LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) is the premier national executive search firm serving the development/advancement profession. We do more development searches than any other search firm, recruiting dynamic leaders and building superior teams for education, healthcare, science, arts and culture, advocacy and mission-driven nonprofits.

Our nationwide network of diverse and well-qualified development professionals is expertly mined by highly skilled Search Directors, each with nonprofit experience. Our Best Practice metrics ensure high-quality, timely results, culminating with the ideal Candidate for the unique culture, challenges and opportunities presented by each Client and position.

Recent completed placements include:
Babson College

Senior Vice President of Advancement

Babson College

Berea College

Vice President for Alumni and College Relations

Berea College

North Dakota State University Development Foundation and Alumni Association

President/Chief Executive Officer

North Dakota State University Development Foundation and Alumni Association

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Chief Advancement Officer

Pacific Northwest College of Art


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I highly recommend LLLS for finding development leaders for the arts, or any sector.

Trey Devey


Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra & May Festival

We’ve found the LLLS Search Team to be thorough, well connected, and skilled at identifying the right candidates.

Susan Paresky

Senior Vice President for Development

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

I would recommend LLLS to those searching for philanthropic talent and to those looking for that new and exciting career step.

Brian Kish


Emeril Lagasse Foundation

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES impressed us on a number of levels during the searches the firm has conducted.

Thomas P. Lockerby

Secretary of the Academy

Phillips Academy

“As a candidate, I was very pleased with the way LLLS helped me through the process of gaining a position that I wanted.

John Clark

Vice President of Development

National YoungArts Foundation

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