Vice President, Executive Search

Tom O'Connor Consulting Group

New York, NY

Work Location: Remote


  • Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • Thu, Mar 31, 2022
  • Work Location: Remote
  • Commercial
  • $100,000
  • $120,000

Website Tom O'Connor Consulting Group

About the Opportunity

The Vice President, Executive Search works as a pivotal member of the Tom O’Connor Consulting Group (TOCG) leadership team and will carry out searches on behalf of our arts and culture clients in a variety of functional areas. Reporting to President Tom O’Connor (who will maintain a portfolio of searches) and with support from Director of Recruitment & Professional Development Jordan Sanford, the Vice President, Executive Search will play a central role in growing our Executive Search practice, all while remaining true to our values of cultivating an equitable arts workforce. They will also work closely with Senior Vice President Rani Haywood to ensure that arts industry best practice as well as trends and learnings from the company’s strategy and consulting offerings are continuously informing our ability to attract and assess the best talent for our clients and meet their organizational needs.

This is a prime opportunity for an experienced professional who has worked either in a hiring capacity in the arts administration field, or in the executive search field specifically—but regardless of background, a passion for the arts and its power to strengthen individuals and communities is essential. The successful candidate will have an ability to understand the nuances and needs of each specific role we are hiring, and then practice discernment in the identification of appropriate candidates, all while having an eye for potential and possibility.

As with all TOCG roles, the position is full-time remote with occasional in-person meetings required in New York City at company expense.

About Tom O’Connor Consulting Group

Tom O’Connor Consulting Group, LLC was founded in 2015, and offers strategy, assessment, coaching, and executive search services exclusively to the arts industry. Our focus is on leading structural change with audiences at the center, and our clients represent a full range of artistic genres, budget categories, business models, geographies, and cultural contexts. What unifies them is that they are all mission-driven organizations building community through arts and culture. We share their passion. Our Executive Search offerings originally focused exclusively in Marketing and Audience-centric roles, and have since expanded to include Leadership, Development, Artistic, Operations, and other related areas.

As for our team, we are a growing startup made up of high-performing, passionate, collaborative, and kind individuals, and seek someone who identifies with these attributes and brings new ideas and perspectives. Our company is fully distributed and remote (with our President Tom O’Connor based in New York City), and prioritizes frequent virtual collaboration for cohesion, shared learning, and comradery. Post-COVID, we intend to gather in-person as a full team at least annually. Importantly, we work hard and care deeply about what we do, but whether considering potential clients or potential team members, we do not abide rudeness or disrespect. And we mean that. Read more about our company and our team at

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management (15%)
* Serve as part of the leadership team with the President and Senior Vice President to set strategic direction, identify high-level growth opportunities, and ensure that we are delivering on our promise to serve the arts and culture field and workforce
* Manage the Director of Recruitment & Professional Development, providing ongoing guidance, support, professional development opportunities, and feedback

Executive Search Engagements (60%)
* Lead retained search engagements for arts and cultural organizations in areas to potentially include (but not limited to) Marketing, Development/Fundraising, Executive/Management, Digital, Artistic/Curatorial, and Customer Relations/Experience; direct experience working within one or more of these areas is strongly preferred, and candidates’ specific areas of domain expertise will be considered in determining client portfolio and ongoing focus
* Continually expand and activate the TOCG network of arts and culture professionals (and those interested in entering the industry) to foster robust and diverse candidate pools for each of our searches
* Facilitate client and search committee meetings to establish search priorities, provide status updates, seek feedback on candidate pools, and advise on interview and hiring protocols
* Evaluate applicant materials and conduct frequent candidate interviews, providing feedback that is transparent, constructive, and kind
* Provide updates to candidates at various search stages, including advancement notifications to successful candidates and empathic delivery of unpleasant news to candidates not advancing
* Negotiation of employment offers within the terms approved by the client
* Continuously pursue opportunities to build cultural responsiveness for yourself and the team, as well as embed the values of DEIA and Anti-Racism in all search practices
* Seek opportunities to diversify the arts and culture workforce through continual network expansion, advocacy for arts careers, and championing of rising arts leaders
* Utilize TOCG applicant tracking system (technology selection process currently underway) to maintain clean and robust candidate records and streamline internal and client-facing processes
* Draft client- and public-facing search related documents, including position profiles, strategy documents (with support from the Director), and candidate assessment briefs

Marketing & Business Development (15%)
* Stay abreast of industry developments to identify prospective clients and potential search engagements
* Identify prospective client organizations and/or sectors where our Executive Searches could serve a stated or observed need, and work with the leadership team to devise business development strategies accordingly; serve as the business development lead with prospective clients where appropriate
* Provide support in gathering material for periodic newsletters, company social media channels, and company podcast
* Craft periodic original content for the TOCG website in your areas of domain expertise
* Document business development prospects and contact with Hubspot, TOCG’s CRM system of record; training provided

Personal & Career Advancement (10%)
* Pursue learning opportunities to expand your skills and improve company processes and systems
* Approach challenging tasks that will serve company goals while pushing you out of your comfort zone
* Continually set measurable goals for your own performance, and increase your aptitude with giving and receiving feedback


* Kindness, confidence, and a generous spirit
* A commitment to the principles of DEIA and Anti-Racism, and an appetite for continual reflection at the personal, company, and process levels
* Excellent relationship building skills, and a genuine interest in the success of others
* An ability to confidently and respectfully engage in constructive disagreements, acknowledging that conflict is a healthy part of sound decision making
* 10+ years working in either the arts and culture field or not-for-profit executive search field, with extensive direct experience with hiring
* Excellent time management abilities and desire to work in a remote setting. We are a small, fast-paced company with very high standards of excellence, but one that also respects and encourages work-life balance and appropriate boundary setting with all stakeholders.
* Familiarity with and passion for the arts, and a strong desire to pursue a career within the arts and culture industry
* Exceptional written communication and organizational skills required, including proficiency in all major Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), GSuite, and videoconference platforms; Slack, Hubspot, and Dropbox Business also preferred, but not required
* High attention to detail absolutely required

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.

Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


Salary of $100,000-120,000 annually (paid monthly), plus annual bonus based on performance and overall company success at year-end. An additional bonus upon achievement of individual business development goals may also be considered.

All TOCG staff receive generous paid time off, which is not formally capped and can be used with supervisor’s approval. TOCG is in the process of transferring to a PEO effective January 1 that offers a range of benefits including health, dental, and 401k with employer match (match is available after 1 year of service).

Application Instructions

There is no formal deadline, as we are prioritizing alignment over speed. That said, we are tentatively planning for the Vice President, Executive Search to begin in early Q1 2022.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé as a single PDF file to with “VP Executive Search” in the subject line. Please indicate in your cover letter how you learned of this opportunity, your geographic location, any specific timing considerations, and confirmation of your understanding of the published salary range. No phone calls, please. Finalists may be asked to complete a written and verbal communication assignment with compensation for time spent.

Tom O’Connor Consulting Group, LLC is committed to diversity in all hiring, both internally and on behalf of search clients. Applicants from populations historically excluded from the arts and culture industry are strongly encouraged to apply.

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