Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Request for Proposal: Executive Director Search Services

Deadline for submission:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5 p.m. Pacific Time

Please e-mail proposals to Members of the Search Committee

Get a PDF copy of this RFP



For more than three decades, the Children’s Alliance has served as the largest statewide child advocacy organization in Washington state, bringing together organizations and individuals to fight for policy changes that center racial equity and ensure that all kids, but particularly kids who are furthest from opportunity, have a chance to thrive.

From our beginning in 1983, when three small community organizations merged to build shared power, we have grown in size, influence, and scope—all with the goal of bringing communities together to build a movement for kids.

Together our members (8,000+ individuals and 55 organizations) in Washington have built public and political will to ensure that, among the hundreds of special interest lobbyists in Olympia, the Children’s Alliance is at the capital to fight for families and kids. We work on key issues that impact families in our state, including Early Learning, Children’s Health, Oral Health Access, and Protection for Washington’s Immigrant Families. 

Our work in Washington also provides opportunity to share lessons learned with a broader national community of child advocates, with whom we partner, to identify opportunities for mobilization, potential policy solutions, and more.  As a result, our work is funded by both local and national entities, including the Alliance for Early Success, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Community Catalyst, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, and Zero to Three.



Tuesday, December 3rd: Proposal submission deadline

Friday, December 6th: Finalist firms selected and notified via email

Thursday, December 12th & Friday, December 13th: In-person (or virtual) interviews with finalist firms/consultants

Week of December 16th: Final selection

Week of January 6th: Kick-off meeting with Search Committee

Week of January 27th: Proposed public search launch

May - June: Proposed goal date for search closure



We are seeking a search partner with most, if not all, of the following qualifications:

• Expertise and practice with anti-racism, inclusion, and equity as a driving value and commitment in the search process

• Demonstrated success in recruiting and placing leaders of color, womxn leaders, and LGBTQ leaders in Executive Director/President nonprofit roles, particularly with advocacy organizations working in human services, poverty alleviation, anti-racism, LGBTQ rights, education, and related issue areas

• Understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofits that primarily work in state-wide legislative advocacy

• An ability to generate leads and source candidates from diverse communities in the Pacific Northwest and nationally 

• Expertise and comfort with the unique dynamics of working with a nonprofit search committee that is inclusive of staff and community voice; a learning posture and willingness to adapt industry “standard practices” in order to combat attributes of white dominant culture

• Adequate staff and resource capacity to execute the search in a timely manner



Please submit your responses to the following inquiries, and please number your responses. Please limit the total length of your proposal, including all appendices and attachments, to ten pages.

  1. Provide an introduction to your firm or consulting practice and share what makes your firm particularly well qualified to conduct the search for the next Executive Director of the Children’s Alliance.  What excites you about partnering with us on this important search?
  1. Provide bios for the members of your team who would be involved in this work. Please specify who would be the primary point of contact for the Children’s Alliance, who would be the primary contact for prospective candidates, who would conduct research and sourcing, who would interview and screen candidates, and any other key tasks you would like to highlight.
  1. Please share how your firm operationalizes your commitments to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism through your engagement with clients. If applicable, please provide summary statistics on the demographic diversity of your employees and, separately, your executive leadership team.
  1. Please discuss your track record of recruiting and placing candidates of color, particularly BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color). If available, please also share relevant data and/or context related to the overall diversity of your placements (with consideration to gender, LGBTQ-identifying, race, ethnicity, and lived experience relevant to the client’s mission).
  1. Given what you already know of our organization and the field, what key challenges do you expect we’ll face in our search process?
  1. Provide an overview of your process for building a quality candidate pool for a search of this nature. What networks would you utilize for this role?
  1. Please list relevant and recent examples of your work with other clients that highlight your capacity and success in conducting a search like this.
  1. Provide an overview of the key phases of work in your search process.
  1. Provide a fee proposal along with the key terms of an engagement with your firm. We have a preference for a flat fee arrangement that incorporates all expenses (other than candidate travel and lodging).
  1.  Provide at least three references from recent searches.


    Please address your materials to Members of the Executive Director Search Committee. Please submit your materials via e-mail, in a single PDF document. Please contact Sheely Mauck and Gabriela Quintana if you have any questions about the process described here.