DBD Group supports non-profit organizations with executive search efforts to place leaders in CEO and C-Suite positions. DBD Group lives the axiom of “Don’t Settle”. We take this seriously in our own hiring, and help the non-profits we work with to do the same.

    We deliver resources to attract and retain top talent, evaluate and forecast workforce needs, improve processes, and build and share best practices for recruitment and retention. Our proven process identifies the skills and strengths your organization needs for the future. We'll and walk with you through this process that includes:

    • Design your search process and timeline
    • Develop and enhance job profiles and position postings
    • With your team, review and assess identified candidates
    • Conduct virtual interview sessions with top candidates
    • Design and facilitate an on-site, top candidate interview process
    • Work with leadership to identify the top candidate
    • Design an onboarding process with milestones and measurable outcomes


    CEOs and Executive Directors

    One of the most important decisions an organization will make is the selection of their CEO or Executive Director. We partner with boards to find the right leader of the organization. DBD Group will work with your board to implement an effective hiring process and leadership transition. We will engage the appropriate stakeholders, that include volunteers, staff, and community members, to support your search process. Our team will serve as your trusted advisor and strategic partner during your leadership transition.

    C-Suite, Senior Leader Positions and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    One of the most critical choices a nonprofit leader can make is the selection of their leadership team. These critical positions serve as key advisors and strategic partners to the CEO or Executive Director. DBD Group will partner with your CEO, using our search process to identify high quality candidates to compete for senior leader positions that will oversee areas that may include Operations, Advancement and Fundraising, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion. The DBD Group includes team members with a wealth of experience in these areas.

    As communities grow and become more diverse, organizations understand the importance of applying a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to the services they offer. When you want to take steps to create a welcoming and trusting environment that engages individuals from different backgrounds, culture and perspectives, DBD Group will work with your CEO to select the team member that will implement this culture in your organization.

    CEO Onboarding - Positioning Your New Leader for Success

    Imagine you have hired your new CEO. How will you ensure a successful transition into your organization? What must be done in those critical first few months to integrate that leader into your culture and community? And what does a positive outcome look like at the end of year one?

    DBD’s onboarding process will help you to position your CEO for success. This work ensures that your new leader starts off on the right foot and has the tools, resources and community connections that they need. We will tailor the onboarding process to meet the specific needs of your organization, but the work typically includes:
    • Developing relevant, meaningful 6-month and one-year goals for the new leader
    • Creating a strategy and approach for community stakeholder meetings, engaging board volunteers and the new CEO in a great cultivation opportunity
    • Refreshing your performance evaluation form and process
    • Drafting a comprehensive job description (if needed)
    • Facilitating critical dialogues through board and staff workshops to meaningfully connect your new leader to your board and governance/team cultures
    • Identifying legacy issues and/or organizational habits that you want to address or refresh
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    "As the incoming Board President I served as chair of the search committee to replace a 20-year CEO at The Family YMCA in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Bert Ruiz worked with our committee to fill the position.  From the first interaction with him, I knew we were in very good hands.  He was extremely professional when guiding us through the process in the timeframe we'd agreed upon.  There was never a question he couldn't answer and the resources and tools he provided were exactly what we were looking for.  He took extra care to ensure we connected with both community and Y staff.  I highly recommend Bert to anyone embarking on an executive-level search."
    Debbie Huling
    Chief Volunteer Officer, The Family YMCA
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