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Nonprofit Executive Search in Executive Positions

Bristol Associates’ Nonprofit division is a leader in placing top executive candidates in nonprofit careers nationwide. Our practice recruits for Executive Director, CEO, and President 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.

Executive Director - Orchestra

The Executive Director was placed to oversee general operations of this newly established orchestra in Los Angeles. The position oversees general operations of the orchestra including fundraising, audience development, and community outreach. Alongside the Music Director, the Executive Director represents the organization to the public, and provides the leadership necessary to achieve the Orchestra’s institutional and community engagement goals.

Executive Director - Convention Center

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

Executive Director of Assisted Living Services - Community Care Retirement Community

Our candidate for the Executive Director position was placed at an award-winning community care retirement community, which offers 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.


Qualities of a Great 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:

  • An energetic, visionary, adaptable and persuasive leader
  • Exceptional leadership skills and ability to generate trust and loyalty among staff, Board of Directors, and other stakeholders
  • Proven track record developing a Board of Directors and soliciting gifts
  • Demonstrated presentation skills with the ability to communicate the organizational mission articulately and effectively
  • Demonstrated strong passion for organizational mission and vision

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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