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Senior Talent Consultant - Independent Schools Focus

Who are we?

DRG is a talent advisory group that serves purpose-driven organizations that care for, inspire, and enrich the lives of people all over the world. Our team of talent advisors shares a commitment to the values that matter to our clients, bringing more than 30 years of experience serving the nonprofit community.

As a talent advisory group, we offer a suite of services to help purpose-driven organizations search for, attract, and nurture innovative, diverse leadership for their organizations. We also help organizations maximize their impact through talent assessments, transition planning, and providing insights into compensation and organizational design.  Our mission is to support organizations in bringing together the right leadership, talent, culture, and structure – so people and organizations can thrive together.

What’s the Job?

DRG Talent is continuing to build on a period of exciting growth and expansion. Currently, we are looking to hire a Senior Talent Consultant – a current/former head of an independent school – whose portfolio will focus on managing and directing the full cycle of Executive Search services in partnership with our clients, with a focus on our independent schools practice.

Executive Search Engagements

Our Senior Talent Consultants play an integral role in advancing simultaneous search engagements to reach successful completion. At any point during a given week, you might be engaged in strategic conversations with a client about the direction of their organization, partner with search committees and board members to build a customized search strategy, interview candidates to assess their skills and competencies, or provide ongoing consultation to our clients around their talent challenges, needs, goals, and strategies. Our Senior Talent Consultants work closely with our Research and Outreach Department and Principals to develop search strategy, generate client deliverables, and contribute to the continuous improvement of our processes and practice.

Talent Advisory Engagements

Our Senior Talent Consultants may also support our talent advisory projects for our clients, which could include providing direct consultation in DRG’s core focus areas, including organizational design and alignment; transition and succession planning; talent integration; compensation analysis and strategy; individual and team assessment, development, and effectiveness; organizational culture and engagement; board effectiveness; and diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. Our Senior Talent Consultants develop and present innovative, engaging learning opportunities for clients and partners throughout the sector. You’ll also partner with internal and external stakeholders to develop, refine, and continuously improve DRGs products, services, tools, and value propositions.

Business Development

We expect our Senior Talent Consultants to develop business relationships by spending structured and directed time meeting and engaging with leaders in the independent school and nonprofit community and maintaining those relationships with strong communication and follow-up. Senior Talent Consultants will also play an important role in our continuous mapping of talent needs in the nonprofit sector. We know everyone brings their own special flair to this—we will help you build your skills, focus your strategy, and develop your voice!

DRG Teamwork

Over the past five years, we have seen tremendous growth and have broadened our scope of work well beyond Executive Search. Although this position is focused primarily on Executive Search, our entire team collaborates on company-wide projects, learning, professional development, and experiences designed to strengthen our company. We provide our team members with opportunities to develop themselves, their work, and their investment in our collective mission.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate possesses master’s level academic training and a minimum of fifteen years’ independent school work experience in a combination of roles including senior leadership, consulting, client services, and/or human resources management. We are specifically seeking a current or former head of school. Our Senior Talent Consultants must have a superior work ethic, deep curiosity, and a strong sense of accountability. Our Senior Talent Consultants are master facilitators of complex conversations and can manage multiple engagements and projects simultaneously. They are deeply interested in and knowledgeable about the functioning and dynamics of independent schools and are equally passionate about the work of the sector. Senior Talent Consultants are able to develop client deliverables with acuity and have impeccable follow-up and follow-through.

The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • A deep understanding of the functioning and dynamics of independent schools and the academic ecosystem
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Detail orientation and a deep commitment to providing high-quality products and services
  • Exceptional written communication skills; able to clearly and effectively convey ideas and concepts in writing and through work product of various forms
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Skill as a presenter and workshop developer and leader
  • Excellent business development and client relationship management skills
  • Able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Able to manage projects and lead project teams
  • Sense of humor
  • Highly proficient in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel

Compensation and Benefits

  • DRG offers a comprehensive compensation package, which is made up of four components in addition to your base salary. Starting base salary for this position is between $125,000 and $135,000 depending on experience, plus commission, quarterly revenue sharing, and discretionary and business development bonus opportunities. We look forward to sharing more details about the total value of candidate compensation packages.
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Employee Assistance and Health and Wellness programs
  • Flexible Spending Account options
  • Generous PTO policy (25 days) and expanded holiday/office closure calendar (20 days)
  • Early Summer Friday office closures
  • 401k with matching (after one year of employment)
  • Wellness stipend
  • Expanded Parental Leave
  • Home office set-up stipend
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Sabbatical opportunities
  • A great team!

Location: This is a full-time, exempt position. Location is flexible; our staff works from home offices or shared workspaces near where they live. Periodic travel for staff meetings and retreats may be required. Travel is also likely while conducting school searches.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

DRG considers the diversity of our workforce to be vital to our company’s overall success. We believe the more inclusive we are the better our work will be. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills with the goal of being a team that is representative, at all job levels, of our view that all people have equal value, unique skills and individual lived experiences. As such we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

As an equal opportunity employer, all aspects of employment—including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge—are based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. All employment decisions at DRG are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race; color; religion or belief; national, social or ethnic origin; sex; age; physical, mental or sensory disability; HIV Status; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; marital, civil union or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; family or parental status; or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

DRG is committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. DRG prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry or national origin, citizenship, marital status, military status, genetic information, pregnancy, disability, or any other legally protected status under applicable law. DRG also prohibits harassment, including sexual harassment, of any employee or job applicant.