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Become a Candidate

Our candidates are some of our biggest fans. Here’s why.

Respect and Trust

We work diligently to establish an atmosphere that allows for open and honest communication. We invest the time in not only understanding your professional experiences and goals but also what motivates you personally.


We appreciate that when you become a candidate, you put yourself at a certain amount of risk with your current employer. For that reason, you are entitled to the highest level of confidentiality. Ensuring your confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us, and each step of the process is designed to protect it.


Innovation and creativity only flourish when an organization embraces individuals with different views and experiences. We strive to recruit candidates who bring a range of experience and backgrounds. We deeply value diversity and partner with leaders who view it as critical to their success.


When considering a new position, you need to know as much as possible about the opportunity and the organization. Because we work exclusively in the philanthropic sector, we speak your language and can help you understand both the opportunities and challenges of a new position.

Timely Communication

The completion of an executive search engagement often has many steps between initial contact and the ultimate placement. We communicate with you in a timely manner at each and every step of the process so that you always know where you stand.

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Development Guild made me feel invested in and valued; the process never felt transactional, which I’ve experienced with other search firms. I really appreciated the guidance they provided on how to best represent my background and demonstrate my transferrable skills. They were always supportive and transparent, and each stage of the process was well-managed.

Lina Beydoun, placed as the Director of Development

It was a wonderful experience working with Development Guild. I first spoke with them a few years back for a different position, and they reached back out to me about the Museum of the Dog – I appreciated them keeping me in mind until the right role and organization came along. It is a great match for me professionally, and Development Guild encouraged me every step of the way. I also appreciated how well they handled references. Their consultants were truly so personable and professional.

- Deborah Kasindorf, placed as the President

Each interaction I have had with the DG staff over the years has been positive; they have taken the time to learn my skills and what I would need in a position to make a move while never applying any pressure for me to do so. During the recruitment for my current position, I felt very supported. Not only did the DG team prepare me for each step of the interview process, they also understood the significance of the career move and provided constant check-ins and advice. I am very grateful for their guidance.

- Kristen Kidder, placed as the Senior Executive Director, Development