Find a CFO/COO for a venerable, 100-year-old adoption agency. The new leader needed to bring a sophisticated and ideally private sector mindset and be able to operate as more of an operational leader, business partner and potential successor to the Executive Director.
Target candidates in for-profit and not-for-profit environments, interviewing both CFOs and COOs. This search required a combination of original research into like-sized non-profits and extensive networking among sources in the for-profit arena.
Finding for-profit executives who can transition successfully to non-profit environments is notoriously difficult. Our unique approach was to contact non-profit Board members to leverage their networks – they knew which Board members from the private sector might have the interest and ability to make this type of career change.