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Nonprofit Executive Search in Human Resources

Bristol Associates’ Nonprofit division is a leader in placing top executive candidates in nonprofit careers nationwide. Our practice recruits for Vice President of Human Resources, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Manager, and Human Resources Generalist 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.

Director of Human Resources

We placed the Director of Human Resources position located at a performing arts education organization in Los Angeles. Faculty at this world class institution provides instruction in music, dance, and drama to dedicated students of all ages. The Director of Human Resources oversees strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development.

Senior Director of Education

We placed the Senior Director of Education to oversee the staff of a 150+ bed nonprofit community hospital in Southern California. The candidate was hired to create and institute a Leadership Development Program for middle and senior management personnel.


Qualities of a Great Human Resources 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:

  • Exceptional problem solving skills including conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Proven track record of exceeding goals and ability to balance program delivery and budget
  • Ability to quickly and effectively build relationships with staff and other stakeholders

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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