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Research Associate, LeaderFit

Remote, Flexible
Research Associate
Remote location

About LeaderFit
LeaderFit is a women-owned national executive search firm rooted in a passion for social justice, authentic relationships, and more than 13 years of experience successfully placing exceptional talent in mission-driven organizations. 

The LeaderFit team includes practitioners with nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate leadership experience who embody the values of excellence, authenticity, trust, and inclusion. Driven by these values, LeaderFit knows communities are stronger when extraordinary talent is matched with organizations focused on solving the world’s most intractable challenges. To this end, our goal is to help mission-driven organizations hire and develop the best leadership talent. LeaderFit provides critical expertise in identifying, attracting, hiring, and onboarding talent through a values-driven lens, ensuring nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations can focus their time and resources on reaching organizational goals. 

LeaderFit works closely with the executive teams and Boards of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises, investing significant time and energy to become trusted advisors to our clients. We work hard to understand each client’s unique culture, strategic objectives, program offerings, and talent needs. As a result, LeaderFit has developed a dynamic, entrepreneurial ethos that allows us to adapt to our clients’ needs and create new initiatives to better serve the social sector’s talent space. Ultimately, we are most passionate about and genuinely committed to ensuring our clients hire the very best talent through a thoughtful and equitable process.

Across the past year, the LeaderFit team has been immersed in our DEI journey, led by a nationally renowned team of consultants.  This experience has united our team though intentional gatherings that involve learning, listening, and sharing, and is an integral part of our organization. We make time each month to focus on our collective and individual racial justice journeys, ensuring our work is rooted in equity and is free from characteristics affiliated with white supremacy culture.  We work together as a team to focus on a culture of appreciation, sharing power, quality over quantity, to make sure deadlines are reasonable, and that we bring our whole selves to work.

Position Summary
LeaderFit is seeking a proactive, detail-oriented, and conscientious team player with a proven passion for social impact. The Research Associate will play a key role in supporting searches through thoughtful and detailed research across multiple search teams.

The Research Associate role requires strong attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities.  This role is primarily internally focused, working with LeaderFit Partners and Vice Presidents across multiple research platforms.

The ideal candidate will bring a proactive “can do” attitude, be a strong self-starter, and enjoy working independently and with a team. They will be a creative and proactive problem-solver with a proven ability to learn quickly and take initiative. 
Key Responsibilities

The Research Associate will work closely with Partners and Vice Presidents and support their shared portfolio of searches.  

The Research Associate will report directly to a Vice President and will be accountable for providing the following key search supports:
  • Organize and participate in LeaderFit launch meetings once a new client is secured and take notes on the ideal candidate profile
  • Work with the search lead to develop a thoughtful and thorough research plan for each search
  • Conduct research across a variety of platforms to identify prospective candidates based on the ideal candidate profile
  • Work with Partners and Vice Presidents on non-search related projects that are data and research focused

LeaderFit currently uses the following systems and platforms:
  • LinkedIn Recruiter, CATS Application Tracking System, Google Drive and Google Suite, Todoist, MailChimp, Zoom, Doodle, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Canva

  • Two years of professional work experience preferred
  • Demonstrated passion for social impact, as evidenced by professional or volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Strong organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and proven ability to execute on multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Resourceful and proactive problem-solving skills in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to manage different work styles, managing up and anticipating needs
  • Flexibility and ability to reprioritize activities as needed
  • Strong judgment, integrity, and high level of personal responsibility
  • Comfortable learning new software to improve efficiency 
  • Experience using social media platforms is a plus

Compensation and Benefits
The salary for the Research Associate position is $60,000.  LeaderFit offers a generous full health care benefits package including mental health services, dental, and vision, and a 401K plan.
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