Our Nonprofit Executive Search Process

Our Award-Winning Nonprofit Executive Search Process

The following describes the main ten phases we utilize in our executive recruitment process. To ensure best results our proven search methodology is also reviewed and fine tuned to best meet your organizational goals, structure, resources and needs.

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.

About Our Executive Search Firm

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.

Our executive candidates are true agents for change, and we are experts at matching their talents, motivations, and passions to your organization’s mission. Scion Executive Search has led hundreds of successful executive searches around the globe.

One exceptional hire can change an organization forever. It is our work and passion to transform organizational opportunity into reality for our devoted clients. The Business Times has recognized Scion as a leading staffing firm for the past thirteen years running, and Scion was recently awarded to the list of Best Executive Recruiting Firms in the World, and US by Forbes.

Our Regions of Specialization

  • WEST: San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV and other regional locations. 
  • MOUNTAIN: Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT and other regional locations. 
  • MIDWEST: Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; Columbus/Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Appleton, WI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO and other regional locations. 
  • SOUTH: Dallas/Austin/Houston/San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Raleigh-Durham/Charlotte, NC and other regional locations. 
  • EAST: New York, NY; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA
  • NATIONAL: All US Cities and Locations.
  • REMOTE: We have a vast pool of talent able to work remotely.