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DRiWaterstone Human Capital Launches Chief Executive Search for the San Diego Workforce Partnership

DRiWaterstone Human Capital (DRiW)  is pleased to announce the launch of the search for San Diego Workforce Partnerships’ (SDWP) next permanent Chief Executive Officer. Following a competitive RFP process this spring, SDWP’s Joint Personnel Committee selected DRiWaterstone Human Capital to lead the search due to the firm’s outstanding record of placing long-term CEOs, local presence in Southern California, and ability to develop a diverse pipeline of executive candidates.

“This is an exciting time for SDWP as we’re preparing to launch a strategic planning process and seeking to hire a permanent CEO to lead this effort, engage our stakeholders, and help chart the organization’s course for the future,” said Kurling Robinson, Workforce Development Board Chairman. “With their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, combined with a solid track record of successful executive placements, DRiWaterstone will be instrumental in selecting the best person for this role with the vision, experience, and passion to guide the Workforce Partnership into a new era of innovation and growth.”

DRiWaterstone is a nationally recognized, women-founded, and led executive search firm that helps purpose— and mission-driven organizations recruit purpose— and mission-driven candidates. Today, DRiW opened the search publicly and seeks qualified candidates or referrals. Interested parties can learn more and apply at driwaterstonehc.com or by emailing BJ Davis, the Senior Consultant leading the search. All applications will be held in confidence.

The successful candidate will have a rich array of experience in the technical aspects of federal regulations and policy, as well as expertise in workforce and community development. Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or direct equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ten plus years of experience in policy and program development, personnel management, organization analysis, and budget and finance management.
  • Demonstrated speaking and presentation abilities and exceptional professional and interpersonal communication skills with a sense of urgency and situational awareness.
  • Strong staff leadership abilities with high sensitivity, empathy, and emotional intelligence.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, high attention to detail to ensure accuracy, excellent problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Champions diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and will embrace and celebrate diverse thoughts and community partners.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is a public benefit corporation that provides regional job training. It is overseen by a public-sector Policy Board comprised of elected officials who make funding decisions and a majority private-sector Workforce Development Board, which determines the region’s training needs. Personnel decisions are made by the Joint Personnel Committee, which comprises three of the Policy Board and three of the Workforce Development Board members. The six-person Joint Personnel Committee conducted a national call for search firms and led a thorough review of all proposals received. Of the eleven proposals, they chose two executive search firms to advance to a rigorous interview stage with the committee. DRiWaterstone Human Capital was selected based on its extensive experience placing diverse and tenured candidates in leadership roles.

About the San Diego Workforce Partnership
San Diego Workforce Partnership is a quasi-public, non-profit organization that funds programs, implements initiatives, and brings together key players from County and City governments, and economic, educational, and workforce sectors across the San Diego region. We’re part of a national network of nearly 500 Workforce Development Boards, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In California, we operate under the guidance of the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and serve as the designated workforce board for San Diego County and City. For more information, visit workforce.org.

About DRiWaterstone Human Capital
DRiWaterstone has over 23 years of experience in executive search with an exclusive focus on the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Co-founders Jennifer Dunlap, President and CEO, and Nancy Racette, COO, founded DRiW in 2001 after decades of serving in executive-level roles at leading nonprofits. Over 23 years, DRiW has achieved several milestones including, completing more than 1,000 executive searches, transforming into a nationwide search firm with consultants located on the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest, and establishing a thriving global network of clients and candidates spanning the nonprofit, philanthropic, private sector, and social impact sectors. For more information, visit driwaterstonehc.com.

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For leaders who are looking to take the next step in their career and land an executive-level role, there’s no better tool than a well-developed professional network.

Networking has always been a core component of the job search process, especially at the executive level. But what happens when it’s not appropriate to tap into your existing network? Or when you’re looking to transition into a new field or industry that your current network doesn’t reach?  Here are four tips for expanding your network and moving a step closer to your career growth goals:

  1. Build networks that align to your purpose
    Participating in actives that align to your purpose and passion is a great way to connect with others who have similar interests, and you never know who you’ll meet! Volunteer in the community, join a Board, sign up for a local club or team – you’ll broaden your network while making an impact and/or engaging in an activity you enjoy.
  2. Leverage learning and developmentTaking a class or attending a conference that’s aligned to the role or industry you’re interested in an excellent way to build meaningful connections with others in that space – all while building your knowledge and expertise. Many conferences leverage networking and registration apps that make connecting easier than ever.

    And don’t overlook smaller, niche workshops and events – these are often targeted to more local or specialized audiences and can be a great way to build professional connections in a specific industry.
  3. Do your research
    Invest the time in researching the role and industry you’re interested in. Which companies are based in your area? Who’s doing the type of job you’re looking for in those companies? Then reach out and ask to meet for a conversation (leveraging your existing network here is a great option). These conversations are a great way to make a meaningful connection, learn more about career pathing, what the role or the industry is really like, what skills are most needed right now (and which will be most in demand in the future), and what you should be reading or listening to in order to expand or maintain your knowledge base.
  4. Strategically engage with executive recruiters
    Recruiters have extensive professional networks and industry insight - building connections with recruiters who specialize in your field or industry is a great way to advance your career journey. Not every role will be the right fit for your career path, but staying open to conversations with recruiters and staying in touch (when you change jobs or earn new certifications) is a great way to ensure you’re positioning yourself for a chance.

If one of your 2024 objectives is career growth (or change), take some time to mindfully build your network, cultivate authentic connections, and watch your career soar to new heights!

DRiWaterstone works to connect purpose and mission-driven candidates with purpose and mission-driven organizations. Visit our Available Positions page to see some of the great roles we're currently working to fill.

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