Leading Experts

In Nonprofit Executive Search

The Batten Group is a national executive search and consulting firm dedicated to nonprofit, healthcare, higher education, and mission-based philanthropy. We provide a unique value to large and small organizations to build winning teams, helping you achieve success.


Finding Leaders to Help Our Partners Fulfill Their Mission

The Batten Group is a premier national executive search and consultancy firm with over 75 years of collective experience in nonprofit, philanthropy, and talent evaluation and acquisition. We recruit exceptional candidates to nonprofit, healthcare, higher education, and mission-based organizations to build winning teams.

As experts in recruiting and talent acquisition, our goal is to connect exceptionally talented people with our mission-driven partners to help them achieve their most ambitious and strategic goals.

The Batten Group’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) is critical to our success and our partners’ success. We value and foster environments that reflect DEI.


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 an 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

Chief Financial Officer

Austin, TX

The Central Texas Food Bank is looking for a strategic, business-minded, and growth-oriented Chief Financial Officer. They are looking for an innovative finance thought leader with a for-profit mindset and a nonprofit heart.
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Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships

Hybrid, Philadelpha, PA

The AACR Foundation seeks a strategic , experienced, results-driven individual with a proven history of successful relationship and project management to join the Corporate Alliances team as the Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships.
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Chief Executive Officer

Remote, Cambridge, MA

The Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI) are seeking a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading a management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals.
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Recent Placements

Laura MacNeill

Chief Executive Officer
Global Lyme Alliance

Michelle O'Connor-Teklinski

Chief Programs Officer

Dr. Susanna Greer

Chief Scientific Officer
V Foundation

Dr. Carlos Bosques

Senior Vice President of Research
The Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI)


What Our Clients Are Saying

I have just come up on my 9-year anniversary with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and it was through The Batten Group that I found out about this opportunity and eventually ended up being placed here as National Vice President of Corporate & Cause Partnerships.  Since that period of time, I have been fortunate to lead an incredible team that has doubled in size and has had amazing results including tripling our annual revenue, increasing cause marketing from $2M per year to $30M per year, being a finalist or winner for 9 Halo Awards, increasing new business from 5% to an average of 30% – 50% and having the good fortune to work with some of the top corporations in America, if not the world, and increasing their involvement with the organization.  Corporate and Cause was a huge part of the success of the largest fundraising campaign in BGCA’s history, the Great Futures Campaign.  We have worked hard to improve on the relationships with the Clubs and have truly come a long way. While in an interim co-senior leadership capacity in 2020 and 2021, we achieved back-to-back record-setting years, quantitatively and qualitatively, during the pandemic.  I was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Resource Development with responsibility for corporate, cause and special events, leading one of the largest teams in the organization with responsibility for 75% of private Total and 66% of private Operating Revenue.  There’s much more to be done but it did start with an exploratory call from The Batten Group.  Additionally, I have spoken with The Batten Group on several occasions and referred candidates to them for various roles which they have gone on to get, and be successful, and I know that their experience was similar to mine as a candidate.  My experience with them as a candidate was one of honesty, openness and transparency, and I found a great position, at an exciting time with a top nonprofit organization, and have enjoyed tremendous success while here.
Chad Royal-Pascoe, Senior Vice President, Resource Development - Corporate, Cause Marketing & Special Events at Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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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