Leading Experts

In Nonprofit Executive Search

The Batten Group is a premier national executive search and consulting firm specializing in nonprofit executive search, healthcare, higher education, and mission-based philanthropy. We deliver unparalleled value to organizations of all sizes, building winning teams and driving your success.


Recruiting Transformational Leaders Who Fuel Your Organization’s Mission

Welcome to The Batten Group – your premier destination for nonprofit executive search solutions. As a leading nonprofit executive search firm, we specialize in identifying, attracting, and securing top-tier talent for mission-driven organizations across the nation. With over 650 successful placements and a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI), we empower nonprofits to thrive by connecting them with transformative leaders who share their vision and drive.

At The Batten Group, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing nonprofit organizations today. That’s why we leverage our extensive network, industry expertise, and innovative search methodologies to deliver tailored recruitment solutions that align with your organization’s mission and strategic objectives.

Whether you’re seeking a visionary CEO, a dynamic executive, or a seasoned board member, our dedicated team is here to guide you every step of the way. From comprehensive candidate assessments to strategic onboarding support, we provide end-to-end solutions designed to ensure a seamless transition and long-term success.

 Experience the difference of working with a trusted ally committed to your organization’s success. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive nonprofit executive search services.


Our Expertise and Impact

We Build Relationships

We are passionate about contributing to your mission. We partner with you as you build your team and shape your organization's inclusive culture because we believe in your mission and stand with you as you change the world. We build lasting relationships with leaders of all backgrounds and support your goals.

Our Commitment to DEI

The Batten Group understands the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion. 85% of our placements have been people from diverse backgrounds or women; furthermore, our staff holds certificates in Diversity and Inclusion in HR Management from HRCI.

Lasting Partnerships

The Batten Group is the Gold Standard when it comes to Executive Search Firms. With 92% of our clients retaining us for additional searches, this proves that we know how to build those winning teams for your organization.

A Unique and Tailored Approach

It is our goal to truly understand your need for exceptional talent before we begin a search. Our knowledge and previous work in nonprofit philanthropy and executive search allow us to find a perfect match for your organizational needs. We take 95% of the risk out of your hire.


Our Services

The Batten Group is a national executive search and consultancy firm passionate about your organization’s mission. We partner with purpose-driven nonprofits, healthcare, higher education, and philanthropic organizations that are making a difference in the world. We provide a unique value to organizations large and small to help you fulfill your mission.

We place talent in all areas of executive leadership, providing solutions for organizations across the country. We recruit superstar candidates by maintaining relationships with candidates who are not actively looking for a career change in addition to active candidates. Culture fit, mission mindset, and Board of Director alignment are of utmost importance when we fill a search.

Our proven track record of successful placements shows that the talent we recruit makes a significant impact on your organization. With more than 75+ years of experience in the nonprofit industry, the team at The Batten Group has created a network of the best talent in the country. We are so confident that we will bring qualified “A” caliber talent to improve your organization’s bottom line that we offer an iron-clad guarantee.


Featured Searches

Executive Director

Home-Based, Pennsylvania

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director shall carry out the organizational goals and objectives, policies, procedures, and administrative duties of Hunger-Free Pennsylvania.
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Chief Operating Officer

Woodland Hills, CA

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will play a critical role in the leadership of this impactful mission and data driven non-profit organization. The COO will support the pursuit of the organization’s strategic priorities while providing cohesion and fostering collaboration amongst multiple departments and complex initiatives.
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Director, Corporate Engagement

Hybrid, Rockville, MD

The Director, Corporate Engagement helps plan and implement national corporate development efforts utilizing a moves management system to identify, cultivate, and secure major corporate and corporate foundation gifts.
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Recent Placements

Adriana González-Fernández

Science and Research Director
Miami Waterkeeper

Janelle Hahn

Executive Director
Why Not You Foundation

Karla Davis

Chief Financial Officer
Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Manny Loya

Senior Director of Regional Philanthropy
California State University, Chico


What Our Clients Are Saying

We partnered with the Batten Group to fulfill our growing Development Team for four markets across the country.  Jim provided great candidates that were successfully vetted which led to the Children’s Heart Foundation hiring and completing our Development Team. Discovering great talent that can hit the ground running with very little downtime was crucial – we couldn’t be happier with the team we have in place.  The experience and expertise through the process were incredible. Highly encourage your organization to utilize this incredible group in finding the perfect candidate.

Lecia Hauer, National, Director of Development at Children’s Heart Foundation

Jim and his team are top notch professionals. I’ve used them several times to recruit senior positions at my organization. The candidates presented were very appropriate and the process was smooth. The time savings and efficiency of having someone else doing the leg work and screening was of great value. Jim takes the time to understand the organization so that candidates are chosen who are highly likely to be a good fit for the work and the culture. I expect a great deal from these types of engagements, and The Batten Group has delivered every time – and they stand behind their work! I’ve referred several colleagues at other organizations to Jim, and haven’t heard anything other than praise and appreciation. If you’re looking to recruit strong talent, Jim has the method of finding them. I have great confidence in Jim and his group, and would not hesitate to use them again should the need arise. 

Fred Fisher, President & CEO at ALS Association – Golden West Chapter

I had the pleasure of working with Jim Batten and The Batten Group during my transition into the role of President & CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism, experience, and expertise Jim provided every step throughout the process. He leads with integrity, placing the utmost importance on finding the right fit for both the candidate and the organization, and his network is unparalleled. 

Jorey Berry, President & CEO at Immune Deficiency Foundation

“While CEO at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we developed a meaningful relationship with Jim Batten and his firm, The Batten Group. We retained the firm to conduct executive level searches in major markets across the country which resulted in the hires of some of our best staff. The firm’s knowledge of our needs, the market and an extensive network of highly regarded professionals, allowed us a comfort that we would be interviewing the best talent that could be recruited for our specific needs. Jim and his firm bring 30 years of hands on experience in nonprofit, talent acquisition and strategic analysis of the market. We built a relationship of mutual trust, respect and felt confident our organization was always in good hands with Jim and The Batten Group as our strategic search partner. I would recommend The Batten Group to any organization seeking to recruit and attract the best talent for the most demanding and important hires.”

John Walter, Former Chief Executive Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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