John Keister & Associates

Executive Search for Libraries and Nonprofits

Why Use Executive Search?

Boards use outside consultants to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to their organization. For example, architects and space planners are experts in physical aspects of library management; strategic planning consultants specialize in helping organizations set and meet their short and long-term goals. Executive recruiters are crucial to personnel decisions and are skilled in providing comprehensive and highly effective search strategies.

A good executive search team will:

  • excel at building relationships both with clients as well as with leaders in the library field
  • develop a profile for the ideal candidate
  • focus on identifying and vetting applicants to ensure that any final candidate is well-qualified, enthusiastic about the opportunity, and has the ability and leadership qualities to thrive in the role
  • deliver exceptional results on time and within the allotted budget

Our extensive and diverse recruiting experience enables us to identify and evaluate management and leadership traits in candidates, assets that are critical to the successful administration and guidance of today’s libraries. We proactively search for and recruit top candidates, rather than relying solely on passive approaches such as job postings. Our success in locating and placing talented people is the result of networking and actively building long-term relationships with the best and brightest library leaders.