Nonprofit Executive Search.

Candidates that make a difference today.

Scion Executive Search is a national retained nonprofit executive search firm designed solely for organizations, foundations, and educational institutions. Cultivated out of the nonprofit sector, we provide expert search strategies and leadership for your organization.

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.


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Who we've worked with

BMW MOA Full Circle Fund University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) community-housing-partnership PACT RMH SFSU Larkin The OSU SEIU – United Long Term Care Workers NBR CNA SEIU Center for the art of Translation The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation American-Lung-Association

Nonprofit Executive Search for:

  • Executive Directors
  • Associate Directors
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Development Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers/Controllers
  • Nonprofit Program Officers
  • Directors of IT
  • Directors of HR
  • Directors of Marketing
  • Nonprofit Specialties


Core Values

Do you need experienced and exceptional nonprofit mission-driven leadership?

The beginning of each executive search is an opportunity for organizational advancement, growth, and reflection. It is our work to make your organizations’ growth goals an attainable reality.

Since 1997, our partners have been strategically placing nonprofit talent within foundations, organizations, and educational institutions globally. From the largest foundations, universities, and government employers, to social services and art organizations, our firm offers tailored executive recruitment programs to meet your leadership needs.

As proven experts in nonprofit recruitment, we understand the vital importance of hiring experienced nonprofit talent that is fully motivated by your mission, and that fits within your nonprofit’s specific culture. We thrive in placing real and experienced people at social causes who are ready to wrap their arms around your mission, feed their respective passions, and in turn help our nonprofit community.

It is our Mission is to provide the nation’s best and most effective executive search service. Thus, we always conduct our business guided by these core values:

Confidentiality - we are committed to protecting our valued clients and brilliant executive candidates. As you know, the nonprofit and foundation world is quite remarkably connected. Successful searches require a careful approach to retaining competitive talent in a confidential and effective manner.

Quality – we are committed to excellence in everything we do. We strive to deliver lasting value to our executive search clients. We believe that success is a pattern that stems from our dedication and commitment to refinement.

Integrity – we do the right thing. We listen to our clients, we communicate honestly, and we deliver on our commitments.

Passion – our passion for helping nonprofit executives find great jobs is the key driver to our success and expertise. We take pride and enjoy each and every executive match we undergo.

Character - we believe in relationships, and just not transactions. We take very seriously the promises and commitments that we make.

Humanity - our interactions with our clients and with each other are conducted with the highest ethics and empathy.

Partnership – teamwork is paramount in all that we do, in our relationships with clients, with alliances, and with each other. We are all connected.

Innovation – as members of the Scion Executive Search team, we are committed to challenging ourselves constantly to deliver increasing value to our clients.

Nonprofit Search Committee Advice

Successful executive searches require a close working relationship between your nonprofit search committee, staff, and our executive search leader. Following is a list of suggested contributions your search committee can make to ensure a streamlined hiring process for your new nonprofit executive:

1. Envision what you require from your new executive and communicate in detail with Scion Executive Search.

2. Allow us to work directly with you. Alleviate indirect communication through assistants or intermediaries.

3. Provide timely feedback on the position description and recruitment goals for the search.

4. Provide the hiring history and reporting structure for the position.

5. Supply us the names and/or applicant materials of any candidates your search committee identifies from other sources or from within your organization so we may include them in our search candidate pool.

6. Advise us on any areas of the search that should be held confidential, and/or where privacy would benefit your search committee or entity. We consider your organization’s confidentiality to be of the utmost importance.

7. Reply in a timely manner with feedback regarding your interest level in the candidates we present.

8. Schedule candidate interviews quickly and after the interviews provide as much detailed feedback as reasonably possible.

9. Ask questions and prepare to make an employment offer. Always put your nonprofit search committee in a position of being ready to hire.

Scion Executive Search Leadership

  • Isaac-Schild

    Isaac Woodrow Schild, Esq.

    Managing Partner

    Isaac Woodrow Schild., Esq. is a founding member of Scion Staffing, Inc., and holds a Juris Doctor (J. D.) from Golden Gate Law in San Francisco and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon. He studied international law in association with George Mason Law at the University of the Netherlands Antilles, and is a prior legal Intern for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Committee during law school.

    Isaac is an established executive search expert in the nonprofit and public sectors. As an active keynote speaker, local nonprofit board member, and organizational development consultant, he is a zealous nonprofit professional committed to bettering our communities and inspiring socially-conscious business practices.

    Isaac’s work and expertise has been featured by Seedco, in the report When Good Work Makes Good Sense: Social Purpose Business Case Studies, featured by CBS News on the segment “Where Is the Job Growth Happening,”  interviewed for several Harvard University case studies,  and has  served as an expert on multiple panels and events such as: Ask The Experts – Golden Gate University, Ask HR – San Francisco State, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Fundraising Day,  Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Annual Party Speaker, Bay Area Progressive Job Fair, Your Best Job Search. EVER, and Getting the Job You Want in the Nonprofit Sector.

    Over the past twenty years Isaac has successfully led over five hundred executive searches for a variety of national nonprofit organizations, foundations and educational institutions. He also had the pleasure of recruiting over 125 emergency counseling workforce members for Safe Horizon (in association with Professionals for Nonprofits) that counseled and represented hundreds of families of the victims of 9/11/2001.

    Prior to Isaac’s leadership role at Scion Executive Search, he served as President of First Source Staffing, (part of the nonprofit housing and workforce development organization Fifth Avenue Committee in NYC), and as the Director of Business Development at Professionals for Non Profits, Inc. in New York, NY.

    Isaac is also the Founder and Co-Executive Director of the prestigious nonprofit art and youth organization the San Francisco Independent International Frozen Film Festival.

  • Braden Busch | Managing Partner | Scion Executive Search

    Braden Busch

    Managing Partner

    Braden Busch is an established nonprofit executive search expert who has led hundreds of searches for nonprofit organizations, foundations, higher education, and the Fortune 500.

    Prior to joining Scion Executive Search as Managing Partner in 2006, Braden lead searches for Robert Half International, and Waterpik Technologies in northern Colorado. Over the years Braden has had the pleasure of leading a great variety of executive searches at the CEO, Executive Director, and Director-level for his nonprofit clients.

    Braden is a passionate leader of executive search teams offering proven expertise in organizational development, nonprofit executive recruitment strategy, and offers creative modern networking approaches for his clients.

    Prior to his experience in executive search, Braden ran a very successful corporate housing corporation in Florida where he developed a portfolio of corporate relocation suites for Fortune 500 executives.

    Braden holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, and is actively engaged in the nonprofit sector volunteering for many different nonprofit organizations including Shanti, Project Open Hand, S. F. Frozen Film Festival, and Glide.


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    Debra Levey


    Born in Detroit Michigan, Debra is a nonprofit executive search expert specializing in the New York City and East Coast executive employment markets.  

    As a prior entrepreneur Debra began her career in social work supporting the underserved communities in Detroit Michigan. Debra exhibits a natural passion for linking nonprofit leaders with socially progressive causes.

    Prior to her current executive search leadership role at Scion Executive Search, Debra was the Founder of Debra Levey & Associates an executive search firm that serviced the music, entertainment, and nonprofit sectors for over 25 years.  

    Known for her integrity and discretion, Debra is frequently entrusted highly confidential and sensitive searches for high profile organizations.

    Debra earned a BA in both Social Work and Psychology from Wayne State University, is an active moderator and speaker for conferences and seminars, and Organizational Development Consultant for national nonprofit staffing firms.

    Resourceful, tenacious, and undaunted, Debra designs strategic recruitment strategies that generate proven success for her nonprofit clients.

