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Nonprofit Executive Search in Operations

Bristol Associates’ Nonprofit division is a leader in placing top executive candidates in nonprofit careers nationwide. Our practice recruits for Chief Operations Officer (COO), General Manager, Managing Director, Operations Manager, and Deputy Director 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.

Special Assistant to the President

The Special Assistant to the President position is located at a highly regarded arts organization in Los Angeles. This individual was recruited to work closely with the President and play a critical role in the organization’s operations.

Executive Director

The Executive Director was placed to oversee general operations of this newly established Orchestra in Los Angeles. The position oversees general operations of the orchestra including fundraising, audience development, and community outreach. Alongside the Music Director, the Executive Director represents the organization to the public, and provides the leadership necessary to achieve the Orchestra’s institutional and community engagement goals.


Qualities of a Great Operations 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:

  • Proven track record of exceeding goals and ability to balance program delivery and budget
  • Ability to quickly and effectively build relationships with staff and other stakeholders
  • Proven ability to anticipate future trends and integrate them into operational plans
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing major initiatives and projects

Division Leader

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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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