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Nonprofit Executive Search in Programs

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

Executive Director

Bristol Associates 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 residents who qualify. The Executive Director designs and implements programs, strategies and a service delivery system.

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.

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.


Qualities of a Programs 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:

  • Proven ability to plan, coordinate, and implement programs to achieve targets for participation and revenue
  • Ability to manage a team of staff, interns, volunteers, and consultants to achieve programming goals
  • Demonstrated success developing and managing program evaluation and data assessment
  • Proven in-depth knowledge of programming trends in field
  • Demonstrated energy and passion for organizational mission

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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