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    Samantha Weigand

    Executive Recruiter & Nonprofit Strategist

    Samantha Weigand is a proven and experienced Executive Recruiter & Nonprofit Strategist passionate about helping nonprofit organizations, foundations, and educational institutions retain exceptional leadership.  As a prior staff member of the SummerJobs Program at San Francisco YouthWorks, Project Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Volunteer Coordinator for AIDS Walk San Francisco, Samantha offers direct understanding and insight into nonprofit program staffing and organizational structures. Prior to working in the budding San Francisco nonprofit community, Samantha was an ESL Consultant at the Wall Street Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a TEFL from the Patong Language School.

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    Christine Pallatto

    Executive Search Consultant

    Christine Pallatto has significant senior Human Resources management experience across a broad background including philanthropic, non-profit, for profit, entrepreneurial, global, and Fortune 100 companies. In addition to her demonstrated success as a recruiter, she has also partnered with business leaders to design and implement organizational solutions that are aligned with organizational goals. She is recognized for an exceptional ability to cultivate relationships at all organization levels, superior problem solving skills; and demonstrated human resource competencies including talent acquisition, talent management, and organizational development.

    Prior to joining Scion Executive Search, Chris was the Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at the Global Fund for Women where she was responsible for leadership of talent acquisition strategy, implementation, and management. Prior to the Global Fund, she was the Director of Human Resources with Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she contributed to the creation and implementation of organizational development and talent management programs in addition to human resources strategy and practices. Prior to her work in the philanthropic sector, Chris has had extensive human resources experience in the financial services industry. She is also currently the President of the Governing Board of the Northern California Human Resources Association, which is one of the largest human resources professional associations in the United States.

    Chris has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University in addition to an Executive Education Certification from the Wharton School of Business.

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    Elissa Dumiak

    Nonprofit Recruiter

    Elissa Dumiak is a specialist in leading talent searches in the national nonprofit sector. Working from Scion Executive Search’s Portland metro area office she leads competitive searches for a variety of prestigious nonprofit organizations, foundations, and educational institutions.  

    Elissa has had the pleasure of partnering on many successful competed executive searches over the past year for our devoted clients. Searches include: COO for a well known international human rights organization; Executive Director for a prestigious union; Head of Programs for health nonprofit; Program Officers for a well known corporate foundation; Program Director for an international children’s social service; and other national executive searches. 

    Elissa is both a talented nonprofit recruiter and also expert in communications. Leveraging her experience to deliver results, Elissa is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. Her vision and ability to nurture relationships lead to long-term solutions and success. Elissa enjoys yoga and hiking and lives with her family in Washington State.

Our Nonprofit Executive Searches

As a premiere national nonprofit executive search firm, it is our mission to create positive social change through our work, further our client’s respective missions’, and connect budding and established executive leadership to wonderful causes. We look forward to learning more about your organizational needs, and can be a wonderful resource for your organization.

Sample Ongoing Nonprofit Executive Searches



Sample Recent Completed Searches (CEO/Executive Director)

  • The Marcled Foundation (501c3)
    CEO/Executive Director, San Francisco, CA
  • Amazon Watch (501c3)
    Executive Director, Oakland, CA
  • The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (501c3)
    Executive Director, Columbus, OH
  • Full Circle Fund (501c3)
    CEO/Executive Director, San Francisco, CA
  • PACT / The Ohio State University
    CEO/Executive Director, Columbus, OH
  • Diabetes Youth Families
    Executive Director, Concord, CA
  • Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA)
    Executive Director, San Francisco, CA
  • AMCA
    Executive Director, Scottsdale, AZ/Westerville, OH
  • The American Lung Association
    Executive Director, Oakland, CA
  • Community Learning Center Schools (501c3)
    Executive Director, Alameda, CA
  • BMW, MOA (Membership Organization – 501c3)
    Executive Director, Ellisville, MO
  • Center for the Art of Translation
    Executive Director, San Francisco, CA
  • Zen Hospice Project
    Executive Director, San Francisco, CA
  • WSRCA (501c3)
    Executive Director, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund
    Executive Director, Fairfield, CA



