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Since 2001, NAO has conducted over 130 Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) searches for 501(c)3 public benefit nonprofits in Oregon. When you work with NAO for your executive recruitment, you are being supported by consultants who bring decades of experience serving the nonprofit sector, and an approach that is mission-based and relationship-driven. With the recruitment process containing many moving parts, our deep experience in managing executive searches will provide substantial support in facilitating the process, managing the timeline, asking the right questions, and guiding the Board of Directors to achieve a successful result.

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Approach and Selection

NAO supports the recruitment process in the following ways:

NAO’s approach to executive recruitment is guided by:

  • Extensive nonprofit sector knowledge and connections.
  • A collaborative approach.
  • Clear communication.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Active recruitment.
  • Attention to making a strong match.
  • Support with orienting your incoming executive.


Most executive searches average 3–4 months and cost between $13,000 and $19,000, depending on the specific scope of work developed with the client. Additional costs for a search may include advertising, travel expenses for out-of-town candidates, and moving expenses. Please contact a member of our consulting support team to help customize a proposal that matches your organization’s specific needs.

What Our Clients Say

  • Working with NAO to find our new CEO was the best decision we could have made. It was amazing how many of the candidates commented that this was the best search in which they had ever participated. They commented they felt fully informed throughout the process, appreciated and respected. Thank you!
    MetroEast Community Media
  • We had a fantastic experience using NAO for hiring a new executive director for our organization. Our consultant helped us every step of the way and provided exceptional guidance and support. Our hiring process was organized and professional thanks to our consultant and we were able to hire the right person for the job. We could not have done it without the outstanding work and assistance of NAO.
    Columbia Empire Volleyball Association
  • I am so grateful that my Board of Directors hired NAO to facilitate a national CEO search. This was the best search I have ever experienced in my 30-year career. It embodied excellent communications and best practices from the recruitment stage through onboarding… I am now in a once-in-a-lifetime CEO position. My career arc has been transformed by this positive experience.
    MetroEast Community Media
  • NAO adjusted to the needs of our small organization so that we could accomplish our goals. Their process allowed our organizational culture to thrive... Our consultant simply used who we are as an organization to help us find the right fit.
    Innovative Changes
  • Our consultant worked gracefully and seamlessly with our search committee, full board, and executive committee to help us determine what qualities we were seeking in a new executive director and to realize a process that would help us find that person. They walked the line beautifully between providing information and helping us to discover our needs organically. We could not have accomplished our search without NAO.
    American Civil Liberties Union, Oregon
  • NAO did an excellent job of facilitating our executive search, as we worked to fill the vacancy left by our retiring Executive Director. Their staff and program met our boards every expectation and helped us to successfully accomplish our goals and more.
    The Inn

Make the most of your transition!

If you would like more information please contact NAO's Consulting Programs at 503-239-4001 ext.113 or by email at intake@nonprofitoregon.org.