Executive Transition + Succession

Executive Search Services

A leadership transition is an organizational development opportunity rather than a crisis to be overcome as quickly as possible. Executive transition provides an opening to assess organizational strengths and weaknesses, identify priorities, and seek a leader who can move the organization forward. Rushing to fill the void without thinking through the organization’s leadership needs for the future not only misses this strategic opportunity, but can lead to more costly multiple turnovers in the executive director position.

Hiring an executive director is one of the top responsibilities of a Board of Directors and outside guidance can be invaluable to a successful outcome. 

How Can MANP Help?

As part of MANP’s Mission Driven “Leadershift” Initiative, MANP provides a range of services and support to help our members safeguard the crucial work of their organizations beyond any single leader.

In recognition of the significant investment organizations can make hiring consultant support to manage an executive search MANP conducted a thorough process to select an endorsed executive search partner who:

  • has extensive experience providing executive search and leadership transitions guidance to Maine nonprofits;
  • demonstrates deep commitment to, and understanding of, Maine’s unique nonprofit sector;
  • models values of genuine partnership with their clients and MANP; and
  • offers MANP members exclusively competitive prices and excellent overall value.

Typical search support includes:

  • Assessment of the organization’s strengths, challenges and strategic leadership needs.
  • Support to develop a clear and compelling guiding documents such as a position profile, job description, job ad, and compensation package.
  • Design and implementation of an effect search process, including proactive candidate sourcing, that results in a strong candidate pool aligned with organizational needs.
  • Candidate screening and support to the board in selecting a candidate.

We encourage organizations seeking search services for executive directors and other key senior leadership positions to contact our partners at Starboard Leadership Consulting.



Jeff Wahlstrom