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Nonprofit Executive Search in Finance

Bristol Associates’ Nonprofit division is a leader in placing top executive candidates in nonprofit careers nationwide. Our practice recruits for Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Director of Finance, and Controller positions, among others, within arts and cultural organizations, human services, environmental organizations, foundations, and learning establishments including independent schools and higher education institutions. The division is led by Vice President David Alford.

Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of clients including:

  • The Colburn School

  • Community Arts Resources (CARS)

  • Orchestra Santa Monica

  • CicLAvia

Examples of Positions Placed

Our Nonprofit Division has placed successful candidates in executive positions.

Below is a sampling of positions placed.

Accounting Manager

We placed the Accounting Manager at a highly respected performing arts center in Los Angeles. The Accounting Manager position was a new role responsible for the day-to-day accounting and reporting functions of the organization with a budget over $5 million.

Annual Fund Manager
The Annual Fund Manager position is located at a highly regarded performing arts organization in Connecticut. This position is be responsible for all aspects of a multi-faceted Annual Fund program, including donor acquisition, stewardship, and donor circles.
Manager of Individual Giving

We placed the Manager of Individual Giving at a highly respected performing arts center in Los Angeles. The institution aims to build a new generation of artists and audience by hosting cutting-edge, first rate performances. The Manager of Individual Giving is a new position that played a leadership role on the fundraising team. The placed candidate builds and manages a portfolio of 100-150 current and prospective donors of $500 to $10,000 and above.

Controller

The Controller was placed in a Los Angeles based, non-profit healthcare facility with two locations. The position will oversee the monthly accounting closes of healthcare entities to ensure that monthly financial statements are complete and accurate. The candidate will assist department managers and administrators to ensure that expenses are coded properly.


Qualities of a Great Finance Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing executives at top companies and organizations, we know what makes a great leader. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Extensive experience in examining and recommending financial policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial data and concepts to individuals at all level of organization including the Board of Directors

Division Leader

David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.

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