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Executive Search and Transition

Searching for new executive leadership and managing executive transition are among the most significant, challenging (and costly) endeavors for any nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors.

While finding your next nonprofit leader can seem overwhelming, it is also a time to build on the organization’s strengths and accomplishments and position it for the future.  

What we do

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership offers a comprehensive, strategic approach to executive search and transition that is tailored to the organization’s mission, values, programs and services, scale, and resources. We also seek to minimize the risks associated with executive transition, supporting continuity of leadership and mission and leveraging the opportunities of this important moment in the life of the organization.

Working closely with the Board, the Center assists the organization to:

  • Re-affirm the direction, priorities, and the leadership qualities, expertise, and experience the organization is seeking;
  • Address interim needs;
  • Find a highly-qualified executive with the requisite skills, experience, knowledge, and ability to lead the organization;
  • Provide the initial support to ensure a smooth transition and integration of the new executive into the organization; and to
  • Customize and conduct the entire executive search and transition process in efficient and cost-effective manner.

How we serve

The Center’s executive search and transition management program includes four (4) phases:

Phase 1:  Transition, Planning, Organizational Assessment and Position Development: Readying the organization and transitioning leader.

Phase 2:  Addressing the Interim:  Identifying the need for and interim; identifying the right person; and then working with an Interim Executive. 

Phase 3: Search, Recruit, Select, and Hire: Conducting the search and facilitating the hiring process.

Phase 4:  Post-Hire Services: Helping to onboard and support the new hire.

Who we are

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership began 12 years ago as a grassroots effort to address leadership transition and development in nonprofit organizations on Long Island. It has grown to become the go-to organization for a broad range of leadership and capacity building services for the region.

We are highly experienced in working with Long Island and the New York metropolitan area’s nonprofit organizations and take great pride in the success we have achieved through our search and transition efforts. At the request of our clients with whom we have worked in other parts of the country, we now provide our executive search and transition services to regional and national nonprofit organizations as well.

Our Results

The Center has successfully completed executive search and transition services for a variety of nonprofit organizations.  

Partial List of Clients and Testimonials

  • Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts
  • Bethany House
  • Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services
  • Herstory Writers Workshop
  • Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (LICADD)
  • Long Island Housing Services
  • Mental Health Association of Nassau County
  • Options for Community Living
  • Progressive States Network
  • Sustainable Long Island
  • Lifeline Center for Child Development

“My personal thanks and appreciation for the marvelous job you did in assisting Sustainable Long Island through the process of interim to new leadership.”
Amy Hagedorn, Hagedorn Foundation

“Ann Marie was fantastic (as) a guide and as a leader helping us to frame our priorities towards identifying the best candidate in our search for a new executive director.”
Jody Burke, Board Chair, Options for Community Living

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD), I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to you and your team at Adelphi University–Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership for expertly conducting our executive search and for guiding our strategic planning process.”
Curt Webster, Board Chair, LICADD

“The Center’s process for Executive Transition Serves is critical for helping boards to know what the nonprofit organization needs from its next leader.”
James O’Brien, Board President, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services

Contact us

Reach out to Diane Wunderlich at or 516.877.4415 to discuss how we can serve you.  


For further information, please contact:

Center for Nonprofit Leadership
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