Spherion Successfully Matches a Value-Driven Leader with a Non-Profit to Confidently Lead the Organization into their Next Chapter

When a non-profit's executive director retired after more than 20 years of service, the organization brought Spherion Staffing on board as a neutral partner who could help them select their next visionary from an extensive pool of internal and external candidates.


The Search for a New Executive Director

A non-profit organization that provides services to individuals who have developmental disabilities, mental illness, and other related conditions was in search of a new executive director after their beloved executive director chose to retire after 20+ years in the position. 

Due to the critical nature of the role and the number of internal candidates for the executive director position, the organization quickly realized the need for an objective staffing partner.

The staffing partner needed to meet the demands of a very passionate Board of Directors who were heavily invested in the organization.

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Spherion's Executive Search Solution

Spherion was selected to perform an exclusive search as part of our DirectRETAINED service, and began with an off-site discovery session to gather requirements of the Search Committee, including current leadership and board of directors. This ensured the needs of all stakeholders were captured, including cultural fit, performance expectations, attributes of the previous Executive Director they wanted to replicate, and additional experience required for the new Executive Director. 

Spherion conducted a nationwide search for a non-profit leader who aligned with the organization’s mission and culture. The search committee thoroughly vetted all candidates, including creating an assignment for a short list of candidates to present, ensuring candidates understood the organization’s mission, and testing their cultural fit. 

Spherion guided the Search Committee on best practices for executive-level interviews and how to balance the emotional reality of selecting an external candidate over an internal one. 

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The Successful Placement

3 in-depth interviews conducted

Spherion's search team conducted three in-depth interviews of qualified candidates to identify the perfect fit for this non-profit's goals and culture.

Offer Accepted After Less Than 1 Day

The selected executive accepted Spherion's offer in less than one day. The search committee correctly identified a candidate who was not only qualified but passionate about the organization and excited to join their team!

5 Months From Search to Placement

The search and placement process took five months in total, including relocation time.

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