Sample Recent Completed Searches (Finance/Operations)

    • Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
    • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Vice President of Administration
    • The East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Controller
    • Golden Gate University Associate Dean of Student Services
    • SEIU LOCAL 1000 Controller
    • San Francisco State University Bursar
    • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Controller
    • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Controller
    • California Nurses Association Assistant Director of Operations and Administration
    • Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Controller
    • The East Bay Asian Local Development Corp Interim CFO
    • Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Chief Operating Officer (COO)
    • Community Gatepath Controller
    • San Francisco State University Associate Procurement Officer



Sample Recent Completed Searches (Development + Marketing)

    • Community Gatepath Vice President of Development
    • Be A Mentor, Director of Development 
    • Golden Gate University, Director of Development
    • Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund/Marin Community Foundation, Haas Initiative Director
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Program Officer
    • East Bay Community Law Center Major Gifts Officer
    • Zen Hospice Center Director of Development
    • Boys and Girls Club Director of Institutional Giving
    • Brothers on the Rise Director of Development
    • Blue Shield Foundation Grants Director
    • Bureau of Jewish Education Director of Development
    • The Marcled Foundation (501c3) CEO/Executive Director
    • Golden Gate University, Major Gifts Officer
    • The Nature Conservancy Director of Marketing Engagement
    • The American Lung Association Director of Development
    • Zen Hospice Center Events Director
    • Job Train Director of Development
    • Human Rights Campaign, Communications Director
    • SEIU Local 1000, Director of Communications
    • Community Gatepath Director of Corporate Partnerships
    • Techsoup Global Senior Grants Manager
    • California Academy of Sciences Capital Campaign Manager
    • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Grants Management Director
    • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Grants Manager
    • Center For Youth Wellness, Interim/Director of Development



Sample Recent Completed Searches (Nonprofit Programs)

    • Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Chief Program Officer
    • Marin Community Foundation, Director of Evaluation and Learning
    • Larkin Street Youth Services Chief Program Officer
    • Center For Youth Wellness, Director of Clinical Programs
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Impact, Planning and Analysis Officer #1
    • The Nature Conservancy Associate Director of Marketing Engagement
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Arctic Research Fellow
    • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Manager
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Impact, Planning and Analysis Officer #2
    • United Negro College Fund Workforce Development Program Manager
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grants Administrator
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Program Officer
    • Community Gatepath Director of Children’s Services



Sample Recent Completed Searches (Human Resources)

    • SEIU Local 721 Director of Human Resources
    • San Francisco State University Labor & Faculty Relations Director
    • San Francisco State University Environmental Health and Safety Director
    • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Human Resources Manager
    • University of California, San Francisco Human Resource Manager
    • SF Opera Director of HRIS
    • ClimateWorks Foundation Human Resources Manager



Sample Recent Completed Searches (Nonprofit Technology)

    • Golden Gate University Enterprise Development Manager
    • SEUI ULTCW Director of IT
    • Golden Gate University Software Architect
    • The Guardsmen Database and Information Manager
    • San Francisco Department of Health Database Developer
    • Brandeis Hillel Day School Database and Information Manager
    • The French American International School Manager of Database and Development
    • Golden Gate University Applications Development Manager
    • Chinese Hospital Director of Hospital Systems
    • The Associated Press Technology Officer



Executive Job Seekers: to confidentially apply with us and be considered for future executive search opportunities – please email your cover letter, resume, and one page bio (if available) to executive at scionstaffing dot com. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why engage Scion Executive Search?
We are a modern executive recruitment firm designed exclusively for the executive search needs of prestigious nonprofit employers. We are very proud of our retained search success rate, and track record of client satisfaction. We lead searches on behalf of national foundations, nonprofits, associations, unions, and educational institutions.

