Non-Profit Executive Search



RSI understands the private nonprofit sector better than others. Our Executive Search Consultants have several years of collective experience in Nonprofit Executive Search, Nonprofit Recruiting and Nonprofit Consulting. Our clients range from start-up nonprofit organizations to full-service contract research organizations, to world renowned nonprofit associations. We have a proven track record for successful placements within the nonprofit industry, and so we offer full-coverage staffing solutions from nonprofit employees to executive-level professionals; over 50 percent of our business comes from clients with which we have long-standing relationships.


Reaction Search is a nationwide nonprofit executive search firm dedicated to identifying, evaluating, recruiting and delivering the highest-caliber nonprofit professionals. We’re talking about nonprofit executives who can step into a nonprofit position and begin contributing to your company immediately. Whether you need to find a nonprofit CEO or to build an entire nonprofit team virtually overnight, Reaction Search is the answer to your nonprofit executive search needs. We connect time-strapped nonprofit employers with talented nonprofit candidates.


RSI has a network of professional nonprofit executive search recruiters located in major cities across the country. These nonprofit recruiters have a proven process to find quality nonprofit candidates and match them to positions that fit their particular skill set. Many are industry insiders who have worked in the positions for which they now recruit talent, and use this advantage to perpetuate RSI’s extremely high retention rate within the Nonprofit Executive Search Division. They are familiar with the key players and the “ins and outs” of the nonprofit field. These nonprofit executive recruiters know the questions to ask, and are able to quickly assess candidate competency. These insights enable them to consistently recruit premium applicants.

Nonprofit Executive Search is a cornerstone of RSI’s Executive Search services.

Since 1995, the Nonprofit Executive Search Firm Consultants of RSI have been involved with recruiting and placing job positions ranging from corporate nonprofit executives to staffing national nonprofit forces for world renowned organizations.

The nonprofit industry takes a very special kind of person to do well. The very most essential quality that a candidate must have to do well in this industry, however, is the desire to do good, and to help someone other than themselves. Everyone who works in the nonprofit industry does so because they want to contribute to a greater cause, and not because they are money driven. Aside from this one essential trait, however, candidates must have the following:

  • People skills
  • Sales skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to Synthesize
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Willingness to work hard


They must also be:


A practical idealist:

If a candidate wants to get rich, this is not the profession of them. The nonprofit sector is typically not for the individual who is money driven, but more for the one who has a strong sense of community spirit and the desire to help others.

Creative and Innovative:

Candidates will be given the opportunity to create new events designed to communicate and sell the organization.

Open to Change:

Nonprofits typically don’t require a lot of traveling, but they do have a wide diversity of daily activities. No two days are alike in the nonprofit sector, and a willingness to adapt, whatever the needs, are a necessity in this industry.

Open to Erratic Hours:

If a candidate is looking to work the 9-5, then the nonprofit sector isn’t for them. In this industry, there will be occasions in which they will have to attend a dinner or other special even “after hours.” These events will also require them to be sociable, as they will need to interact with a variety of individuals. The more comfortable a candidate is with varying social situations, the better they will do in the nonprofit sector.

Business Savvy:

Basic knowledge of accounting, finance, management, information systems, advertising and marketing will be an important, distinguishing advantage. Traditionally, those who worked in the nonprofit industry lacked any business skills, and only recently have these skills been recognized for their importance.

Able to Transition Quickly:

Moving from any other career to the nonprofit industry can sometimes be extremely difficult, depending on the last industry the candidate worked for. Some employers will give them credit for good works; others will be indifferent.

Indifferent to Money:

For most people in the nonprofit industry, the advantages are numerous, but they almost never have to do with money. The bottom-line will always be the opportunity to help others and return something of value to the community.


RSI’s Nonprofit Executive Search Firm team specializes in specific careers. By determining which career path a candidate wants to take, and whether or not they have what it takes to succeed in such a career, RSI can successfully wrap up the search for your new nonprofit professional.

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