To recruit the best—usually people who are busy being successful at their current organization—we approach each search with fresh thought and original research.
We utilize our proprietary database and vast professional networks, as well as engage in consistent, continual activities within the advancement field, to identify and cultivate connections with the best people. Our process is the most thorough in the industry, ensuring final candidates are highly qualified professionals who are also an excellent fit for the client.
Many times, clients come to us with a particularly challenging search. At BRYANT GROUP, we consider the challenge of a recruitment part of the fun. We are problem-solvers and enthusiastic proponents of our clients, and our track record of success speaks for itself.
Recent Positions Filled
+ Vice President, Advancement
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
+ Chief Philanthropy Executive, Individual Giving
+ Director, Planned Giving
+ Senior Director, Principal Gifts
+ Director, Philanthropic Gifts
+ Associate Director, Philanthropic Gifts
University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith
Ft. Smith, Arkansas
+ Vice President, Advancement
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
+ Assistant Vice Chancellor, Advancement, Health Sciences & Research Initiatives
+ Associate Dean, Advancement, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
University of Washington
+ Assistant Dean, Advancement, School of Nursing
+ Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, College of Arts and Sciences
We are committed to building powerful teams for every client, which shapes our relationship even after the search is complete. No matter the situation, we guarantee the success of each search because we have a carefully-developed process that works.
We build client relationships based on honesty and integrity, and our pricing structure is just one way we honor your best interests. BRYANT GROUP has always represented clients on an exclusive fixed-fee retainer basis, instead of charging a percentage of the hiring salary—so you can trust us to provide objective counsel regarding marketplace competition and candidate salary expectations.
Additionally, we have developed the longest and broadest off-limits policy in the executive search industry. We will not recruit any candidate we have recruited to your organization for as long as they are employed by your organization—even if they are promoted to another position or transferred to another department. Furthermore, we will not recruit any other member of the related advancement staff for at least a full year following the conclusion of the search.
We also provide the longest guarantee in the industry for our clients. If the selected candidate resigns or is terminated for cause within 15 months of his or her start date, we will conduct a one-time replacement search at no additional professional fee. We are proud to have current successful candidates who remain at those institutions for a decade or more.
"After 25 years working in philanthropy, I have engaged with my fair share of executive recruiters. BRYANT GROUP’s materials, the process, and the thoughtful questions that you asked were a unique and meaningful experience for me as a candidate. I highly recommend BRYANT GROUP to future clients looking for a careful, deliberate search firm to partner with."
“BRYANT GROUP has a deep and rare understanding of our profession.”
“Sally and the BRYANT GROUP did an excellent job of humanizing the search process. She invests considerable energy to learn more about each candidate than is available on paper.”
“We were amazed at the time and energy that went into the process and it was clear that Sally had great skill to organize the work with impressive efficiency, and also the integrity to create the boundaries needed to keep everything under control. Second, we got really marvelous candidates… and hired an absolutely amazing new C.E.O.”
"We have been blown away by the level of expertise and knowledge among the selected candidates we interviewed. It will be very hard to select the final candidate among a group with such a high caliber."
“I've worked with many recruiting firms in my 30+ year advancement career. BRYANT GROUP is among the best partners with whom I’ve collaborated.”
“BRYANT GROUP stands out from other recruiting agencies for its level of professionalism and organization. I know the level of heavy-lifting required for a representation this seamless and organized—and they do an outstanding job.”
“Sally Bryant DeChenne, you are an exceptional recruiter. Our sincere gratitude for the professionalism and care with which you’ve delivered services to us.”
“Sally knows what it takes to achieve results on behalf of her clients. With a genuine desire to see others succeed, she has a remarkable sense for asking the right questions, clarifying goals and integrating core details into action. She is a gifted coach, advisor and recruitment professional.”
“BRYANT GROUP is an exceptional team in executive recruiting. Having been exposed to many recruiting firms, I can easily attest to the professionalism and facility for easy and open communication that is the cornerstone of BRYANT GROUP. They are meticulous to a fault in their research. I didn't know Sally or John before this process, but now I feel as though I've made two good friends.“
“The BRYANT GROUP team is strategic, honest, hard-working and worth their weight in gold. They represent your organization, its mission and values well… On the other hand: if you are a candidate, they have an uncanny knack to help align your strengths and desires with the perfect opportunity.”
“The BRYANT GROUP team has been enormously accommodating and helpful to me as a candidate. They were open as to what I should expect, and their thoughtful insight, guidance and advice was extremely helpful in preparing me for interviews."
“BRYANT GROUP’s efforts to truly understand our organization ensured that the team could identify the best possible candidates for our environment and our ambitious goals. Their commitment paved the way for early trust between candidates and our team—and the team’s enthusiasm made the process enjoyable.”
“You and your team are the best and most thorough recruiters I have ever met!”
"This search exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I cannot remember a search where I have felt 100% confident in both of the finalists...until this one. You really do great work."