Programs 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 Programs segment of the industry. Our recruiters in this division place top candidates in a variety of key programs 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:

  • Success in planning, coordinating, and implementing programs to achieve participation and revenue targets
  • Manages a team of staff, interns, volunteers, and consultants to achieve program goals
  • Develops and manages program evaluations and data assessments
  • In-depth knowledge of programming trends
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and passion for organization’s mission

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.

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Our Successful Nonprofit Programs 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.

Director, Center for Education and Nursing Practice

Our client is a professional nursing association located in the Central U.S. The Director, Center for Education and Nursing Practice was a newly created senior-level position. The role is responsible for providing leadership, development, evaluation, and maintenance of the products and services. Our placed candidate oversees the growth of the external educational programming, including the development of an e-learning education platform.

Annual Fund Manager

The Annual Fund Manager search was completed for a highly regarded performing arts organization in the Northeast. Our placed candidate is responsible for all aspects of a multi-faceted Annual Fund program, including donor acquisition, stewardship, and donor circles.

We Can Fill Your Programs Roles in the Nonprofit Industry

  • After School Program Director
  • Annual Fund Manager
  • Arts Program Director
  • Deputy Director of Programs
  • Director of Activities
  • Director of Administrative Programs
  • Director of Career Programs and Operations
  • Director of Center for Education and Nursing Practice
  • Director of Program and Operations
  • Director of Programs
  • Executive Director
  • Program and Administrative Director
  • Programs Manager
  • Summer Program Director
  • Vice President of Program and Operations
  • Vice President of Programs
  • Volunteer Programs Director
  • Youth Program Director