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, which extends from in-depth research and a multi-layered vetting of candidates to the shaping of a customized decision-making process that positions you – and your ideal candidate – for success from day one. 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.

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, vice president of development, 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.

Point of Contact

William Weber, Ed.D.


800.537.9011 x239

As Development Guild DDI President and a recognized leader in the field of nonprofit leadership, Bill leads our executive search services team. Connect with Bill to learn more about our executive search services.

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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

I really appreciated how Development Guild created a customized and highly-organized approach with us. Every step of the search was thorough and well-communicated, so when new staff joined the process, they were able to understand where we were and where we were going, enabling them to participate right away. Overall, we were all impressed by how well the Development Guild team worked together and with our staff. It was critical that we demonstrate the objectivity and fairness of the search, while finding an excellent candidate – all of which we accomplished.

- John Feudo, Vice Chancellor for Advancement

I’ve had the unique experience of being both a candidate hired by Development Guild DDI and a candidate-seeker with the firm. In both cases, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and advocate. As a candidate, Bill and his team always made me feel like they were working for me—assisting with interview preparation and always communicating about the process. Once hired, when I needed to fill a senior role on my team, I didn’t think to call any other firm. I knew I could trust Bill and Development Guild to find me the very best candidate, which they did!

- Joe Bondi, Vice President for Development

I have served on several nonprofit boards and was especially impressed by Development Guild DDI’s ability to keep us apprised of the search process and include us appropriately in the decision-making. I always felt they were well prepared – a value we honor here at the National Coast Guard Museum. And, most importantly, we have found great success with our new Chief Development Officer.

- Sue Curtin, Board Member

Development Guild DDI is a proud member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Council.

To learn more visit the AESC website and read Our Search Standards.