Testimonials : Executive Search

The Poudre River Public Library District contracted with The Singer Group to assist the administration in the recruitment of a new Human Resources Manager. The process was completed in a timely manner and was very smooth due to the expertise and sound advice provided by both Paula Singer and Paige Dodson. Candidates that we interviewed all commented positively on the process, especially the professionalism of Paige and the frequent follow-ups. The successful candidate just started work this week and she is a wonderful fit with our organization.

Poudre River Public Library District, CO
Holly Carroll, Executive Director
PROJECT: Executive Search

Our recent Executive Search, conducted by The Singer Group, was a very positive experience. Paula and Lorraine understood the scope of the project and delivered timely advice and recommendations. They were always available to us and extremely responsive, and their communications on-site and electronically exceeded our expectations. Our project was completed successfully and by the agreed-upon date. We would definitely retain The Singer Group for another project!

Harris County Public Library, TX
Joyce Cambric, Deputy Director Harris County Human Resources and Risk Management
PROJECT: Executive Search

The Singer Group’s availability, responsiveness, collaborative approach to work and communications skills all exceeded our expectations. Their ability to listen to and understand our needs and culture and further translate those insights into an effective path forward is outstanding. Others said hiring a consultant was too expensive and that we could conduct our search for a Library Director on our own. However, as busy professionals who also happened to be library board members we thankfully felt differently. We hired the Singer Group to make the process easier for our board and we now know that we would not have been able to manage the details or the big picture process with the professionalism and concern for everyone’s opinion that The Singer Group provided. They involved stakeholders, gathered valuable feedback, and vetted our candidates with writing examples, professional review, and staff tours during the on-site interview visits. Paula and Lorraine’s involvement was first class and professional. I would highly recommend their services.

Charles County Public Library
Nancy McCord, Interim Board President
PROJECT:  Executive Search

Paula and her team facilitated a highly professional and successful executive search process that landed our library a consensus choice director. The conditions around the search were tumultuous and tense for both Board members and staff. Paula not only navigated that difficult landscape successfully but also diffused the situation and helped us chart a positive path forward for the organization.

Paula also facilitated a day-long Board retreat in the midst of bringing our new Director on board.  She worked with us to structure the retreat to meet our specific needs rather than following a generic formula. The result was a retreat that was structured enough to keep us on task but flexible enough for us to discuss and find ways forward for our organization – ways that uniquely fit us.

Salt Lake City Library Board, Kevin Werner, President
PROJECT: Executive Search and Board Retreat

The quality and responsiveness of communications between The Singer Group and Library staff during our recent executive search was excellent. Paula really listens and asks great questions! The success of the overall project as well as the value we received from our investment in The Singer Group’s services exceeded our expectations!

Paul Gottschalk, City of Evanston

Paula and Lorraine’s collaborative work with our Board and City during our recent executive search was exceptionally good.  The dynamics between all of these groups needed to be handled clearly and sensitively and this was done.  There were some tricky issues regarding the transition and The Singer Group picked up on this quickly and treated all involved with respect, clarity, and understanding of the situation.  I especially appreciated the confident, informal approach that was also professional and competent; their approach did not feel formulaic and there is an openness about the principals that is appealing and effective..  Certainly, there is a particular structure to a search process, but it felt like the group was willing to collaborate and amend the approach as appropriate, providing strategies that helped the project move smoothly and successfully.  Our experience with The Singer Group was successful and fun, and our search resulted in an exceptional hire!

Donna Dziedzic, Board Member of Evanston Public Library

The Singer Group is a Baltimore-based human resources and organizational development consulting firm.  The Singer Group serves clients nationwide, including in Maryland; Baltimore; Baltimore County; Washington, DC; Virginia; Delaware; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Illinois; Indiana; Ohio; Colorado; Washington; Phoenix; Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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