Organization: Koya Leadership Partners

Location: Location Flexible, U.S.

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About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education, and social enterprises. Clients come to Koya—and return—for the gold standard in executive search. The executives we place are widely considered leaders in the nonprofit field.

This commitment to mission-driven work is also core to how we treat our employees. Koya is a place where employees can bring their full selves to work; staff members are developed professionally and empowered to support the personal causes that matter most to them. We believe wholeheartedly that best-in-class service to candidates and clients can, and should, go hand in hand with being a best-in-class organization for our team.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are deeply held values at Koya. We believe diversity spans gender, race, faith, ability and sexual orientation. We strive to build diverse pools of talent in our work with clients and we track metrics on diversity as a performance outcome for our recruiters. We are proud of the results of this commitment: over one-third of the leaders we place are executives of color and over 60% are women.

Working at Koya:

Our team-oriented culture is one of the things we’re most proud of. We take our core values seriously and integrate them into our work, operations and decision-making. Koya provides exceptional benefits; highlights include:

  1. Team members are given the ability to work flexibly to best fit their life schedules;
  2. All full-time employees receive four weeks of Personal Time Off (PTO) plus two additional weeks off for firm-wide closures in August and December;
  3. Koya offers 6 weeks of paid parental leave at 100% in addition to short-term disability and return to work benefits; and,
  4. The professional growth of individual team members is vital: we focus on matching the desires and interests of team members with the needs of the company.

The Opportunity:

The Search Consultant drives the entire search cycle and must be both relationship and task oriented. From helping to manage client relationships to juggling multiple projects at any given time, you must have excellent organization and multi-tasking skills to be successful. The ideal candidate is an excellent problem-solver and communicator who loves playing detective – discovering and interviewing potential candidates, analyzing key candidate facts, and providing thought leadership to clients. As a creative career “matchmaker,” the Consultant helps pair exceptional professional candidates with meaningful work. You’ll also get to enjoy the immense satisfaction of seeing great people getting hired by amazing organizations on a weekly basis.

We have found that the most successful search professionals are excellent project managers, those with unparalleled persistence who are excited about working on a variety of searches and projects alongside colleagues with varying styles, experiences and background. You will work with search leads (Principals, Vice Presidents and/or Managing Directors) to ensure that outstanding talent understands the unique opportunities we bring to them while simultaneously providing unparalleled service to our clients.

Your Key Responsibilities:

In your role, you’ll be both a professional curator of talent, drawing in and carefully vetting the best candidates and an operations expert, pioneering and refining team processes for finding, vetting and sharing talent.

Your responsibilities may shift search by search: at times, you’ll sift through a large pool of applicants; other times you will lead expanded outreach to source more candidates. We’ll provide continuous training on the tools we use daily as well as our search process, and as you develop mastery in your role, you’ll find and create new methods for uncovering the right talent.

We’re looking for:

  • Someone who has run a search process (either internally or externally) successfully from start to finish. If not a search process, a lengthy, complex, multi-functional project with multiple stakeholders.
  • Someone with exceptional relationship and interpersonal skills, and a proven track record of successful client relations and customer service experience.
  • A puzzle-solver and pattern-recognizer. You are someone who spots patterns, trends, and learns from them over time and with practice.
  • Someone who thrives in ambiguity, preferring action. You can take a high-level goal and develop a detailed plan to achieve it.
  • A self-starter. You love problem-solving and have a need to figure things out. You enjoy the challenge of answering questions yourself and prefer to troubleshoot to find solutions quickly.  The more autonomy you have, the better.
  • Someone who hustles with a high level of personal responsibility and accountability. You’re committed to getting whatever is needed done, on time, and with a high bar for quality.  You have a sense of urgency but also remain calm, especially among competing priorities.
  • Someone who can manage people in all directions–up, down, across the entire team–even when there are no formal reporting lines.
  • A compelling storyteller. You’re excellent at sharing stories about people, places, events and happenings.
  • A budding professional with 2-7 years of experience who’s excited to deepen and expand their professional experience.

Hiring Process:

Koya’s cohort-based hiring process is rigorous and differs from other hiring practices you may have encountered. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Koya practices “blind recruitment” to overcome unconscious biases that can emerge through traditional résumé review.

Instead of relying on the traditional resume and cover letter to determine a candidate’s qualifications, we de-identify names during the application review process and evaluate candidates through exercises and cases. This format serves a dual purpose: it gives you a taste of our work and it gives the Koya team insight into whether you possess the skills and competencies required to be successful at our firm. It also helps preclude unconscious biases that emerge from knowing a candidate’s educational background, ethnicity, gender, or other attributes that may influence initial screening.

All candidates will be invited to:

  1. Complete a short application in lieu of a traditional cover letter;

Candidates who are selected to move forward will:

  1. Participate in a 30-minute phone interview, conducted by Abe Taleb, Vice President at Koya; and
  2. Complete a 5-hour, timed, trial assignment, designed to mimic the work of the role, which will be reviewed in a blind process to remove bias.

Finalist candidates will then be asked to meet with Koya leadership, after which Koya will conduct reference checks and consider résumés for the first time. Offers will then be extended to best fit candidates.

We are committed to transparency throughout this process. To give you a sense of timing, from phone interview to issued offer typically takes three to five weeks.

How to Apply:

Please complete the following very simple form. Please do so by Midnight PST on Wednesday, January 31st. ALL candidates will be invited to complete a set of short-answer questions after completing the form.

We are currently seeking candidates in multiple locations across the country.

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email We look forward to getting to know you!