Executive Search

Current Executive Director Searches


Hiring an executive director is the most important role of a nonprofit board. It can also be a challenging task, requiring a broad set of skills and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. I can offer a professional and cost-effective option that will allow the board to focus on the needs of the organization during a transition.

After decades of working in and leading nonprofit organizations, I have the expertise to conduct executive searches for high-quality, visionary leaders for your nonprofit. I also have extensive connections in our local nonprofit community.

Here’s an overview of how I will help your organization conduct a successful search:

  • Assess the organization and the needs of the position.
  • Draft a compelling job description that lets potential applicants know that the board has put significant thought into what the organization is looking for in its next ED.
  • Help you find a strong pool of qualified candidates through their existing networks, targeted advertising, and community leaders.
  • Collect and screen the numerous applications for those that best meet the qualifications.
  • Conduct comprehensive reference checks that go beyond confirming dates of employment.
  • Help the board conduct the full interviews in a way that brings forward the most important information on the candidate.
  • Manage staff involvement, including securing confidentiality for internal candidates.
  • Facilitate the final negotiation process with both the candidate and the organization.
  • Plan a strong onboarding process for the new executive director.

I’m able to offer these services at a price that is affordable to nonprofit organizations.

I have led four executive searches in Lincoln in a wide range of nonprofit organizations. I’m happy to provide references.

Contact me at ingrid@ingridkirst.com or 402-730-2532 to discuss your executive director search needs.

“I had been chair of a local nonprofit for three months when our long-time founding executive director announced his retirement. We floundered and faltered for a bit trying to find a replacement and considered a merger; our founder was a sort of one-man band who ran the office, worked on fundraising and development, and provided direct service, all on a limited budget. We got Ingrid’s name and she immediately helped us focus on the traits we needed from a new ED and which roles or tasks could be handled by others. She helped us hire an interim ED (who eventually became the permanent ED), helped us connect to a grant writer, met with existing staff, set up interviews and made recommendations. She attended some board meetings with us (a couple even while she was on vacation!) We are thrilled with where we are today, and could not be more pleased with Ingrid’s critical assistance.” – Jane F. Langan Mach, Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (CLIA) Board Chair