Why are we so successful?
We make your organizations growth goals an attainable reality. We understand how to effective lead searches on behalf of nonprofit hiring committees and executives. In fact, we treat every executive search as a new opportunity for your organizations advancement and growth.

As experts in nonprofit executive search we assist your committee in uniting its resources, and offer clear expectations of your hiring committee’s responsibilities while working with us.

In the end, our valued clients thrive from our search Principals modern, intelligent, reflective, resourceful, and planned leadership.

How large is our network?
There is a very good reason why our firms search Principals are continually asked to speak at national nonprofit events, conferences, and educational institutions.

Born out of the nonprofit sector we are remarkably connected in international and US national nonprofit leadership community. This is why many of our prestigious foundation and international clients repeatedly select our firm over others.

Our private and confidential network is extensive. We hold the largest private database of executive nonprofit professionals in the US. Our connections and networking abilities are deeply rooted within national and international nonprofit directors, board members, academic leadership, city and federal governments, foundations, c-level corporate leaders, and consultants.

In addition to our exceptional proven track record, our Managing Partners and Principals are also experts who actively educate and shape nonprofit contemporary hiring practices; industry trends; modern networking approaches; recruiting technology; the executive search industry; and networking practices.

What type of executive searches do we lead?
We lead comprehensive executive searches for chief executive officers, executive directors, and departmental directors within development, finance, technology, operations, research, programs, and marketing.

Our areas of search specialization are best positioned for: foundations, international organizations, social services, international health organizations, science/research institutions, educational institutions, and art organizations.

Do we work nationally or internationally?
Both. We are proud to service our local, national, and international nonprofit clientele and actively recruit at the national, and international level. A successful comprehensive search should always include confidentially tapping into all available talent pools appropriate for your organization and field.

Where is Scion Executive Search located?
Scion Executive Search works nationally in the US and has offices and Principals within four regions (west, east, south, midwest).

How long does a Scion Executive Search take?
We lead searches for elite nonprofit and foundation leaders. No executive search is ever typical, and does differ slightly depending upon the competitive needs of your organization and board.

Recruiting is an individual, hands on, and professional communication based service, and successful searches require careful planning, and a methodical search approach. That being said, our comprehensive executive search is generally successfully completed (from initiation to completion of our ten step search process) in three months on average. Rest assured throughout the search process our search Principles continually educate your committee on our work, lead and facilitate the search and hiring process on your behalf, and will always advance the search to meet your organizational needs.

Please note – in special circumstances we can make available an expedited search process and timetable for organizations in need of emergency assistance.

Our Services

Our Guarantee

We stand behind our work with a concrete service guarantee and a full commitment to excellence and search confidentiality. Our valued clients are serviced and always represented in a highly personal, ethical, professional, and effective manner.

We back all of our professional executive search services with a 180 day service guarantee. We do this because we are confident in the extraordinary quality of our searches, and the talented candidates that we select to represent. Thus, if a candidate that we place leaves your employment within 180 days of their start date, we will repeat the search one additional time.

Please note: One year (365 day) guarantees are also available for organizations requiring additional time.


Nonprofit Executive Search. Candidates that make a difference today.

Scion Executive Search is a national retained search firm designed solely for nonprofit organizations and foundations. Born out of the nonprofit sector, we provide expert search strategies and leadership for your organization. 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.

We Lead Searches Exclusively For:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Unions
  • Research Institutions

Our Proven Nonprofit Search Firm

Deeply rooted and cultivated within the nonprofit sector, we are well-networked in the nonprofit and corporate leadership community. This is why many of our prestigious social service, university and foundation clients repeatedly select our firm over others. Our private and confidential private network is extensive and vast.

We (arguably) hold the largest private database of solely executive nonprofit professionals in the country. We also offer a deep reach into startup, corporate, and for-profit cross over candidates as well. In addition to our exceptional proven track record, our managing partners and principals are nonprofit organizational experts who actively educate and shape contemporary nonprofit hiring practices, industry trends, modern networking approaches, the executive search industry, and practice modern networking practices.

