We’re sitting down with all of the senior team members at DRiWaterstone Human Capital to find out, in their own words, what drives them and why DRiWaterstone is one of North America’s top executive search firms for the non-profit and social impact sectors.
This week, we’re chatting with Managing Director, Doug Trout:
- DRiWaterstone (DRiW): How do you describe what DRiWaterstone does?
Doug Trout (DT): What we do is line up great people with mission-driven organizations. And mission-driven can have a lot of layers and definitions to it – sometimes it’s very specific, like clean energy, and sometimes it’s broader like a hospital, a healthcare system, or a university. But however you define it, we are fortunate in that we get to work with great people who represent great clients who are looking for really exceptional people to come join them in their mission.
- DRiW: Why should mission and purpose-driven organizations consider working with a firm like DRiWaterstone to fill their leadership roles?
DT: All of our senior leadership comes out of the non-profit and social impact space, and has for the last 22 years. Our firm is dedicated to it – it’s not just part of, or a division of the practice, it’s the whole practice. We have always only been about working with and attracting dynamic leaders who are trying to profoundly impact the world. It’s one of our big differentiators – how well we know this space.
- DRiW: What advice do you have for organizations looking to attract top talent in today’s job market?
DT: We advise clients to clearly define the role of the position they are trying to fill. The more transparency they can provide about the role, the state of their organization, their organization’s position in the marketplace and of course, where they aspire to be.
Another piece of advice is to try and get an understanding of the market before starting a search – and we can definitely help with that. For example, one thing we’re seeing right now is that in some organizations there’s a level of pay inequity between the existing C-Suite team members and what it will cost to bring in someone new. This is an inflationary effect of the last two years. In general, we can help clients realistically gauge, evaluate, and understand the labor supply market from the get-go.
At DRiWaterstone, we work with mission and purpose-driven organizations across the U.S. to help them build mission and purpose driven teams. We’d love the chance to work with you – reach out today and book a meeting with our team and find out how we can help.