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, and specialize in recruiting Chief Development Officers and their teams for the education, healthcare, science, arts and culture, advocacy and mission-driven nonprofit sectors.

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:

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation

Chief Development Officer

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation

Cornell University

Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development

Cornell University

New York University

Senior Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations

New York University

Princeton University

Vice President for Advancement

Princeton University


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Trey Devey

President

Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra & May Festival

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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.

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President

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

In many ways it was the best search I have ever experienced, and I will most certainly work with the firm again.

Fred Van Sickle

Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development

Cornell University

LLLS delivered candidates who really related to our mission, and we had a wealth of leadership talent to choose from.

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Executive Director

ACLU of Massachusetts

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