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Our Commitment to Candidates

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.

Development Guild DDI named to Forbes inaugural America’s Best Executive Search Firms 2017 list.

We are proud to be ranked in the top 100 firms selected on the basis of results from a rigorous independent peer review survey of more than 4,000 executive recruiters, candidates who have worked with recruiters, and human resource managers. Forbes worked with the analytics firm Statista to compile the rankings from the over 20,000 recommendations collected.

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.