As a proven specialist in national nonprofit executive search and recruitment we stand ready to work on your organization’s behalf in a thorough, strategic, effective, and expedient manner. Our proven nonprofit search firm stands ready to recruit on your behalf.


The Scion Executive Search – Retained Benefits

Scion Executive Search offers an innovative retained search model that provides you with maximum value without hidden costs. Following are a few additional reasons to retain us to find an executive for your organization.

Exclusivity of candidates: When you engage Scion Executive Search we always grant your organization exclusive, first right of refusal on all Scion Executive Search candidates sourced for your organization during the search.

Competitive Intelligence: For every executive search, we provide you with reports on candidates sourced, candidates contacted, scores, status, etc.

Commitment to filling the position: With retained search, we will continue the search until it is successfully filled. Effective searches require creative and methodical tactics.

Our Service

Scion Executive Search is a modern retainer firm working exclusively on behalf of the nonprofit sector offering a competitive all-inclusive search service/fee for our work.

Our team of nonprofit expert consultants stand ready to offer you more information about the variety of services we offer.

Please call us at (888) 487-8850 for more detailed information on our professional search fees, and to obtain a full proposal regarding our work.

Our Guarantee

We stand behind our work with a concrete service guarantee and a full commitment to excellence and search confidentiality. Our valued clients are serviced and always represented in a highly personal, ethical, professional, and effective manner.

We back all of our professional executive search services with a 180 day service guarantee. We do this because we are confident in the extraordinary quality of our searches, and the talented candidates that we select to represent. Thus, if a candidate that we place leaves your employment within 180 days of their start date, we will repeat the search one additional time.

Please note: One year (365 day) guarantees are also available for organizations requiring additional time.

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.

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    Step 1. Detailed Analysis.

    We evaluate your needs. We investigate the position, your mission, the aptitude requirements, position responsibilities, and your organizational structure and environment. In order to accomplish this, we aim to meet your hiring committee and/or additional hiring directors related to the open position. All acquired information properly equips our Executive Recruiter to make the best match for your organization.

    During the analysis, we will:

    • Conduct a detailed review to understand your organization’s specific needs, strategic plans, and unique culture.
    • Create job descriptions to ensure that the posted job search advertisements successfully attract qualified candidates.
    • Develop standardized screening criteria and interview questions to ensure an effective, equitable and compliant process.
  • Our recruitment model includes:

    • The identification of polished and experienced nonprofit candidates.
    • Access to nonprofit talent not available on job boards.
    • Opportunity announcements to our expansive internal database of nonprofit candidates.
    • Strategic exposure for your organization on an array of job search boards (but not limited to):, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Idealist, Execsearches, OpportunityKnocks, Executives Network, Netshare, RiteSite, The Ladders, Execunet, Indeed, Simply Hired, Monster + HotJobs, Craigslist, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, list serves, networks, university alumni associations, university career linking centers, networking meetings, and local forums.
    • Timely delivery of mission-driven executive candidates.
    • A logical answer to your hiring needs.
    • Guaranteed talent worthy of your time and energy.

    Step 2. Recruiting.

    Scion Executive Search perpetually “casts a wide net” in networking and recruiting our elite C-level executives across the nation and the globe. For all executive searches, we conduct research to identify qualified potential candidates, utilize our robust database of talented executive leaders, strategically place advertisements, network, and recruit to identify the exact match for your organization’s culture. We will then provide you with material about the entire pool of candidates.

    Our recruiting includes a concerted effort to reach a diverse cross-section of qualified candidates. Our firm prides itself on its high percentage of diverse candidate placements! Because many of the candidates we identify are passive, we always protect confidentiality to retain the highest integrity throughout the search.

  • Step 3. Networking.

