Nonprofit Executive Search Services for Executive Director and CEO Search

Nonprofit Executive Search for Executive Directors and CEO’s

We Connect Mission-Driven Organizations To Impactful Executive Leadership.

Scion is an executive search firm designed to satisfy the leadership needs of foundations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions across the nation. As proven experts in Executive Director and CEO recruitment, we understand the importance of hiring experienced candidates who are exceptional leaders.

The initiation of each nonprofit executive director search is an opportunity for organizational advancement, growth, and reflection. It is our ambition to assist your organization and ease the hiring process throughout a leadership transition.

Since 2006, Scion Executive Search has led hundreds of successful, national, and local nonprofit executive leadership searches. Our firm is deeply rooted in the nonprofit sector and we implement our exclusive processes and proven search strategies to identify exceptional leadership on your organization’s behalf.


We Lead Executive Director and CEO Searches For:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Educational Institutions


Our Established National and Local Candidate Networks Include Executive Leadership From:

  • Nonprofits
  • Foundations
  • Educational institutions
  • Associations
  • Unions
  • Governments
  • Corporations
  • Startups
  • International organizations


As experts in nonprofit executive director searches, we assist your decision makers in uniting resources, and offer clear expectations of the decision makers’ responsibilities while engaging us. In the end, we can all gain valuable insight through our communicative approach and true partnership. The approach we utilize is strategic and consultative in nature. All of the aspects of the executive search are executed on behalf of your organization and customizable.



To serve as examples, please find a selection of recent Executive Director and CEO searches we have had the pleasure of leading and completing recently. Below are examples of recent searches representing: (1) Social Services (2) Women’s Rights, (3) Environment, (4) Higher Education, (5) Foundations, (6) Associations, (7) Membership Organizations, (8) Health Organizations, (9) Science and Research, (10) Youth and Family, (11) Independent Schools, (12) Unions, and (13) Partnership Organizations. This is not a full list of executive search engagements.


End Violence Against Women International, Executive Director

Effective, victim centered, multidisciplinary training and expert consultation regarding crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence.


Walker Basin Conservancy, Executive Director

In 2017 the Walker Basin Conservancy accepted the lead for all Walker Basin Restoration Program activities. The Walker Basin Restoration Program (WBRP) aims to restore and maintain the Walker Lake and River system in partnership with local communities, irrigators, agencies and organizations. The program will support acquisition and leasing of water from willing sellers, as well as associated conservation, stewardship and research activities. The Program is managed by the Walker Basin Conservancy.


American Baptist Seminary of the West, President

American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) was founded in 1871, a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (1962) and is the center of Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States.


The Marcled Foundation 501(c)(3), CEO/Executive Director

The Marcled Foundation supports programs that seek to build the careers and assets of low-income youth, young adults, and families in California.


Amazon Watch 501(c)(3), Executive Director

Works with indigenous and environmental organizations in the Amazon Basin to defend the environment and advance indigenous peoples’ rights.


Full Circle Fund 501(c)(3), CEO/Executive Director

Full Circle Fund is an active network of professionals who leverage their time, talent and connections to help nonprofit organizations launch new initiatives, make a greater impact and accelerate positive change in our community.


Diabetes Youth Families, Executive Director

Improving the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes.


Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Executive Director

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) facilitates clinical and translational research to improve patient and community health. Part of the University of California at San Francisco.


International Association of Workforce Professionals, Executive Director

Founded in 1913, The International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) is a professional association for members who work in public and private workforce development programs. With over 13,000 members worldwide, IAWP is a non-profit educational association exclusively dedicated to workforce professionals with a rich tradition and history of contributions to workforce excellence.


Oregon AFSCME Council 75, Executive Director

Oregon AFSCME Council 75 represents some 25,000 workers in Oregon. Most are public employees who work for either the State of Oregon or an Oregon city, county or special district.


The American Society for Nondestructive Testing 501(c)(3),  Executive Director

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. or ASNT is a technical society for nondestructive testing professionals. ASNT evolved from The American Industrial Radium and X-Ray Society which was founded in 1941


Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA), Executive Director

Thomas Edison Charter Academy is a public K-8 school bordering San Francisco’s Mission and Noe Valley neighborhoods, TECA serves a diverse population of children and families.


AMCA, Executive Director

The Antique Motorcycle Club of America was founded in 1954 by a group of antique-bike fans in the New England area (pictured from left are T.A. Hodgdon, Emmett Moore, Henry Wing Sr., and Henry Wing Jr.). In the decades since, the AMCA has grown to become one of the largest organizations of antique-motorcycle enthusiasts in the world, with 11,000 members in the United States and more than a dozen other countries.


The American Lung Association, Executive Director

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.


Community Learning Center Schools (501(c)(3), Executive Director

Community Learning Center Schools, Inc. is the nonprofit corporation that manages the 6-12 Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and the K-12 Nea Community Learning Center (Nea), both charter schools in Alameda, California. The CLCS schools are based on an educational model of learner empowerment. CLCS is actively engaged in disseminating this model by school creation and redesign.


BMW, MOA (Membership Organization), Executive Director

Membership organization of BMW Owners of America.  A group of 32,000 BMW enthusiasts across all 50 United States and ten Canadian provinces.


Center for the Art of Translation, Executive Director

Non-profit organization for translation and international literature through art, education, and community outreach.


Zen Hospice Project, Executive Director

Zen Hospice Project is changing the experience of dying through a human- centered model of care.


WSRCA 501(c)(3),  Executive Director

Western States Roofing Contractors Association, WSRCA, is a successful non-profit association of roofing, roof deck, waterproofing and contractor based professionals.


Trailways Association, Executive Director

Membership organization and transportation system. The Trailways Transportation System is a US-based network of approximately 70 independently owned companies, Trailways member companies became a formidable competitor while staying an association of almost 100 separate companies.


Jack Links Philanthropic Community Center, Executive Director

The Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center is currently under construction with a projected August opening date. It is comprehensive new organization being run by Jack Link’s on behalf of the Minong, Wisconsin community.


Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund, Executive Director

Union and employment/education vocational training organization.


Partners Achieving Community Transformation/The Ohio State University, CEO/Executive Director

Nonprofit partnership comprised of The Ohio State University, City of Columbus and Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. PACT’s vision is to create a financially and environmentally sustainable, healthy community where residents can have access to safe and affordable housing, quality healthcare and education, and employment opportunities on the Near East Side of Columbus.


Please note: the above list is only a sample of our work and not a full list of executive search engagements.

We’ll Find the
Best Person For the Job 

Request Services

Executive Resumes at Scion Executive Search

We Lead Executive Director and CEO Searches Exclusively For:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Educational Institutions


Our Established National and Local Candidate Networks Include Executive Backgrounds From:

  • Nonprofits
  • Foundations
  • Educational institutions
  • Associations
  • Unions
  • Governments
  • Corporations
  • Startups
  • International organizations