hospital

Director of Information Systems & Operations

*Please note: the above list is only a sample of current work and note a full list of search engagements.

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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