In April, the ACR Board selected Brakeley Search as a partner to undertake the recruitment of ACR's next executive director. Based in the Bay Area since 2008, Brakeley Search specializes in delivering high quality executive search services to non-profits. The firm was selected following a thorough competitive proposal process and vetting by a Search Committee of six senior staff and board members. In particular, the Search Committee was impressed with Brakeley's commitment to personalized service, understanding of ACR's needs at this organizational stage, proven ability to match organizational culture and leadership needs, and follow-up support.

The search itself will involve four phases:

  1. Discovery and planning during which Brakeley will work with the Search Committee to take a deep dive into ACR as an organization, interviewing key constituents, gain an understanding of our leadership needs and develop a candidate profile;
  2. Sourcing and recruitment during which prospective candidates will be identified, screened, background checked;
  3. Candidate interviews and contract negotiation; and
  4. Onboarding of the new Executive Director, which will involve orientation with staff and board as well as introduction to the donor and volunteer communities.

The entire process will likely take 5–6 months.

ACR’s search committee members are Board Treasurer and Bouverie Docent Bill Bridges, Chief Operating Officer Julia Clothier, Martin Griffin Preserve Manager and Resident Biologist Gwen Heistand, Chief Financial Officer Gary Schick, Boardmember, Chair of the Search Committee, and Martin Griffin Preserve Docent Beki Simon, and Boardmember, Chair of the Development Committee, and Bouverie docent Carol Lynn Wood.

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