Leadership transition is a critical moment in the life of a nonprofit – presenting risks and challenges as well as exciting opportunities for an organization’s future. Whether it’s planned or unplanned, the process requires a comprehensive and well-executed strategy and highly responsive and timely facilitation and project management. We founded Clover Search Works because we recognized an unmet need for a search firm that was specifically focused on the needs of smaller, progressive nonprofits in the Puget Sound area.
Our mission and commitment is to provide comprehensive search and transition services that respect the culture and values of the organizations we serve and support them in fulfilling their critical missions to make our communities stronger and our planet healthier.
Jane Park, Search Committee Chair, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship; CEO and Founder, Tokki
Clover is unique in their insightful guidance throughout every step of the candidate recruitment and selection process. Their thoughtfulness helped us to recruit stronger candidates, but equally as important, their process helped our candidates themselves to learn and grow. I’ve worked with several of the top global search firms in the corporate space, and none can compete with Clover for being comprehensively stellar across all elements of strategy and execution. They became true co-adventurers and I am certain that there are lessons that I’ve learned from this experience that will make me a better leader in the future. Most critically, the search they lead yielded very strong finalists, and ultimately led to a decision that will have a tremendous positive impact on WSOS during our next phase of growth.
What Sets Us Apart
We are not “head hunters” or an HR firm who sometimes works with nonprofits; rather, we are nonprofit experts who specialize in search. We think that makes a big difference in how we approach our work and how we connect with both clients and candidates. Our work is grounded in the nonprofit perspective, and we approach every search with the eyes of nonprofit executive leaders, staff members, and board members - because we have served in those roles.
Equity is at the forefront of our work. We know that leadership searches can be fraught with bias and assumptions, and we don't claim to be free from that. We approach the search process with intention and self-reflection, centering racial equity throughout. We believe nonprofits have a critical role to play in dismantling systemic racism in our community, and hiring and supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) nonprofit leaders is essential to that work.
We are invested in the health of the non-profit sector as a whole. We want our clients to walk away from the search not only with a fantastic leader in place, but also stronger and ready to tackle their important work. We see ourselves as capacity-builders. When you partner with Clover, you are getting a team that strives to have our clients and candidates feel included, respected, heard, and motivated to keep working toward their transformative visions.
Our approach to search and transition services is not one-size-fits-all. We work closely with our clients to identify their unique leadership needs and design a process that fits where they are as an organization. Get in touch to learn more about our process.
Jorge L. Barón, Executive Director,
Northwest Immigration Rights Project
"The Clover Search Works team helped refine our goals and identify the skills we needed to be looking for in candidates. They brought creative energy and shifted how we approached the hiring process. Through their thorough and careful recruitment, Clover helped us uncover potential candidates we wouldn't have otherwise met."
Erin Galvin, Interim Board Chair, Perinatal Support Washington
Clover made the search process easier - and more successful - than I thought possible. Logistically, they were organized and clear throughout every step of the process, making it easy to know what we needed from me as a Search Committee member. They coached us through figuring out what we were looking for in our next leader, which led to a strong candidate pool of people who really 'got' our organization. From a personal perspective, the team is a group of strong, confident, bright women who really understand the nonprofit world. They bring a candor and understanding to this work that is hard to find.