Senior Associate - Social Sector Consulting Firm

Job Type

Full Time




801 2nd Avenue
Suite 1800
United States


Senior Associate, Executive Search

For more than 30 years, Waldron has helped organizations and individuals realize their full potential and sharpen their competitive edge. We design creative, flexible solutions across our three main practice areas—retained search, leadership and organization development, and career transition—paired with individualized attention and thoughtful client service for maximum impact. We assist regional, national, and global clients with a full range of talent management services, and are proud to be a Certified B Corporation™.

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.

The Position

As a key member of Waldron’s Search team, the Senior Associate plays an integral role in ensuring high-quality service is delivered to both internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate is a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced, highly entrepreneurial, and goal-oriented environment. This position involves direct contact with clients, candidates who are seeking executive-level positions, and Waldron staff. The role requires superb written and verbal communication, with a strong orientation towards customer service and project management. Displaying a proactive workstyle, the Senior Associate will anticipate needs, effectively tailor his/her communication style to various audiences and be comfortable managing up to senior staff within the company to keep to search timelines. An aptitude for systems, technology and research are also critical to undertaking the responsibilities of this position.

Key Responsibilities

Project Management (30%)

o  Oversee and hold stakeholders accountable to search timeline, adjusting and being flexible as needed.

o  Anticipate needs of the internal team and clients to ensure alignment, clarity and timeliness.

Research Support (20%)

o  Propose and implement research and outreach strategies in partnership with Search Directors, Marketing and the Research team.

o  Conduct research and source prospective candidates.

o  Organize, summarize and report out on research/outreach trends and findings. Use this information to iterate on ongoing search tactics.

Outreach and Interviewing (20%)

o  Build positive relationships with clients and candidates through various forms of communication.

o  Synthesize information from clients to help write position profiles, conduct outreach calls and answer questions about the position.

o  Sit in on and, as appropriate, conduct outreach calls, interviews and reference checks.

Administrative Support (30%)

o  Respond immediately to emails and ensure superb communication with clients and candidates.

o  Provide support to meeting logistics (scheduling, facilitation and occasional travel logistics, as needed).

o  Ensure data integrity in Salesforce and other systems.


Our ideal Senior Associate has a strong affinity for collaboration, a successful track record of being an effective team player, and understands the key components of project management. S/he knows how to move with urgency when prioritizing and completing tasks, with the demonstrated ability to deliver results against multiple and competing deadlines. S/he is an enthusiastic champion of our clients' needs and demonstrates a commitment to taking a hands-on approach to the work.

The ability to manage multiple search projects simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness, while demonstrating flexibility in the face of changing project needs, is essential. An excellent communicator with superior interpersonal skills, the ideal candidate must be comfortable interacting with experienced professionals via email, phone, and in-person to discuss the particulars of a search. Candidates must be friendly, proactive, approachable, flexible, professional, diligent, detail-oriented, and know how to set a high personal performance bar and meet it.

A bachelor's degree and/or two to three years of relevant professional experience are required. The successful candidate must be passionate about the objective of placing the right candidate in the right role, while supporting the mission-driven work of the organizations we serve.


Flexible Paid Time Off program

401k with company match

Professional Development Reimbursement

Matching Gift Contribution

Employee medical premium fully paid

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to Loribeth Dalton at 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 a 401k plan.