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THE SEARCH PROCESS
At LLLS, we appreciate the importance of filling revenue-generating posts as quickly as possible. In general, searches take 17 weeks during which time LLLS Search Directors communicate weekly with clients, updating them on the status of searches. A highly experienced Search Director is accountable for each search, from intake interview to offer letter.
Phase One: Position Analysis and Description
All searches begin with a comprehensive review of the organization and expectations of the new hire as expressed by key stakeholders within the client institution. This intake information is used to create a compelling profile of the organization and the position. During this initial stage, the Search Director works with our researcher in the development of a search strategy. Advertising copy is also developed during this time, as is copy for our well- known position eblasts -- tailored to tell each institution’s unique story -- and our newsletter Recent Developments, sent to thousands of fundraisers across America.
Phase Two: Candidate Outreach and Phone Screening
During this critical period of a search, we contact hundreds of selected professionals to present the opportunity, ascertain interest, and assess qualifications. It is at this time that our talents really shine – LLLS Search Directors are mature, savvy, experienced, and personable. They are professionals and are able to optimally engage potential candidates. During this phase, the Search Director reviews resumes and performs in-depth telephone interviews with potential candidates.
Phase Three: In Person Interviews and Presentation Summaries
At a mid-search review, we meet with clients to discuss the results of the telephone interviews. From this pool, six to nine semi-finalists are selected to be interviewed in-person by LLLS. At the conclusion of this phase, in consultation with the client, two to five finalists are chosen.
Phase Four: Client Meets Final Candidates
In advance of on-site interviews, client interviewers receive a packet of information for each presented candidate. The packet contains the candidate’s resume, a summary of his or her background encompassing technical and managerial strengths, and written references. LLLS also presents clients with the LLLS Interview Tool Kit ©, that offers clients potential questions to use during the interview process.