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Are You Ready to Replace Your Key Performers When They Leave?

Executive_Search_PhotoSummer is approaching, which means vacations, warmer weather and longer days. In the nonprofit sector, summer also means year-end budgets, planning sessions and staff resignations. After weathering a down economy for several years, more and more nonprofit professionals are changing jobs. According to national research, the average tenure of a fundraiser is just 16 months. In the same study, it was noted that 50% of top fundraisers will retire in the next 5-10 years while others will simply leave the profession to pursue other opportunities.

Patton McDowell & Associates, a consulting firm for nonprofits, can help you prepare for and act on talent gaps when they happen in your organization. Our firm offers search advisory services as a way to manage the search details for your organization and provide guidance to leadership on the search process. A typical search includes research, advertising and interviews, and smaller organizations continue to be forced to do more with less. A search firm can decrease the already full workload of board members and high-level staff by managing the day-to-day activities of a search process.

The search services of Patton McDowell & Associates contain five key elements:

  • Pre-search development – assessing your staffing platform
  • Scoping – building the candidate profile and job description
  • Outreach – posting strategically with gatekeeper outreach
  • Candidate development – conducting interviews and communication
  • Search completion with an announcement

In each stage, we work closely with your organization to craft distinct profiles and strategies to attract and hire the most qualified candidates for your executive and development needs. Talent is the greatest asset of a grassroots organization.

With over 20 executive searches conducted in the last 18 months alone, Patton McDowell & Associates has the experience, skill and expertise to guide your organization in strategic hiring practices. Our firm has a unique understanding of local and national talent and the needs of grassroots organizations. We are positioned to help onboard your new talent with coaching services as well.

For more information, contact Josh Jacobson, Managing Director, at You can also visit our PMA blog for tips and research around talent development and retention.