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Nonprofit Executive Search in Development and Advancement

Bristol Associates’ Nonprofit division is a leader in placing top executive candidates in nonprofit careers nationwide. Our practice recruits for Vice President of Development, Director of Development, Development Officer, Development Analyst, Board Liaison, and Special Events Manager positions, among others, within arts and cultural organizations, human services, environmental organizations, foundations, and learning establishments including independent schools and higher education institutions. The division is led by Vice President David Alford.

Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of clients including:

  • The Colburn School

  • Community Arts Resources (CARS)

  • Orchestra Santa Monica

  • CicLAvia

Examples of Positions Placed

Our Nonprofit Division has placed successful candidates in executive positions.

Below is a sampling of positions placed.

Manager of Individual Giving

We placed the Manager of Individual Giving at a highly respected performing arts center in Los Angeles. The institution aims to build a new generation of artists and audience by hosting cutting-edge, first rate performances. The Manager of Individual Giving is a new position that played a leadership role on the fundraising team. The placed candidate builds and manages a portfolio of 100-150 current and prospective donors of $500 to $10,000 and above.

Annual Fund Manager

The Annual Fund Manager position is located at a highly regarded performing arts organization in Connecticut. This position is be responsible for all aspects of a multi-faceted Annual Fund program, including donor acquisition, stewardship, and donor circles.

Director, Center for Education and Nursing Practice

We placed a candidate for this newly created senior level position at a professional nursing association in Denver. Our candidate was hired to provide leadership, development, evaluation and maintenance of the products and services. The position also provides leadership to grow the external educational programming, including development of an e-learning education platform.


Qualities of a Development and Advancement Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing executives at top companies and organizations, we know what makes a great leader. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • A creative and entrepreneurial problem solver
  • Ability to work successfully with wide range of people including Board of Directors, donors, volunteers and internal staff
  • Ability to be a highly skilled communicator who can generate enthusiasm for their organization’s mission, vision, and programming
  • Ability to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for major gifts

Division Leader

David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.

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