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BSP Placements: Executive Director

Retained Executive Search and Recruiting

Our success is in part based on our ability to infuse the “voice” of the community into every stage of the process. Prior to initiating any search, we invest significant time and resources in meeting with our clients’ various stakeholder groups and collecting input and suggestions from diverse perspectives.

BSP Placements:
Chief Program Officer
Photo Credit: International Relief Teams

Why Use an Executive Search Firm?

We manage every aspect of the executive search engagement so our clients can remain focused on mission and impact.

Key Differentiators

Dedicated specialization within the nonprofit sector

Blair Search Partners works exclusively with nonprofit organizations. This is not just a practice area for our firm; it is our only practice area, ensuring each of our clients is supported by a team of dedicated specialists.

Commitment to delivering the best possible candidate experience

With a focus on preserving and enhancing our clients’ relationships with ALL candidates, no matter how far they proceed through the process.

Unhindered national candidate access

Absolutely no conflict between Blair Search Partners’ prior placements.

Creation of a highly participatory and transparent process

Customized to your needs, with a heavy focus on engaging staff and key stakeholders.

Our Process

Our executive search process begins with developing a detailed understanding of your organizational history, culture, impact, strategic priorities, and search process requirements, and includes:


Customizing our approach to ensure a highly inclusive, participatory engagement for the board members, staff, and stakeholders.


Partnering closely with the Search Committee through a series of facilitated discussions to scope the position requirements and ensure they align with your vision and strategic objectives.


Capturing those requirements and translating them into a target candidate profile.


Creating a comprehensive new position description that thoughtfully reflects your mission, and fully encapsulates the requirements, candidate profile, and expected outcomes.


Delivering a structured process to thoroughly, thoughtfully, and expeditiously process and evaluate a large volume of highly qualified candidates.


Executing an intensive headhunting campaign to exhaustively cover the local and national candidate markets.


Collaborating with the Search Committee, providing clear and consistent communication, and ensuring no candidates or relationships are overlooked.


Guaranteeing objectivity throughout the process.


Engaging with the Search Committee post-placement to ensure the selected candidate transitions smoothly and successfully into the position.

The San Diego Foundation has entrusted Blair Search Partners (BSP) to fill numerous roles at our organization over the years, including Program Specialist, Fund Manager, Chief Development & Stewardship Officer, Chief Impact and Partnerships Officer, and my own recruitment as The Foundation’s CEO. Having worked with BSP as both a candidate and as their client organization, I continue to be impressed. Their alignment with our mission and values, dedication to both the candidate and client experience, and focus on inclusivity and diversity all make a significant difference.


Most recently we turned to BSP for a critical new position created on our senior leadership team, the Chief Impact & Partnerships Officer. This role was pivotal to the launch of our updated strategic plan, focused on deepening connections with our nonprofit partners and the communities we serve. BSP built a search process around diversity and inclusivity that delivered an exceptional pool of talented candidates. With this new addition to our executive leadership team, we have significantly increased our capacity for thought leadership and serving as agents for social change across our communities. In working with Blair Search Partners, I have experienced their authentic connection to our work, their appreciation for the potential impact of each new hire, and their dedication to finding us the best possible talent.

Mark Stuart

President and Chief Executive Officer

San Diego Foundation

Blair Search Partners really delivered on their promise to find a ‘WOW’ President & CEO for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara! BSP was wonderfully collaborative and insightful throughout the search process and worked tirelessly to keep us on track. The result was a very disciplined and thoughtful process that led to a very exciting outcome. I would not hesitate to bring BSP in on future searches.

Matt Rowe

Board Chair

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Working with Blair Search Partners was the difference in me attaining a career-advancing opportunity. I had failed in three previous attempts to secure an executive-level position and lacked confidence and skill in the interview process. In just 20 minutes of working with Trevor and his team, they changed my whole perspective on the process, how to present myself, how to answer questions, and to show up in the most genuine way that conveyed my abilities and personality to the employer. Needless to say, I have now advanced my career.

Jason Milosh

Vice President of Operation

Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos

With an abbreviated time frame of four months, Blair Search Partners did an outstanding job of guiding us through the process of hiring an Executive Director. Even during COVID, they kept us apprised of every step, from assessing our organization’s unique needs to the final selection of our new executive director. Our search team was engaged throughout this period, and we are thrilled with our selection.

Blair Aldworth

Board President

Crossroads, Inc.

I have worked with Blair Search Partners both as a candidate and as a client, and I have been very impressed with the outstanding work they do, their attention to detail, and most importantly, how they succeed at reaching the desired outcome. At the end of the day, you want to match the right candidate with the right job, and that requires a lot of listening, and understanding the goals and expectations of the organization, as well as the individual. Blair Search Partners has been a true partner to me and our organization in this critical process.

Angelica Ocampo


International Relief Teams

Contacting Blair Search Partners was the very best decision for Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. All of the candidates we interviewed were extremely qualified to fill our role of Vice President of Operations. I’ve never had a pool of candidates of such high caliber. The process was quick, easy and enjoyable. The team really listened to what we needed and delivered! Thank you, Blair Search Partners, for helping take our organizations to the next level.”

Cathy Baur

President & CEO

Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos