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Executive Search Research Associate – Non-Profit and Social Impact Practice: Chicago, Toronto, New York
Perrett Laver in Chicago, Illinois
Date Posted 11/11/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Who We Are

Perrett Laver is an Executive Search Firm and our mission is to serve sectors that benefit society by finding the strongest leaders to take on tomorrow’s challenges. We are a values-led, global company with a diverse team of around 140 employees.

Our team is made up of committed colleagues coming from many different countries and backgrounds who work across our 15 global offices. We have practices in Not-for-Profit and Social Impact sectors, Higher Education, Schools, Sports, and Arts and Culture. We have been privileged to advise on senior appointments with the likes of Amnesty International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, Oxfam, Right to Play, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

In Higher Education we have worked with over half of the global top 100 universities, in North America this includes Duke, UBC, Penn, McGill, Washington, Queen’s, UC Davis, the University of Toronto and many others. Non-Profit and Social Impact Practice The Non-Profit and Social Impact Practice was established in 2010 and has experienced significant growth ever since.

We work with a diverse range of clients internationally across philanthropic foundations, global development and INGOs, domestic charities, human rights campaigns, environmental and sustainability non-profits, social enterprises, think tanks and research institutes, impact investors and private consultancy. Our work also intersects with that of governments and academia.

Research Associate

By combining the intellectual and analytical skills necessary to grasp complex briefs and the research skills to identify world-leading candidates for leadership roles, the Research Associate role is fundamental to our business. Flexible, analytical, rigorous and attracted to complexity, you will have the advocacy skills to engage world-class senior leaders on behalf of our varied client base. You will work under your own initiative in a fast-paced environment to deliver consistently excellent results. Throughout your time at Perrett Laver, you will be part of a strong, global network of colleagues who inspire and encourage you as you develop in the role while making a real difference to our client institutions.

Person specification: As an organization, our shared-values unite us in our daily work both as a global company and in our own local teams. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, we celebrate diversity, are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and welcome applications from all qualified individuals.


• Knowledge of the non-profit sector

• Excellent verbal and written communication

• Sharp and rigorous analytical skills, and attention to detail

• Tenacious, resilient and committed with strong personal values

• Strong inter-personal skills, both over the phone and face-to-face.

• 4 years’ experience in an office environment.


• An interest in, and some knowledge of, the higher education sector would also be an asset

• Experience working in multilateral and/or bilateral institutions, domestic and/or international charities, government, foundations, social enterprise, recruitment and/or search, consultancy.

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