Head of Candidate Research


About Retained Search

Our retained executive search practice is a dedicated partner to the social sector. We work at the highest level, identifying leaders who will make transformative contributions to private and corporate philanthropies, NGOs, nonprofits, and other social enterprise organizations with whom we work. We have earned a strong reputation for success in carrying out searches for key leaders and board members to help organizations fulfill their mission and mandate. We are known for our subject matter expertise, discretion, judgment, care, sound strategic counsel, and our extensive network in the social sector.

Research at Waldron

Insightful and creative research to identify prospective candidates is a key component to our executive search methodology. It allows us to enter new fields and make new connections. While we rely on our extensive database and existing networks when our search team is recruiting, we don’t stop there. We build new lists of target candidates. Fresh, original research helps us ensure an unbiased approach and allows us to find high caliber passive candidates. Once candidate research lists have been developed, the work is then handed off to Search Directors and Engagement Managers on our search teams, who then conduct direct sourcing and outreach to those individuals.

The Position

The Head of Candidate Research is a newly created role in our growing search business. We work on projects with deep impact in communities near and far. Whether it’s helping a nonprofit find a talented new leader, a growing NGO rapidly building capacity to increase their impact, or a foundation seeking new domain expertise, the ripple effect of our work is both exceptional and humbling. The Head of Candidate Research will play a critical role in this work.

The Head of Candidate Research will be responsible for managing and planning for Waldron’s research needs across our expanding search practice, ensuring high quality research results and collaborating with our search teams in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Leveraging powerful and effective tools and trends in research and candidate identification, the Head of Candidate Research will seek ways to enhance our research and sourcing capabilities. This role will proactively work with Search teams to align our resources and methodology to identify diverse and passive talent for the highest levels in the social sector.

The Head of Candidate Research will:

  • Own and manage the research function for the Search Practice:
    • Build, innovate, and manage the deployment of best-practice research techniques for candidate identification that are customized to our clients’ needs.
    • Communicate with and train the search teams on the latest research tools, methods, and data management strategies.
    • Improve or create systems, networks, and partnerships to support the creation of comprehensive candidate pools.
    • Identify and manage external research/sourcing resources as needed to ensure internal capacity to get work done, and provide the scale and flexibility our Search Practice needs.
    • Help to oversee our candidate management database, ensuring accountability for quality and relevance of data as well as plan for technical improvements, troubleshoot, and work with developers as needed.
  • Guide and conduct candidate research:
    • Provide candidate sourcing input and strategic support to the search teams as well as assist in the implementation of agreed upon approaches.
    • Conduct customized candidate research and develop target lists for Search team members from which to source / recruit.
    • Design and develop plans to reach broad and diverse pools of candidates in an efficient manner.
    • Devise strategies and assist in finding hard-to-uncover information on prospects.

The Ideal Candidate

Providing exceptional service in a fast-paced consulting environment energizes our ideal Head of Candidate Research. Candidates should bring a passion for research and an understanding of candidate sourcing strategies, techniques, and tools to the role, along with a belief in the power of accurate data to enable our Search teams to identify top talent. The perseverance to uncover “one more” and an intrinsic motivation to deliver high quality work are attributes that will bolster success.

We seek candidates who can leverage technology and digital resources that will allow the Search Practice to scale and increase the effectiveness of our sourcing and cultivation efforts. The ability to manage and deliver on multiple research projects simultaneously is essential. As a diligent, driven, and positive team member, the Head of Candidate Research has the proven ability to strategize with colleagues, manage multiple streams of work, and identify and direct the right resources for the project. Fastidious about data hygiene, the ideal candidate also has an eye for detail and systems. We seek a master of prioritization and project management to keep our fast-paced projects moving forward and a skilled manager who is at ease collaborating and sharing knowledge with team members.

The Head of Candidate Research will bring a diverse toolbox of advanced Internet research expertise to the Practice, including Boolean searching, cutting-edge social media approaches, data mining, and techniques for name generation. Experience conducting in-depth research to identify targeted prospects is central to the role. With a passion for excellence and continuous learning, our ideal candidate will stay abreast of leading talent research methodologies and sourcing tools through participation in online forums and professional development networking organizations and events.

Expertise with administrative functions of CRM and databases is highly valued, preferably Salesforce. Comfortable with ambiguity, the ideal candidate will be proactive and able to build flexible processes and systems that support growth and scale.

Waldron is a great environment for no drama, self-starters with warmth and humility, and who approach the world with optimism, curiosity, and enthusiasm. Our work significantly impacts communities; the successful candidate must be passionate about helping the organizations we serve build strong teams so they can serve others. A minimum of 4 years of experience in corporate research, candidate sourcing, candidate management systems, or related work is necessary. A background in recruiting is highly preferred.

For Consideration

To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to Loribeth Dalton at loribethd@waldronhr.com. We are committed to hiring a diverse workforce. We care about our hard-working staff and offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits plan including health, dental, and 401K program.

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