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A Note to Candidates

Isaacson, Miller is engaged by organizations to assist in defining and filling their senior leadership positions. They do not help individuals to seek employment.

Descriptions of most of their current searches may be found on this site. Please read the descriptions carefully and consult the organization's website before submitting material.

If you are interested in applying for any of the listed positions, you may do so via the "Apply" button on the search announcement page. Please include a short note and attach your resume and a brief cover letter which explains why you are interested in the role and what skills and experience you would bring to the opportunity. You may also submit this material by regular mail. Please ensure that your resume is absolutely truthful and that your submission is free of spelling and grammatical errors. You are encouraged to be mindful of any information about you that can be easily accessed via the internet or social media. You should assume that clients will research this if and when they are seriously considering your candidacy.

Note that the listed searches are all at different stages. In some instances, your application may be submitted too late for consideration. In other cases, the search may be in its early phase before screening of candidates has begun.

Isaacson, Miller will follow up with you if we need more information. Please be patient, however. The search process often stretches over several months and it may be a number of weeks before they are able to respond.

About the Firm

Since 1982, Isaacson, Miller has recruited for the leadership of the nation's civic infrastructure. They have approximately 180 employees, two-thirds of whom are search professionals, located in their Boston headquarters and in offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. They complete over 200 searches each year. Their clients include leading colleges and universities, foundations, human service agencies, research institutes, academic medical centers, economic development enterprises, arts and cultural groups, conservation and environmental organizations, and social justice and other national advocacy organizations. Almost all of their clients are not-for-profit organizations meeting demands of both mission and market.

Isaacson, Miller believes there are three features that distinguish them from other retained search firms.


The first is their focus upon mission. Isaacson, Miller seeks exceptional leaders for important civic institutions. They are passionate and clear about our commitments, one of which is to understand and advance the aspirations that drive their clients. There is no search firm in the country that has conducted as many and as varied a range of searches in the independent sector as Isaacson, Miller.


The second distinguishing feature of their firm is the longstanding commitment to bringing women and people of color to senior management positions. For over 30 years they have established networks that support them in their efforts to build and present diverse pools of candidates. Over the life of the firm, 43% of their placements have been women and 23% have been people of color.


Third is their proficiency in the craft of search. Isaacson, Miller attends carefully to learning and understanding the unique strategic challenges and organizational cultures of their clients, to networking thoughtfully for candidates who may not currently be looking for a new position, and to interviewing and referencing their candidates in depth. They are careful to recruit broadly from all sectors - looking beyond traditional fields to for-profit, not-for-profit, and public institutions, seeking the most technically competent and mission-driven candidates who will fit the culture of their clients' organizations.

Many of their clients and past candidates become part of an extended network that shares the goal of strengthening the civic infrastructure. They see their own missions reflected in the work of the firm and choose to assist us, generously, in the quest for the finest talent in their fields.

The Success of the Civic Sector

Civic institutions educate us all. They encourage the marketplace of ideas through research, teaching, and advocacy. They inspire innovation, and, through foundations and philanthropy, they arouse the charitable endeavors of private citizens. The civic sector serves as the guardian of Isaacson, Miller's economic and societal strength. They have made its success their business.