Executive Director Specialists for Nonprofit

Founded in 1967, we are a boutique firm with over 55 years of executive search experience. The retained recruitment service Bristol offers includes sourcing, screening, submitting qualified candidates, scheduling interviews, and negotiating employment and compensation packages of selected finalists.

Bristol Associates’ Nonprofit practice recruits within the Executive Director segment of the industry. Our recruiters in this division place top candidates in a variety of key executive functions. We specialize in senior, executive, and management positions.

Simply put, placing top executives is what we do, and we know what makes a great leader. Below are just some of the qualities and skill sets in this discipline that we look for:

  • Energetic visionary who is adaptable and leads with compassion
  • Generates trust and loyalty among staff, Board of Directors, and stakeholders
  • Hosts fundraisers and solicits gifts
  • Exceptional presentation and communication skills
  • Exhibits strong passion for their organization’s mission and vision

Are you looking to hire exceptional talent with the skills listed above? Submit an employer inquiry and one of our consultants will be in touch with you soon!

Do these qualities describe you? Submit your resume today to be considered for our current openings.

Join the Many Nonprofit Companies That Have Filled Their Roles with Bristol Associates

Our Satisfied Clients Love to Share Their Experiences Working with Bristol Associates

“Bristol Associates allowed many parties to have their voices heard and gave us an opportunity to see a variety of candidates. We clearly got the best one and were able to do so because of the firm’s prescreening and expert assistance.”

Sel Kardan

President and CEO, The Colburn School

“The company listened to our needs and challenges. Additionally, our representative’s seamless coordination of multiple rounds of interviews made the process effortless. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again.”

Aaron Paley

President, Community Arts Resources (CARS)

“Bristol Associates’ team was very articulate and knowledgeable in helping our organization to define our needs, enterprising in putting out the word for suitable candidates, and thorough and insightful in the initial screening of candidates.”

Allen Robert Gross

Music Director, Orchestra Santa Monica

Why Work with Bristol Associates?

Over 55 Years in Business

We have specialized in executive search since 1967, and are now in our 3rd generation of family ownership.


We have unrivaled industry knowledge in the areas in which we focus.

Individualized Service

We provide consultative, individualized service to our client companies. We pride ourselves in conducting our processes confidentially when necessary.

Network of Candidates

With over 1M+ relevant candidates in our private database, and growing every day, we have a strong network of senior-level talent across the board.


Our recruiters value a communicative relationship with our select client companies and candidates, providing updates throughout the search.


Our exceptional lead recruiters each have at least 15 years’ of experience in executive search.

Partner with Bristol Associates

Our Successful Nonprofit Executive Director Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Executive Director

We placed the Executive Director for a notable nonprofit senior residential service provider in Southern California. The staff at the Center on Aging provides a full continuum of care for about 350 qualified residents. Our placed candidate leads the design and implementation of programs, strategies, and a service delivery system.

Executive Director - Convention Center

The Executive Director was hired to oversee one of the largest convention centers in America including 1.7 million sq ft of meeting space and significant tourism infrastructure. Our placed candidate works for the City, which also owns two stadiums and a performing arts venue.

Executive Director of Assisted Living Services

Our candidate for this Executive Director position was placed at an award-winning community care retirement community. They offer a full range of services including skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation care, assisted living, independent living, home healthcare, adult day health, and Alzheimer’s care. The Assisted Living Division has 80 rooms, offering private and companion suites in New England.

We Can Fill Your Executive Director Roles in the Nonprofit Industry

  • Associate Executive Director of Operations
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief of Staff
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Executive Director of Assisted Living Services
  • Executive Director of Budget
  • Executive Director of Convention Center
  • Executive Director of Development
  • Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Executive Director of Health Department
  • Executive Director of Operations
  • Executive Director of Orchestra
  • Executive Director of Relationship Development
  • Executive Management Director
  • Managing Director
  • President
  • Regional Executive Director
  • Senior Executive Director