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The DRiWaterstone Advantage

At DRiWaterstone, we take a different approach to nonprofit and social impact executive search. While we are hired by organizations, we believe that we serve our clients best by providing exceptional service to our candidates.

Most nonprofit executive search firms employ a “cradle to grave” model that requires a single consultant to manage all stages of a search process, from developing the job description to the details of candidate placement. But as client needs command the consultant’s attention, candidates can get shortchanged—or delegated to assistants who must shuffle them among dozens of other tasks.

DRiWaterstone changes this dynamic by employing a dedicated Candidate Stewardship Manager. Drawing on our knowledge and experience in the nonprofit and social impact sectors, we have translated fundraising stewardship into retained executive search by giving one staff member the sole responsibility of addressing the needs of applicants as they go through what can be a demanding interview process.

The Candidate Stewardship Model

  • Continuous Point of Contact: You don’t have to go through gatekeepers or continually explain your needs to multiple staff members. At any moment, you can reach a dedicated staff member whose job is to be familiar with your situation and to address your needs.
  • Comprehensive Interview Support: You will receive full support from our Candidate Stewardship Associate as you prepare for a client interview. You can expect to receive key background material about your prospective employer, biographies of your interviewers, a thorough presentation of travel options compatible with your schedule and preferences, and coordination of an individualized prep session with our search leader.
  • Quick Feedback: As you move through the interview process, you can expect our Candidate Stewardship Associate to keep you informed at every step of the process and to answer new questions as they arise. This level of service continues until the search closes.
  • Connection on the Job: We want to make sure things go well after you join an organization. Our Candidate Stewardship Associate will be in touch to see if there is assistance DRiWaterstone can offer during your transition to a new position.

While our Candidate Stewardship Manager is a key member of our team, all of DRiWaterstone’s staff works together to address candidate needs.

Our Executive Search Staff Will Get To Know You

At DRiWaterstone, we invest in knowing our candidates well so that we can identify the right fit when it comes along. We believe this approach to executive search does an ideal job of matching high-quality candidates to our innovative clients, ensuring that both are able to grow together and make their biggest impact on the world. The first DRiWaterstone search you see may not be the right opportunity for you, but we will stay in touch over the long term and help you find that opportunity. That is our pledge to the non-profit leaders we work with. That is our pledge to the non-profit and social impact leaders with whom we work.

Our Search and Communications Staff Will Help You Put Your Best Foot Forward

We want you to present your best self to prospective employers. That is why DRiWaterstone offers a free resume review to fundraising leaders (submit your resume for a review by a member of our executive search team). It’s also why our search leader may hold a consultation with you before a client interview to make sure you have all the information you need to be prepared.

To begin a conversation with us about your career goals, contact us.