Our Approach

Team Talent. Results Focused.

At Tuft & Associates, we take our work seriously. We’re proud of our successful and long-term placements for chief executive searches, dean searches, senior and middle management recruiting and interim executive support.

Core Principles. We follow a time-tested strategy that can be tailored to unique client needs. We conduct thorough candidate searches and detailed reference checks, provide significant support in salary and contract negotiations and on-boarding, and ensure that every recruitment process is exhaustive, systematic, fairly managed and open to inspection.

“The Tuft approach is especially relevant in today’s nonprofit environment, where diligence, scrutiny and good governance are organizational priorities.” —Jill Christie

We use a team approach that combines our talents for a comprehensive knowledge base. The lead search consultant directs every step of each engagement to ensure a positive client experience.

Search Schedule The time required to complete a search will be affected by the client’s schedule and the complexity of the interview process. A benchmark for a typical search is about 90 to 120 days, and we can accelerate the process, as needed.

Client Responsibilities As your retained search firm, Tuft & Associates is authorized to act as your exclusive agent for the search. We ask members of client organizations to:

  • Clearly specify areas of confidentiality.
  • Provide prompt feedback on reactions to candidates, scheduling of interviews and making a final decision.
  • Share information with us about candidates you may have identified from other sources and forward to us any resumes from potential candidates who may contact you.
  • Provide requested information to candidates about your institution.

Service Guarantee We guarantee our services. If the selected candidate should leave the job within a time determined with each client due to voluntary resignation or termination based on performance, we will undertake a second search with no additional fee, if requested in writing within three months of termination/resignation.