A Guide to Recruiting Your Next CEO: The Executive Search Handbook for Nonprofit Boards (paperback)
Recent studies estimate that more than 75% of current nonprofit executives plan to leave their positions in the next five to ten years. What will you do when you need to recruit a new executive for your nonprofit’s leadership team?
Hiring and onboarding a CEO is one of the most important (and challenging) actions a board will ever undertake. Choosing a poor match will require you to repeat the search within a year, at best. At worst, it can have devastating consequences for your organization’s mission.
Recruit your next CEO knowing that you have identified an individual whose core leadership competencies and values align with your strategic vision and mission.
Dennis C. Miller is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach and executive search consultant with more than thirty-five years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives.
In A Guide to Recruiting Your Next CEO, Dennis provides a handbook that can be used by any nonprofit board to guide their executive search efforts and feel confident that the outcome will be a positive one for their organization.
In it, you'll learn:
What the search process entails
How to develop a position profile for your ideal CEO
How knowing your strategic vision will help choose the right candidate
Which key leadership competencies and values will help your organization thrive
Who should be on your search committee
How to go about identifying and screening candidates
What the interview process consists of
Why checking references is critical
How to negotiate a compensation package that works for everyone
How to ensure your new CEO stands the best chance for success possible
If this guidance sounds like something your nonprofit organization could use right now, you'll want to buy this book!
If you're preparing for your own CEO search, I invite you to download my "Final Candidate Evaluation Matrix." It will help you objectively evaluate the suitability of candidates as you grow nearer to making your final hiring decision. You can request your copy at
You may also want to download the "Reference Checking Matrix" as well from thenonprofitsearch.com/references to capture your thoughts and impressions while checking a candidate's references.
Both of these templates are our gift to you, whether you purchase this book or not.
Read What Your Peers Are Saying:
As you know, hiring and onboarding a CEO is one of the most important actions a board will ever undertake. So often, even experienced boards struggle to find the right person and are challenged by the process. I think this book will provide a solid set of guardrails for any non-profit board in their next search for a CEO.
~ David A. Williams, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish America