DRG Executive Search Consultants


With 30 years of experience, DRG has established a national reputation as a firm that specializes in recruiting for the nonprofit sector. We have worked throughout the United States conducting searches with nonprofit organizations from a wide variety of fields.

We are a firm committed to recruiting executives who possess the experience and leadership qualities necessary to help nonprofit organizations manage change and achieve their goals. We believe that with creative professional leadership, organizations will succeed in building the resources and services that can have a positive impact in communities around the world.

We selected our niche in the nonprofit sector because we believe that without excellence in professional leadership, nonprofit organizations could not succeed in delivering important services. We want to make a difference in this area by striving to be leaders who are knowledgeable about nonprofit leadership. We want to help clients develop new ways of thinking about each hiring challenge and guide them through informative successful recruitment efforts.


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Executive Director
(Philipsburg, NJ). NORWESCAP is the leading agency in Northwest New Jersey fighting poverty and supporting low-income families. The organization seeks a CEO to foster community relationships, and strategically develop programs. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years of executive management in a human service environment and knowledge and understanding about issues dealing with poverty.

Capital Camps & Retreat Center
Chief Development Officer
(Rockville, MD). Overview: CCRC seeks a dynamic Chief Development Officer to lead and direct its fundraising and volunteer engagement efforts. The CDO will work in direct partnership with the CEO and Board of Directors to create a positive culture of philanthropy and engagement, as well as design a development plan to implement an annual campaign and major gifts fundraising strategy.

Chief Development Officer
(New York, NY). Shatterproof currently operates as the only national nonprofit dedicated to addressing addiction. The CDO will work with the CEO and a high-level fundraising board to develop and implement a major donor program. Desired candidate qualities include 10+ years of experience, and being a flexible and creative thinker who is able to find and create innovative giving opportunities and ambitious programs.

Charles E. Smith Life Communities
Vice President of Development and Community Engagement
(Rockville, MD). Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) is one of the largest and most highly regarded nonprofit elder care organizations in the nation. Originally founded in 1910 as the Hebrew Home for the Aged, CESLC now serves 1,100 older adults daily in multiple residences situated on its beautiful 38-acre campus in Rockville, Maryland. The Vice President is tasked with leading all fundraising programs and strategy development in alignment with the Board of Governors, key stakeholders, CESLC senior management member, and the philanthropic community.

Abilties First
Chief Program Officer
(Poughkeepsie, NY). Abilities First works to provide people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by others through education, exploration and experience. It currently serves over 1,200 children and adults throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York State. Abilities First seeks a CPO to act as the central figure directing the programmatic portfolio ensuring excellence, innovation and sustainability. The CPO will ensure that the organization has the mission focused programming, partnerships and services to meet near-term and strategic objectives

Laywers Alliance for New York
Director of Development
(New York, NY). Lawyers Alliance is a nonprofit that provides vital pro bono legal services to other nonprofits in New York City. They seek to secure a Director of Development to lead fundraising. Ideal candidates will be creative fundraisers with experience in the areas of foundation, corporate, event, and individual giving.

Edlavitch DC JCC
Chief Financial Offier
(Washington, DC). The Edlavitch DCJCC provides uniquely urban educational, social, cultural and fitness programs to the DC community. The center is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to partner with the CEO to manage growth and change. The CFO will provide direction and supervision to the finance team, human resources, and IT among other responsibilities.



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