Sage Search Partners provides comprehensive search services tailored to the
needs of each client, as well as
a selection of partial search services.
We will partner with our clients throughout the entire search process
and beyond, from assisting with
position definition, to resolving terms of employment, to helping to
ensure a smooth transition in leadership.
In broad outline, our clients can expect us to provide the following
Assessment and Definition
We will conduct an extensive site visit during which we will meet with
key individuals and groups whose
knowledge, position and perspective can contribute to an in-depth assessment
of the position and the
We will write a detailed description of the position and the organization
for broad distribution to
individuals and organizations nationwide.
We will work with our client to develop an effective search strategy,
including timeline, compensation guidelines, advertising and networking
Research and Recruiting
We will network extensively, drawing on our own databases, professional
associations, information online
and other resources. Over the course of the search, we will reach out
to hundreds of individuals,
informing them of the opportunity through in-depth discussion of the
position and the organization.
We will identify candidates whose background, accomplishments, personality
and character are best
suited to the position and the organization. We will recruit individuals
not currently seeking a new
position, and actively seek candidates from under-represented groups.
We will present a pool of highly qualified individuals to our client within
a specified period of time and
assist with the selection of candidates for interview.
We will advise on the structure of the interview process, providing questions,
and, where appropriate,
observing the interview process.
We will conduct extensive referencing as candidates move through the search
process, presenting a comprehensive
assessment on the basis of multiple conversations with supervisors, peers,
staff, and colleagues.
We will help to facilitate open communication between our client and the
final candidate and assist with
the resolution of issues regarding terms or conditions of employment.
We will inform candidates not chosen for the position, as well as other
relevant parties, of the outcome
of the search.
We will remain in regular contact with our client and the final candidate
after the search has closed,
helping to ensure a smooth and successful transition in leadership.
We will conduct a site visit of one to two days, during which we will meet
with individuals at or involved
with the organization whose knowledge, position, and perspective can contribute
to an in-depth assessment
of the organization and the position. If appropriate, we will conduct benchmarking
peer organizations to gather additional information and comparison data.
Using this information, we will
generate a confidential assessment of the organization, a detailed description
of the position, and a
recommended search strategy. This service helps the organization to clarify
its goals for the position, to
ensure buy-in from relevant constituencies, and to anticipate conflicts
and confusion that may surface
during the search. Clients who have created a new position in their organization
or who anticipate
challenges in recruiting may find this service particularly valuable.
Candidate Pool Supplementation
We will use our networks and other sources of information to identify additional
candidates to expand
and diversify the existing pool. We will provide and evaluate as many additional
candidates as are needed
to ensure the likelihood of a successful search.
Search Committee Consultation and Interview Training
We will assist our clients in developing an interview technique that is
best suited to the position and the candidate,
in many cases providing the exact questions that will result in the most
productive interview. If desired,
we will also participate in client interviews with candidates and help
facilitate the decision-making process.
We will engage in confidential conversations with individuals who have
interacted with candidates in a
variety of ways and at different points in their careers. Our aim is to
give a complete and candid assessment
of the candidates from multiple perspectives.
Recruitment Training for Human Resources Staff
Organizations typically retain search firms for senior-level searches,
leaving mid-level manager recruitments
to their human resources staff. We are available for a one-day consultation
to help human resources staff
design recruitment techniques and strategies that in-house staff can implement
effectively and efficiently.
We are available to make presentations on a variety of search-related topics
to membership organizations
as well as to individual institutions.