Associate, Boards Practice
- New York, NY
Spencer Stuart is seeking to recruit a Boards Practice Associate, ideally based in the New York, Chicago, Boston, or Philadelphia office. The Boards Associate will assist on searches across a range of industry sectors with a focus on financial services. He/she will partner with Consultants in all aspects of the Board search process including: drafting position specifications; developing search strategy; conducting market and candidate research; developing candidates; creating candidate reports and assessments; and referencing and creating reference reports. Importantly, this person will help to identify and develop diverse slates for our future clients.
Successful candidates for the Boards Associate position will have strong project management ability, writing skills, results orientation, rigorous attention to details, intellectual curiosity and ideally, understanding of the financial services industry. He/she will enjoy the challenge of working internally with a variety of Consultants, and externally with diverse, senior-level executives and board members. Board Associates will be expected to acquire deep and insightful candidate pool knowledge over time.
The presence of a strong, independent and effective board is increasingly critical to the success of every organization. For more than 30 years, Spencer Stuart's knowledge of board dynamics and privileged access to the most sought-after directors has helped clients build balanced and effective boards. We recruit board chairs and directors for public, private equity-backed, major private and family-owned companies, as well as startups and nonprofit organizations.
We understand the vital importance of diverse thinking on boards and have a rich history of increasing diversity of teams, placing our first female executive, Barbara Preiskel, on the board of Textron in 1975. Since that time, we are proud to have accelerated these efforts and placed more than 2,600 women and over 800 people of color in board director roles.
The Boards Practice at Spencer Stuart is well recognized for our publications and highly regarded experts, including North American Boards Practice leader, Julie Daum Now in its 35th year, the U.S. Spencer Stuart Board Index examines the latest data and trends in board composition, board governance practices and director compensation among S&P companies. Please visit our website to download the full 2020 report.
Director of Associates
Consultants (on an assignment basis)
Other Key Relationships:
Associates, Senior Associates and Consultants
Client Development Team (CDT
- Contribute actively to the start-up phase of each search by participating in client kick-off meetings with the Consultant and assisting in the development of the position specification, search strategy and target list of companies.
- Gather relevant information regarding the appropriate industries and target companies. Identify potential prospects and sources and represent the client effectively in the marketplace, discussing the opportunity with relevant executives.
- Validate potential candidates through reference and source calls.
- Partner with the Consultant to develop and present a slate of qualified candidates to each client. Anticipate what needs to drive the search to closure and be prepared to supply additional information, such as related industry/segment trends, market findings, reaction to the opportunity, compensation data, etc., gained during the course of a search.
- Contribute to the preparation of position specifications, candidate presentations and reference reports adhering to the Firm's assessment methodology.
- Communicate effectively with the Consultant and Executive Assistant, and remain fully abreast of search developments, in order to communicate accurately and credibly regarding the assignment.
- Prepare organized information for the client progress reports/meetings by teaming with the Consultant and the Executive Assistant. Provide an informed perspective on prospects/candidates and how they match against the key selection criteria.
- Be aware of activities and management changes in the relevant industry's sector; keep team members apprised of relevant developments in the marketplace.
- Add to the firm's candidate pool expertise by continually identifying and introducing new talent to the firm. Ensure that up to date assignment, company and candidate information during the course of an assignment is always available for colleagues, by leveraging technology and information from the firm's state-of-the-art, proprietary database.
- Contribute to responses to inquiries for new business, as well as business development initiatives.
- Be willing and proactive about contributing to local, practice or firm-wide initiatives. Coordinate and share practice related information with colleagues for potentially broader distribution.
- Progressive business experience in executive search, a relevant corporate organization or a professional services environment with significant time spent in research
- Advancement of skills and knowledge evidenced through promotion or tenure
- Sector knowledge in financial services ideal
- Superior project management skills demonstrated through experience working in a high-performance environment where multiple projects and competing demands are the norm
- Excellent communication skills shown through clear, structured and concise written and verbal presentation
- A productive team member that effectively balances speed and quality
- Undergraduate degree required, postgraduate degree a plus
Plans, manages and drives own efforts to identify and develop a slate of quality candidates as measured by consultant, client and candidate feedback. The successful Associate will do this while handling multiple projects with competing deadlines, working with individuals who have differing styles, and managing challenging expectations:
- Takes an end-to-end view of each project & the required resources; works at pace and with attention to detail while managing competing deadlines and priorities; has a sense of urgency.
- Understands the search process (from internal kick-off to referencing); asks questions to understand; and is proactive.
- Works on multiple projects; meets deadlines and is resilient under pressure; delivers on commitments on time or notifies as early as possible if deadlines will slip.
- Demonstrates enthusiasm, tenacity and intellectual curiosity; action-oriented; deals with problems immediately.
- Is results focused and flexible; demonstrates a strong work ethic.
Develops qualified and interested candidates for portfolio of searches. A successful Associate will develop excellence in search strategy to build strong contact management lists:
- Observes and asks questions to fully understand the issue; synthesizes information from a variety of internal/external sources, despite possibly having ambiguous or incomplete information.
- Gathers relevant data from a variety of sources, including views gathered through Third Party Sourcing (TPS), to help determine broad capabilities, gaps, qualifications/fit; articulates reasons for fit to spec in a succinct manner.
- Determines priority of which potential candidates to approach.
- Adds meaningful notes on Quest, diligently uses the initial assessment feature.
Communicates effectively both in writing and verbally; has "gravitas" (executive presence) and is able to build relationships. Able to hook candidates and convince consultants to meet them, building a strong internal brand:
- Interacts with a range of internal and external stakeholders and candidates with differing styles and egos, understanding and appreciating what is important to each.
- Becomes a credible and authentic professional by observing colleagues and emulating role models.
- Adapts verbal and written communications according to expectations for role and audience, specifically how to be confident, succinct, concise, prepared and professional.
Obtains and incorporates knowledge to enhance client work in a meaningful way. Knows how to get information, effectively uses the available firm resources, developing and sharing candidate pool knowledge:
- Identifies executive movements in the market and updates Quest (ideally in real time) and colleagues; asks questions and shows interest in networking.
- Has a genuine interest in/curiosity about people and businesses; and has an understanding of businesses and their interrelationships.
- Understands how to identify and navigate the various relevant sources available (Quest, Passport, Global Information Services, Hoovers, LinkedIn, etc.).
Develops self and others; seeks and provides feedback, modifies own performance or behavior based on feedback. A successful Associate is constantly growing, learning and enhancing his/her skills and capabilities:
- Seeks and is open to feedback from colleagues, placing value on self development efforts; seeks opportunities for growth.
- Is self-aware and open to changing one's own behavior.
Champions the Firm's values, culture and Code of Conduct; engages, participates and collaborates with others. A successful Associate, who people like working with and who may over time also have a leadership role:
- Accepts others' opinions and encourages teamwork.
- Brings cultural awareness and sensitivity to each interaction with colleagues.
- Participates actively and contributes to internal activities; engages with office and practice.
- Represents Spencer Stuart well by speaking positively about the Firm and aligning behavior to Firm values.
- Conducts themselves in a way that is consistent with the Firm's values.
Spencer Stuart is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
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