    Scion Executive Search utilizes expert networking techniques to find its exceptional candidates. During this phase, Scion Executive Search works closely with you as a partner to help select and identify appropriate prospective industries, nonprofit leaders, boards, associations, professional organizations, and nonprofits that are appropriate to discreetly contact and network with.

    Throughout this process, applicable background information, resumes, applications, portfolios are collected. Your organization’s name will only be used when appropriate, and when approved by your leadership. Conversely, potential candidate information is also held confidential. In our experience it is best to be cautious and utilize a strategic planned networking approach.

  • Step 4. Screening.

    All candidates are rigorously phone screened and methodically interviewed in person addressing the specified requirements for each executive position 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.

    Final candidates are additionally screened in stage nine (9) including their professional references, criminal, educational, financial, media, and civil litigation checks.


  • Step 5. Evaluation.

    The goal of screening and preliminary interviews is to make initial judgments that can be tested in further interviews, interactions, and reference checking.

    We always seek an ideal “match” that aligns the candidates past experience, interests, and prowess, to the likely challenges and responsibilities of the new role.

    We base our evaluations on the job description and established board member and key stakeholder’s objectives.

  • Step 6. Candidate Presentations.


    Upon completion of our Analysis, Recruitment, Networking, Screening, and Evaluation stages, we provide detailed profiles of the most qualified semi-final candidates. Scion Candidate Profiles offer factual insight into the candidates’ specific backgrounds, and include:

    1. Their current salary level
    2. Salary expectations
    3. Employment highlights from past employers
    4. Details on their specific availability to start a new position
    5. Facts evidencing the employment match.
  • Step 7. Client Interviews.

    All of the administrative details for the executive search are included in our service.

    This includes finalizing a process with the board for interviews, coordinating candidate participation, scheduling phone calls, meetings, and offering any advice on travel arrangements.

    At all times our staff is available to you as a resource and to ensure a smooth process.

  • Step 8. Final Candidate Selection.

    We offer the final candidate pool to your search committee. Our Executive Recruiters will assist in debriefing your board (following the in-person organizational interviews) and always stand ready to identify additional candidates, if necessary.

    Environment, work culture, candidate’s personality, goals, commitment level, personal devotion to your organization’s mission, career potential, staying power, growth aspects, compensation goals, candidate’s track record, geography, and any other possible information is communicated.

  • Step 9. Final Reference Checking.

    After interviews take place with your executive staff members and board, additional in-depth reference checking is conducted on candidates of prospective final interest. Traditionally this is conducted on the top finalists. While completing this portion of the process, we additionally ensure quality by spending time with our candidates, and conducting meticulous professional and personal references.

    This process includes: professional references, criminal, educational, financial, media, and civil litigation checks. In the event politically sensitive or potentially embarrassing issues arise from the candidate’s background, Scion Executive Search stands ready to conduct in-depth interviews with principal parties to clarify the event and clearly present to the board a description of the occurrences.

  • Step 10. Final Offer.

    After your search committee feels 100% confident in the candidate selection we assist your organization in extending a tactful final offer, and notifying unsuccessful applicants of the hiring decision.

    To aid in the final hiring process Scion Executive Search offers detailed candidate salary history and requisite information for your review. Though every search can be slightly different, our experts will consult you in making an educated decision on the best salary to offer to retain the candidate, along with meeting your budget constraints.

    Close. After every executive search we conduct, we perform a client satisfaction survey (CSS). Thus, we actively seek feedback from our clients to continually improve our services.


Recent Clients

Scion Executive Search has had the pleasure of leading over 300 executive searches for national US nonprofit organizations, foundations, unions, and educational institutions.

Our valued clients include: global social service organizations, governmental divisions and departments, advocacy groups, news organizations, environmental organizations, cultural organizations, membership organizations, civic organizations, arts organizations, health organizations, and many more.

Our work and complete client base is always confidential. We of course make professional references available for any prospective new search client.

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