Nonprofit Executive Search

Recruiting leaders who will effect positive change requires a nonprofit executive search process that is strategic in its orientation, rooted in deep sector knowledge, and attuned to organizational dynamics and chemistry.

Development Guild DDI understands how individual professionals and collective teams can advance both your organization’s mission and its leadership within the field. This is particularly true for organizations seeking eminently qualified and talented candidates in fundraising, finance, communications, and other specialized areas who may not be actively in the job market.

We pride ourselves on our rigorous, fair, and transparent approach. Each nonprofit executive search engagement begins with a focused, strategic assessment that is designed to present clients and candidates with a fully developed opportunity while ensuring internal alignment at every step of the way. From there, we conduct in-depth research and a multi-layered vetting of candidates to create a pool of highly qualified professionals with diverse perspectives and experiences (learn more about our commitment to DEI).

We keep a finger on the pulse of multiple industries so that we can anticipate and respond to marketplace dynamics and trends, recognize when and how that market is shifting, and locate highly qualified candidates who may not be contemplating a career change. Whether your search involves a CEO, CFO, Chief Development Officer, Vice President of Advancement, or Director of Communications, the end result is a powerful connection between an extraordinary organization and an exceptional leader, who achieves a lasting, positive impact.


When we decided to invest in an executive search firm, we wanted to make sure that they would understand and appreciate our opportunity, our culture, and the unique aspects of health research. Development Guild was committed to doing exactly that. Their excellent staff were reliable partners from beginning to the successful end, and we are very pleased to be welcoming a talented Chief Development Officer to our team.

- Meghan Gutierrez, CEO

I have retained Development Guild to recruit key staff positions for successful campaigns at three different academic medical institutions. For each engagement, we could count on their understanding of complex systems, creativity, ability to accurately assess candidates, and unwavering commitment to successful outcomes. My long-standing relationship with Development Guild has been the primary reason why we continue to engage them. They know our needs and the characteristics of the employee who will be successful within our system. The insights that Development Guild provide are unique in the field and in part this is a result of their search services being deeply informed by their fundraising practice, but I believe it also has to do with the continuity and dedication of their senior leadership.

- Mark Kostegan, Senior Vice President of Development

In our search for an Associate Vice Chancellor, it was essential that our University’s various stakeholders felt the search was transparent, fair, and thorough. Development Guild was very responsive to our unique requests as the search evolved and made sure to keep all parties in the loop. As a result, we had meaningful buy-in among our stakeholders, resulting in the selection of an excellent candidate.

- Lauren Turner, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for HR and Organizational Effectiveness & Strategy

There are lots of search firms to choose from but when I needed to build my advancement team, I chose Development Guild. Their ability to identify and engage talent who not only have the required professional experience but are also a strong culture fit is unparalleled. I can always count on Development Guild to represent us well to candidates; I look forward to partnering with them again for future searches.

- John Malcolm, Vice President, Institutional Advancement